Bye, Belgian Bars: A “Magnum Manila – Pleasure Store” Review
Before Magnum’s “Pleasure Store” here in Manila closes on July 26, I made sure to make my last hurrah and have a quick visit to experience their sinfully irresistible dessert one last time. I say irresistible because I totally ignored the fact that I’m cheating on my diet for 3 days in a row already! Apparently, no diet program can stand against my love for sugar.
The Pleasure Store has to draw its curtains because it apparently is just a pop-up store (yeah I know all that hype and effort, yet just a pop-up!)¸ and it’s supposed to be here for 12 months only. To celebrate a year of designer ice cream bars of exquisite taste and style, Magnum Manila will feature new unique creations by Chef Miko Aspiras and Chef Him Uy de Baron. This sealed the deal and I told myself that my diet can wait.
Campfire S’mores – Php 280.00
This is my personal favorite among the desserts that we had that day. A playful twist is added to the classic s’mores, which was deconstructed to create a new masterpiece. Torched marshmallow coats a Belgian choclate-coated vanilla Magnum bar, which leans on top of a slab of dark chocolate ganache and graham tart.
The best part about this beauty was the slab of dark chocolate. Pair it with the melted marshmallows, or you can have it on its own!
Magnum Anniversary Cake – Php 350.00
What better way to celebrate an anniversary than with cake? A Belgian chocolate-dipped vanilla Magnum perches on top of a moist ombre honey cake. A lighted golden candle on top of the Magnum bar completes the celebratory vibe. However, this one was more for the looks than the taste, IMO.
Crepe du Jour – Php 380.00
Definitely one of the most Instagram-worthy dishes they serve, the Crepe de Jour is made up of layers of French crepe and cream, and topped with fruits in season and Belgian chocolate-dipped Magnum bar.
Ours had mangoes and strawberries for the fruit toppings, which was perfect because these are my two favorite fruits. The crepe itself was also thick and flavorful on its own.
Aside from the three dishes we tried above, their other two new signature dishes (offered until July 26), are the Matcha Lava Cake (Php 280.00), and the Make My Heart Melt (Php 320.00), which I would have also loved to try for its pleasant, “melting” surprise. All the dishes are pretty heavy on the stomach though, so I don’t recommend having an entire dish for yourself…unless you’re me, maybe.
Magnum Manila 5th Floor, SM Aura Premier, C5 Corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City 02 8697916