Rising Star: Black Canyon Coffee

I never thought that coffee and Thai cuisine could blend well, so it was with a slight trepidation that we visited the newly opened Black Canyon Coffee in McKinley Hill. Offering a vast array of Thai specialties and a huge medley of coffee concoctions, Black Canyon prides itself as a multi-awarded restaurant with an excellent reputation in Thailand, and now it’s ready to take the taste buds of Manila by storm!

Rarely do I write about the negative stuff in my blog posts—I choose to omit them especially if I truly enjoyed the food, which is the primary reason I came there in the first place—but for Black Canyon, I honestly have nothing bad to say. First things first, the ambiance? Perfect. Elegant and clean interior, a nice façade, and a welcoming staff. Beside the doorway, a menu is aptly placed so diners can check it our first before entering. Which brings me back to the next thing: the menu.

Black Canyon’s extensive food selection, aside from Thai favorites like pad thai and assorted curries, is composed of “fusion” dishes, like the Tom Yum Goong (fusilli in spicy prawn soup). They have everything from soups, salads, sandwiches, appetizers, steaks, rice meals, pasta, and desserts, so surely you will have a hard time choosing what to order. Worry not because the awesome photos from their menu might be able to help you decide—if not to confuse you more. Haha!

part of the menu featuring their "champion" pad thai (photo credit: Black Canyon's Facebook page.)
Tom Yum Goong. You can specify if you want it mildly spicy or super spicy!
Are you the type of diner who is fussy with food presentation? Black Canyon won’t disappoint you in this aspect. How the food is depicted in the menu is exactly how it would arrive at your table. Does bad service turn you off, giving up on a place altogether? Black Canyon doesn’t fall short in this part either. Service is prompt and attentive. They even gave us free iced coffee during their soft opening. And of course, before I forget, what about the quality of the food? Is Black Canyon all show and no substance? Definitely not! I was blown away by the Stir-fried Curry Prawn, Chicken, Mushroom, and Chili that I ordered the first time we went there. Not to mention the unforgettable Spicy Stir-fried Pasta with Crispy Bacon, which vanished in a matter of seconds and which, given the chance to choose one food I could taste forever every time I burp or something, I would have no hesitations picking! I wasn't able to try their pad thai though (it disappeared before I could snatch some from my friend), but it just gave me a reason to come back and try it, among others.

Stir-fried Curry Prawn, Chicken, Mushroom and Chili
iced tea
Arguably, some people might say the serving size doesn’t compensate for the price of the dishes (PhP200 and above). I am in no position to comment on this, since I eat like a pier porter and can consume anything and can have two consecutive heavy dinners in a night, but for the quality, I would gladly pay for Black Canyon’s offerings. I suggest you head over there now and try them for yourself! Whether it’s for a relaxed night of coffee and cakes with a close pal or a hearty dinner with family or friends, Black Canyon could certainly deliver.

Choco lava cake. Moist and heavy.

Black Canyon Coffee
G/F Tuscany Estates, McKinley Hill, Taguig
Facebook page: Black Canyon Coffee
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