Cafes in Coron are few and far between. Those that do exist are often treated as a novelty, serving mostly coffee, cakes, and pastries. Fika Indulgence aims to change all that and more.
Fika Indulgence is a product of the minds of Hilbert Enriquez and Jen Chua. “Our aim is to sell a new kind of lifestyle in Coron. Locals are used to three-in-one coffee, but coffee can be so much more,” says Hilbert.
“At Fika, we want to introduce the locals to better kinds of coffee, while still keeping Coron’s identity intact in our food and drinks,” he added. Fika is a Swedish term which means “having a coffee break with family and friends.” Using this idea, Hilbert and Jen have turned Fika into what might be Coron’s best café.
Fika has something for everyone: from pastas, cakes, and pastries to set meals that every Filipino would be familiar with, there’s bound to be something for you at Fika. Their signature drinks are all original, using locally sourced coffee beans like organic Barako and Café Mauro.
Coffee, cakes, and pastries are a big hit with their Asian customers. Some of their best sellers with Asians include the blueberry waffles with syrup and their cappuccino. The waffles are nice and fluffy, while the blueberry jam adds a nice citrus flavour.
FROM L-R: Cappuccino, waffles, and chocolate cake. A great way to start your day
Another crowd favourite is their decadent chocolate cake. Chocolate lovers find this a great way of representing an old staple. It’s baked perfectly: the cake is light yet full of flavour; a sinful treat for anyone who dares to take a bite.
CHICKEN PORK ADOBO
Westerners take a detour when it comes to what they order at Fika. Their best-seller amongst Western guests is their chicken pork adobo (marinated in vinegar and soy sauce). Using ingredients found on the island, Fika turns this Filipino classic into something that’s uniquely Coron. The sauce is creamy yet stays true to how adobo should be: salty but not overpowering. It’s best eaten with a cup of rice.
L-R: Mango Bravo, Freckled Lemonade, Kiwi Soda. Drinks that will have you begging for more.
Their signature drinks, however, are the highlight of the café. Their take on the classic mango shake, called Mango Bravo, does the fruit justice. Made from ripe mangoes, it’s sweet and tangy compliments any of their dishes, even their cakes and pastries.
A drink you shouldn’t miss is their honey-tamarind iced tea. An original concoction by Hilbert, it has the right levels of sweet and sour from local honey and tamarind that can’t be compared to other iced teas on the island.
Fika Indulgence can be found at the second floor of Tablason Bldg in Bancuang, Coron, Palawan. They are open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., and from 4 p.m. to 12 m.n. Walk-ins are recommended, but for reservations, you may call 0917-706-9831. Follow their Facebook page (Fika Indulgence) for updates.