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THE SCENE Wine and Dine

Inspired by the allure of art and street culture of a Miami neighborho­od, THE FAT SEED CAFÉ + ROASTERY is brewing to be a destinatio­n that embraces all communitie­s.

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Since its opening in 2018, The Fat Seed Café + Roastery earned a warm reception for its vibrant interiors, extensive menu appealing to different tastebuds, and creative take on coffee shops. With a name coming from the idea of a seed planted in well-nourished soil, they are committed to their mission of bringing people together.

“When you're trying to create a lifestyle coffee shop, you have to have everything where you can see from start to finish,” founder and owner Bryant Dee explains. The store has to have life that no matter the background or purpose of visiting, customers will leave with a smile on their faces. “I want them to feel welcome… [the café] is kind of like a common ground for everyone.”

OUTPOUR OF ART

Having worked in Miami for a year, Dee was inspired to bring the lively neighborho­od of Wynwood—its colorful murals, art galleries, stylish bistros, and artisanal eateries—to his coffee shop. “The community is very centered around people who care about the quality of food and drinks, who also know how to genuinely have a good time.”

Visual artist and video director Jaime Pacena II painted the murals on the café’s walls. “That's how we view our aesthetic energy… vibrant colors [that] also seem to work when you're in a tropical area,” Dee affirms.

Apart from the graphic artwork, a beautiful antler chandelier draws attention. It relates to the Jackalope, a mythical animal of North American folklore, which serves as the café’s mascot. While the owner admits there is no direct connection with the shop’s concept, he counters, “it depends on what spirit animal speaks with you.”

FOR ALL PALATES

Taking off from the identity of inclusivit­y, Dee crafted the menu such that anyone can find something to eat and enjoy. No matter if they are vegetarian, craving a Filipino breakfast, an Italian dish, The Fat Seed has a little bit of everything to offer.

Among their new highlight dishes is the Plant-based Scrambled Egg on Toast. Tofu and soft turmeric are mashed to resemble eggs. Together with cherry tomatoes and pesto, it is a creative take on the popular avocado toast. “I'm happy to say we're one of the first people who are selling that,” he claims.

Another of their must-try is the Seafood-style Paella Risotto which is made with Adlai rice. Similar to barley, the rice has a nice, al dente texture “since we wanted to find something that worked with seafood, we decided to make like a saffron-style rice,” Dee explains.

One of their most well-known selections is the Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Ube Waffles. From the buttermilk marinade, the egg yolk sauce, to the maple syrup, all these make for an interestin­g dish. “We're not afraid to mix flavors together. These are things that we want to push the boundaries in terms of the tasting experience.” T o complement these dishes, The Fat seed offers specialty coffee, beer, wine, and cocktails. While they source coffee of different global origins, they proudly support local ones. They even have the Mt. Apo series featuring rich-tasting and aromatic flavors Honey (chocolate, walnut, tamarind), Semiwashed (cashew nuts, cacao, and spice), and Natural (milk chocolate, orange, and jackfruit). They also get creative with their craft beverages like the LGBT or the lychee, ginger, basil tea.

For Dee, inspiratio­n comes from everywhere. “I look at what’s out there and I like each one of them [but] I wanted to build something of my own,” he firmly says. “For me, you should always give customers something that they cannot make at home.”

BREWING GROWTH

Soon, the café will open branches in Greenbelt and another one in Makati which may be their flagship store. “We're going to try to make waves in the food and beverage industry and that's what we want to do,” Dee says. It may be a challenge as, like other cafés and restaurant­s, they are fighting to survive through the pandemic.

“My customers and my staff are the two things that I value the most in this whole restaurant industry,” Dee says. With his compassion­ate and forward-thinking leadership, it won’t come as a surprise to see The Fat Seed Café + Roastery reach greater heights all while growing a community.

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L-R The café is inspired by Wynwood, an artistic neighborho­od in Miami; ownder Bryant Dee wants his patrons to feel welcome, and for them to treat The Fat Seed as a common ground; Seafood-style Adlai Paella Risotto
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L-R Plant-based Scrambled Eggs on Toast; Tuna Poke Bowl; Espresso Martini made with house-roasted espresso blend; The Fat Seed offers specialty coffee, beer, and wine, and support local suppliers

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