In the Philippines, a carinderia is a street-side eatery that serves the day’s offerings from large pots bubbling over gas hobs. At Marrickville cafe Tita, a love letter to “non-traditional” Filipina aunties, the Donut Papi team takes the concept to another level. Order home-style Filipino breakfast dishes at the counter, and they’ll be prepared fresh to order.

If you know Filipino brekkie fare, you’ll recognise the array of silogs, a portmanteau that comes from the dish’s ingredients: sinangag (garlic fried rice) and itlog (fried egg). Each one comes with a different protein – for example, tapsilog has tapa (thinly sliced beef), longsilog adds longanisa (house-made pork sausage) and adosilog is topped with pork adobo.

On weekends you’ll also find fresh pandesal (soft, buttery rolls) ready for spreads including cheese pimiento (starring house-made jersey milk kesong puti) and coconut jam. Tita’s buns are also used for breakfast sandwiches – filled with egg, cheese and a choice of Spam or longanisa.

Gabriel Coffee is used for all the standards as well as house drinks like the Manila latte (vanilla and condensed milk with coffee over ice). And you can’t do coffee here without a Filo-style doughnut, a slice of burnt Basque cheesecake; or an Instagrammable cone of ube soft serve.

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Updated: March 4th, 2024

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