Le Petit Soufflé’s new branch has a bespoke bakery and more
Life-Changing Brownie, anyone?
Le Petit Soufflé
2/F Mega Fashion Hall, Mandaluyong City
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
(SPOT.ph) It’s difficult not to be charmed by Le Petit Soufflé. The indoor greenery and cozy cushioned chairs channel the vibe of a café in Paris, while the pretty doodles on the walls reflect the cutesy aesthetic of Japan: a reflection of the French-Japanese fusion menu.
Though located in the perpetually busy Mega Fashion Hall, the ambiance of Le Petit Soufflé beckons you to take it slow and linger with your cup of latte and some entrees. “We want this branch to be more relaxed,” says chef Miko Aspiras, “This one’s more casual and we want to back it up with the food we serve: light snacks that are still special.”
Squid Ink Riz
Light may be relative, especially with a dish like the Squid Ink Riz (P395). Although served in a small paella pan, the Japanese rice can be pretty heavy. Coated in squid ink, the rice is topped with generous amounts of shrimp, squid, and other shellfish, plus a creamy scrambled egg. The contrast between the black rice and the mildly flavored egg is beautiful, both looks-and taste-wise. Each bite has the distinctive flavor of the ink yet the freshness of the seafood still shines through.
The Chasyu Camembert (P375) also looks dainty, but don’t let it fool you or your stomach. Japanese and French flavors merge deliciously on top of toast, with the intense flavor of the Camembert cheese tempered by the sweet melt-in-your-mouth pork and apple slices. A piece can be quite filling.
Le Petit Souffle Bacon, Cream and Egg Pasta
The Le Petit Soufflé Bacon, Cream and Egg Pasta (P355) is Snapchat-worthy, especially that moment when you slice into the airy soufflé-like egg until the yolk breaks and oozes down the pasta perfectly. The egg adds a perfect layer of creaminess to the dish while the sauce itself has a nutty taste punctuated by salty bites of bacon.
Chicken Ratatouille Souffle
The soufflés, of course, are not to be missed. The Chicken Ratatouille Soufflé (P400) looks like a perfectly baked pie until you slice into it and discover it’s actually an airy soufflé with a hearty chicken-and-ratatouille-rice center, whose strong tomato and basil flavor is complemented by the mild sweetness of the pastry.
Matcha French Toast
Matcha lovers will have a grand time with the Matcha French Toast (P375). Hefty chunks of French toast are topped with a large dollop of cream, then matcha sauce is poured all over the dessert. The toast soaks in the sauce completely, giving the bread that earthy green tea taste many will love.
Popcorn Mille Feuille
The Popcorn Mille Feuille (P250) is almost too exquisite to eat, but don’t hesitate and smash that caramel popcorn topping with a spoon. It’s the proper way to eat this beauty, with creamy and slightly buttery caramel sandwiched between layers of thin pastry. You'll be glad there's more of that caramel sauce drizzled around the plate too. This dessert hits the spot without going over the top with the sweetness.
But if there’s something you shouldn’t miss at Les Petit Souffle’s new branch, it’s Workshop Ph, a passion project by Chef Miko and Chef Kristine Lotilla. “Almost everything there is something you’d taste for the first time,” says Miko, which doesn’t make choosing from the wide variety of pastries any easier. The patisserie has almost everything from a Kalamansi Pili Tart (P190) to madeleines and a chocolate cake topped with a croissant. If you’re really having a difficult time, you can’t go wrong with a brownie called Life Changing (P80). It's extremely gooey and fudgy and is pure chocolate heaven—the perfect way to cap off your meal.
Photos by Jericho San Miguel