From the humble Anpan first made in 1875, Japanese baking techniques and product lines have grown by leaps and bounds since.  Although baking was mostly a Western concept, Japanese artisan bakers had to add indigenous ingredients for the breads to appeal to local Japanese tastes.  In the spirit of this same artisanal Japanese tradition of baking craftsmanship, comes Kumori Japanese Bakery.

Big in Japan and now in the Philippines, Kumori Japanese Bakery commits to offer natural, handmade, fresh and quality breads, cakes, and pastries imbued with true Japanese quality, culture, and tradition. Kumori uses only the finest ingredients from Japan, giving its breads unique flavors and textures. Every ingredient is wholesome and natural, so the fresh tastes and goodness shine through. I received a gift box from Kumori last week, and I’m pleased to share the details of what’s inside. 🙂 お楽しみください!

What is Kumori?

Kumori means “cloudy” in Japanese. However, instead of gray and gloom, Kumori represents all the sunshine and positivity that comes after the rain. Likewise, what Kumori Japanese Bakery creates are “comfort treats” with no artificial additives and preservatives.

Review of Japanese Bread and Pastries from Kumori Japanese Bakery (Philippines)

If you have ever in your life said, “this bread is good,” this Croissant by Kumori will melt your mind. It’s a flaky layered Danish pastry enriched with pure, premium European butter. After seeing fluffy layers with a stretch within while pulling it apart, I’m positive that the croissant was a good lure and an absolute hit with me. It was on the soft side, but the rich buttery taste still remained intact. I loved it and certainly felt more excited to try the others in the box. 🙂

Salmon Bonito was the one I took as an afternoon snack in the office. It’s a soft bun filled with savory salmon filling, drizzled with home-made Teriyaki sauce and sprinkled with bonito flakes. While there’s no ridiculously large portion of sushi-grade salmon present, the round buns were great. Like eating a giant version of takoyaki (but stuffed with flaky salmon instead of octopus), this treat is going to sneak up on you. To be honest, it wasn’t love at first bite for me, but as the balance of flavors and textures gradually insinuated, I’ve grown to appreciate it—a lot! The salmon bonito is one-of-a-kind.

Filled with matcha cream filling, the Soft Matcha Bun was a pleasantly decent mouthful of goodness. The matcha inside wasn’t too sweet and the bun gave a good contrast to the smooth cream. I thought this would go down well with a nice cup of green tea. 🙂

Another delicate hand-crafted soft bread was the Fuwa-fuwa Cream Bun, filled with creamy egg custard and dusted with snow sugar powder on top. It did not disappoint as it’s not too sweet as well. The bun was super soft and almost impossible to resist!

We saved the best for last. Kumori’s Signature Hanjuku Cheese was velvety, creamy, light and absolutely moist. It’s a half-baked cheese masterpiece original of Kumori made from premium cream cheese that’s truly best for melt-in-your-mouth moments. This should be in everyone’s must-try list when visiting Kumori Japanese Bakery. It was pure happiness wrapped in a small package.

An easy winner for those who love Japanese cheesecakes, each piece of the Hanjuku Cheese can be finished in two bites. Aside from cheese, there’s also a chocolate cheesecake variant available. Komuri Japanese Bakery sells these per piece (at PHP48) or in a pretty box of five.

Kumori has just set foot in the Philippines, and its first stores are located at the lower ground floor of Landmark Makati (just beside Bread Talk) and at the lower ground floor of SM Makati. Soon it will also open at the ground floor of Glorietta 2. If you love Japanese goodies, visit  Kumori Philippines on Facebook and follow its Instagram account for updates. 🙂

Lower Ground Floor, The Landmark and SM Makati, Glorietta Complex, Makati City
For inquiries, call 0917-8285012
Date Published: 05/13/2015
5 / 5 stars

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96 Responses

  1. mr_jeng

    OMG THE CHEESE!!! The Hanjuku CHEESE is just awesome!!!! Next time ROCH ah!! BIGYAN MOKO!!! Padala ka ng sa bahay hahahaha!!! Seriosuly though its amazing. I love how it is so cheesy and melts in your mouth… CREAMMMY!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Haha bigay mo sa akin address mo, sabihin ko sa Kumori padalhan ka nang mas marami. 😛 I liked the Hanjuku cheese variant than the chocolate. Both naman masarap talaga.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yeah, Bread Talk is like almost in every large mall in the city. I hope Kumori will also expand to more locations so I can get those goodies faster! 🙂

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  2. Angelo

    The food looks delicious I wanna grab one now! I can’t wait to check visit this place once im in the Metro.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      When it comes to food, I know that the Japanese are largely traditionalists. But this bakery creates some twist and executes pastries perfectly to cater to modern tastes. 🙂 Yup, check it out!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      You may call them your “summer” bread and pastries because they are so light and delicate. Everything was really soft and more fluffy than dense, perfect for an afternoon snack. 🙂

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  3. Fi Ní Neachtáin

    I really like the idea behind was kumori represents, that’s very sweet. I love the look of those pastries, they’d be so delicious any time of the day really! I’ve never tried any Japanese desserts or pastries so I’d like to try these.

