Sweet Bella

Prior to a derma appointment with Dr. Aivee Aguilar-Teo at Burgos Circle, I decided to kill time at Sweet Bella. I did not only kill time, but spent A LOT of time there! 😀 Which gave me enough time to try out some of their best-sellers 🙂

Once you enter the cafe, you will immediately spot this cakes display to your left, which boasts of a wide assortment of exquisite cakes.

Sweet Bella proudly serves Nespresso coffee, the brand name of Nestle Nespresso S.A., an operating unit of the Nestle Group based in Lausanne, Switzerland.

(I have yet to make a separate blog for this. But before that, I must learn about & experience this firsthand, since this was not what I ordered.)

This is what you will see on the ground floor. Aside from quality specialty cakes, they also have French macarons, pastries & a selection of pralines.

French Macarons (P60 each)

Sweet Bella also specializes in French macarons. And after having been able to try most of the flavors in this photo, I must say, they have easily replaced The Cookie Jar & have conquered the title having The Best Macaron de Paris! The macarons were baked to perfection & have a nice, delicate texture to it. The fillings were also AMAZING!

The Salted Caramel was a dream. The Strawberry was magnifique! You could taste the achenes & it makes you understand why the macarons were priced a bit higher–is because they don’t use artifical fillings. The Chocolate, like their other variants, was the best I’ve had in Manila, while their White Chocolate with Coconut can suitably be described as a Filipino take on a French macaron. Lastly, the Passion variant had a somewhat mabango taste to it that’s not at all unpleasant! 🙂

Overall, I enjoyed EVERY variant I’ve had the pleasure of eating! 😀 Special thanks to the hubby-to-be 😉

Croque-Madame (P350)

Grilled ham & gruyere cheese with poached egg on a warm brioche.

I’m not really fond of eating ham. I only eat it with an Eggs Benedict & in this case, a Croque-Madame. Though Paris Delice‘ tasted better, this was also good. However, this wins first place with regard to size. It came in a hefty portion that I was only able to finish half, half of which I took home. The following day, when I ate half of what I had left over, lo & behold, it tasted even better!

Philly Cheese Steak (P350)

Thin slices of USDA Beef, caramelized onion, melted American cheese on steak bun.

Sweet Bella, being owned & headed by Pastry Chef, Chef Cristina Santiago Rivera, daughter of Melo’s Steakhouse‘, Melo Santiago, you cannot help but expect an entree involving steak to be at par with that of Melo’s. Some people feel iffy ordering something like this at a dessert cafe, thinking it might just be mediocre. But surprisingly, Sweet Bella was able to successfully deliver! I would usually pick this if I see this on a sandwich menu. And I’m happy to say that Sweet Bella‘s Philly Cheese Steak was a homerun 🙂

Mini Chocolata (P ) TWG Paris-Singapore Tea (P100 )

Because their Chocolata Cake was voted “Best Dessert for 2007” by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and was listed among the “Top 10 Best Cakes” at the dessert critic blog, Dessertcomesfirst.com, by Lori Baltazar, I just had to try this 😛 First of all, I absolutely adore the presentation, especially the butterfly made of chocolate! The cake was fudgy, thick & dense. It wasn’t sweet at all! Which is probably why it bagged the best dessert award. It seems as if slightly sweet has become the new preference for chocolate cakes among the young, especially the young-at-heart.

Mini Pearl (P295)

Another dessert I had was another best-seller from Sweet Bella–their Pearl cake, which was a pink guava mousse filled with flambéed mango on chiffon cake. I was hesitant to try this at first, but when I finally gave in to the pink temptation (I was easily drawn to the pink color, it being my favorite color :P), I then understood why that was one of their best-sellers. Unlike their Chocolata cake, which you will eventually get suya halfway through, this will make you keep your fork on your hand. The amazing combination from the slight sourness of the pink guava to the sweetness of the flambeed mangoes created a wonderful melange of flavors that is light, refreshing & utterly amazing. It has now become one of my favorite desserts & apparently, so as the Philippine Daily Inquirer! 🙂

Singapore-based tea company, TWG (The Wellness Group)’s Paris-Singapore tea is described as a distinguished green tea enhanced with fragrant cherry blossoms & red fruits. A sensual & sweet tea of reminiscence. This went very well with the cakes I had, thanks to one of the waiters’ (Rey) recommendation.

I love the soft, plush sofas at Sweet Bella. Not to mention the abstract art pieces hanging on the wall. I also especially love the tile walls in the bathroom! 😛 It’s a wonderful place to hang out at, especially with the girls 😉 It’s also a plus that the cafe has free WiFi.

I had a pleasant experience overall. Though the prices are a bit high, the quality is outstanding. Overall, I give Sweet Bella a 5 out of 5 spoons.

Sweet Bella Dessert Cafe

Forbeswood Heights, Burgos Circle

1221, Fort Bonifacio

844-0680/ 392-7571

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The Best Macaron de Paris!

As what I have previously mentioned in my food review about Beurre Blanc, I have a strong predilection towards French cuisine. So it’s no surprise that one of my absolute favorite desserts is a Macaron de Paris, or a French Macaron. A macaron is basically two almond meringue discs filled with a layer of buttercream or ganache. I usually bought these little confections at Bizu, because everytime I would try other people’s version, it wouldn’t even come close.

Last month, a food fair was held at NBC Tent, & being the foodie that I am, I did not dare miss it. As I was going around the various food booths, my girlfriends & I chanced upon this stall that was selling French macarons & pre-bottled cookie mixes. They had sample pieces of macarons & though I wasn’t really interested, assuming it would probably be another failed attempt at finding something better than Bizu’s, I took a sample anyway. Lo and behold, it was love at first bite. Without batting a curled eyelash, my friends & I bought a box of pistachio, Red Velvet & chocolate Macaron de Paris from The Cookie Jar. The pistachio variant instantly became my favorite ❤

So what makes these THE best French Macarons in Manila?

They’re crunchy, a bit chewy, not too sweet & just absolutely divine. It’s pure decadence in every bite.

Need I say more?

So what are you waiting for? Go grab yourself a box & ORDER NOW! 😀 Gawd. I sound like those voice-overs for Home TV Shopping 😛 Lol! No, seriously. These melt-in-your-mouth gerbets are so worth it 😉

You may check out their website by clicking on the link above, or you may also contact Rae at: 9643947/ (0917) 8301965

Box of 8: P225.00
Box of 20: P520.00

J’adore The Cookie Jar’s Macaron de Paris!