New Restaurant Alert: Honey Creme at SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City
Soft-serve ice cream is forever.
4/F SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
(SPOT.ph) The first time we encountered Honey Creme was in Hong Kong. It's a stall on Lee Garden Road, tiny like most eateries in the area, with no seating space. The modus is that you get your ice cream and you leave.
It's the ice cream, however, that makes you sit up and take notice. On that particular day, a customer walked out carrying a cup of soft-serve topped with cloud of cotton candy roughly the size of a melon. Back then, we'd never seen this style of ice cream in Manila so the effect was obvious excitement. As you look through their options, you'll realize: There's no need to stick around and loiter because the ice cream is the Honey Creme experience.
Grab and go
It looks exactly like the branch in Singapore
If anything, Honey Creme Philippines is better: a soft-serve of a downy, silky, luscious quality and a distinct not-too-sweet taste courtesy of a quality milk base. Honey Creme is firm about using organic products—from the milk to the playful toppings. You'll find a trove of unusual yet successful combinations like mixed grains, popcorn, chocolate beans, that eye-catching cotton candy, and the bestselling honeycomb. The cube of honeycomb (all branches import theirs from New Zealand) is a nice touch. Honey Creme drizzles the ice cream with a delicious honey, slides on that honeycomb, and pours on a bit more of that sticky sweet syrup. You're advised to try each element first before enjoying them together. It makes you understand why the plain soft-serve doesn't flaunt enough of a sweet profile.
Candy-colored cones tug at your inner child. Caramel-coated containers put a giddy smile on your face. Chocolate beans and rock salt add a bonus to an already great reward.
Organic Honeycomb in a cup (P185)
Organic Cotton Candy (P175)
Caramel Popcorn (P165)
It's fun to wonder how you're going to get past the cotton candy and to the ice cream. You can dig into it and not think too much or you can try breaking apart the candy floss and enjoying the cooler reward later. Either way, it's an indulgent treat.
The popcorn is the same way. Caramel popcorn lavishes the ice cream with the sweetness you look for in your dessert—plus an extra crunch. If you could really get in there and mix everything up (without making a mess), then try it so you could enjoy the contrasts in every spoonful.
This kind of ice cream is actually Korean style, but Honey Creme was actually founded in Taiwan. A group of young entrepreneurs called Amis Luxury Group brought it over, with its first branch in SM Aura then later in Trinoma. They have to get ready. The lines are going to get crazy.
Honey Creme at SM Aura opens on September 19.