Buku-Buku Kafe: Taking Over the South

By Catalina Bersabal

Café shops have been popping up left and right both in Cavite, many of which are cozy and unique, but some go above and beyond what we expect. Case in point: the Buku-Buku Kafes have taken the South by storm and recently opened a branch in the heart of Dasmariñas.

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Buku-Buku Kafe, which is a Bahasa Malaysian term for “many, many books”, is a themed café that serves food and drinks that are greatly influenced by the Southeast Asian flavors. Located bond over food, but it’s also a hotspot artsy hub for bookworms and artists. It offers group meals, finger foods, penny savers, and big plates and pastas.

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The Southeast Asian foods that are served in Buku-Buku Kafe are: I love you, tofu which is tofu meatballs with sweet and spicy sauce, French beans, coriander and mushroom rice; nasi goreng which is a spicy Malaysian dish consisting of rice fried in a special sauce, paired with crispy chicken, honey-sriracha sauce and sautéed vegetables; beef rendang which is beef brisket cuts; phad thai which is a sweet and sour stir-fried noodles with chicken, tamarind, and peanuts; and street laksa which is a assorted street food skewers with crablets, boiled eggs, malunggay and spiced curry coconut soup.

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Some of their best-sellers are sisig nachos and pork isaw fries for their finger foods, I love you tofu and nasi goreng for Southeast Asia foods, sizzling chicken alfredo for big pastas and sweet and sour bagnet and black pepper beef for penny savers.

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The café hidden on the ground floor of SM Dasmariñas is definitely an Instagram-worthy place that would give you the homey feels. They serve delicious foods and coffee drinks accompanied by music from their jukebox. Books and board games are also available to entertain the customers.

Aside from that, the café has also become a place for up and coming artists who want to sell their artworks and books without spending much on their promotions. Even their walls are painted by artworks made by some artist like Alelia Ariola (Instagram:@aleliaariola) and @anafvcknlee.

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