Just when you thought that Japan is just all about sushis, tampura, tonkatsu, and ramen, lo and behold, their bakeries and cafes are also now thriving in the latest food scene. One of these cafes gaining a foot hold in the Philippines is the Kumori Japanese Bakery and Cafe. Currently, they already have seven branches in the metro, and I have recently been invited to cover their latest outlet in Mall of Asia.
Because of the current construction happening inside the mall, I had a bit of difficulty finding it. So if you plan on visiting them, you have to look particularly for H & M on the ground floor. It’s actually close to the ocean drive.
So I got to sample some of Kumori’s products. And as a guide, they have this really cute menu with colorful illustrations of their items. From here you can choose from a variety of their pastries that matches with your preference best. And a must have regardless would be cheese tart, their highly raved offering. This freshly baked goodie is oozing with cheese with a welcoming soft and creamy texture. Kumori’s could match with other cheese tarts elsewhere.
Then there’s their decadent Ube and Cheese Hanjuku. I feel fortunate to have indulged on this one first, as Kumori pioneered its release here in MOA branch. Once I bit on the ube variety, I was instantly reminded of my childhood, as it was a cross between Magnolia ube ice cream and sticky Kraft marshmallows. Thank you Kumori for also giving us even more for a giveaway.
Their Toyahashi Pudding, on the other hand, had just the right touch of sweetness to it. It was kind of similar to a panna cotta, but a bit more firmer in texture.