Shine Bakery and Cafe is one of my favorite restaurants in Manila. Yes, I’ll say it, this place is infinitely underrated. It’s a shame that its location is a bit weird; it’s hidden away from the rest of the restaurants in SM Aura, and is the only restaurant on its floor. I hardly see it in best of lists, or mentioned among the better comfort food places in the metro, but this is the Pengson team’s best venture yet. Here, they are comfortable, churning out sophisticated, high-end, well thought-out comfort food classics, that could easily make it on a trendy Australian menu, or a converted pub in San Francisco. They have cacio e pepe dressed with sea urchin, which is the only way the rule of no seafood and cheese can be broken. Their burgers aren’t the best blend of beef, but if you’re looking for delicious toppings, then you need to come here. Bowls of tapa are generous and even the rice somehow more delicious, and everywhere you look on the menu you’ll be hard-pressed to find a fault. But if I had to choose only one thing that you needed to get your hands on at Shine, then it would be their ingenious matcha lava cake.
Lava cake may be an old school, outdated dessert dish (if you can recall the infamous scene in the movie Chef), but it is always a crowdpleaser. I can never deny one made of chocolate or white chocolate, because of the gooeyness found when dipping your fork into the underbaked cake. Shine Bakery and Cafe, smart people that they are, decided to make one with matcha and olive oil, a serious match made in heaven. It is so moist and delicate, that when it comes to your table, the cake quivers, unable to hold the mess of matcha ganache within. And if you think that most green tea desserts are never densely herbaceous enough for you, then this won’t disappoint. The ganache is equal parts sweet, but equal parts grassy matcha, and makes for a very satisfying bite. Don’t forget to ask for a scoop of vanilla ice cream, because you will definitely need it. Or maybe, order one more.
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Shine Bakery and Cafe
Address: 3F SM Aura, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
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