Conti’s Pastry Shop and Restaurant
Finally, my mom gets to celebrate her birthday! It’s business as usual for the whole metropolis now that it’s Easter, and our family headed straight to Conti’s Pastry Shop and Restaurant.
We were originally set to visit the Conti’s branch in Serendra since my officemate, Jasmine, requested me to specifically blog about the said branch since it’s near her place and she always wanted to try it. However, when I was searching the net for its specific address, I chanced upon three different blogs/comments saying that the service on that branch is horrible. And so, not wanting to possibly ruin my mom’s birthday, I looked for another branch and was pleasantly surprised to know that they have four branches in all. I chose the one at Greenhills so I can shop at Greenhills Shopping Center right after.
Our unassuming waiter, Gian, took our orders accurately and I requested him to serve the salad early. The Caesar Salad came after two minutes and we literally cleaned off the plate faster than than you can say Ceasar! Hihihi. We found the salad a bit salty than usual, and a little over-priced for P145 since the serving is rather small. We had to order extra sauce at P25 since there isn’t enough sauce. Overall, it’s your usual Ceasar Salad… great to start your meal with.
Since we were five hungry adults, it took us no time to choose our meals. My mom ordered the specialty of the house, Baked Salmon, at P295. My mom said that even if she’s not a fish person, she loved this meal. Special mention goes to the paella rice that goes with it, complementing the salmon well. The rice is so tasty you can eat it by itself!
My dad, who is the most health conscious of all of us, ordered Tofu Steak. He said that he was surprised that it’s not bland at all. He said that usually, healthy dishes are quite bland. Intrigued, I took a bite, and yeah…it tastes good! Must be the shitake mushrooms that goes with it, I’m not sure. The rice served with it is flavorful too. We have no complaints with its P165 tag. I am just personally happy to have found a delicious healthy food that does not swim. I am truly not a fish person.
My sister was up to challenge Conti’s Chicken ala Kiev. She tasted it first at Chocolate Kiss in Timog and swears by it. When it was served, her first comment was it’s not sliced as with Chocolate Kiss, and so she proceeded to mournfully slice it all by herself. Next thing she said was there’s no melted cheese inside, of course comparing it to her dining experience at Chocolate Kiss again. Finally, after finishing her meal with great effort, she says that it does not come near… yup, you guessed it right… Chocolate Kiss’ version of Chicken ala Kiev. She was repulsed at its price of P195. She did appreciate its presentation, though. And she said that the sauce was great.
My hubby Mike was quick to declare his order… Beef Teppanyaki. I thought he should order something more gourmet; you know, a meal that’s quite hard to spell and pronounce. But no, he ordered his usual beef. I was surprised that he finished it with such gusto so I thought that it was totally delicious. I tried to confirm this but he was quick to say that while it’s delicious, it’s not to-die-for at P195. All my dreams of him driving me all the way to Greenhills to eat at Conti’s again suddenly vanished in thin air.
Now, my meal is a winner; I cannot even pronounce it! It’s called Chicken Roulade. When I saw it in the menu, I have no idea if I’ll like it or not…it just says there that it’s a “must try”. So I asked the waiter, Gian, what its general taste is. He said that it’s a little bit salty and he said some other things which I don’t care about anymore. He said the magic word already…salty! I ordered it straight out. And, wow, was I the envy of my family! It tastes really good! Actually, yummy good! Its sauce is rich, yet not overpowering. The chicken is tasty too, even without the sauce. I also opted to upgrade my rice to Saffron Mushroom Risotto for only P25 and I think it’s one of the best decisions in my life. Hihihi! It perfectly matches the Chicken Roulade, which was really worth every cent of its P180 tag.
Now comes the interesting part — dessert. I have heard time and again that Conti’s Mango Bravo (P95) is addicting. It was a no-brainer to order it after our meals. We also threw in an order of Strawberry Cheesecake (P80) and Tiramisu (P60). Well, they are all great and would truly be worth a second trip to Conti’s. But I secretly thought that the Strawberry Cheesecake is so much better than the Mango Bravo. Well, it’s no secret now. Hihihi!
Overall, I think Conti’s is worth the trip if you’re looking for a gastronomic experience. It may not be a totally “wow” experience, but it will not disappoint. It has its own gems, and I hope this post had given you ideas. Care to try? Below is a quick reference of all their branches:
Conti’s Parañaque : 61 President Ave., BF Homes Commercial, Paranaque City (807-3388 / 772-3041)
Conti’s Quezon City : P1 Level, Trinoma Edsa corner North Avenue, Quezon City (900-5013 / 943-1665)
Conti’s Greenhills : 53 Connecticut Street, Greenhills, San Juan (744-4184 / 744-4208)
Conti’s Taguig : 1C-17 Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig (856-2352 / 856-2353)
All major credit cards are accepted at Conti’s Pastry Shop and Restaurant. Dining attire is just casual.
Comment from monette
Time: March 28, 2008, 9:10 am
hi jp! ang takaw mo haaaa! yaan mo, i-su-suggest ko sa kanila na mag-open jan sa cali. better yet, mag-franchise na lang kaya ako at kami ni mike ang magbukas ng branch ng conti’s jan sa cali. hihihi…parang may pera. :)