Thanks to Kuya Jack’s Facebook food pics from this Cafe, I have pestered Mr. H enough for us to go to Labrador for a visit last Sunday. It was an undecided trip….we didn’t expect anything from our visit as it was Sunday and Kuya Jack told me that you need to ring up first to see what’s available for that day. Arriving near closing time, I’ve already worked up Plan B…if there’s nothing left we will eat at Nonna’s in Harbour Town Shopping Centre as it was close by.
Cafe de O’le mainly serve Cafe food with good coffee and because of the pressure from Filipinos, the owner decided to include some Filipino Food around the middle of last year. I mean “some”as in a couple of dishes as the kitchen is quite small and designed for quick cooking, reheat and toasting = cafe menu.
Once you step a foot inside the shop, you will be greeted by this poster of their Halo-Halo hanged on the right side wall. I don’t know why for this instance… I felt excited, just seeing their Halo-Halo poster.
This portion of Cafe de O’le is quite cosy, situated further inside the shop. They also have an outdoor eating area situated across the front of the shop.
Cafe de O’le menu prices are very affordable. If our house was situated near this shop, the whole TRIBE will be regulars because of the menu prices and it doesn’t hurt that the food is good. Just to let you know, Cafe de O’le is only open for Breakfast and Lunch daily.
They got some pre packed meals to go if you want to just make a quick purchase and take it home.
They got a few Filipino Kakanin on their food display cabinet.
I know you’re dying to know what Filipino Dishes was on offer that day but first let’s discuss the serving portions for Pinoy Food. Cafe de O’le offers 3 sizes… small, medium and large (2x ulam with rice). The Filipino Dishes that are available for the day are not visibly printed out for public viewing, I have to ask the lady (Lotlot) who serves the counter about the Pinoy Menu. She showed me a list of Filipino Dishes on a piece of paper and on the list there was Pork Adobo, Dinuguan, Beef Bistik, Sisig & Pakbet from what I recalled. I’ve chosen Pakbet with my Beef Bistik but sadly it has run out so I ended up with Beef Bistik, Sisig and Steamed Rice. It was Pork Adobo and Sisig for Mr. H with his rice. We’ve both ordered Medium size for AUD$9.95 each, which we think was very affordable.
Here’s what we ordered:
Tender Chunky Pork Cubes that has been lovely simmered long enough to develop that signature well flavoured Adobo sauce with rendered fat that came from the pork. This is what you expect what Pork Adobo should taste like.
This dish was not served like your typical Sisig… on a hot sizzling plate but rest assured that it tasted really good but Mr. H and I concluded that this dish leaned more into Bopis as it has more pork liver ratio compare to the rest of the ingredients. It has that chilli medium-hot kick to it, I personally love this dish and would highly recommend this as a pulutan with your nice very cold San Miguel beer. We even ordered a takeaway container of their Sisig to take home for only AUD$12.00 so the rest of the TRIBE can have a taste of this dish.
Sorry about the photo as I’ve already had a couple of forkfuls of Beef Bistik and rice before I realize I’ve forgotten to take pictures of the food. The Beef Bistik was well flavoured and was so good with the rice… if I have to give a score out of 10, it would be around 7.5! I’ve tasted Beef Bistik in other Filipino Eatery here in Brisbane and Cafe de O’le Beef Bistik comes second from the now closed Railway Asian (Filipino) Takeaway in Zillmere.
It was Kuya Jack’s Facebook Halo-Halo photos that made me want to go and check out Cafe de O’le. I don’t usually eat Halo-Halo but this beckons me to order one. As you can see, it’s not a hybrid…. the fillings in the bottom of the glass is what you expect what a classic Halo-Halo should have. The Ice was freshly shaved, topped with Vanilla and Langka (Jackfruit) Ice Cream… it was really nice with just the right amount of sweetness.
It does not contain fresh fruits or some yucky flavoured Ice Creams and other unnecessary frills…. straight forward good Halo-Halo.
Oooppssss…. they forgot to add in 2 toppings while they assembled our Halo-Halo inside their kitchen but the forgotten toppings was quickly handed to us plated. The Leche Flan pieces was good but if that anaemic purple lump is Ube Halaya…. it doesn’t taste good and am glad it was not included in our Halo-Halo.
TRIBE’S FOODIE VIEW: As Cafe de O’le is mainly catered for western cafe food, Mr. H and I prepared ourselves that this visit will be an informal “no frills” lunch date. The Filipino Dishes we’ve eaten was good, reminiscing of Carinderia fare in a positive way…. affordable and delicious!
We had a good laugh with Ate Hermie (owner) and exchange some honest opinions regarding what Mr. H and I ate. She was such a lovely & bubbly character and another Filipina owner who is passionate about the Filipino Food she serves to her customers.
Here’s the good news, she will be opening a Filipino Restaurant in April and the shop will be located around that area (Labrador). Ate Hermie’s excitement was contagious, as she tells us the details… it made us really look forward to her Filipino Restaurant grand opening. Personally I’m excited to visit once Ate Hermie’s Filipino Restaurant opens, you know why…because if they can produce tasty Filipino Dishes in such a small cafe kitchen, imagine what the dishes they will be able to produce once they have a proper restaurant kitchen!
LOCATION: CAFE DE O’LE
4/100 Brisbane Road
Labrador QLD 4215
CONTACT NO: 07 5537 4911
*Pls contact Cafe de O’le first if you want to try out their Filipino Menu a day ahead before you visit to avoid disappointments.
F.Y.I~ I’m not related or connected to this business, the purpose of this post is to give you a sneak peek on our TRIBE’s eating out adventure. We paid with our own TRIBE money for our foodie purchases.