Now Open: Japan's Saint Marc Café Opens First Philippine Branch in Mega Fashion Hall

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One of Japan's most popular cafes opened its first coffee shop in the country at the upper ground floor of Mega Fashion Hall. St. Marc Café started in 1987 and has been known for their line of breads, sweets, and coffee, the most popular food item being their signature product: Chococro.

Photo from St. Marc Café Philippines Facebook Page

Suyen Corporation, popularly known as the Bench Group, is responsible for bringing the Japanese coffee shop brand to the Philippines. Other specialty food and restaurants included in their portfolio are imported premium chocolates Patchi, Asian restaurant Felix in Greenbelt, Market on 5th Avenue in St. Luke's BGC, and French bakery-cafe Paul.

It is now clear that SM Mega Fashion Hall is the new hangout for the traveling foodie who misses favorite food finds from Asia. Now, one need not fly far to have some Michelin-starred goodness with Tim Ho Wan, a gyoza feast with Osaka Ohsho, chococro and other popular sweets with St. Marc Café. Very soon (within the month), Japan's ramen brand Ippudo and HK Italian resto Linguini Fini opens their doors to the public, making Mega Fashion Hall the home of many first foodie outlets in the country.

Back to the Chococro: this is St. Marc Café's best-seller and signature product in its other branches located in Southeast Asia, and will most likely be a sure hit with the local foodie market. It is a croissant that boasts of over twenty layers of flaky buttery dough, embracing a center of dark chocolate. The chocolate comes from a blend of Ghana and Ecuador cocoa beans. Four variants of Chococro are currently being offered: the signature Chococro (P55), Chococro Marble (P60), Strawberry Daifuku Chococro (P60), and Matcha Daifuku Chococro (P60). If you're visiting the coffee shop with friends shying away from sweets, they can choose from their savory line of Croissant Sandwich (P130 each) and Triangle Sandwich (P150 each). Their savory pastries also include Bacon Cheese Croissant (P75), Tuna Potato Danish (P100), and Croissant Frank (P110).

Pair your Chococro with coffee

Photo from St. Marc Café Philippines Facebook Page

Fuji Desserts (P200-P230 each) also available like this Classic Fuji, a butter danish served a la mode with soft serve vanila, served with Azuki (red beans), Kuromitsu (black honey), and matcha powder

Photo from St. Marc Café Philippines Facebook Page

If you prefer snacking on something cool and sweet rather than freshly baked, the cafe has a selection of shaved ice desserts (Ice Kacang Dessert, P230 each) with flavors like Strawberry Milk, Espresso Milk, Mango Milk, Matcha Milk, and Kintoki Milk. Parfait Desserts (P250 each) are also offered, if you wish your desserts to be topped with ice cream.

The metro's foodies seem to never get enough of pastries and coffee, what with all the coffee shops, bakery-cafes and long-standing cronut and croissant offerings all around Manila. St. Marc Café is yet another delicious destination and hang-out spot for all of us to enjoy.

 

Photo from St. Marc Café Philippines

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Saint Marc Café's first branch in the country is located at the upper ground floor of Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall. Like St. Marc Café Philippines on Facebook (/saintmarccafephilippines) and follow them on Instagram (@chococroph).

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