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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Wildflour Weekends

It took me a while to finally try the much talked about Wildflour Café + Bakery at the Fort Bonifacio Global City, mainly because all the hype made me skeptical. Thank goodness I gave in to my curiosity or I wouldn't have discovered that the predominantly positive buzz about the place was actually well-deserved.

Here's my take on the grub, particularly the dishes I'll definitely be ordering again.

Pictured above is the Arugula Salad, which was topped with a fried egg and served with warm bacon vinaigrette. We had the parmesan on the side (as I'm allergic) and asked for a side of bacon. Arugula is always good, and while the bacon vinaigrette was a tad too oily for my liking, the salad was still refreshing and very tasty. My companion thoroughly enjoyed it, though. (Maybe because he hasn't tried arugula with my own homemade sweet balsamic glaze... but that's another entry!)

I'm a huge fan of the yogurt, granola and fruit combination, so I had to try the Homemade Granola. At first I was disappointed with the limited fruit selection of bananas and mangoes, but after I mixed it all up and took my first bite, I was immediately impressed. The chunky granola underneath the fruit and yogurt had a nice balance of sweet and nutty flavor. As for the texture, it was sticky (in a good way, in my opinion) with a delightful crunch. 

Another one of my favorites is the Baked Escargot with garlic butter and puff pastry, which was divine. Take note, however, that I am also an escargot lover, so this may not be something everybody would enjoy. But my companion and I loved every bit of it! 

We ate it by popping off the top and dipping the bread in the little cups before eating the escargot, and also tried poking through the pastry to scoop up the escargot along with the bread. It had just the right amount of garlic and butter, plus a sprinkle of basil that tickled my taste buds. I normally dislike flaky puff pastry, but in this case, I thought it was perfect. It was pricey for an appetizer, but definitely worth it!

The Steak and Egg served over kimchi fried rice was another winner. The steak looked amazing so I dared to try it, along with the rice, even if I didn't like kimchi. Surprise, surprise--I thought it was spectacular! My friend who actually suggested ordering the dish wasn't very fond of it, though, mainly due to the rice. But she did enjoy the steak, which we both found tender and tasty. 

It being a bakery, of course I had to sample the baked goodies. During one of my visits, I bought the Roasted Garlic Knot with extra virgin olive oil and sea salt for takeout. I loved tearing it apart. It was delectably crusty on the outside and soft on the inside, with a heavenly garlic filling that'll make you feel fuzzy all over. It's the ultimate garlic bread!

I've been obsessed with bread pudding since my first encounter with a homemade version in Cebu a few years ago, and nothing has topped my "first love" until I had this baby. Wildflour's Bread Pudding takes 20 minutes to make, but it's definitely worth the wait.  Fresh out of the oven, it was toasty warm on the outside and a bit gooey--as it should be--on the inside. The bread pudding, chocolaty chunks and creamy vanilla sauce was an incredibly rich combination, but at the same time, it was not overly sweet. My companion and I were practically swooning with every bite!

The Molten Chocolate Beignets is another wonderfully rich dessert that combines soft and warm chocolate beignets with a cool scoop of banana ice cream. The molten chocolate filling might be too sweet for some, but those with a sweet tooth (ahem) will find it pretty amazing, especially combined with the ice cream. Great for sharing!

Wash everything down with your choice of tea, coffee, or cocktail. You may also opt for their Green Tea Mojito with Pineapple and Basil, which I found fresh and summery! If I were to make it at home, I'd probably use mint instead of basil, but it was good nonetheless.

Some of the items I wouldn't recommend are the Banh Mi Sliders with crispy pork and chili on brioche, as I found them very oily and lacking in flavor, as well as the Roasted Bone Marrow with mango salsa and ciabatta, which was just all right. The latter looked and sounded sinful, but didn't taste like it was worth all the cholesterol. But apart from these, I don't think Wildflour could ever disappoint me again. 

Excited to try more of their new offerings!

The CityLifeStylist

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