If there's one thing we all love about summer - aside from the trips to the beach, of course - it's most definitely going to be all the desserts we get to enjoy during these months! And while matcha has been the rave in the previous years, this year is also a celebration of our very own ube or purple yam, whose color has been tagged as Pantone's Color of the Year!
Wondering where you could get those ube-flavored sweet treats? Whether it's cake or milkshake you're craving for, we got your back! Here are 8 places in the metro to check out this summer for all things ube:
While Kabila Filipino Bistro offers a number of flavors of cakes and desserts to choose from, their Ube Tres Leches remains a bestseller among its patrons. Perfect for merienda, you get to enjoy a slice of this ube goodness with a cup of Earl Grey Tea or ILLY Coffee for only P250 from 2:30PM to 5:30PM everyday.
Can't decide whether you want a gelato or a milkshake? Manila Creamery lets you have both! Made with ube gelato and salted egg, their Ube Salted Egg Gelato Shake (P180) is also topped with a whole chunk of sapin sapin and a piece of some good ol' puto.
Aside, of course, from their Original Mille Crepe Cake, what keeps people coming back to Paper Moon Cafe is their Ultimate Ube Mille Crepe Cake (P2000/whole; P225/slice), which is the cafe's Filipino spin on the Japanese treat. This dessert has layers and layers of ube and macapuno on top of each, finished with a layer of crumbled ube chiffon.
Sebastian's Fiesta Sorbetes Sundae really lives up to its name as it has all the unique flavors Filipinos love. It has scoops of their Champorado, Mangga't Suman, and Sapin-Sapin Ice Cream on a warm Ube Brownie and topped with Ube whipped cream, latik, and a cherry. You can get this for only P375 on regular days, but it's only P295 for Sundae Mondays.
5. Costa Brava's Ube Cake
Costa Brava's Ube Cake may look simple at first, but its looks should not deceive you as their chiffon cakes are known for their lightness and fluffiness. They're also quite famous for their caramel cakes which you could order when you feel like trying something else!
Priced at P900 for the whole cake, The Rabbit Hole MNL's Ube de Mercedes is the restaurant's more Filipino take on their classic Brazo De Mercedes. This dessert has layers of meringue made with homemade ube halaya. Not feeling like having cake that day? They also serve Ube Shake for P85 which might just be what you need when the weather gets too hot!
Although it's more of a snack than a dessert, Flossom's Ube Champorado is something to try if you've always been a fan of the champorado from your childhood. Their version has the ube rice stew drizzled with some yema sauce and topped with dilis to balance the sweetness of the stew and the yema sauce. Get this for only P280. Also available is their Ube Macapuno Mousse which you can have for dessert for P150.
If you want a snack or a dessert that would go perfectly well with Little Flour's brews, make sure to try out their Ube Bombolini (P110/piece; P450/5 pieces). Rolled in a thin sugar layer, these soft Italian doughnuts are also filled with rich and think ube halaya filling instead of the usual pastry cream for it to become more Filipino.
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