There are countless times when I would stop over by the small grocery near our place after taking Richie to work just to buy a Magnum bar. It’s was good that I didn’t mind paying P50 for a stick of ice cream. Yes it’s a lot more expensive than other normal ice creams but at the same time, it’s slightly cheaper than other international brands. You can really tell that all the ingredients used in that ice cream is of top quality. Especially the chocolate coating! My personal favorite is the Chocolate Truffle because the taste is closer to dark chocolate. And I loooove dark chocolate!
So imagine my excitement when I heard that a Magnum was going to open a Magnum Pleasure Store here in Manila for a limited time! And imagine my triple excitement when we received an invitation to experience Magnum Cafe before it officially opens to the public! I was so ecstatic and I couldn’t wait to see what pleasures they have in store for me at the Magnum Cafe at SM Aura!
Magnum Pleasure Stores have been the most awaited ice cream experience worldwide. It has become "it" spot in amazing cities like Toronto, Sydney, Shanghai, Sao Paolo, Helsinki, Jakarta, Paris, New York, Milan, London, Istanbul, Hamburg, Cannes, Amsterdam, and now, Manila!
First of all, the place is really beautiful. Interiors are done by Ed Calma. It’s very classy and doesn’t look at all like it’s just going to be here for 12 months.
But before we move on to the star of this cafe, let me give you a quick sneak preview of the yummy and classy comfort food that Magnum Cafe is offering, which are amazing dishes by Chef Him Uy de Baron (Executive Chef Cuisine Catering and Owner of Nomama) :
We started off with a board of three kinds of bruschetta. Tuna, Mushroom, and Creamy ricotta topped with marble tomatoes. My favorite was the tuna. There was just an amazing burst of flavors in my mouth!
Next was the Cajun Spiced Chicken Poppers with .... wait for it... Bacon Gravy! It was just so juicy and crispy and it tasted like it was glazed with a little bit of honey, and then you dip it in the bacon gravy..... HEAVEN!!!
I also enjoyed their Steak Salad. It had a lot of texture and a lot of flavors and then drizzled with a vinaigrette dressing. The strips of steak were cooked to perfection!
They also served Pumpkin Soup which I thought was just okay.
Our friend ordered the mushroom burger
I ordered the Karaage Sandwich, which I loved as well. Sweet, salty, and crunchy!
And another one of my friend ordered the Pan Seared Salmon which was also very good! Crispy skin, juicy dsalmon meat, all laying down on a soft bed of mashed potatoes.
When visiting Magnum Cafe Manila, the number one rule is that you MUST at all cost LEAVE ROOM FOR DESSERT! Because after all, this is where the real star of the cafe comes in. Presenting the wonderful plated Magnum desserts dishes! These are beautifully plated dessert dishes created by Chef Miko Aspiras, an Award Winning Pastry Chef in global competitions! The photos will speak for themselves!
Pink Friday (P290)
Strawberry marbled cheesecake, on a bed of speculoos tea cookies and strawberry nerds, topped with a pink chocolate dusted vanilla Magnum and strawberry coulis
Rainbow Dream (P250)
White chocolate covered vanilla Magnum bar covered in dreamy rainbow cake crumble, on a moist slice of cream cheese rainbow cake
Cookie Dough Skillet (P250)
Warm chocolate chip cookie dough topped with two vanilla Magnum bars, dark chocolate and chopped pecans
Death by Chocolate (P250)
Deep dark chocolate lava cake and chocolate truffle Magnum topped with brownie pieces and chocolate crispearls
Other Dessert Dishes on the MAGNUM CAFE MENU:
Magnum Apple Pie
Magnum Fondue for Two
And then of course as mentioned earlier, you can make your own Magnum bar! Here are the six easy steps in creating, sharing, and enjoying your very own Magnum creation!
Magnum Pleasure Maker at your service! Pick three (3) toppings. The toppings are categorized in three. The Classics (almonds, crushed chocolate chips, etc.) Special (Freeze dried raspberries, gold nuggets, etc.) and if you're feeling adventurous you can also try their Experimental toppings (Chili flakes, sea salt, etc.)
Magnum girl puts your three topping choices and shakes it in a mixer with a smile!
Then pick your Magnum bar. Chocolate or Vanilla.
Then choose your coating! I picked Dark Chocolate! They also have gold (salted caramel) and Milk Chocolate.
Then Magnum Girl tops it off with your toppings
And then pick your drizzle! I chose the golden salted caramel.
And tadaaaaa! My Christmas on a stick Magnum bar! I chose freeze dried raspberries (gives a tangy crunch), gold nuggets, and sea salt because I love salty stuff! And for me, it worked! If you want to try a premade flavor, you can choose from the following best sellers:
Magnum Cafe Manila opens at the brink of summer on April 8, 2014, at SM Aura SkyPark Dining. What a perfect way to spend the summer! It's definitely a must-try! Only open for 12 months so make sure you make time this year before it closes!