BENCH/ Cafe, TriNoma is Now Open!

Let’s go back to 2018. The moment I heard the news that a BENCH/ Cafe was opening their flagship store, I was so thrilled. But then I found out it was in Bonifacio High Street, I was devastated, especially when some of my friends who work in and near the area informed me how delicious their meals are.

I live and work on the North side of the Metro so travelling there would be difficult but not anymore! Fellow North peeps, BENCH/ Cafe just opened their fourth branch and it is located at the Triangle North of Manila or simply Trinoma. You can find them at the ground floor right across Landmark department store and beside Mister Donut.

The Cafe

While I was walking out of the new Landmark building, I saw a huge glass window giving me a glimpse of a restaurant. It looked really beautiful and calm that I couldn’t help but stare at the place. When I finally got out of that building, I turned left and realised that was actually BENCH/ Cafe.

From the outside, you can already tell that BENCH/ Cafe has a relaxing atmosphere. When you enter, you will see their simple and bright interior – brown and white walls, black and white floors plus artificial greenery.

Take note, I was there for a blogger event (Thank you to my #WeLoveToEatPH peeps.) so don’t be surprised by the amount of food in this post.

Photo by Instagram: @johnbunag

The Food

First, let me share with you the dishes that were served.

Tinapa Cones (PHP129)

Bench Cafe Trinoma by Clarisays (21)

Binagoongan Caesar (PHP149)

Beef Tendon Pares *new

Pamilya Style

Good for 2-3 persons)

Dancing Fish (PHP350)

Fried Chicken (PHP460)Gising Gising (PHP195)

Sisig Skillet (PHP249)


comes with vegetables, Bench salsa, atsara and steamed Ifugao rice.

Bagnet Kare-Kare (PHP399)

Inasal na Liempo (PHP269)

All Day Meryienda

Pork BBQ Skewer (PHP189)

Pancit Guisado (PHP219)


Flan B (PHP155)

Banana Con Yelo (PHP109) | Mais Con Yelo (PHP100) | Ube Halo-Halo (PHP149) | White Halo-Halo (PHP119)

Turon Ala Mode (PHP89)

Muscuvado Milk Teas

The Verdict

My friends were right! BENCH/ Cafe does offer delicious food. If you haven’t been to this cafe, they offer local flavours. They upgraded Filipino classic dishes by fusing Filipino with Filipino. For me, that is so much better because our local flavours especially our traditional recipes are great.

Would you like to know what my favourite dishes from BENCH/ Cafe are? Take note, I enjoyed all but there are those that I would like to try again along with my family.

Because I’m the type of person who would eat dessert first, my top one is their Flan B. Chef Carlo Miguel, Corporate Executive Chef of Foodee Group Concepts said he used his grandmother’s leche flan recipe. Honestly, I believe him! When I tasted that Flan B, it does remind me of my Abuelita’s recipes – traditional and does not skrimp on ingredients nor taste.

Besides that, I also loved the flavours of their Tinapa Cones which is made of crispy lumpia cones filled with tinapa mousse. Yes, tinapa mousse. It’s not the sweet kinds but the savoury kind.

Next is the Beef Tendon Pares. What I love about this dish is it has a tender and smooth texture. It is served with rice and a sunny side-up egg on the side. It’s absolutely great for brunch, lunch and dinner.

And lastly, their Bagnet Kare-Kare which is so crispy complemented by their homemade peanut sauce is a must-try. What’s great about this dish is it’s under the All BENCH-TO menu. This means that it comes with vegetables, Bench salsa, atsara and steamed Ifugao rice.

And that’s it! But honestly, all that is listed in this blog post are delicious. If you prefer the ones I chose or the ones I didn’t, it is up to you.  All I know is people who love Filipino dishes should really try dining at BENCH/ Cafe. And if you have balikbayan friends or friends from other countries, I think BENCH/ Cafe is a good place to introduce them to Filipino food.


You can find BENCH/ Cafe on the ground floor of Trinoma Mall, Bagong Pag-Asa, Quezon City right across Landmark department store and beside Mister Donut.

*Since I was there for a blog event, expect that I will return and update this blog post if needed.

Update: I visited them again but this time with my family. Happy to report the food and service are both great. 🙂

Happy eating!

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31 responses to “BENCH/ Cafe, TriNoma is Now Open!”

  1. This looks like a great place to eat! All the food looks incredible. I love trying out new places!


    1. It is! This was taken during a foodie event but I’ve been there a couple of times after. It really is a great cafe. 🙂


  2. Wow everything looks so yummy. Sounds like a great place!


    1. Yep, especially those desserts! 👍


  3. Uhh that purple Icecream looks delicious. Thank you for sharing!


    1. Oh, that’s the Ube Halo-Halo which is very delicious. It’s a classic fave. They have three other variations, too. 🙂


  4. STOP IT. All that food looks absolutely DELISH! Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us!


    1. 🤣 Creating posts like this makes me hungry, too.


  5. They food looks amazing! Too bad this isn’t here in the States!

    Candy Rachelle
    Keeping Up With Candy


    1. In case you’re in town, at least you already know a great place to eat.:)


  6. that place sounds (and looks) amazing! Yum!


  7. This looks like a truly wonderful cafe to dine out! Seeing so many delicious dishes in one place makes me feel hungry! Hope to check them out in the future! 🙂


  8. Margaret @ Live Like No One Else Avatar
    Margaret @ Live Like No One Else

    How wonderful that now you have one close to you. The food looks amazing. I’d have a hard time staying away!


    1. Yeah, I’m really glad. Been there a couple of times after the blog event. 🙂


  9. All of the food looks so fresh and delicious. Except I would probably be afraid of the dancing fish.


    1. No worries, it’s just Tilapia 🙂 It’s very delicious. I’m just not sure what its name in English is though.

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      1. It is tilapia in English, too!

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  10. This looks like such a cute cafe with a lot of good food! All of the food really looks delicious!


    1. Yeah, their interior is really nice especially their food and service.


  11. It looks like a really great place! I’ll put it on the list for the upcoming travel.


  12. I didb;t know there was a Bench Cafe now. Their food looks very interesting, and quite affordable too. Maybe I’l head on to Trinoma one of these days to try it out.


    1. Yep, TriNoma is their fourth branch. Their flagship branch is at BGC.


  13. Wow! The food looks delicious. I’ll probably take my fam here when we visit the PI.


    1. That’s great! They have several branches now and this one is the fourth. I recommend checking Zomato 🙂

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  14. Wow those dishes really look amazing and yummy too what I love most is the Beef Tendon Pares, I most say that I really love what l saw and also the flang b I love the juicy nature and trust it will go well for me.


  15. This looks like a lovely place with great food.. I’ll try to get the if I’m ever in the area.


    1. It is. I’m excited for you 🙂 Hope you enjoy your dining experience.


  16. Wow the food here looks delish. I would love to try it if I ever traveled there.

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