CHECK IT OUT: Paire Cocktails and Pastries in QC
Sip on cocktails paired with pastries at this newly opened after-dinner spot.
Paire Cocktails and Pastries
Cocoon Boutique Hotel
61 Scout Tobias corner Scout Rallos Street
Open from 10 a.m. - 12 mn (Sunday to Thursday);
10 a.m. to 2 a.m. (Fridays and Saturdays); 10 a.m. - 12 mn (Sundays)
Paire highlights cocktails + dessert combos. Click for more.
(SPOT.ph) A new spot with a novel take on the "usual wine and cheese pairing" has opened in Quezon City.
The brainchild of Kat and Abby Nantes, two sisters with opposite yet complementing interests, Paire Cocktails and Pastries Restaurant combines cocktails and sweets, serving as an after-dinner go-to place for a nightcap following a meal in the nearby Tomas Morato or Timog areas.
"After parties wind down, guests still want to linger and still want to eat and drink. They would still have their alcohol, but it was often paired with sweets," says Kat, who worked in events management. It is also an emerging trend in restaurants in other parts of the world. In New York, they serve cocktails and cookies, and in Hong Kong, there are restaurants that offer cocktails and desserts.
"We wanted to make that after-party experience available every day. We thought about it and we realized that when you drink something, you chase it down with something sweet. Or an opposite or complementing flavor. Like when you chase down a tequila with a lemon," explains Kat.
Predominantly white French country-style interiors are peppered with blue, red and yellow chairs and spruced up with trinkets like little lanterns and softened with throw pillows. The interiors and lighting work well with Paire's signature drinks and cocktails, which come in all colors of the rainbow.
The menu highlights the sisters' original recipes featuring different pairings of cocktails and pastries. They may sound unusual at first, but it is actually the taste and pairing of opposite flavors that bring a surprising zing to your palate.
For those who crave something that’s more along the lines of traditional bar chow, Paire also serves sausage platters and nachos-and the infamously, sinfully delicious Ligid- Ligid. A Nantes family recipe, Ligid-Ligid (P185) is deep-fried pig jaw sliced into thin strips. The best way to describe it would be as a cross between liempo and chicharon. There are also sandwiches and pasta such as the can't-go-wrong, all-time favorite Paire Pesto (P200) for those who want something more filling. And if you don't drink alcohol, you can ask for a mocktails version of their drinks.
Photos by Ana Santos and Nikka Sarthou