“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” ― Ruth Reichl
RESTAURANT: Conti’s Pastry Shop and Restaurant
LOCATION: P1 Level, Trinoma Edsa cor. North Ave., Quezon City
COUNTRY: Manila, Philippines
CUISINE: Bakery, Coffee Shop, Filipino, International
PRICE: Mid-range (more than P200 and less than P500 per main dish) – no service charge
RECOMMENDED: Families with children and Large Groups
RATINGS (1=lowest / 5=highest)
Taste – 3 ½
Ambiance – 3 ½
Service – 3 ½
Clean – 4
Parking – 4
Crowd – 3 ½
Over-all Experience – 3 ½
It has been several months since I last saw some of my high school friends, so it was nice to do some catching up over casual dinner. Although we had a lot to talk about, the conversation mostly revolved around tales of their “maid” and “yaya” (nanny) horror stories – which were quite amusing. But the delight of the evening was my friend’s three-month old baby girl who looks like she’s already six months old – so adorable and cute! 🙂
We met at Conti’s Trinoma thinking this would be a “baby friendly” venue. Instead, the place was insanely packed (which I think is fairly common no matter what Conti’s branch you go to); so my friends and I decided to stay at the Mindanao lobby while waiting to be seated. We were extremely lucky because we didn’t have to wait long. We were escorted to what my friends called the “aquarium” area. This meant we had our own room which was good since the restaurant was crowded with mostly families eating out.
The waiters were quite accommodating given that we expressed our concern regarding the lack of space this room seemed to offer (it had two tables, one good for four and the other good for six – but there were eight of us including the baby and stroller) – all in all, they were able to make it comfortable and spacious enough for us.
Conti’s, which is notorious for its savory dishes at very affordable prices; is more infamous for its sweet delicacies, so I knew I had to order my dessert. One of my favorites would be their signature dessert – the mouthwatering Mango Bravo. It costs P145.00 which is fine since it’s served in a hefty delectable slice. It’s a chilled layered, crunchy sponge cake with graham and cashew nut fillings topped with fresh ripe mango chunks. This cake is sinfully sweet with heavy vanilla coated icing. It has chocolate mousse and a meringue-like-texture drizzled with chocolate drippings. Despite the sugary combination of fabulous flavors, the taste is far from overpowering – in fact, it is simply divine. For those who have tried this dessert, you know exactly why it is named as such – Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!…. for such a delicious treat that placed Contis on the map as one of the most sought after dessert spots in the Metro. Two-thumbs up!
As for my main dish for the evening, I had the Beef Salpicao which cost P395.00. I chose garlic rice over the paella and it was scrumptious to say the least. Although I have tasted better Beef Salpicaos, this still satisfied my taste buds. I would recommend this well-seasoned, tender, juicy and tasty dish for you’ll appreciate it once you sink your teeth into it – no wonder it’s still one of their best sellers. I just miss the hint of garlicky mix with the sauce which seemed missing compared to my previous visit from another Conti’s branch.
For my “must-try-dishes,” I would recommend the following based on my last experience from different Conti’s branches: Baked Salmon, Choco Overload Cake, Almond Choco Sansrival, Tiramisu, Roast Beef, Chicken ala Kiev, Chicken Roulade and the Turtle Pie.