Miss the 80s?
All you need to do is take a cab to Marikina.
And as soon as RJ and I step off the taxi in SSS Village, Some Kind of Wonderful Cafe (SKOW) transports us back in time, back to the retro days of the 80s.
Named after the popular 1987 teen romance film written, Some Kind of Wonderful, this 80s inspired cafe fuses together entertainment industry highlights of the era. The bright colored walls are plastered with posters of John Hughes films and 80s soundtracks, and stacked up with shelves of nostalgia inducing memorabilia. They even have a vintage Polaroid camera and some good old VHS tapes! Awww…makes me miss the ACA Video rental days..
Following the spirit of the film inspiration, the cafe also plays upbeat 80s music, strongly characterized by the techno synthesizer sound. I imagine this place as a great venue for grade school/high school reunions for the 80s kids!
Aside from having that walk-down-memory-lane vibe, Some Kind of Wonderful Cafe also offers a wide selection of dishes to choose from: sandwiches, pasta, pizza, Japanese food, cakes and milkshakes. Since the cafe is partly owned by Chef Graciela Malonzo, expect only the best from their kitchen, not only in terms of taste but “plating-wise” as well.
It’s a Sunday date for RJ and I on a rainy, yet ironically bright day. The rain isn’t showing any signs of lighting up; hence, we find ourselves captives of the restaurant for the next couple of hours, not that we mind.
We sit by the window and watch the raindrops spiral down as we settle down in our seats with our drinks of choice: brewed coffee for me and Vanilla Milkshake for him. Coffee’s an automatic choice given the weather conditions, but I find myself envious of his milkshake after sharing a few sips. That’s one frothy and and boldly creamy vanilla milkshake! Wish I also ordered the same drink…little did I know that this milkshake would start my monthlong craving for vanilla milkshakes.
RJ lights up upon seeing the magic words on the menu: Buffalo Wings, his favorite! With not a second wasted, we order their spicy variant for that extra kick of heat at the end of the throat. We tear into these wings with our fingers, licking the sauce off our fingers, and bending back the bones to give way for us to sink our teeth into the juicy meat. I pull off a piece of meat and dunk it in the sauce. The dip tapers off the heat level of these wings, yet it fails to add much flavor to them. Still, the wings can stand on their own and make a great appetizer.
Next up is the cafe’s bestseller, their smoky Barbecued Spareribs, drenched in their bright, tangy sauce. My knife falls in love with the ribs as it slips effortlessly, separating the meat from its bone. Forking up the pieces of meat, it seemingly melts on my tongue, leaving a very sharp taste. The potato salad, on the side, balances out the flavors, preparing the taste buds for even more spareribs.
RJ chooses their Buttered Prawns with Lemon Aioli for his lunch. Though the prawns are moist and flavorful with a refreshing lemon aftertaste, their size is disappointingly small. This propels us to order another dish to fill our still starving tummies, their graciously cheesy Margherita Pizza!
Using their crunchy thin crust as base, the pizza is slapped on with sweet tomato sauce and stringy mozzarella cheese, then finally perfected with fragrant basil leaves on top. I couldn’t help but smile after each gooey bite, shortly followed by the crackle of the crust. Aaah… brings music to my ears! This pizza may seem light, but RJ and I didn’t have any room for dessert after this.
Too bad since these cookies look so tempting… Oh well, this gives us more reason to come back! Next time, we’ll make sure to have room for their pasta and desserts.
Coupled with soft natural lighting, free wifi, nostalgic interiors and crazy affordable but sumptuous food, we’ll definitely come back and spend another lazy Sunday with SKOW.
After all, nothing beats coming back home to the 80s!
More Info on Some Kind of Wonderful Cafe: Address: 11 Birch Road cor. Rainbow St. Hacienda Hts. Conc. Dos, 1811 Marikina Heights, Philippines Landmark: across St. Paul Parish in SSS Village Map: Click Here Contact: (02) 409-1242, 09282714998 Operating Hours: Sun-Sat except Tuesdays, 12:00nn-10:00pm Menu: Click here, here and here Budget: Php150-200/head Payment Methods: Cash Attire: Casual Other Blogs on Some Kind of Wonderful Cafe: Marikina Food Trip – Some Kind of Wonderful Cafe Marikina Food Trip – More Reasons to Love Some Kind of Wonderful Cafe Other Marikina Restaurants: Food Trip in Marikina: Coca-Cola Lovin’ with Mama Chit’s Coffee House