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  4. Rebecca

    These all look absolutely delicious! I’ve been a big fan of baking for awhile now and am fascinated with all different types of cuisines. I would love to try these!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      I like Japanese pastries because with their demure appearance, flavors are smooth and silky, light in texture, and also light in sugar. The good thing about Kumori is that they don’t use additives so you must finish eating within two days while the food is fresh.

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  5. christina

    Comfort treats? I’d say so, I feel better just looking at them! Especially the Fuwa-Fuwa cream bun, that looks absolutely delicious! I would be beside myself being able to review this bakery, and thanks for the historical background!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      It’s my pleasure to share about the background because I know that other people will also be interested to find out. 🙂 If you love egg custard, you will enjoy the fuwa-fuwa bun for sure.

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  6. Melissa

    Wow all of the food looks so delicious! I would like to have one of each please! Even the packaging to nice, gotta love when that happens!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      All of them were light and indulgent at the same time. You will really want to take everything home when you see them displayed in the Kumori Japanese Bakery stores. 🙂

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      I loved that the soft buns hide surprise fillings that taste superb. When you’re in the mood for something fancier than regular bread, visit Kumori and give these bread a try. 🙂

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  7. mindy

    Whenever i read/heard about Japanese bread, i would instantly think of those comic books i loved when i was younger-you know how the characters are always eating breads at school and all hahaha. I’m not big on breads, but all your pictures are so tempting!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Aw, I’m not familiar with those Japanese comic books haha. I’m also not big on breads, but these ones were great. Kumori Japanese Bakery is a worthy destination for any Jap pastry lover. 😛

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  8. Tammileetips

    All of this food looks absolutely amazing. I love to try new food when we travel and these look absolutely amazing! I don’t think I have heard of any of these but they are now on my must try list!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Oh, your heart will flutter at the selection of different pastries in Kumori. I bet this will be the new craze! 🙂 You must not pass on the Hanjuku Cheese. It’s so fluffy and velvety that it’s hard to believe the cheesecakes are baked.

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  9. lauriel

    Ah, you are so lucky to have such amazing Japanese-themed treats in your area! I’m seriously drooling over each of those breads – they represent some of my favorite flavors. I can tell that they’re done expertly and beautifully – I’m sure the flavor is outstanding as well. The green tea bun is totally calling my name…

    xo,
    lauriel

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      If you’re craving for the matcha soft bun, this joint is your best bet. Kumori makes delicious little pastries and bread that are not too expensive. Make sure to drop by when you go to Makati whenever you can. 🙂

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  10. Miranda (Myrabev)

    You honestly telling me all of these goodness came in a gift box and you did not have to visit the bakery to get it all. It all looks very fresh and very yummy I am very impressed and if I ever find myself in Philippines I will definitely go get me some

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Haha yes, much like Santa Claus’ gifts for Christmas. 🙂 Next time I head to Landmark or SM Makati, I will also check the store and take more pictures.

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  11. Aprill

    I’ve never heard of Japanese bread until today and boy am I impressed! The cream bun and the Croissant by Kumori both look so delicious. I wish I had a way to try the croissant, seriously. Thanks for the review!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      They look so yummy and mouth-watering, but picture-gazing is not enough. Surely you won’t be able to stop eating after the first one. 😛

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  12. Yona Williams

    OMGoodness…the box design for this bakery is too cute. I love trying different pastries, so if I were ever in this area – I would totally visit this bakery. Japanese cheesecake sounds delicious to try, so the Hanjuku Cheese iss something that definitely caught my eye.

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  13. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    I love visiting the bakery because I have a major sweet tooth! I usually walk out with cupcakes, but if I were at that one, I would walk out with one of everything.

