(SPOT.ph) The combination of cheese and bread that is so simple on its face and yet effective and powerful in its ability to satisfy any craving whether it is for something sweet or savory. Think pizzas, ensaymadas, and grilled cheese sandwiches—testaments to the enduring versatility and sheer tastiness of the cheese-and-bread duo.
But there’s one variant of this pair that remains a classic and should certainly not be overlooked: the cheese roll. You’ll usually find the following in your standard cheese roll: cheese encased in dough, brushed with milk, smeared with butter or margarine, and then bathed in sugar (powdered or granulated—either one works).
In this list, we judged each roll by the quality of their bread and how well they pair with the cheese, butter, and sugar components in them to create a great overall cheese-roll eating experience. There were a lot of great takes on the cheese-roll recipe, so we tried to include as much of them to showcase the variety of flavors and textures these seemingly humble pastry provides.
It’s always best to get your cheese rolls fresh from the stores, but we know that going out to purchase them in person isn’t exactly feasible right now. Thankfully, all of the places below can deliver; just expect a minor dip in the quality of their appearance depending on the travel time and distance, though the quality of the flavor is not diminished at all.
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Craving sweet-salty bread? These are the best cheese rolls in Manila:
10. Aunt's Cheese Roll Doughnut by Figaro
Figaro’s Aunt’s Cheese Roll Doughnut (P220 for a box of 10) are thick—perfect for those who like a little heft in their pastry. While their bread has more body than the competition, they are still soft and they pair well with the cheese and butter that adorns them. The cheese rolls are also heavily sprinkled with sweetened powdered milk, though expect to see clumps if you don't eat the rolls soon enough. Just be sure you have enough room in your stomach for them when you place your orders. Pro tip: We highly recommend washing them down with a cup of hot coffee. k
For orders, check out The Figaro Group's website.
9. Original Cheeserolls by Cheese Rolls by Miss J
The Original Cheeserolls (P395/dozen) from Cheese Rolls by Miss J are a departure from your usual soft rolls and are closer to puff-pastry territory. Their layered and flaky bread gives a really light but crunchy contrast to their generous helping of cheese. To top it all off, the exterior is coated with glaze that gives this already sinful confection that extra oomph. The sweetness of the light glaze makes the salty taste of the cheese inside shine, giving you a nice piquant experience with each bite.
For orders, send a message to Cheese Rolls by Miss J.
8. Mom's Cheese Rolls by Must Be Mom's
Mom’s Cheese Rolls from Must Be Mom’s (P47 per piece; P260 for six pieces; P520 for 12 pieces) signal the entry of the pleasingly soft, fluffy and creamy variety of rolls in our list. Generously filled with cheddar cheese, buttered, and sprinkled with sugar for that extra sweetness and texture, one bite will definitely show you why the cheese roll has become a favorite treat for many. Plus points for the pretty ribboned box the cheese rolls came in!
For orders, check out Must Be Mom’s website.
7. Cheese Rolls by Sweet Bella Desserts
Sweet Bella Desserts’ Cheese Rolls (P400 for a box of six, minimum of two boxes) are a cheese lover's dream come true—these soft and fluffy rolls are filled with a generous amount of cheese and topped with even more soft, shredded cheese. It's a great choice for those who love having a lot of gooey cheese, but perhaps not for those who prefer a more balanced combination of ingredients. Just a note: If you’re placing an order, make sure you have plenty of room in your belly and that you’ll be eating this with friends and family—they require a minimum order of two boxes of cheese rolls.
For orders, check out Sweet Bella Desserts’ website.
6. Milky Cheese Rolls by Golden Oven
Golden Oven's Milky Cheese Rolls (250 for 10 rolls) speak for themselves. Open the box and you’ll see these pillowy soft rolls cuddled cozily together. They’re so soft that your teeth just absolutely sink into these rolls. Their flavor profile is comparable to great ensaymadas out there but in a much more convenient package and backed with a lot more flavor. Tender and rich, this is one delightfully decadent cheese roll.
Golden Oven accepts preorders a couple of days in advance, but they can do same-day delivery. Just make sure to check their Facebook page to see what's available for the day.
For orders, check out Golden Oven’s Facebook page.
5. Cheese Rolls by Purple Oven
Want your rolls big? Purple Oven’s Cheese Rolls (P70 per piece) are almost twice the size of your regular roll, they demand that you have ample room in your stomach when you order them. Still, despite their bigger size, they are still surprisingly soft and the cheese stuffed inside these babies will make you swoon. Just make sure to grab them as soon as they’re available; they’re in stores at 11 a.m. and tend to be sold out shortly thereafter.
For orders, call 8400-4351, 0977-3117-652, 0919-8576-504 or see a list of Purple Oven’s branches.
4. Cheese Rolls by Mary Grace Café
Mary Grace Café’s Cheese Rolls (P425 for a box of six) are soft, airy, and delicately cheesy. It’s a more demure take on the cheese roll, but that’s exactly what makes them stand out. They’re modestly dabbed with butter and dusted with sugar that’s enough to give this cheese roll a light crunch. It's the type that you definitely can’t have just one, and you get a sense of anticipation each time you unwrap a roll.
See a list of Mary Grace Café’s branches.
3. Cuban Cheese Roll by Dean and Deluca
Dean and Deluca’s take on the cheese roll, the Cuban Cheese Roll (P100), is closer to puff pastry, thus it gives a fairly different but highly welcome experience when eating it. Their layered bread gives a pleasantly crunchy croissant-like texture sans the extra flakiness, and it complements the creamy cheese core of their roll really well. It takes a slightly more savory approach to the cheese roll rather than the more sugary-sweet route of the other items on this list, but it’s no less interesting and satisfying. We imagine this would go well with eggs and any breakfast meat of your choice. Dean and Deluca is available on Grab, but for this cheese roll, you’ll have to message them directly to order as it’s not available on their Grab menu.
See a list of Dean and Deluca Philippines' branches.
2. Classic Cheeserolls from Joy Bakes
Joy Bakes and, boy, does she bake well. The Classic Cheeserolls (P380 for a box of six) are soft and fluffy, and has cheese that's creamy but not overwhelmingly rich that it meshes well with the buttery topping they use. Each bite you take is a light but sumptuous delight that just leaves you wanting more. Their rolls are solid proof that the seemingly simplest ingredients can make for a great sweet-salty combination.
For orders, check out Joy Bakes’ official Facebook page.
1. Cheese Roll by Buttery & Co.
We have to put Buttery & Co.'s Cheese Roll (P70 per piece; P420 for a box of six; P840 for a box of 12) right here on top because it's the one that made us go "wow." Their rolls have a really interesting mix of texture and flavors that gives a great twist to the cheese-roll eating experience.
With a fluffy exterior that houses a creamy cheddar core and topped with a sprinkling of sugar and even more grated cheddar and Edam, this strikes a wonderful balance of sweetness and saltiness—a delicate interplay of flavors that needs to be experienced to be fully understood.
Quick note: Remember to check availability and place your orders as early as possible—these cheese rolls sell out fast. Buttery & Co. is also on Grab, but if they're running low on cheese rolls, you won't be able to order from there. Pro tip: DM them on Facebook instead to reserve your rolls.
Buttery & Co. is at 104 Katipunan Avenue White Plains, Quezon City. For orders, check out their website.