I first learned about The Appraisery when I pass it by on my way to my Barista class. I wanted to check it out but didn’t really have time. When I started taking my Barista 102 class, Victor Prieto, one of the owners happened to be my classmate. I asked him details about his cafe because I want to open one soon. My fellow geek classmates talked about board games and video games and I found out Victor is a kindred. What a cool guy. He invited us to check out The Appraisery and I did one afternoon after class.
Although The Appraisery is not primarily a cafe, they serve some mean brews and food. The main business is buying and selling pre-loved clothing and accessories. Since Dementia Foodista is a food blog I’ll focus on the food aspect of the establishment. I cannot use my usual format for reviewing restaurants (ambiance, staff, etc) because The Appraisery is just so different.
On my most recent visit to the shop, I told Victor that I wanted to try the sandwich he was raving about before. I got the Chicken, Pesto & Avocado Triple Decker (P175) because I do love avocados. The sandwich is very healthy. The herbs are fresh, the chicken is grilled, perfect for the weight conscious. However, I would prefer it a bit saltier. Or they could have an option for me to add some anchovies. I would certainly love that. The cassava chips the sandwich comes with is addicting though. It’s a bit tougher than potato chips but it has less fat so it’s healthier. The herbs they add to it totally complements the chips and I ended up ordering chips to go. It was only P35 anyway. Very worth it and I gobbled it up as midnight snack that night.
Victor told me that his mates travel all the way from the south to eat the dessert his sister bakes. That won me over so I ordered the Apple Tart (P65). Oh my goodness! The first bite felt like I died and went to heaven. The apple slices are succulent, the custard so soft and perfectly sweet, and the cinnamon gives it a nice kick. I immediately asked if I can order a whole cake but he said they need 3 days notice first.
Victor told me they have a secret menu and included is the specialty beverage he created for Barista 101. It’s calledKumbawa (P120). It’s a concoction of espresso, nuts, toasted marshmallow syrup, whipped cream, and mini marshmallows. It’s pretty good. Not too sweet but still very rich.
The Appraisery is a very cozy place to hang out in. They play great music, serve good food, and you can play board games for free. I’ll bring my friends there soon and play board games. You may also sell your pre-loved clothes to them and get cash or in-store credits.
8 Annapolis Street, Greenhills, San Juan
Mondays to Thursdays – 11 AM to 10 PM
Fridays to Saturdays – 11 AM to 11:30 PM