New Restaurant Alert: Salt Bakery on F.B. Dela Rosa Street, Katipunan, Quezon City
The new kid in town takes you on a sweet escape.
325 F.B. Dela Rosa Street corner Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
(SPOT.ph) The latest addition to Katipunan’s string of sweet stops (otherwise known as places for college students to group over books, coffee, and pastries) is Salt Bakery, owner Sam Ty’s first venture into a full-fledged café following a quiet home-based bakery stint, The Noodle Bakes. While the cozy hangout blends in among the area’s other offerings for those with a sweet tooth, its lineup of goodies made from unexpected ingredients (or those not easily recognized) sets it apart from the rest, supporting the brand’s catchphrase: different but interesting.
"We hope to catch people’s interest and ignite their curiosity," says Sam. "We put twists to the usual and familiar."
Salt Bakery shares space with Go! Salads.
Salt Bakery’s menu is conservative but impressive, a good selection of lip-smacking pastries to serve as a happy ending to a full meal if not a standalone snack in the afternoon. The sweets are grouped into pretty straightforward categories: Cakes, Cookies, and Other Treats-all of which are best taken alongside a hot cup of coffee or tea. Salt Bakery has the basics: Espresso (P110), Americano (P110), Cappuccino (P130), Latte (P135), and Twinings tea (P100).
Their cookies are melt-in-your-mouth. Served warm, the texture is reminiscent of an encounter with an a la mode dessert- but sans the actual ice cream. The bestseller, Chocolate Chip (P45), is a gooey, palm-sized goodie packed with slightly melted chocolate bits. Other varieties include the Double Chocolate Chip (P45) for an added dose of chocolate, Lemon (P40), Peanut Butter (P45), and Cranberry Oatmeal (P45).
Chocolate Sticky Bun
For those into richer desserts, Salt Bakery has Brownies (P55) and Chocolate Sticky Buns (P80) that are big enough to share-if you want to, that is, and that might prove to be wishful thinking. Salt Bakery doesn’t skimp on ingredients, and customers can have their way of choosing if they want the chocolate melted, fudgy, or solid. A savory alternative for those not big on sugary treats are the Sea Salt Bacon Sticky Buns (P90).
Salted Egg Custard Cupcake
Another must-try is the Salted Egg Custard Cupcake (P65), described by Sam as a "marriage between the cupcake and salted egg custard buns served in dim sum restaurants." This one-of-a-kind snack features salted egg custard right smack in its center, which oozes out when heated, providing a welcome, surprise kick in every bite.
Salt Bakery's claim to fame, however, is the selection of cakes, some varieties carried over from Sam's The Noodle Bakes. She says: "The cakes that we make play on different textures and layers."
The Tosi (P1,100/whole, P125/slice), a creamy, buttery sponge cake, is inspired by New York-based dessert emporium Momofuku Milk Bar, specifically pastry chef Christina Tosi's masterpiece, the Crack Pie. Salt Bakery's take features butterscotch layers (each bite incomplete without a bit of a crunch) and is covered in buttercream.
Chocolate lovers will get a kick out off the Dahl (P1,100/whole, P125/slice), a fudgy classic triple-layer chocolate cake made with Belgian chocolate Callebaut.
Another bestseller is the Garth Vader (P1,100/whole, P125/slice), a peanut-butter cake coated in dark chocolate ganache, and held up by peanut butter crunch and cream layers.
Other varieties on the menu include the Chaz (P1,100/whole, P125/slice), a red velvet cake with a fudge bottom and cream cheese frosting, and the classic Cheesecake (Php1,100/whole, Php125/slice), a soft and light dessert infused with a hint of lemon.
Salt Bakery shows that despite its status as a relative newcomer in the industry, its promising collection of treats can make for an experience that’s for the books-one that will first pique your interest, then catch you off guard, before finally blowing you away.