Always on the lookout for new culinary adventures, tipped off by fellow foreigners on our tiny island province, we checked out a new eatery. “Exciting New Guimaras Café Conchita Shows Promise.”
Warm Greeting at Café Conchita
Accompanied by a British friend and his lovely Filipina wife, my sparkling spouse and I were immediately greeted by the owner and her father as we drove into the café’s back parking lot. A warm friendly greeting goes far among our eclectic group of expatriates. Normally when my wife and I visit any of the local retail establishments in Guimaras, we do not receive any sort of acknowledgment by the staff with the exception of a local island supermarket. Nevertheless, if I wanted to be ignored, I’d return to the States and visit our local Walmart.
The gregarious owner, MK, is shown in the following photo standing next to her extremely friendly father, Sir Earnest. Café Conchita is located in San Miguel, Jordan, Guimaras near Bread & Butter and in front of Zenkamps Chalet. That’s me, “The Crusty Old Expat,” on the far right.
Café Conchita is currently having a “Soft Opening” and is open from 7:00 am-3:00 pm. They serve various varieties of coffee and an all-day Bacon & Eggs Breakfast for 180 pesos ($3.60 USD) that one of our British friends pronounced as quite tasty.
I went for a burger and fries, a “Classic Cheese Burger” that had a whisper of watsabi. It was quite delicious and cost 260 pesos, about five USD. Slightly more expensive than the Island Brew Burger & Fries at Oliva’s Kitchen in Guimaras which features a much bigger burger.
Also, the plating at Conchita’s doesn’t rival the extraordinary plating featured at Oliva’s but keep in mind we visited during the café’s ”soft opening.” All the expats that went to the eatery believe the exciting new Guimaras Café Conchita shows promise.
My better half ordered a beef dish shown below. Ordering any beef dish in the Philippines can be quite risky at times as the meat is often tough and rubbery. However, the beef dish at Café Conchita was quite good and the meat was tender. My spouse also ordered a watermelon drink which was not too sweet and very delicious.
An order of carbonara pasta from Café Conchita is depicted in the following photograph. The pasta was a bit dry but still tasty. Our group, including our Filipina asawas, recommended a bit more seasoning for some of the dishes. MK graciously took note of all of our suggestions.
Exciting New Guimaras Café Conchita Shows Promise
It was an extremely pleasant dining experience at Café Conchita. Owner/operator MK was extremely helpful and listened to all of our concerns and suggested improvements. The general consensus among the expats in Guimaras that visited the new eatery agree that they definitely will return.
Drinking water comes in different colored glasses so everyone can remember which glass is theirs. I thought this was a great novel concept and loved this special touch.
Owner/Operator MK and her friendly staff
The full menu is not yet available but once it is, we’ll be planning another lunch at the café once the new menu makes its debut. If you live in Guimaras or visiting from nearby Iloilo City or other destinations, be sure to visit Café Conchita. You won’t be disappointed.
Café Conchita features a wide variety of Western and Filipino dishes at reasonable price points along with a wide variety of coffees. The establishment has good air con along with a pleasant atmosphere and decor.
Parking in the back is available but limited. If you travel to Conchita’s you’ll find more accessible parking on the main road alongside the eatery.