One lazy Sunday afternoon, Mike and I went out for a light lunch in this newly opened cafe along V. Cruz in San Juan.
Located in a quiet part of the neighborhood, Cafe Sanso is a quaint cafe that serves Spanish food. It is right beside Fundacion Sanso, a museum that showcases works of Juvenal Sanso, a Filipino artist. I have not heard of him as I am not an art person. But from what I’ve read, he’s one of the highly regarded modernist in Philippine art.
The place is very small, with a seating capacity of around 30 people.
Our meal started with some complimentary focaccia bread with raisin butter.
Followed by Jamon Serrano, Melon and Mango salad – mixed salad greens drizzled with citrus herb vinaigrette, served with Jamon Serrano and slivers of manchego cheese. YUM! I liked how the tartness of the vinaigrette and the saltiness of the jamon went well with the sweetness of the mangoes and melons.
And for our entree, we ordered Chorizo y Quezo – chorizo pamplona, chorizo de bilbao and Spanish chorizo in paella rice, smothered with melted manchego and mozzarella cheese. One serving is good for two. The paella had a texture almost similar to risotto, which I loved. It took a lot of willpower to not wolf the whole thing down by myself. Yes, it is THAT good.
Cafe Sanso is located at 32 V. Cruz, San Juan, Metro Manila. Open from 11 am to 10 pm.