10 New Treats to Try
Novel eats to sink your teeth into before the year ends.
(SPOT.ph) The ever-growing Metro Manila food scene comes up with surprises every now and then. We have our fair share of imitations (hello, Cronut!), but when we invent our own, the result is usually heavenly. While not all of these new must-tries are as uniquely local as we’d like, we still give them props for turning inspirations into their own and creating things that are undeniably delicious.
This list is unranked and composed of new food items chosen by the SPOT.ph staff
1. Cafe De Seoul’s Sweet Kies (P105)
Don’t mess with these cabbage-sized balls of pastry, especially since they come served with a wooden mallet. The trick is to keep it in the plastic wrapping, hold it with one hand, then smash as hard as you can until it breaks into manageable bite-sized pieces. The Sweet Kies is a hard biscuit similar to pilipit but rolled into a ball, then coated with chocolate. The sweet dousing gives it a subtle type of sweetness that can make you keep munching during long hours of studying or working. The strawberry-flavored one is a real winner.
Cafe De Seoul is at 2/F One Archer’s Place, Taft Avenue, Manila.
2. Bronuts (P110/piece, P600/box of six)
It’s a donut-shaped croissant for men, by men. As if the calorific rewards of your average Cronut (and all its variations) aren’t enough, the boys responsible for this manly reinvention take the already decadent treat a step further with sinful flavors and proportions that can make you go weak in the knees. There’s Belgian Chocolate with Salted Caramel (drool!), Cream Cheese and Bacon (double drool!), and Strawberry Yogurt. Whether it’s at a weekend market or in their stall at Power Plant Mall, stocks run out quickly, so hurry!
Bronuts has a stall in Power Plant Mall’s weekly Baker’s Dozen Bazaar. Check their Facebook page for market and bazaar updates.
3. Lychee Berry Rose Jam (P180/120g, P350/300g) from The Fruit Garden
Infusing Filipino flavors with French tradition, The Fruit Garden has developed a reputation for topnotch jams. French-born Pierre Marmonier makes his sweet spreads in small batches by the cauldron, ensuring only the best quality and standout flavors. While the staple flavors are tried and tested, his seasonal tangy-sweet Lychee Berry Rose is one we’d want to keep forever.
Check their website for more details.
4. Homemade by Roshan’s Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies (P875/dozen)
These cookies aren’t new, but they’re always fresh out of the oven. Everyone-including us-is guilty of waxing poetic over the chocolate chip (but that’s because it’s just so darn good), but the Nutella version gives all the moistness and chewiness of the classic Ghirardelli with a little nutty extra.
Order through Homemade by Roshan’s website.
5. Bucky’s Big Poppa (P550/box)
They may look like brownies, but owner Miguel Vargas is adamant that his chocolate confections are anything but. His sinful selections merge the comforts of fudge brownies with the ultra-dense decadence of flourless chocolate cakes. As if his original recipe isn’t enough, Vargas dabs on cream cheese, bourbon, and bacon to the mix, creating the legendary-and deadly-Big Poppa. You’ve been warned.
Available at Connie’s Kitchen, New Manila; for advance orders, call 0917-844-5104. Check their Facebook page for market and bazaar updates.
6. Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle (P150)
We don’t understand the fixation with changing the formula of the good old brownie, but if playing around gives us something like these addictive chocolate crackers, then by all means. Like all great inventions, Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle was a happy accident of seeing brownie batter crisp at the edge of a pan. The result? Deep chocolate goodness with a yummy crunch. The rest, as they stay, is history.
Available at Rustan’s Supermarkets
7. BONO Gelato’s Milo Dinosaur Gelato (P85 to P200)
There’s nothing quite like the warmth promised by a cup of ice cream, Italian or otherwise. BONO merges two comforts with their Milo Dinosaur gelato. Malty chocolate gives off the subtle hit of a favorite refreshment in an even more refreshing dessert.
8. Early Bird Breakfast Club’s Butterbeer (P155)
Harry Potter didn’t always associate butterbeer with Christmas, but this magical beverage is becoming the drink of the season. Early Bird’s caramel flavored potion is topped with whipped cream and mini-marshmallows, then crowned with a caramel tuille. Sweet!
Early Bird Breakfast Club is at G/F Fort Pointe Building, Bonifacio Global City, Makati City.
9. Chez Karine’s Mango Caramella (P165)
Beautiful layers of fresh mango mousse, mango jelly, caramel mousse, chocolate sponge cake, and chewy cashews create a palette of tangy, sweet, rich and nutty all in one explosive bite. Chef Karen proves she’s no one-hit wonder. She’s really one of the city’s premiere pastry chefs.
Chez Karine is at G/F Serendra Piazza, Bonifacio Global City, Makati City.
10. Sofitel’s Homemade Marshmallows
You heard it here first: we predict marshmallows and its subsequent reincarnations and adaptations (S’mores, ice cream, cake) are the next big thing. Sofitel’s Spiral is already jumpstarting the homemade marshmallow trend with their own fluffy blocks of the irresistible cloud-like sweets.
Spiral is at Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Pasay City