K&L Cafe by Blushing Cupcakes is a sweet respite from the bustling city. Opened by sisters Karen and Loren De Guzman whose hobby in baking and making food grew to a store front, this cafe is a homey and cozy space conveniently located along Katipunan Avenue (beside BPI and across Pan de Amerikana). My initial impression on K&L Cafe was that it only serves cupcakes and pastries. After a careful review on their menu followed by our actual site visit, we learned that there’s more to this cafe than cupcakes. 🙂

The enthusiastic owners welcomed us and proudly recommended their craft to satisfy our food cravings. What resulted was an uninterrupted four-hours-long engaging conversation over food and drinks. Time really flies when you’re having fun!

Review of K&L Cafe by Blushing Cupcakes (White Plains, Quezon City)

Ambiance: ★★★★★

After a long drive from Manila, we finally reached K&L Cafe and were totally pleased with its relaxing and charming vibe. It’s the type of cafe that will make you want to look around and just chill, just as you would enjoy a visit at a friend’s home.

The color theme of the interior makes for a refined and classy look throughout the two-storied cafe. The fixtures perfectly fit the cafe’s personality, while attractive decorations and memorabilia on the walls can easily stimulate discussion.

A rack of items from Baguio are up for sale, and we found that it’s a clever way on how Karen and Loren share their childhood memories from their hometown. All these sum up to a great visual experience which makes guests feel cool to be in the place.

There’s no doubt that K&L Cafe’s ambiance is great. However, I do suggest that they play soft music on the background to help create a nicer mood. it’s a good place to have some downtime while digging into some decent sweet treats.

Service: ★★★★★

If I had to describe their customer service in a word, it would be genuine. From the people working in the cafe to the food they serve, you can feel the genuineness shining through. The staff is extremely friendly and attentive, so don’t be shy to approach and ask for food and drink recommendations.

Food: ★★★★★

As a starter, the Session Salad with Strawberry Wine Vinaigrette (PhP 175) reminded us vaguely of Session Road in Baguio City. Just like Session Road, this salad came out exciting with fresh greens, Sagada orange segments, candied nuts and feta cheese. Given its fanciful name, the salad had an interesting mixture that tasted well when put together. It was my first time to sample Sagada oranges and felt glad that they didn’t overpower the dish but only added a slightly citrus twist to it.

An innocent-looking pizza, the Pizza Margherita (PhP 315) was grilled in medium crust with portion that’s good enough for more than two or three people to share. The dough was godly, just light with a little bit of chew. Overall, this Pizza Margherita is a classic done exactly right.

Next, we had Mommy’s Pasta (PhP 197) made with olive, capers, tomatoes, basil and feta cheese. While it didn’t have that zesty sauce I’m used to, the pasta was good as it was neither limp nor tasted microwaved. My dad must have liked this vegetarian-friendly pasta so much that he recalled how delicious it was once again the next day when we were having breakfast at home.

Far from being vegetarian, my mom was particularly excited about Daddy’s Bourbon American Ribs (PhP 295) which were very tender and rich in bourbon barbecue sauce. Served with mountain red rice and veggies, the ribs are guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser. I heard that this dish is the main reason why most people come to K&L Cafe. So you get the point: it is something you should not miss out.

The last course completing our lunch was Ilocos Bagnet and Tomato Salsa (PhP 265). Bagnet is deep fried pork’s meat known as a “foodie treasure” in the province of Ilocos, Philippines. Crunchy, yummy and excellent when dipped in vinegar, Karen and Loren Cafe’s version was one of the best cooked bagnet we’ve tried so far. If you haven’t craved for bagnet before, you will after you try this.

Drinks

K&L’s Hot Peppermint Vanilla Latte (PhP 105) was a more subtle variant to Starbucks’ Peppermint Mocha which is basically coffee with a splash of peppermint. I did enjoy the balance of bitterness, sweetness, and a hint of mint. The more sips I took of this drink, the more I loved it.

The Iced Cappuccino (PhP 115) had a lingering aftertaste which was mildly bitter. Bits of cappuccino powder on top really hit the spot! This cold drink will be enough to fuel you to survive a sunny day.

We know that Baguio is known for strawberry food products and strawberries freshly picked from the Strawberry Farm of La Trinidad. Now we’re not sure if the strawberries put in the Famous Strawberry Calamansi (PhP 95) were sourced straight from Baguio. Anyway, it’s worth mentioning that they were really juicy. The calamansi component didn’t taste too tart and not too strongly citrus, just the way we liked it.

