In the past weeks, I swear I can already feel that summer has come. Yay! It’s my favorite season of the year and I hope it stays for long. Summer can lead us to imagine usual summery things such as having fun in the beach, sunbathing, wearing skimpy outfits, spending vacation, tripping with family and friends, and of course, eating cold and sweet treats like ICE CREAM!
[With Ann Purificacion]
Before the coming of so many tea shops, coffee shops and frozen yogurt joints in the country, ice cream parlors had been our go-to place to hang out and enjoy conversations with friends. From the usual ice cream in cone and in bread, we now have all sorts of variations like ice cream on soda, ice cream mixed with other desserts, ice cream sandwiches, etc.
Just in time, Swensen’s from San Francisco, California has brought two other variations for your palates: Strawberry Crepe and Strawberry Chocolate Lava. C’est magnifique!
With two blogger friends, I came to Swensen’s (MOA) to have a first taste of both these ice cream viands. Swensen’s Philippines Marketing Manager Ace Azarraga offered a handshake and introduced himself, upon my entrance. He welcomed us as part of the event and told us about Swensen’s formidable team headed by Lizzie Guerrero (owner and general manager).
[With Aldous Calubad]
Review of Swensen’s Strawberry In Love (SM Mall of Asia, Pasay)
Can you believe that this restaurant/ice parlor has been established 65 years ago? Whoa, I couldn’t! Yes, Swensen’s has been serving over 180 flavors of ice cream since 1948.
I first caught a glimpse of Swensen’s and dined in this restaurant in Singapore with my work mates. I must say that they have consistent interior designs in all their branches, including this one in Mall of Asia, Philippines. The light background music, cool temperature, and the modern layout of the area helped to convince customers to stay and feel satisfied throughout.
While waiting, the staff asked me if I wanted to have pasta and pizza. Since I already had lunch, I didn’t want to stuff my stomach with heavy red or white sauce pasta anymore. Instead, I went for 1.5 slices of super thin crust Hawaiian pizza. It was nothing commendable, so let’s drop it from the topic. I appreciate the good customer service, though.
Before long, we rushed to the counter to see how Swensen’s staff prepare the featured ice cream sundaes. Oh boy, they had me at “Hello.” 😛
The Strawberry Crepe can make you feel in love, with the food under your nose. The cream had decent frothy goodness and surprisingly, the crepe was so soft and smooth that it can catch you off guard. It was not fried and it was not hot. The taste of chocolate syrup blended with the vanilla and strawberry ice creams well.
Secondly, the Strawberry Chocolate Lava was presented neatly with a small rounded chocolate fudge, swirly whipped cream, bits of frozen strawberries and strawberry ice cream. When I combined all these ingredients in each bite, what I found was a revelation. Whew!
Price for Value: ★★★☆☆
Crepes, ice creams and sundaes aren’t anything new, but Swensen’s most endearing feature is that it offers classy ice creams and treats with a static meniscus of tasteful loveliness.
Price does not come cheap. These beauties cost PHp 250 each. Well, I guess you can pamper yourself once this time, as the Strawberry Crepe and Strawberry Chocolate Lava are exclusively offered only from February to April this year in two branches: SM Mall of Asia and Eastwood Mall. Hurry now and grab yourself one or more of them! ‘Strawberry in Love’ can be an effective pick-me-upper or hangover cure. 😀
G/F SM Mall of Asia, South Wing, Seaside Drive Manila Bay Reclamation Area, Pasay
For inquiries, contact (02) 804-0046; (02) 565-4655