It pays to listen to Manileño foodie friends. From Binondo, I didn’t have to travel so far for
cronuts croughnuts (croissant-donut hybrids). For a blogger with short attention span, the initial lust has worn off, but heightened back seconds before my first croughnut at Dolcelatte on Quezon Avenue. Incidentally, Dolcelatte was also the most appropriate place for a sudden meetup interview with De La Salle studes Rizze Cajigal and and Jules Sabater. They went earlier, so I was last to eat. I insisted on sharing my Earl Grey Tea Latte croughnut with them.
It was a blissful first. It’s the shape of a doughnut, but is more a crispy-flaky pastry with a nice chewiness in the center. My second, a mango yogurt, was not as fantastic. It was kind of mushy in the middle, maybe because of the weight of the syrupy mango filling.
Croughnuts are difficult to make and there’s a limit for each customer, so you can have just about one piece of each flavor at a time. At Dolcelatte, a piece costs 110 pesos. There are more than 17 flavors with ear-pleasing names. The cashier says, fresh pastry arrives in batches, about 100 boxes fly out of the shelves fast.
At the Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York, where the food portmanteau originated in May this year, the 5 dollar a piece cronut is worth 40 dollars on the black market. The cronut phenomenon has spawned a thousand copycats worldwide.
Dolcelatte is a gourmet restaurant as well. Since the success of their croughnuts, they have developed savory croughnut sandwiches like Smoked Pulled Pork, Salmon Cream Cheese and Breakfast Croughnut with turkey and sunny side-up egg (mnnn, tickling).
“We learned something today,” Jules uttered. We all loved the place.
Because croughnuts have a short shelf life, Reny and I ate the rest of the assortment on our way home to Ilocos. The chocolate caramel with Baby Ruth-like morsels was decadent. For the sweet tooth. I found the Turkish Delight too rich and heavy. I saved the Oreo Milkshake and one more for home. They were still fine, but lost half of the croughnut crispiness.
The first and best, Earl Grey Tea Latte, is still fresh on my mind.
Warning: Wear a bib while eating croughnuts.
DOLCELATTE Café and Gourmet Restaurant and Bakeshop1616 Quezon Avenue, South Triangle, Quezon City (632) 425-0313 to 16 loc 109/110 Mon-Fri: 9 AM to 10 PM Sat and Sun: 10:30 AM to 8 PM