IMAGE Hans Fausto

These Churros Are Some of the Best in the Metro

It's just one reason to head to St. Louis.

St. Louis House of Fine Ice Cream & Dessert
Unit C3-104 Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City
Open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

 

 


 

(SPOT.ph) It’s no surprise that when Australia-based dessert café St. Louis House of Fine Ice Cream & Dessert decided to branch out internationally, they set their eyes on the Philippines. After all, Filipinos are known for their sweet tooth. Our sweet-style spaghetti has famously boggled the minds of everyone else, including Ben Arnold, international operations manager of St. Louis. “I went to this fast-food chain,” he shares, “And I tried their pasta and it was sweet. And I thought ‘How could bolognese be sweet?’ And that’s when I realized that [the Philippines] has a sweet-tooth culture.”

 


 


 

 

But don’t be fooled by their name, because St. Louis is offering more than just sweet treats. “We want to do a little bit of everything,” says Ben. “We want to have an ambience where we could get the corporate crowd but [you] can also have a nice date night here. Or you could come here for breakfast or lunch. We want to be versatile.”

 

The results can be found in a stylish menu that could easily pass for a coffee-table book—an extensive list of dishes that covers breakfast, lunch, dinner and a whole lot of desserts. Plus, they serve really good coffee.

 


 


 


 

It helps that the café’s vibe makes it easy to lounge the whole day. As Ben felt that the Manila crowd was pretty easygoing, they patterned the look of their first Manila branch after the seaside branch in Glannel, South Australia. The minimalist but elegant design—with an open kitchen and bar counter, a shelf of knickknacks, and an al-fresco area that channels a typical Australian café—gives the space a cozy, relaxed feel.

 

Leg Ham Baked Eggs

 

St. Louis opens at 8 a.m. daily, so you can and should have breakfast here (only available until 12 p.m.). For a hearty start to your day, have the Leg Ham Baked Eggs (P380). The combination of eggs and melted feta forms a gooey crust on top of your skillet; break it open and dig into the tasty mix of smoky baked beans and ham, plus spinach, mushrooms, and creamy avocado. You’ll want to wipe this clean with the toasted sourdough that comes with it.

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Chia Bowl

 

For something light and fresh, have the Chia Bowl (P350). This bowl has chia seeds soaked in coconut milk with a dash of cinnamon and vanilla, then topped with strawberries, bananas, blueberries, and almonds. If eating healthy always tasted this fruity and refreshing, we’d gladly commit to it.

 

Chicken, Mushrooms, Spinach, and Cheese Crepe

 

Drop by a little bit after 11 a.m. if you want to order from their Lunch Menu, of which the Chicken, Mushrooms, Spinach, And Cheese Crepe (P380) is a standout. The buttery crepe is stuffed with chunks of chicken, only adequately seasoned that it meshes well with the earthy mushrooms and fresh spinach, while cheese makes each bite extra rich.

 

Churros

 

Dip it in the dark chocolate

 

But we can’t blame you if you head straight for the desserts. You’ll want to have their Churros (P200/three pieces, P350/six pieces) any time of the day. They’re crisp and unbelievably light, with zero hint of grease. The cinnamon sugar goes well with these churros, but you’ll want to dip them in the pot of melted dark chocolate for the ultimate indulgence.

 

Eton Mess

 

Their take on the Eton Mess (P380) doesn’t hold back on the strawberries and raspberries, so you get a burst of sweet fruity zest, plus a delightful crunch from the crushed meringue.

 

Ferrero Waffle

 

The Ferrero Waffle (P380) looks wonderful on the plate, with thick waffles topped with maple syrup, melted milk chocolate, chocolate chips, crushed hazelnuts, and a Ferrero Rocher. The waffle itself is buttery with strong notes of vanilla—a perfect base for the rest of the decadent flavors happening around it.

 

It’s not easy to find a restaurant that seems to know exactly what you need throughout the day, and satisfies all these cravings. From breakfast and savory fare to picture-perfect and mouthwatering desserts, St. Louis does exactly that—we can’t blame you if you end up not wanting to leave.

 

Photos by Hans Fausto.

 

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