Derive Cafe: Relive your childhood memories in this retro arcade cafe

Derive Cafe in Madison Galeries, Alabang Hills
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If you’re 25 and above, you can probably relate to this: playing in arcades after school or (as in my case) bingeing on retro games like Mario and Bomberman in a PC emulator. It was an integral part of my childhood and I was more than glad to relive it in Derive Cafe in Alabang Hills, Muntinlupa.

Derive Cafe is the “Ultimate Throwback Arcade Cafe in the Philippines”. It’s basically an arcade restaurant with mixed 80s pop culture. Here you can find an arcade section filled with video games, foosball tables, and a claw crane.

What to expect

Derive Cafe has one of the most fun interiors I’ve seen in a while. There are neon-colored signages, walls covered with art featuring pop culture icons, and different table setups (i.e., there are boardgame platforms so you can #SipDinePlay).

As said above, there’s an arcade game room where you can play different games for P5 each. There’s Bomberman, Tetris, Marvel vs Capcom, and so much more.

Derive Cafe in Madison Galeries, Alabang Hills
Derive Cafe.
Derive Cafe - arcade game room
Arcade game room.

Kat in Derive Cafe

If you’re here for a special celebration, Derive Cafe also has a KTV/function room which can fit up to 20 people.

Food

For the food, Derive Cafe serves rice meals, burgers, and pastas. For drinks, there are sodas, coffees, or milkshakes. If you’re there to have some fun, the cafe also offers bar food and alcohol.

During our visit, we tried out the bar food paired with bottles of Heineken.

“Stuck in the Cheese” Caldereta Nachos (ala carte – P199/full – P399) is a must-have pulutan. It doesn’t have the usual tomato salsa, but it does have a generous topping of cheese, mayo, and meat.

Derive Cafe - nachos
“Stuck in the Cheese” Caldereta Nachos.

Catch O’ Fish and Fries (P160) is basically their version of fish and chips. The fish fillet was very tender, and the fries were good.

Derive Cafe - fish n chips
Catch O’ Fish and Fries.

The Porky Sisig Tacos (1 piece – P75/3 pieces – P220) is a unique twist on your usual tacos. Each piece is very filling.

Derive Cafe - pork sisig tacos
Porky sisig tacos.

If you’re having rice, make sure to order the Savory Sizzling Sisig (P300). This is a bit spicier than usual, but it works for me. They also have Donkey Kong Pork Knuckle (P600) which is lechon kawali. The skin was deliciously crispy. These are perfect rice pairings.

Derive Cafe - sisig
Savory Sizzling Sisig.
Derive Cafe - lechon kawali
Donkey Kong Pork Knuckle.

I also had Step-up Sausage Bacon Rolls (P349). This is a favorite of mine. The sausages are very tasty and the wrapped bacon added more meaty flavor.

Derive Cafe - sausages
Step-up Sausage Bacon Rolls.

As said above, these are best paired with Heineken beer. They also have other alcoholic choices including Sapporo, Corona, or San Miguel Super Dry/ Light/ Pale Pilsen/ Flavored Beer.

Derive Cafe - Heineken beer
Bucket of Heineken beer.

My final thoughts

I didn’t expect to have so much fun on my visit to Derive Cafe. I like the food especially the fact that there’s a variety of food you can order, whether you’re craving for Filipino rice meals, pastry with coffee, or bar chow with cold beers. The ambiance and activities are unique.

Derive Cafe is a little bit out of the way especially for those like us who don’t live in Alabang Hills, but nevertheless it’s a worthwhile themed cafe to visit and I urge you to try it for yourself.

About Derive Cafe

Address: 4th Floor Madison Galeries, Alabang Hills, Brgy. Cupang, Muntinlupa City

From Alabang, from South Station ride a jeepney bound to Sucat – West and get off at Alabang Hills. From there, Madison Galeries is already walking distance.

Opening hours:

  • Sundays to Thursdays: 10AM to 9PM
  • Fridays to Saturdays: 10AM to 10PM

Contact

Make sure to follow Derive Cafe in these pages to get updated with promos:

Facebook | Website

 

Disclaimer: Thanks Zomato for the invite! As always, thoughts and opinions are my own.

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