Food can be inspirational as well as aspirational. One moment you are aroused by a particular scent of food hovering around, another moment you are chasing an accurate taste in your dream. It can be simple or it can be complex. It can be fusty or it can be fresh. There is no love sincerer than the love of food, like someone once said; and taste buds also do get tired. But as a rule, one tends to return to that pleasurable first bite. And so I set my heart on Shine Bakery & Cafe’s almond yema sansrival after the Todd English Food Hall lunch.
We picked three desserts. Matcha sansrival because it looked different, but yema sansrival is still my bet, easily one of the best sansrival cakes around. The traditional buttercream layer is replaced by yema (like the filling of brazo de Mercedes). And then Brandon says, he likes his sansrival chewy (imagine a 2 or 3-day old sansrival in the fridge). He elaborates, “Sansrival is a mood thing.” Eclairs are also prolific chef Sunshine Pengson’s specialty, and we picked salted caramel over the chocolate hazelnut on the display chiller. The sweetness of the filling of the particular eclair was intense for me.
Not dessert-centric, Shine Bakery & Cafe joins the ranks of bakery-cafe hybrids. The time for their savory dishes is yet to come.
Shine Bakery & Cafe 3/F SM Aura Premier, McKinley Parkway cor. 26th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig Tel No.: 02 815 2872 CP No.: 0917 704 7118
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