Dezato Cafe is the newest place to hang out for dessert or coffee after your Nomnomnom or Taumbayan lunch/dinner around the Tomas Morato area. The other options nearby would be: Heavenly Chocolate or Kozui.
Maria Gorre, the undisputed queen of Mochi (marketed under the Dezato brand), opened a cafe beside their house. It is easy to find — from the E.Rodriguez/ T. Morato intersection, go towards St. Luke’s and immediately turn right along Hemady St. after the first stop light. I like the location because it is away from the commercialized scene. It feels like hanging out in a house, and it has a hole-in-the-wall kind of surprise.
MochiRegular Size (P35)/ Bite Size (P65) – yes the bite size is a bit bigger
Mochi are pillow-soft balls made of fine glutinous rice with a sweet surprise inside, like chocolate. There are five flavors to choose from: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate with walnuts, white chocolate with green tea, and choco peanut butter. I like my mochi with a contrasting taste like green tea or the ever-popular peanut butter.
Dezato Mochi Balls became popular in bazaars, the Legaspi Sunday Market and, more recently, in the Baker’s Dozen of Rockwell. Lori wrote a feature on Dezato.
A lot of people hang out in Dezato Cafe for mochi, latte and coffee, but one can also have breakfast or merienda here. Most of the dishes are below P200 and the pizzas around P300+. It has around 10 tables that can probably accommodate 20+ people, including the al fresco section.
Board games are available in the cafe — there’s Monopoly, Chess, Poker Set, Jenga, Othello, Scrabble, Dominoes, Taboo, Cranium, Puzzle Box, and Da Vinci’s Game.
I like looking at the soft, truffle-like mochi balls coated in cocoa powder before eating them.
When cut in half, the mochi’s sticky rice seems to protect the generous amount of filling inside. Maybe, they can create something like the Masachi with Chocolate served in Eat Well, where the filling oozes out.
We like to try all the flavors, so we had to cut them into four pieces (to include the two little boys, of course). We savor each and every bite. The Choco-Peanut Butter is a winner and we all like the White Chocolate with Green Tea.
If you’re looking for a different dessert experience, try Dezato Cafe.