Had Google not corrected us, we swear we’d still be associating a “patisserie” with—what else?—patis. And that was only half a joke. As per the Internet, a “patisserie,” which is French in origin, is a bakery that specializes in pastries and sweets, with legalities indicating that it should employ a master pastry chef.
Men aren’t exactly trained to have a fondness for sweet things beyond the typical ice cream, chocolates, or the occasional Mercedes de Brazo. We might have heard about tiramisu in a commercial, but chances are, most of us just aren’t the type who will order panacotta, pudding, crème brulee, and the equally enigmatic gourmandise after a meal. A burp would usually be enough to chase the umay away.
Yet here we were one afternoon at the spotless, sweet-smelling Chez Karine at Serendra in the Fort where they serve the items we had just listed above. In an effort to expand our palate for the saccharine (in case we haven’t gotten the point across already, the world is ending, and we have to try new stuff out), we had made the trip to the dainty, softly-lit patisserie (and thus endeth our quest to use the term in a sentence minus quotation marks) to test the said treats.
Our host that afternoon was none other than the owner herself, Chef Karen Yang, who laid out a colorful array of desserts that honestly looked too good and delicate to be touched by our grubby man-mitts. The pudding came in tiny jars, the mini-cakes looked like perfectly churned out delights from the Factory Of All Things Nice, and the pastel-colored macaroons seemed like what you'd need to bait those ever-elusive unicorns.
When we had tasted them, all we could say were—pardon the severely limited ways we could describe desserts—"sweet," "awesomely sweet," "sarap, ang tamis!" And this: We're definitely taking the girlfriend here. These desserts are delightful, and are crafted with much-appreciated finesse. But the real beauty of the place is that the next time your girlfriend complains about your lack of sweetness, take her to this patisserie, and all will be well again (we hope). Hit the gallery below for a guide to what you can order at Chez Karine!
Chez Karine is located at 1/F Serendra Mall, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. It's open from Sunday to Thursday at 11 AM to 10 PM, and on Fridays and Saturdays, 11 AM to 11 PM. For more info, check out their official website here.
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