With freshly squeezed lemons and pulps of oranges, the Lemon with Sagada Orange (PhP 95) was a great combo by itself. It was nice enough to merit a “wow” factor for a refreshing drink.

Desserts

For desserts, we were served with a platter of cupcakes: S’mores Cupcake (PhP 75), French Vanilla Cupcake (PhP 67), Oreo Loaf with Coffee Kick Cupcake (PhP 67) and Mangoes and Cream with Rum Caramel Cupcake (PhP 75).

Topped with a generous amount of soft cream and other ingredients distinct to each flavor, these cupcakes were so good and not too sweet. The texture of the cupcakes was just fluffy enough for my liking. Unlike the usual type which tend to be overly dry or the opposite—moist or dense, these felt more like cake and seemed more fitting to be called a dessert. I actually could not decide which one among the four I liked best. Each one was a mouthful of happiness, a great meal-ender. But still if you insist to ask, you may want to trust my sister’s taste. She raved the S’mores Cupcake most. 🙂

Price for Value: ★★★★☆

If there’s one cafe in Katipunan that you must visit, this is it. Indeed, K and L by Blushing Cupcakes didn’t fail our expectations, with exceptional service and comfort food. Students of schools and universities in the area are most fortunate as they can come in anytime during operation hours which start as early as 7AM and end at 9PM. Prices of food are affordable. I hope they remain so in the future or until our next visit. 😛 Check out their menu here.

138 Katipunan Ave cor St Ignatius White Plains, Quezon City (Beside BPI and across Pan de Amerikana)
For inquiries, contact (02) 234-5965
Date Published: 12/16/2014
19 / 20 stars

Update:

K&L Cafe offers a special PRE-VALENTINE’S promotion: Pay only PhP 500 for a super delicious meal and save PhP 300! To avail of the offer, you just have to print this coupon and present it to K&L’s cashier. Note: You may print as many as you like. This is good for dine-in and to-go transactions.

Promo lasts until February 10, 2015.

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86 Responses

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Their cupcakes are really great especially because even the icing on top is enjoyable. The cupcake and the icing have different tastes and textures yet they are perfect together.

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  1. Fi Ní Neachtáin

    Looks like such a lovely, clean cafe. I really like the decor. The food looks so delicious, I’d love to try it! Those cupcakes with the pink icing look so delicious!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      The interior is really nice because it can be ideal for any type of occasion. Whether you dine with your thesis group, business partners, friends or loved ones, the atmosphere gives a pleasant vibe for dining.

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  2. IndieEscape

    That’s a pretty place and the food looks topnotch! Someday, I wish to open a similar hangout (in my dreams, haha) Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Natalie

    Oooh, I’m all about anywhere with cupcakes! The gorgeous decor and the delicious looking food would be a huge draw as well. That pizza looks so good–I’m getting hungry from your pictures!

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  4. Lenze

    K&L looks like a great place to grab a bite or lunch to eat. The food looks amazing and the personalized message on the clipboard was a nice touch. Thanks for sharing. Again the food looks delicious!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yup! They offer great choices of food for snacks like cupcakes and cookies and for heavier meals including rice meals, pizzas and pastas. Their drinks are also worthy to try! 🙂

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  5. Pauline C.

    If I ever find myself in Manila, I’ll definitely drop by K&L Cafe. Love how the interiors look cozy as it appeals to families and friends. That bagnet looks so delicious, I wanna try it right now!

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  6. Penny Struebig

    This place looks amazing! I love so many aspects – the menu on the roll of paper is absolutely adorable. All the drinks are presented in a very unique style. It makes me want to travel there just so I can sit down, relax and enjoy some of the great things on their menu.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Their food choices are truly amazing that would make you feel like home after a bite or feel the Filipino energy. Their drinks can also be chosen as hot or cold to fit your preferences but either way, they all taste great. Hope you could visit someday! 🙂

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yup, they really are. And what’s even great about their food and drinks is that the impressive presentation are not to disappoint with their tastes. Especially with the cupcakes, the icing and the cake just melted in my mouth while I savor the flavor and texture. 😀

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  7. Natalie

    This isn’t fair.. I am hungry and all of this food and drinks look really amazing. I love the name of this place, very cute inside. The shelf of stuff you can buy is really neat too. Those cupcakes look too good to eat.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hehe Hope you could visit here someday and try our great Filipino dishes and delicacies. And if you don’t want to get culture shocked, try the food menu of K&L because they offer both Filipino and Western cuisines like pizza and pastas. 🙂

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  8. Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    Wow, the food there looks amazing. And those cupcakes are gorgeous.

