BAKERĒ by RJ Galang of Man Eat Manila is a tribute to his mom Eleonor’s bakery heritage in Butuan, hence the name “Baker E”. It’s also good branding for a unique kind of bakery–one with a soul.
The Our Awesome Planet Viber public chat was abuzz with how good the food is at Bakerē, so we wasted no time setting our meeting here.
Here’s what we think…
The place doesn’t have any signage yet, but you can see the minimalist chic ambiance through the glass facade.
I like the nice long wooden communal tables, the OSB walls, and the breathing space between tables. You have to order from the self-service counter.
The salad is good to share and the sauce doesn’t overpower the vegetables. There’s also a long strip of crispy bacon to provide that salty crunch.
You have to taste this most raved about sandwich–made with Butuan Lechon on firm ciabatta bread. So good!
If you like something more substantial, order the meaty balls topped with melting cheese on a soft baguette. Tasty and the bread isn’t too heavy.
Our friend Janice ordered this pasta and it was gone in 61 seconds. It’s a good portion for one but can be shared if you want to try a few other pasta dishes.
Their signature grilled ensaymada is made special with Risa South Cotabato chocolate. Make sure to ask for it grilled and to serve it later together with the Bicerin.
You’ve got to order this–a traditional Turin coffee made of a layer of espresso, a layer of Risa’s chocolate, and a top layer of milk.
The surprise favorite was this drink made with Toby’s Arabica coffee and tonic water, which tastes like a coffee soda. You must try this!
This is my type of bakery–one that makes you excited to go back again and again!
I like how the flavors are balanced, the combinations are well thought of, and you get to enjoy all of it in a comfortable setting.
RJ was very friendly and helpful in explaining the concept of the restaurant, in serving the food, and in making you feel at home.
We recommend the BXU, Grilled Ensaymada with Chocolate paired with Bicerin, and the Espresso Tonic. The salad and pastas are also good and fairly priced. Budget about P500/head for a meal with coffee.
Perhaps they can serve a secret menu of Butuan Lechon here? 🙂
Congrats to Bakerē for a great bakery concept and a job well done!
Live an Awesome Life,
Disclosure: We paid for our meal. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights.
P.S. The place is just a bit noisy despite the acoustic walls. Maybe they can put sound absorbers on the roof to keep the sound from bouncing.