Yesterday we published a negative post about Pablo’s. Many of you got angry, and we fully understand. A lot of what we wrote there was unnecessary.
We write opinions so we can help people decide, and not because we want to be mean. There are ways to be truthful and objective, and we failed at that yesterday. We would have taken offense at ourselves if we were on the receiving end of that post.
Our work involves shaping the narrative around food in the Philippines and we completely overlooked how we can create division and anger with our words. We can do better than this.
We’re really sorry. We’re taking time to discuss this right now and make sure this won’t happen again. Thanks for understanding.
— Pamela Cortez, EIC
The Pablo cheese tart, with its perfectly browned crust and pale custard looks just about perfect. The tart, standing at 5 inches and boasting a thin layer of mango jelly looks like it’s worth the entire Php 600 you spent on it.
The Japanese cheese tart should be a revelation. You paid enough money to get yourself roughly 16 pieces of lord Stow’s egg tart, you’re paying the gratification that those 16 egg tarts should provide you.
I’d rather get those 16 egg tarts. Seriously.
There’s no gooey, decadent custard that falls lazily on your plate. Instead, you get this airy substance that resembles badly whipped cream more than anything else. There’s no musky cheese that cuts through the tart that would keep you preoccupied. Pablo’s is just a bowl of air disguised as a tart. It’s only defining feature; the extremely flaky crust that you’d rather separate from that farce that was supposed to be the tart. The mango jelly did not help either, its tartness overpowering the almost nonexistent flavor of the dessert.
The hype over the cheese tart is by no means validated by what was presented. In the end it’s nothing but hype. No self-respecting person should purchase this pretender. Save that P600 for those egg tarts, or 30 choco butternut munchkins, or a massage you really want but can’t get because you spent it on this tart. Take our advice, don’t fall into their cheesy lie.