A French Night to Remember at The French Baker

One of my most favorite movies of all time is Julie and Julia. I fell in love with it as it features two of the many things I am passionate about: food and blogging. It’s based on the true story of Julie Powell, an employee of Lower Manhattan Development Corporation who adores Julia Child, a famous American Chef who have Mastered the Art of French Cooking. I tell you, it’s such a visually appetizing movie. Do watch it if you haven’t already.A few weeks ago, I attended the opening of the 51st branch of The French Baker, strategically located at the Fountain Court area of SM Lanang Premier; home of the longest dancing fountain here in the Philippines. As soon as I stepped inside their freshly built store, I felt like I was transported to France. Who would’ve thought that an hour ride away from home would bring me to the heart of Paris? It was definitely worth the long commute.

The event was graced by none other than The French Baker himself, Mr. Johnlu Go Kua, CEO. As I listened to him spoke about the early beginnings of the store, I cannot help but think of him as the male version of Julia Child. He’s not French (Chinese, in fact), but he has mastered the Art of French Cooking. He is also the man behind Chatime Bubble Tea; a franchise from Taiwan.

Johnlu Go Kua, CEO of The French Baker

The success of The FRENCH BAKER was built on a dream and a vision for innovation to bring the neighborhood bakery to a highest level and let every Filipino enjoy freshly-baked, quality and affordable breads even while on the go. It also has a restaurant-café where affordable gourmet cuisine are served in classy ambiance. UP Professor-turned entrepreneur Johnlu Koa brought into the Philippines the first European-inspired French bakery, thereby creating for himself a new QSR category where his brand continues to dominate until today.

As I muse around the place, I could not help but admire the interior design. They have an indoor alfresco where internet surfers could connect to their free WIFI, although their connection is pretty strong wherever you sit. They have a dessert counter that showcases their breads and pastries. I also like the fact that most tables do have a wall lamp; it makes you feel like you are having an authentic French dining experience. The ambiance is warm and cozy, perfect for people who want some peace and quiet while enjoying good food. I’d also like to note that the wait staff are very kind and accommodating; they add “class” to the service, which is definitely a plus point for me.

As for the food, well, I could proudly say that French Baker has some of the best dishes I’ve ever tasted. I’ve been there three times already since the opening and I can attest that their food are well-prepared and cooked to perfection. One that’s very much memorable to me is the Grilled Chicken with Mango Salsa (I ordered this during my second visit, and no, I don’t have a photo of it, sorry). Man, I could eat that and that alone for the rest of my life. The chicken is thoughtfully de-boned. It’s tender, juicy, and has a bite to it. The seasoning is not overpowering, but it still has that distinct grilled flavor, perfect for my Filipino palate. The mango salsa was somehow foreign to me, but I’m glad that my taste buds loved it. It’s a bit spicy though, but nothing you can’t tolerate.

Another one that’s very, very much memorable to me is the Parisian French Macarons. I’ve already featured these before and I can’t seem to get enough of them (read here for full review). They seriously are the best-tasting French Macarons I’ve ever had, so far. My new favorite is the Pistachio flavor. Ahh, just thinking about it right now makes me crave so bad.

Here are some of the dishes you can expect from The French Baker’s Menu:

Fruit Tart | Peach Tart
Parisian French Macarons
Apple Dome

The French Baker is indeed more than just your ordinary bakery. It’s a charming restaurant that offers world-class, authentic French Cuisine.

Parisian Macaron Indulgence at French Baker

A couple of weeks back, I was strolling around SM Lanang premier with my family when I spotted French Baker. As a natural response of a sugar foodie, I rushed to their stall and marveled over their delicious offerings. Merely looking at their pastries gave me a flicker of delight, and what’s more? The breads are beautifully crafted and pleasing to the eyes. But if there’s one thing that really caught my attention, it’s their pretty Parisian French Macarons. I wanted to buy at that time, but we were in a hurry. Instead, I made a mental note to come back some other day and give them a try.
Last Saturday, I finally had a chance to visit SM Lanang again to watch Les Miserables ( I don’t frequently visit that mall because it’s too far from where I live). Anyway, while waiting for Yuan, I took the chance to indulge on French Baker’s Parisian Macarons.
Photo taken with Huwei MediaPad (Not bad! ) | French Baker Parisian Macaron – 34php/each

Aren’t they pretty? They’re so beautiful, I didn’t wanna eat them! But the verdict must be done and so I took a bite and I was suddenly in euphoria. They are the kind of french macarons that I prefer: crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, the meringue is not too sweet, and the filling is just enough to give the macaron an interesting taste. I also like that the size is just right; not too small that you won’t be able to enjoy it, but not too big that you’d be overwhelmed by it.

I tried their Raspberry and Chocolate variants. I love them both and by far, These are the best french macaron to date! French Baker is yet another pastry shop that I will surely visit again and again. Next on my list: Hokkaido Cake!
Have you tried these yet? What variant is your favorite?