October 24, 2012 Leave a comment
An infographic has been making the rounds lately of a map that showcases the awesome food spots that dot Kapitolyo. It had been shared so much that just a few days ago the creators already made an updated map! I guess, one, a lot of people really appreciate good, relate-able infographics, and two, that’s a testament of how the area’s being recognized as a real urban foodie destination. Totally cool.
It’s a bittersweet reminder, now that I think about it. Bitter, because I will be moving from Ortigas to Makati soon, which means I lose the advantage of proximity I currently hold. Sweet because I get to recall the four restos the Wednesday group has covered so far (Poco Deli, Milky and Sunny, Charlie’s Grind and Grill, and Longganisa Sorpresa), and the many options we can still tick off while I’m still near the area. This post is dedicated to the fifth: Classic Confections.
To be honest, I would’ve wanted to end our Kapitolyo exploration initiative with this dessert place, because, well, you end good meals with sweet treats, right? However, plans changed because a local deal site offered a sweet discount by way of coupons. Oh my. Two (not so good) puns in one paragraph. I’m so baaaaad. >.<
Anyway, the first thing I appreciated about Classic Confections is the airy feel of the resto. It was spacious, very well-lit, had really cute and interesting accents, and imbibed a “happy place” feel about it. It’s very conducive for those days where you just want to chill and share some time with your good friends. When we went there, we almost had the place to ourselves. Talk about the perks of going to a destination that’s a bit out-of-the-way.
We originally thought of getting just desserts but because of the value of the coupons we bought (and because it was lunch time anyway), we got a couple of sandwiches and a plate of pasta as well. I was pleasantly surprised that for a place that specializes on sweets, the said dishes weren’t shabby at all. Both the sandwiches were satiating, with more than sufficient fillings and above average bread quality (one was ciabatta, I think, while the other, wheat), and even the penne was al dente. The bolognese sauce was also not skimped on and wasn’t overly sweet too.
So were the sweets equally as good?
I had really high expectations because of the hype Wena had for the place (she had tried the signature cake before) and because, uhm, it’s a dessert place, so they should be great at what their niche is, yes?
Well, it was a mixed bag of reactions from the group.
First off, let me say, we all agreed that what were brought before us were all pretty. Just look at the first photo above. Our appetites were whet when we laid eyes on those beauties. Even the plates were cute! Unfortunately, flavor- and texture-wise, there were some hits and misses.
The Tiramisu, had bold coffee hints that I adored, but I thought the ladyfingers were just too wet. The Chocolate Creme Brulee, was chocolate-y enough, however I found the custard a bit too mousse-y in texture and was missing the characteristic surface a genuine brulee would have. The Lemon Torte had a delightfully chewy meringue coupled with a texturally curious (in a good way) curd. I just wished the citrus notes popped out a bit more. All that being said, of all those we tried, what I loved the most was the Coconut Cake. It was pillowy, light, delicate, yet that fragrant whiff and flavor of coconut was definitely present. Subtlety at its best.
As for their pièce de résistance, the award-winning Nono’s Chocolate Oblivion, I understand now why this is a consistent favorite among top chocolate cakes. First, it really is a chocolate lover’s dream. It’s chocolate, on chocolate, on chocolate, and then some. Second, the play on texture is truly captivating. The contrast of cream, cake, praline and powder all in one spoonful does wonders to the tongue. It’s an experience one rarely gets, especially with the prevalence of the ganache-y mouthfeel we’ve all come to expect and love from classic chocolate cakes. On a personal note, I found it a bit too much and too sweet for my liking. A couple of spoons of the treat was enough for me.
I could imagine someone with a real affinity to sugar would fall head over heels over Classic Confections what with beautiful creations housed in a beautiful setting. While their bestselling chocolate cake will not replace the one on top of my list (ahem*Miss Polly’s*ahem), Classic Confections still surely is worth a visit.
#3 Brixton Street, Barangay Kapitolyo,
Pasig City, Philippines, 1603
Telephone: +632 696 7342, +63917 546 2773