L.E.S. BAGLES: (Lower East Side) New York-inspired Bagels in Manila @ Tuscany, McKinley Hill
We like their bagels -- chewy but not too tough -- that go well with the creative cream cheese combinations offered. The ambiance is hip and it's nicely located near Bonifacio Global City, which is critical for a bagel shop to survive.
You've got to check out L.E.S. Bagels in Tuscany...
During peak times, it's best to avail of the valet service.
L.E.S. Bagel Menu: Bagels & Cream Cheese | Bagel Sandwiches, Open faced Bagel Sandwiches | Specialty Sandwiches | Specialty Sandwiches 2 | Make-Your-Own Sandwich | Salad, Snacks & Drinks | Brownie & Bars
Sandwiches range from P200-P400 and they're big enough to be shared.
Note: You can't have two cream cheese flavors in one bagel sandwich, so choose wisely. :)
The L.E.S. Addiction is their signature bagel, and it's like an oversized salmon bagel cut into half so that you can share it or take out the other half.
I love the combination of the cream cheese with salmon, capers, and the red onions! Must try. :)
This tasted like chocolate soda with egg (had a thought bubble that said "yuck!"). I didn't like it but in fairness, my vegetarian partner RJ was raving about it. :)
I made my own bagel sandwich with black sesame and bacon cheddar. They put a thick layer of cream cheese -- everything was good but a bit heavy.
We also tried the American sandwiches, and this in particular was good too because of the quality of the ingredients they used. It's a bit expensive though and nothing unique. Best to stick with the bagels.
We love the brownies' intense flavor -- not too sweet and not dry. Our favorite is the Expresso Hazelnut Brownie because the hazelnut counter-balances the umay factor.
It's a big chunk of brownie and I had a hard time finishing it after eating my bagel sandwich.
All in all, we love the bagels, cream cheese, and the brownies! I would recommend the L.E.S. Addiction or L.O.X., and the Expresso Hazelnut Brownie.
If you are with a group, best to order separate bagels and different cream cheese flavors so that you can share them. Although it feels like carbo-loading when you eat here.
Budget is about P250 for the Bagel Sandwich.
The breakfast bagels look really good too and would love to try them next time. I wonder if you can call-in ahead, order your bagel, and pick it up as you drive by?
Let me know what your own favorites and recommendations are at L.E.S. Bagels. Congrats, Chef Cuit Kaufman!
Tuscany Residences, Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio
Wednesday-Saturday 7.00am to 11.00pm,
Sunday to Tuesday 7.00am to 10.00pm
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P.S. We're planning a Tuscany tour with the Megaworld people so that you can try the different Tuscany shops' offerings, degustation-food trip style. Will let you know once it is finalized. :)