THE BREAKFAST CLUB (TBC) by Erich Gonzales @BreakfastClubPH

The Breakfast Club by Erich Gonzales

Location: Tirad Pass Street Corner Sto. Domingo, Quezon City
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Ironically, while the 1985 film The Breakfast Club directed by John Hughes and starring Emilio Estevez garnered fresh ratings at Rotten Tomatoes (91%), the “Suddenly It’s Magic” and the Juan Dela Cruz star Erich Gonzales‘ and her boyfriend’s newly opened restaurant of the same name has quite low reviews. (No, it’s not the restaurant in Mississippi.)

Before The Breakfast Club: Senya Cafe

The Breakfast Club’s predecessor, Senya Cafe, did not successfully please the residents of flood-prone Barangay Sto. Domingo in Quezon City though this hole-in-a-wall location had the potential to spin into wildfire in this town’s growing foodies community. Revamping the location situated beside Ajisen Ramen Restaurant, Erich Gonzales and her boyfriend attempts to do “a little bit of everything” with The Breakfast Club’s hodgepodge of cuisines with familiar dishes such as Bibimbap, Chef Jimmy’s Surprised Salmon with Spicy Aglio Olio, Korean Beef Stew, Seafood Pancake, Steaks, and captivating desserts such as the Choco Lava Cake and the Fallen Cake. Plus promoting it as an “All Day Breakfast Restaurant” in today’s breakfast hype doesn’t hurt.

In my opinion, these kinds of restaurants never do succeed and lack focus. People fail to see that it does lack the class of a restaurateur. (Take for example,Chocolate Kiss Cafe – and why does it still exist?! It’s good to note that they’ve closed their branch in Roces, a proof that this kind of restaurant doesn’t survive for long.) But I am pretty, pretty sure, The Breakfast Club is tenfolds better than Chocolate Kiss Cafe. No plastic chairs, I promise you.

Still with the power of media and Kris Aquino’s ability to hype places with her morning show #KrisTV, The Breakfast Club now seems “passable” to many. The Breakfast Club finally gets it, offering a daily breakfast buffet that seems fittingly to its name. (I had to applaud this move.) This time, I am curious. Having “breakfast” (and not Bibimbap) at The Breakfast Club at a beautiful sunny Sunday morning sounds like a great idea.

Daily Breakfast Buffet at The Breakfast Club

Opening Hours: 7:00am – 10:30am
Price per Person: P299/Head. Kids eat for free.

I would have loved the ambience dining at The Breakfast Club. There seems a serene appeal in a quiet neighborhood that resides near the Sto. Domingo Church. But the seating capacity was too small and cramp, probably because it is now hyped by a TV show and a celebrity.

I should warn you that you shouldn’t expect much from their breakfast buffet selection. Picture a lovely Filipino breakfast comprising of Filipino favorites such as sopas, longganisa, beef tapa, scrambled eggs, garlic rice, bangus and free-flowing cup of coffee.

The Breakfast Club by Erich Gonzales

The Breakfast Club by Erich Gonzales

And perhaps you can also enjoy their “Bibingka Mamon” and a wide selection of breads for a bread person such as foccacia and ciabatta. I appreciated this, really.

The Breakfast Club by Erich Gonzales

The Breakfast Club by Erich Gonzales

And that was all they had, plus fruits. Still you could expect to eat more varieties, especially at a not-so-affordable price of P299 per person. To me, I feel like you won’t be able to eat so much. The flavors are bland but good for the health conscious. Food is not too greasy, which I am thankful for.

I could only hope they’ll add cereals and yogurts for kids.

Since the place was cramp, there was a waiting queue already. The service is slow and terrible. The staff looked polite but lack experience. And every now and then a celebrity or famous newsroom anchors would walk in with their family to eat. Now I can see why people flock to this place.

I’d give The Breakfast Club a passing B-. I had to admit, I had a great time dining here, though I had better breakfasts elsewhere. Remember, it’s the experience that you pay for, not only the food. The Breakfast Club is off to a “Great Start and a Happy Ending”.

The Breakfast Club Rating:

Taste and Originality:2.5 out of 5 stars (2.5 / 5)
Customer Experience:2.5 out of 5 stars (2.5 / 5)
Value for Money:2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
Brick and Mortar:3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Average:2.5 out of 5 stars (2.5 / 5)