To say Thai food is delicious is an understatement – at least that’s what my friends who’ve already traveled to Thailand would keep telling me. Food tripping is perhaps what I envy the most when traveling as I’ve never had the opportunity to travel as much in the past two decades of my life. The world is bursting with so many flavours – flavours which I can’t wait to taste.
I’ll be sharing with you my short but sweet time at Leh-Leh, Cafe Fleur. Keng leh-leh in Kapampangan translates to “sa tabi” in Tagalog or “right around the corner” in English. Located at L-463B Miranda St. Brgy Sto. Rosario, in Angeles City, Cafe Fleur is a jeepney ride and a good five-minute walk away from where I live. It’s funny that it had taken me a while to discover this specialty cafe. Little did I know that this little nook would bring me a bit closer to Thailand without necessarily having to travel all the miles.
Cafe Fleur is a three-restaurant concept headlined by Chef Sau del Rosario. The two-storey house sits in the middle of a rather spacious lot, which runs a few blocks away from Angeles City’s heritage sites like the Old Pamintuan Residence and the Holy Rosary Parish. (Yes, the photo below is a snap of the church. Too bad I had only been able to visit the subject at hand later that night and wasn’t able to take pictures of the facade.)
Instead, I’m sharing with you a photo of the cafe’s exterior off their Instagram page. If you consider yourself an old soul like I am, this gable-front house will surely bring about some pretty legit old school vibes. Even the interiors felt so warm, comfortable, and familiar. It feels like home to me.
Since I had a rather heavy lunch, a large cup of brewed coffee, and sweet treats earlier that day, I wasn’t really in the mood to pig out. Instead, I got myself a bowl of fried catfish salad and a plate of the ever popular Pad Thai.
To be honest, I am not a big fan of hito, but the need to get green mango into my system was more important to me at that time, so I decided this salad was most ideal. The fried catfish had just the right amount of crisp and breading. I just felt that the salad could have used more vinaigrette – it was my fault for failing to request a spoonful more. The greens were fresh, and the slices of green mango offered ample amounts of kilig. I don’t remember how much this costs, but for about P 200+, I wouldn’t mind helping myself to another bowl.
Cafe Fleur’s popular Pad Thai is definitely my favourite. To be honest, I had no prior expectations about the dish, save that it should be sweet and spicy. It’s the sort of sauteed rice noodles you need on a terrible day! For just P 325.00, I had a generous helping of the cafe’s Pad Thai. The rice noodles was topped with ample amounts of egg, shrimp, tofu, and bean sprouts, and just by looking at it, I knew I have found love. The plate came with sweet tamarind sauce, chili, and whatever-that-was…I’m sorry don’t remember. I already loved how sweet and a bit sour it was even without the sauces, but just out of curiosity, I decided to add gradual amounts until I was satisfied with the taste. I did, however, pour all the chili just because spicy makes me happy.
I must say this is my new favourite old place, if you get what I mean. It’s been right around the corner all my life, and as I write this entry, I feel like this giddy little kid who wants come back for more. This meal was the closest thing I could ever get to tasting authentic Thai cuisine.
Perhaps I’ll try some of these mouthwatering dishes on my next visit. Manyaman! Cafe Fleur is open from Tuesdays through Sundays, from 11 AM to 10 PM.
Allow me to quote Chef Sau del Rosario via Cafe Fleur’s Instagram handle: “Cooking my way to your heart through my travels.” I honestly have no way of telling how authentic the taste is, but I enjoyed every bite out of these two dishes. That dinner had taken me somewhere, alright.
Thank goodness for Thai food. Dakal a salamat, Cafe Fleur!