Poprock

An Iligan cafe sets up shop in CdeO

Shrimp thermidore with broccoli florets, broccoli stems and cauliflower and grated with cheese

Shrimp thermidor with broccoli florets, broccoli stems and cauliflower and grated with cheese. Delicious. The veggies still provide crunch and the shrimps just done right.

The facade is imposing. Two storeys, huge arches at the upper part and recessed windows. I thought it was a music store, what with its name, Poprock in a beautiful yellow strip and bold, yellow colored font on black. But a friend from Iligan who was walking with me to Divisoria last night exclaimed, oh, they’re already here. I like their food!

PopRock Restaurant and Cafe started as a bakeshop 8 March 1990 in Iligan City. Ten years later, it transformed itself into a cafe with Italian cuisine inspired food. It bakes its own bread, serves pasta and rice meals as well as sandwiches, pastries and desserts. And judging from the reaction of my friend, it seems popular in Iligan City.

Sir, would you like to try our newest offering, Shrimp Thermidor? We’ll be launching it today. Roselle Tapia-Yañez, Store Manager for Cagayan de Oro City, politely asked me. I just had their crab salad sandwich and a slice of baked cheesecake, and of course, who would refuse? I still have room for one more dish.

We just launched last 8 March 2014, as she gave a smile. We used to have a branch in Cebu for 2-3 years back in 2002. Roselle recounted. A family enterprise, the Cagayan de Oro branch would have been it’s third. She’s proud of their Piadina, a dish inspired by an Italian restaurant of the same name in Makati and recommended also their Spirelli Salad.

Asked about the dessert if it is the same with the main branch, she told me that they had to offer new ones here based on her observations and feedback from diners.

I still have to explore their other offerings, probably when I come back to Cagayan de Oro City. The food is good so far at a price that doesn’t hurt the wallet. Do check PopRock out whenever you’re in CDeO or in Iligan.

Crab salad in whole wheat flour sandwich with chips

Crab salad in whole wheat flour sandwich with chips.

Baked cheesecake with whipped cream

Baked cheesecake. This one is also good. I especially liked the still creamy part between the top and bottom layers.

Interior of Poprock Restaurant and Cafe

Interior of Poprock Restaurant and Cafe

The cafe's facade. The lower floor is the dining space while the upper floor is the bakeshop.

The cafe’s facade. The lower floor is the dining space while the upper floor is the bakeshop.

Simple but beautiful ceiling lamps of the cafe

Simple but beautiful ceiling lamps of the cafe

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

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