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  9. Sara-Jayne

    I wish we had places like this here in the UK. The presentation, the premises – everything is beautiful and I would LOVE to visit here…often! I love everything about it. There is a complete lack of cupcake inspiration here too. England needs help!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Ohh maybe you could pioneer a cupcake store in your country that offers unique flavors? Hehe But yeah, K&L’s offerings are very commendable for its diverse and delicious food and drinks.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Their cupcakes are cute too! Haha But beyond the nice interior of the restaurant and the presentation of food, the taste of their food and drinks are also two thumbs up. 😀

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  10. Lauren

    First off, this cupcake shop is absolutely adorable! Second off, the cupcakes look delicious! If I’m ever in the area, I need to go here! Thank you so much for the review! I love your blog! xoxo

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  11. Yona Williams

    Did someone say ‘cupcakes?’ OMGoodness, you go to all of the best foodie hot spots! I love the shelf display with the rope accents. Everything looks so nice and neat there…I bet this arrangement really increases sales. The Hot Peppermint Vanilla Latte is really up my alley, and I would LOVE to try that Rum Caramel Cupcake.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      All their food, drinks and cupcakes are actually must-tries. Haha They offer unique flavors that would surely satisfy you. And if you’re looking for Baguio’s specialty biscuits and food, K&L also provides them so everything in there is just so great. 😀

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  12. Catherine S

    This sounds like a great Cafe. All the food looks really good. I would eat all the cupcakes.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      I was also very impressed as their other offerings aside from the cupcakes were all delicious. The cupcakes are definitely not the only specialty they can provide to customers but everything else in their menu.

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  13. Bonnie @ wemake7

    What a great looking place to eat. I love everything about it. The food looks great, the decorations and the items you can buy.

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  14. Michelle Hwee

    This looks like an amazing place! I would love to fine here! I like how the cafe seemed like a cupcake or maybe a bakery cafe but they also serve other kinds of foods! That is great! The food looks delicious but so do the pink cupcakes 😉 haha, Great share!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Thanks, Michelle! I also loved their concept because it is definitely more than just a cupcake shop where they could also be known for their exquisite meals and drinks. 🙂

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  15. lovemindanao

    wow…looks like a one stop gastronomic shop. If Katipunan is only near to my place i would love to try their ice cappucino and that Bagnet. surely i will drop by soon 😀

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yes we all loved it! The food was enjoyed more with the comforting ambiance of the restaurant and great food! And yeah, the bagnet was superb even for a non-meat-eater like me.

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  16. Keneth

    The place is as unusual as the food they serve. I never thought there’d be restaurants in the Philippines that still prefer good ambience and design rather than maximizing the space for tables and seats.

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  17. Pal Raine

    I was inspired by the story of the two sisters, how I wish my two daughters will be like them also. Though they love cooking not baking.

    I love their place, it feels like you are just inside your house taking a break and have time for fun eating. Food served are also yummy to look and I’m sure it also tastes good base on the pictures.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Ohh That’s a nice thought for your daughters especially since food/restaurant business offers a lot of opportunities today. And yup! This restaurant/cafe is really an ideal place to hangout and relax with good food and company.

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  18. John

    The cupcakes are wonderful to see, how much more if they will be tasted and eaten. Great photos by the way. More like a pro 🙂

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Thank you! The presentation of food was really nice that you wouldn’t want to eat it anymore. But you also wouldn’t be able to resist the temptation with its great taste. 😛

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      I agree! Their drinks are also one of a kind especially the Famous Strawberry Calamansi which we tried. The sweet and tangy flavors were combined very well to become a refreshing drink.

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  19. mindy

    Cupcake is my fave desert and my mouth’s watering just looking at those pics haha! Sounds like a great place, it’s always best when the owners are really passionate with their place, you can sense the genuineness like an extra sweetener on their menus!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yes, you are so right about genuineness. I think the business would be more successful when the owners put their heart right into it, and this one is a good example of such. 🙂

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  20. nami

    hi roch

    i just tried this the other day and i was in love with the interior and the food and the service
    😀

    Reply

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