Chez Karine Bakery is the newest patisserie in town, opening its doors to the public on June 24, 2012. Its located smack dab in the middle of fellow dessert havens, Gelatissimo and Cupcakes by Sonja’s in Serendra. It features creations by purveyor Karen Yang, who trained under Pierre Hermé in Paris and counts macarons as her signature product.
I read about the opening of Chez Karine from Lori of Desserts Comes First. So yesterday after lunch, I suggested we drop by the store to see sweet temptations they have available.
The store has a nice, clean design, with high ceilings and soft lighting leaving the center stage to the pastries. Macarons, glass bottled custards and mini cakes tempted me with their glorious hues of colors.
Although, I was tempted by the macarons, my biggest reason for going to Chez Karine was the Royal Vanilla Pudding (P100), housed in cute little glass jars similar to the ones I’ve had in both Hong Kong and Korea. I found them so nice, I brought home the empty ones, which now sit on top of my table.
Pop open the cover, and you’ll see the smooth custard eager for a spoon to break the surface. The custard is smooth and silky with vanilla bean flecks visible throughout. Before I knew it, I was scraping the bottom for all the itsy bits of pudding.
Next thing I had was the Strawberry Grandiose (P135), I actually spotted this earlier but the pudding won out. Make something with strawberry and I will definitely buy or order it, I just can’t resist. I loved this because it was just sweet enough to tantalize but not drown out each flavor.
Finally, we sampled the Macarons (P50), with seven flavors available dark chocolate, strawberry, salted caramel, milk chocolate passion fruit, earl grey, pistachio, and lemon). Being on a salted caramel binge, both Irene and Lauren zeroed in on that, each getting a trial from the plate available.
Thin and uneven in places, the macarons offer a little bit of crunch before giving way to the chewy flavors inside. This is very different from the crispy macarons I’ve had so far in Manila. I’ve so far tried 4 variants of the macaron, the salted caramel is still the best for me, followed by Lemon, Strawberry and finally Earl Grey. I found the Earl Grey very strong, but I think I’d like this by itself and not followed by the other flavors.
Liking what we’ve had, we bought a box of Macarons to bring home. Each box is so wonderfully designed how could you not want to take one home.
A box can fit a max of 7 macarons, but be sure to refrigerate them quickly as they will melt and thus ruined.
The pudding boxes (pack of 3) are also very pretty, with pudding soldiers emblazoned on the sides. I brought home Chocolate, Muscovado Sugar and Strawberry Pannacotta.
Here is Karen Yang, the one I have to thank or maybe blame for making me spend more on dessert that what we paid for lunch. Rest assured I’ll be back for more and more.
I’ve already had a number of pastries from Chez Karine, but I’m greedy and want to try much much more including the sinful Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie I saw before. You can readily see the love poured into every piece of pastry in Chez Karine, bright and cheerful and almost too perfect to eat but eat it I must to give credence to its creation.