Paul Boulangerie and Patisserie is a popular chain of bakery/cafe from France that was established in 1889 in Croix. They opened their first store in SM Aura Premier last December 2013 but it took me quite a while before I got a chance to check it out. We were actually supposed to go to Magnum Manila and have dinner with Jane and a few other people,but at that time they were still not serving savory dishes. A few calls later led us to Paul because most of us have never been there before.
It was past 7pm already before when we arrived at Paul so the bread display was a bit sparse.
Paul exudes a cool Parisian cafe look but ensconced inside a mall. I love the antique looking chandeliers and over sized chairs over wooden flooring. The bakery area is a bit different with their checkerboard flooring and wonderful aroma of bread.
While waiting for Jane and company to arrive, we checked out the remaining items on the bread and pastry display. I chanced upon a piece of the Strawberry Millefeuille (P150), which I’ve heard was their specialty. Layers of crisp puff pastry sandwiching pastry cream with strawberry. Half a strawberry is glazed on top and finished with a dusting of powdered sugar. The pastry was crisp and just had the right amount of sweetness while the pastry cream was delightful. This served to stave off the hunger until our friends arrived.
I had a Soupe du Jour/Soup of The Day (P95) which we were informed was Cream of Asparagus. A pretty generous serving served with a slice of Paul bread. A dash of pepper livened up the soup which tasted very grassy like they used lots and lots of asparagus. Quite a good deal for less than P100.
I decided to go the soup and salad route even though it was dinner time with my Tartine Boeuf (P280). An open faced sandwich with sauteed beef, onions, mushrooms, and melted cheddar cheese. Crusty with lots of tasty and tender beef with the added gooey cheese. I’d definitely get this again.
Kathi ordered one of the dishes I was eyeing, Sauteed Chicken and Mushrooms (P310), and offered to barter half for half of my sandwich. Slices of chicken and mushroom swimming in a buttery and creamy sauce. The bread slices was great for sopping up the sauce but rice would be an even better option.
I was a little bit surprised when Irene got the Croque Madame (P420) because she usually get the Croque Monsier which did not have a fried egg on top. She said it was ok, nothing special that would justify the price tag.
Overall, it was an enjoyable experience at Paul Patisserie and Boulangerie with some reasonably priced items that also tasted good. They are opening their next branch near the Mind Museum, also in BGC.
Paul Patisserie and BoulangerieG/F SM Aura Premier C5 corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City Taguig City, Philippines Contact Number: (02) 808-5324
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