Relaxed and convivial neighborhood eatery popular for its gourmet international cafe fare and friendly service
November 2nd, 2013
A contemporary neighborhood cafe / deli concept that takes its inspiration from the renowned Chelsea Market in Manhattan, the eponymously named Chelsea Market & Cafe on Manila’s burgeoning Bonafacio High Street has enjoyed sustained popularity since it opened in 2007. Offering an appealing combination of well-executed gourmet cafe cuisine, a pleasantly laid-back interior, and a warm and inviting service team, Chelsea has proven a solid hit with a clientele of increasingly discerning Manila urbanites. Conceived and operated by the Raintree Restaurants team who are behind other standout Manila cafes such as Museum Cafe & Kabila, Stella and Rocket Room, and Mr Jones, the initial success of Chelsea at Bonafacio High Street led to the opening of a second Chelsea outlet at The Podium in the Ortigas Center area.
Exemplifying the quintessential neighborhood eatery, Chelsea Cafe & Market serves a thoughtfully constructed menu of gourmet comfort foods, created from fresh, seasonal market produce. Serving an extensive array of dishes that include selections of appetizers, soups, salads, cafe sandwiches, pizza and pasta, plus the signature main courses or “big plates” – generously proportioned servings that are best shared. And with their in-house bakery, Chelsea also specialize in delicious homemade cakes, breads and pastries.
Complementing the gourmet cafe fare, Chelsea has an impressive beverage program, offering a broad selection of refreshing floats & frappes, iced teas and fruit blends of “carafe” drinks, fine teas and gourmet coffees, a good selection of local and imported craft beers, house wines served by the glass, carafe or bottle, plus a concise selection of classic cocktails.
The casual, unpretentious style of the interior provides the perfect environment for relaxed all-day dining- commencing with a breakfast service from 7 am in the morning, and transitioning through lunch and dinner into the evenings. The warm and convivial atmosphere makes Chelsea a popular choice for friends and families to while away time over a long meal and conversations, and is particularly busy at weekends for laid-back weekend lunches. Table bookings on weekends are definitely recommended.
Chelsea Market & Cafe is open daily- from 7 am until 10 pm.
Chelsea Market & Cafe occupies a prominent corner space at the top end of the uber-popular Manila dining and shopping destination- Bonafacio High Street.
Inside Chelsea Market & Cafe
An open-plan interior features mostly compact table settings for two that can be comfortably joined together for larger groups. A centrally placed chrome shelving unit showcases deli products and provides visual separation between the main cafe floorspace and the service counter.
White marble topped tables are matched with simple, utilitarian cafe chairs and an unobtrusive color scheme with shades of white and cream, to create a warm and homely environment.
Wrapped with full height glass on two sides, the interior of Chelsea is bright and airy, suffused with natural daylight.
Posters reference the Chelsea Market in NYC which was the inspiration for the local cafe. With an in-house bakery, Chelsea offers an alluring array of fresh breads, pastries and cakes. Additionally, embracing the “market” concept, open-shelving units showcase fresh produce and gourmet deli products.
Selections from the Chelsea Menu
Lemon Lime Mint Soda- selection from “Refreshing Carafe Drinks”
The Chelsea Bloody Mary- Vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, celery, spring of thyme; make it a bloody maria by adding tequila.
Cookies and Cream Frappe
‘Chelsea Greek’ Panko Crusted Feta Cheese – Kalamata Olives, fresh tomatoes, cucumber, mint, tri-color bell peppers, baby romaine, sweet lemon & dill yogurt dressing.
Truffled 3 Mushroom Cream Fettuccine – Double smoked bacon ‘Lardons’, fresh basil, parmesan shavings.
Roasted Whole Garlic-Rosemary-Lemon Chicken (good to share)– Wild rice pilaf, kalamata olives, roasted organic vegetables.
Choco Caramel Swirl- with illy coffee
Chelsea Food, Desserts & Beverages Menus
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Chelsea Market & Cafe- Bonifacio High Street, Manila
Address: G/F, One Serendra, Bonafacio Global City, Metro Manila. Philippines
Reservations: +63.2. 909 7011
Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 am ~ 10:00 pm
Dress Code: Casual