(SPOT.ph) There's something special about sitting down to enjoy a piece of ensaymada, especially during this time of the year. This bread of Hispanic origins is a favorite among Filipinos of all ages—and no wonder, because how can you go wrong with the combination of butter, sugar, and cheese? While there's no shortage of ensaymada in Manila, some versions especially stand out. What's even better is that many of them deliver to your doorstep.
You can count on these places in Manila for excellent ensaymada:
Mary Grace Cafe
Mary Grace Cafe's take on Ensaymada (P658/six pieces, P756/eight pieces, P1,098/dozen) is famed for the way it pairs a light-as-air consistency with a luxe, buttery flavor. It's our favorite ensaymada in Manila, and it's bound to be yours, too. You can try it for yourself by ordering through Mary Grace's website.
For orders, check out Mary Grace Cafe's website.
Wildflour continues to reign in the pastry world with their excellent Cheese Ensaimada (P780/box of six, P1,040/box of eight). With an airy yet moist bread base topped with soft buttercream and grated cheese, you're assured of an indulgent experience in every bite. You can place your orders through Wildflour's delivery website.
For orders, check out Wildflour's website.
Pasteleria Mallorca's Ensaymada is no ordinary ensaymada. This old-fashioned treat is made using a more-than-century old Kapampangan heirloom recipe. The result is a most buttery bread that's on the dense and rich side, topped generously with even more butter, sugar, and finely grated queso de bola. Before you scoff at the P515/piece pricetag, know that each piece is literally the size of a plate and is quite hefty, too—perfect for sharing. You can message them through text or Viber for orders and book a courier to pick it up from their Scout Fuentebella, Quezon City outpost.
For orders, contact 0929-771-4669 or 0915-567-7455. You can also send a Viber message to 0915-567-7455. For more information, check out Pasteleria Mallorca Inc.'s Facebook page.
You can count on the Kapampangans to know their ensaymada, and Imang Salud's version (P190) absolutely delivers. It's got a pillowy base that's made rich not just with butter, but also lard, and is covered with sugar and queso de bola. They don't deliver, but you can book a courier to get it delivered to your doorstep—just give them a call.
For orders, contact 0920-947-8819. You can also check out Imang Salud Ensaimadas' Facebook page.
Buttery & Co.
While there's always room in our stomachs for dense and rich ensaymada, sometimes you just want a lighter bite that won't leave you stuffed—and Buttery & Co.'s Ensaymada (P105/piece, P630/box of six, P1,260/box of 12) absolutely fits the bill. It's got a soft brioche base topped with butter, sugar, and Edam cheese for a salt-sweet profile. You can order through their website.
For orders, check out Buttery & Co.'s website.
This Valle Verde-based purveyor is hailed for their light and fluffy Ensaymada, which comes in mini (starts at P570), small (starts at P475), and large (starts at P950) sizes. Their version is feather-light, with a soft, airy bread base matched with a powdery grated-cheese topping, plus butter and sugar underneath. It's on the mild-tasting side but is extremely balanced, making it all too easy to finish one or two pieces in one sitting. You can order by giving them a call or Viber message, and booking your own courier for delivery.
For orders, contact 8631-0798. You can also contact 0917-528-2786 or 0917-674-2780 through Viber.
Mylene's Ensaymada and Banana Cake
The ensaymada half of Mylene's name is a soft, fluffy number which is on the small side, but has an oh-so-cheesy flavor that we love. It's a sure winner with the younger set. You can place your order through GrabFood, or give them a call to order and book your own courier for delivery.
For orders, find Mylene's Ensaymada and Banana Cake on GrabFood. You can also contact 0917-629-0512. For more information, check out Mylene's Ensaymada and Banana Cake's Facebook page.
The Peninsula Manila
Yup, Manila Pen offers more than just great steaks; they make swoon-worthy Ensaymada (P125), too. It's got a pillowy base with a springy texture, rich and buttery frosting, and a sprinkling of salty cheese with ample stretch and sharpness. As part of their ongoing 44th anniversary promo, you can also get it for just P44 until September 30. You can give The Peninusla Manila a call, send them an email, or chat with their e-concierge. They offer complimentary delivery for single purchases of P2,000 and above within Makati, while those ordering from outside Makati will have to book their own courier.
For orders, contact 8887-5747 or 8887-2888. You can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or chat with their e-concierge Penchat. For more information, check out The Peninsula Manila's Facebook page.
Must Be Mom's
Must be Mom's is a mall favorite that's best known for their cheese rolls, but their ensaymada is worth a try, too. You can get the single-serving Ensaymada in Cheddar (starts at P50), Queso de Bola (starts at P50), and Dulce de Leche (starts at P55) variants, but if you're sharing, you can also get their Ensaymaditas (starts at P170 for Cheddar and Queso de Bola, P210 for Dulce de Leche). You can place your orders through their website.
For orders, check out Must Be Mom's website.
Frosting lovers, you'll love Diamond Hotel's Ensaymada—a tall number with a close-to-one to one ratio of bread and rich, velvety buttercream. While the regular version (P150) tastes great as it is, they're especially famous for the Ube variant (P150), which has a generous amount of purple-yam jam inside for a nutty contrast to the cheese. You can try them by placing your orders through the hotel's delivery website.
For orders, check out Diamond Hotel's delivery website.
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