It took me two years to step inside Wildflour Café + Bakery and only after it opened a branch in Salcedo, a block away from our office. I’ve heard about how hard it is to get a table at their first branch at The Fort and more so at their smaller space in Podium, so I never even tried to wander by or call for reservations.
The Salcedo branch gets fully packed as well. On my first visit, I went there at 11 a.m. without reservations, and although I got in, I was told to vacate by 1:30 p.m. to make way for someone who did arrange for a table. Later, the couple beside me asked for the bill and the staff inadvertently brought mine instead—while I was midway my steak. These moments close to ruined my experience for me.
Speaking of my entrée, it was my mistake that I asked for medium well: I enjoyed the juicy center but had a tougher time with the dry surface. Overall, the food was good-okay. I liked the ambiance primarily—it was gorgeous—and the staff was nice, except for those gaffes.
Nevertheless, I decided to give it another shot. If there’s any proof that second chances are worth giving, then this was it. It was a completely different experience, as if the restaurant was under new and overeager management.
All dishes we ordered were excellent, most especially this braised beef brisket, which is one of the most memorable dishes of my life:
The meat melts in your mouth, disintegrating into juices of sweet and syrupy greasy goodness. It tasted like the kind of dish that fairies have been roasting in some magical oven, waiting to be served on the King’s birthday. (Wait, whut? Lol.)
The potato gratin is so creamily delicious, your brain screams expletives as it counts the calories you’ll have to burn and pay for with, if not weight, then future heart disease—but good lord, who can ever stop in the middle of a thrilling orgasm? And wait, what’s that you just scooped with your gratin? Holy moly, it’s the familiar, loving taste of tender juicy bacon.
As if this dish wasn’t sinful enough.
The salad and the rest of our dishes were all good; I liked how chewy and aromatic the breads were. If food reviews I’ve read aren’t mistaken, Wildflour changes its menu regularly—I hope the braised beef brisket makes it permanently.
Wildflour Cafe + Bakery
V Corporate Center
125 L. P. Leviste Street
Salcedo Village, Makati City
+63 2 808 7072