Sega Cofi: Fave Cafe in the Hills

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Hubby and I love living up here in the hills. It’s a bit rural, sometimes a pain to go to for those living in the city, but we’ve gotten used to it and fell in love with its countryside charm. I can no longer imagine living in the congested city. I need the vast expanse of greenery, the cacophony of chirping birds early in the morning, the fluttering butterflies and occasional firefly sightings… Nature is my therapy.

But, living up here means no huge malls or big box stores, no deli, no decent gym, and very few decent restaurants, bars and coffee shops. That’s the trade off. We even have to go down to the city for vet services.

So, having discovered SEGA COFI came as a pleasant surprise!
It’s a tiny coffee shop next to a car repair shop in the commercial section of town. Nothing fancy at all but they serve good food, strong coffee and I am dying for their cakes!!!

My current fave is called TORTA SEGA, that I especially enjoy with brewed coffee.

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I don’t really know how to describe it accurately but the cake is light and spongy, with a layer of creamy frosting, and the whole cake is covered by what seems to be an egg yolk based frosting that’s sprinkled with sugar and torched prior to serving. Ah, heaven!

There are only a few items in the menu but so far the ones we’ve tried were all winners.

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We love the pumpkin soup, mushroom soup, chicken cordon bleu, ribs, shrimp gamberi pasta, and cheeseburger.

The cheeseburger’s a big plate! I love the chips too!

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Hubby’s fave pasta – shrimp gamberi.

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For city dwellers, this cafe might be just another statistic. But, for us up here, it’s one of the best! Definitely better than driving all the way down to the city! πŸ™‚

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8 comments

  1. Winnie

    One day, everyone else will discover how refreshing it is to live outside the city. By then you’ll be a local who knows all the cool places πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Winnie! There are really interesting places up here but just a few. There’s Vieux Chalet, a quaint Swiss restaurant with an inn run by the family of a Swiss guy who settled here long ago. Good food! Pinto Art Gallery is a fabulous sprawling property that hosted Earth Day with yoga for kids, local crafts, and a mini organic bazaar. The cafe in that place is run by a young couple who used to manage Laya, a nice house-turned-private dining-and-massage resort nearby where Hubby and I celebrated one of our wedding anniversaries. There’s Rizal Dairy, our local dairy shop that I have yet to find. And near our new house is that Secret Garden of Doris, the nursery of exotic fruit trees. I have an interesting neighbor whose property is so vast and they love plants, dogs and birds. They invite us over when they have new bottles of wine or when they try out new recipes… Or when they’re simply bored. I’m pretty sure there’s s lot more we haven’t discovered! Best of all, the community is small. When we attended earth day, it was really cool to get to know people in the community who really loved this quaint place and chose to live here when they could well afford to buy property elsewhere in the city.

  2. hey, rica. like you i think i’m slowly transforming into a country girl! don’t you just love those little dives that you stumble into in the country? heehaw!

    • nice! i love the countryside, which is why i enjoy going out of town. i like stopping whenever i see an interesting cafe, nursery of plants, orchidarium, etc. on our way to Tagaytay, we’ve stopped by an antique shop, a tile manufacturer, exotic fruit trees nursery, home decor shop, outdoor furniture shop, ceramic planter vendor… ah, the list goes on! up here where we live, there are few interesting spots that i know but i am not yet done exploring! πŸ™‚

  3. Hello. I chanced upon your blog while looking for an official webpage or FB fan page of Sega Cofi. My boyfriend and I discovered this coffee house back in June and what a pleasant surprise it really is! We love the ambiance, the pastries, and so much more the hot coffee!

    It was a bit sad though that Jollibee is now beside it because I prefer quiet coffee shops. Nonetheless, I’d come back again because I haven’t tried their meals and pasta dishes. πŸ™‚

    • Hi Char! Yes, the Jollibee building is a bit of a spoiler. It’s open for business now but I think the clientele is different from that of Sega. I like this place so much that we probably visit twice or thrice a week! i can’t get enough of Torta Sega! The meals are equally good as the pastries so be sure to try some. I am not related to the owners in any way. I am just a resident of this hill that loves to discover cool places here. πŸ™‚

  4. Mic

    πŸ™‚ I like SEGA Cofi. Two thumbs up to tito Boy and his wife (the owners)
    This couple is admirable, they are hands on with their business. Also, they know how to interact with their customers. There’s no room for “hard business” in SEGA COFI. πŸ™‚

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