Paper Moon Cafe of Tokyo opens their first branch in Manila at the ground floor of Glorietta 3 in Ayala Center, Makati on Aug. 7, 2015. Paper Moon Cafe will feature the exquisite creations of Madame Emy Wada, Tokyo’s grand dame of specialty cakes. She also founded and opened famed NYC dessert shop Madame M, which also recently opened in HK. A 2nd branch in Trinoma will open on Aug. 8, 2015. The Philippine stores are a joint venture between Madame Emy and Viva International Food & Restaurants Inc (a subsidiary of Viva Group of Companies).
Madame Emy already retired in 2013 and closed all Paper Moon Cafe stores in Japan. Good friend Vic del Rosario of Viva finally convinced her to open up in Manila so we can get a taste of her creations.
Madame Emy’s signature creation is the Original Mille Crepe or as we colloquially call it, crepe cake. The original is available in Large (P2,000/10″), Medium (P1,400/6″) and as a slice (P225). 20 super thin layers of hand made crepes with a light pastry creme in between and top with a caramelized crust. You might be thinking that this would be cloyingly sweet but that would be dead wrong. The whole cake is light with just a light sweetness reminiscent of creme brulee for the top layer.
The crepes pack flavor that would stand alone plain by itself while the creme is so light that it just blends in. You might also notice the uneven edges of the mille crepe, Madame Emy insists on that to further remind us that these delicate cakes are deftly handmade.
Other variants of the mille crepe include the Chocolate Mille Crepe, available in Large (P2,000/10″), Mini (P350/3″) and as a slice (P225). Sliced and plated, this is even more stunning that the original, you can readily see the dark chocolate crepe in between each layer of delicate crepe.
There are also 2 fruit varieties, Strawberry Mille Crepe available only in Mini (P350/3″) sizes. This was my favorite among all 4 that I tried, the taste is almost the same as the original save for the occasional burst of strawberry flavor.
The other fruit variant is the Mango Mille Crepe taking advantage of our delicious Philippine mangoes. This is available in Large (P2,000/10″), Mini (P350/3″) and as a slice (P225). I rank this a little notch below the strawberry and the original mille crepes but if you put this in front of me, there won’t be any sharing.
Choux Fromage (P1,200 large, P120, mini). Crisp pastry with a filling of creme cheese creme bavarois. There’s a slight tang to the filling that makes it easy to wolf down a number of the minis. This was very enjoyable and different from what is usually served.
Cookie lovers also have something to look forward to. Gingerbread Cookie Sandwich (P150/each) has two caramelized ginger cookies (think Christmas) with a dark chocolate ganache in between. The Rum Raisin Cookie Sandwich (P150/each) has two almond cookies with rum kissed buttercream and raisins. I liked both but hopefully the sell the gingerbread cookies as in with no filling as I’m not really a chocolate lover.
For a touch of savory, they have the Bacon and Mushroom Quiche and a few other freshly prepared sandwiches.
There are more cakes to watch out for at Paper Moon Cafe aside from their signature Mille Crepe. I’m eager to go back and try the Strawberry Short Cake (P3,000/order basis only) and the not yet available Mille-feuille and Cream Roll. The prices are a bit on the high side because a lot of their ingredients are imported to meet the standards of Madame Emy.
If you love dessert and cakes then you must visit Paper Moon Cafe. Hopefully they’ll open nearer my place (hint, hint – Capitol Commons) soon.
Paper Moon CafeBranches:
Glorietta 3 (in front of Marks and Spencer and Old Navy)
Trinoma Level 4