Literally meaning "At Karen's Place", Chez Karine is one of the newest bakeries in the metro that offers delectable pastries, cakes, and more. Just this week, they opened their second branch at SM Megamall's Mega Fashion Hall (the first branch being located at Serendra in Taguig). Owned by Ms. Karen Yang-Chiang, daughter of businessman George Yang, this patisserie remains very personal and humble. Chef Karen made Chez Karine her life's passion and thus we are assured of the superb quality and freshness of the products that they serve.
During their first day at the Mega Fashion Hall, I was able to witness the opening of this artsy patisserie. I was able to try some of the items in their menu, too. ;) Upon entering their shop, you will notice how relaxed the place is. The seats and tables are very neat and minimalist, yet the walls are filled with super cute whimsical characters and lovely colors for your eyes to feast on. It's just a nice place to relax after a day at the mall or even a place to catch up with your friends and fill yourself with desserts and coffee.
Chez Karine takes pride in their fresh and yummy macarons and pudding. Eventually, they added more items in their menu such as cakes, cookies, and pastries. These goodies are especially made and perfected by Chef Karen using her expertise in baking. Didn't you know that she took up classes at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France? The photo above is their window display at their Mega Fashion Hall branch. I literally felt like a giddy kid upon seeing all those cakes and macarons. They just look so cute from afar! And I assure you that they while they look cute, they also taste heavenly.
|Cute macarons :) They even have Macaron Ice Cream!|
|Puddings of all sorts|
|Panna Cotta and Jelly|
Here are the some of the products from their menu that I was able to try. Seriously, I had a hard time choosing what to eat cause I wanted to eat everything lol! Everything looks yummy! But I finally settled with the Cotton Soft Cheesecake, Hokkaido Cupcake, Strawberry Panna Cotta and Muscovado Pudding.
The Cotton Soft Cheesecake is a Japanese style souffle cheescake. It looks like 'mamon' to me, but I was surprised upon tasting it. It literally melts in your mouth. As can be inferred from its name, this cheesecake is amazingly soft. You'll never get tired eating this cause it's very light and yummy. It's not sweet and it's not too sour tasting unlike other cheesecakes.
The Hokkaido Cupcake is again a Japanese-inspired cake. It has sugar crystals on top and fresh vanilla cream in the middle. You can even see the crushed vanilla beans in the cream. I was expecting it to be a little dense since it is a cupcake, but I love how this one's very light. The cake is very soft and the cream works perfectly with it.
Let me just say that the bottles of the pudding and panna cotta looks adorable! I was able to try the Muscovado Pudding first. It is actually a soft set custard pudding with dark caramel at the bottom. For me, it tastes like leche flan but this one has a more distinct texture. It is very creamy and not that sweet and it feels light on your tongue. It literally melts in your mouth! The Strawberry Panna Cotta, on the other hand, is an classic cream based Italian dessert. It tasted creamy with a bit of tangy due to the strawberry. Both elements of sweetness and sourness surprisingly balances each other out!
I am a huge coffee drinker and this Muscovado Latte just won me over. This is definitely my kind of coffee! It is very rich and creamy and not too sweet. It is something I could drink every single day while I study. I have noticed that the prices of Chez Karine's coffee are very affordable as compared to other coffee shops. They make their own coffee and blends, too! Hence, they are guaranteed fresh and original. I have to try yet their Orange Mocha. :)
|With fellow blogger, Lara|
People from the North of the metro (like me!) don't have to go to the south anymore to enjoy Chez Karine. This dainty patisserie is now open at the Mega Fashion Hall of SM Megamall! :)
For more details about Chez Karine, visit and follow their sites:
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/chezkarinebakery
Twitter - http://www.twitter.com./chezkarine
Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/chezkarine
Website - http://www.chezkarine.com
Thank you Chez Karine for having me! :)