(SPOT.ph) If there's anyone who understands the local dessert palate as much as he isn't afraid to experiment and innovate, it's Chef Miko Aspiras. The young pastry chef'sopened a number of winning concepts locally (among them Le Petit Souffle, Workshop, and Poison) and abroad (Don't Doughnuts in Sydney), and garnered awards and accolades over the years for his playful confections—which cover everything from classics taken up a notch, to remixed childhood faves, to decidedly experimental works and more.
Following Aspiras' move to Sydney, Australia in 2019 came the 2022 announcement that he'd be joining Manila-based F&B group Visum Ventures as Executive Pastry Chef. He's done occasional pop-ups in with the group, and is now set to open Gelato Bar—Aspiras' highly anticipated gelato spot whose first outpost will be at SM Aura!
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Here's what to expect at the soon-to-open gelato bar by Chef Miko Aspiras:
The name is pretty self-explanatory—the upcoming spot will be serving gelato—but this ain't just any gelato we're talking about as these scoops are crafted by Aspiras himself! There's plenty to look forward to, of course, what with the pastry chef's use of ingredients, and channeling of flavor profiles, from all around the world.
Both classic and contemporary flavors get their rightful representation here. Some of the gelato variants that'll be on offer are the Amarena Coconut Mascarpone with a coconut-milk base, mascarpone cheese, and Fabri amarena cherries; Calamansi Curd Kisses with a calamansi-milk base, a swirl of calamansi curd, and topping of cashew meringue kisses; (The BBC) a.k.a. Basque Burnt Cheesecake, with the said cheesecake (popularized locally by Aspiras) blitzed and mixed into their custard gelato base; and Iranian Pistachio, an intense scoop featuring Iranian Pistachio paste mixed into their Bukidnon-milk gelato base.
Gelato Bar is set to open at SM Aura this May 2023—just a bit more than a month of waiting, Spotters!
Gelato Bar will be at SM Aura, 26th Street corner McKinley Parkway, Bonifacio Global City. For more information, check out Visum Ventures' website.
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