The Breadery in Ortigas Will Change The Way You Think About BreadMarch 26, 2015
In the past few years, foreign and foreign-inspired bakeries and patisseries have become more and more popular in the Philippines. There’s Asian ones like Korea’s Tous Les Jours, Singapore’s Bread Talk, Japanese-inspired Yamato, for example, and more French ones popping up, like Paul and the recently-announced Laduree. I was never really a huge fan of bread as my staple carb, but even I’ve become enamoured with buying tons of bread and pastries to eat at breakfast, or make for a quick snack. However, only a few of these bakeries have really managed to keep my initial interest; sometimes the breads on offer are uninspired or never delicious enough. But I’ve got to be totally honest with you: The Breadery is very much a different story.
I was a huge fan of The Breadery even before they opened their first store in Ortigas. While they were still developing their brand and testing out breads, they would set up shop at bazaars and market stalls, offering up a limited, but incredibly fine, selection. In spite of all the fancy shmancy stuff these bakeries had on offer, I found myself constantly looking for The Breadery’s coconut and raspberry spools, olive loaves, and even any of their plainer breads. For such a small business, I was impressed by the quality of their products, and always wished they had a more permanent location. Their store in Ortigas is a reflection of how much the company has grown since their earlier days, and has a much more extensive menu that is unsurprisingly consistent across the board.
The Breadery, in its essence, is a Japanese bakery with French influence. Inspired by the travels of a group of friends, most of what is offered here is unique to the store, and is a hybrid of the favorite treats they’ve spotted abroad. There are standards such as an almond croissant with a sweet and nutty crusty exterior, or incredible canelés that can rival ones from Hong Kong, but there are singularly unique treats such as a generously-studded taro swirl and a croissant filled with mochi. “The market now is mature enough to pay up for good bread with premium ingredients,” observes Tom Pohang, president of The Breadery. Indeed, I’m sure anyone is willing to spend their dime here, with such a diverse choice of products that hardly disappoint. Maybe it’s the custom-made flour that they use, or the fact that all their goods use natural yeast, ensuring doughs that are much more high-quality, more natural, and even a little healthier.
So much careful thought goes into The Breadery; even the coffee is excellent, with cold brews made for 16-20 hours, and beans roasted all the way in Seattle. Sweet or savory, I guarantee you won’t come out of here empty-handed.
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Address: GF, Emerald Mansion, Emerald Ave., Ortigas, Pasig City