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  14. Alli

    I can’t decide which pastry I want to take a bite out of first. They all look delicious and that croissant looks so flaky and yummy. Wish I could visit that bakery.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      If you’ve been exhaustively looking for a nice bread shop, look no further. This bakery is one of the best though prices may be higher than regular ones in the neighborhood. 🙂

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  15. Terri Ramsey Beavers

    Goodness gracious, what tasty looking goods and breads at that. I could live off of bread and pastries and it’s awesome that they are natural, handmade and fresh. I bet it smells amazing.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yes, you bet it right. 🙂 These ones are really good to be paired with a warm or cold drink. Not drinking either coffee, chocolate, tea, or milk is like a kiss without a hug.

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  16. lisa

    These all look so delicious! I am a sucker for yummy pastries and I would love to try all of these!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Me too. I usually think of sushi, gyoza, and ramen. These Japanese pastries will make you include them in the list as well. They have that burst of natural sweetness.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      The packaging design is brilliant, but what will bring a smile on your face is the taste of these pastries. After a few bites, you will be lured to buy more. 😛

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  17. Liz Mays

    Wow it must have been awesoem trying out this unique food. I think the Fuwa-fuwa Cream Buns look really yummy.

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  18. touristmeetstraveler

    I am a big fan of Japanese pastries, I go to a different place and I’m so addicted to them! This places sounds wonderful, I would love try their pastries out!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yes, please drop by soon! 🙂 I hope that they also provide seating and dining spaces to cater for those who wish to stay and enjoy the pastries while in the shop.

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  19. Nina say

    Everything looks so delicious! I am not sure I would be able to decide what to order. The croissant looks extra tempting though.

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  20. Rebecca Swenor

    These sound and look so delicious. I would so love to try the croissant and the Matcha bun. Yummy!! Thanks for sharing.

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  21. Jeanine

    Wow! This looks great. I can’t go into a bakery because I usually leave with way too many things I don’t need! I would love to visit this one though and try everything, looks so good!

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  22. Jenni E. {Sweet Pennies from Heaven}

    I am such a carboholic! Seriously…at dinner, I can make my meal out of the bread and salad. By the time the actual dinner comes, I’m already full. That croissant wayyy up there at the top looks dang delish!!! YUM!

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  23. Cara (@StylishGeek)

    How delightful! Kumori treats looks delectable indeed! I am craving that Soft Matcha Bun! Mmmmm must be delicious! I have to give this place a try some day. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  24. Donna Ward

    Wow – I can understand better now why Japanese artisan bakers had to add indigenous ingredients for the breads to appeal to local Japanese tastes. These items would appeal to my tastes also – very different and yummy looking – Excellent 🙂

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  25. Tonya C

    Those croissants look amazing. Perfect with a morning cup of coffee. Thanks for sharing what was inside that box!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yup, this is also my way of remembering what I received, so that I would know what to buy next time when I get to visit Kumori physically. 🙂

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  26. Melanie

    That soft matcha bun looks incredible. Actually, it all looks wonderful. Great images and awesome review. Japanese bakers sure know pastry!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Thanks, Melanie! One day you will be obsessed with the softness of these breads, too. 🙂 These pastries range from dessert-oriented to snacks like those buns.

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  27. Bonnie @ wemake7

    These all look so wonderful and tasty. I’m not sure which one I would eat first. Maybe the bread? =)

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  28. Melissa

    These Japanese Breads and Pastries look delicious! My brother traveled to Japan and loved his time there. I know he would love the Japanese Bread and Pastries from Kumori Japanese Bakery. Thanks for the review!

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  29. Marie

    Oh wow! Everything looks soo good. You made me drool when you described the Hanjuku Cheese. I hope they’d open soon in Davao!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      It’s not impossible for them to put up a branch there since Davao is considered a growing city that’s fast transforming into a really modern and bustling place for tourists and locals. 🙂

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  30. CourtneyLynne

    omg all these pastries look absolutely delicious!!! I’m a huge bread fan so these omg!!! I really want that crosaint

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  31. Lynndee

    Look at all those yummy looking breads. They all look enticing. Amongst all, I find the Salmon Bonito the most interesting. I hope I get to try it someday. 🙂

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  32. JoAnna

    I don’t think I’ve ever had Japanese pastries before, but these look delicious. I liked when you said:

    “Kumori means “cloudy” in Japanese. However, instead of gray and gloom, Kumori represents all the sunshine and positivity that comes after the rain.”

    I just think that is one the sweetest, most optimistic things I’ve read in a while. Such a great name for a bakery. Thanks for sharing!

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  33. Cecil

    Hi! You mentioned “big in Japan”. Trying to search original Kumori in Japan but can’t seem to get any link or photo in Google. Can you kindly give me its name in Japan? Thanks.

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