The memories of your grandmother’s Sunday home flood your senses as you enter the classical doors of the Kamuning Bakery Café. First opened in the 1930s, the bakery’s legacy is still alive and growing even after the death of its original owner, especially when Wilson Lee Flores, a writer and businessman, decided to invest in and maintain this Filipino classic.
Besides having whiffs of freshly baked pastries greet us at the door, Kamuning Bakery Café brought great nostalgia as it welcomed us with some caricatures of some legendary Filipino actors and actresses of the past. The stained glass windows together with its antique furniture designs and decors also defined its completely relaxing ambiance that will invite anyone to rest and have some great food.
Their witty menu gave us a hard time in choosing what to order, with quirky names like Pan de Clinton, Pan de Trump, and Pan de Nada, but of course the classic pan de sal still stuck out. We zoned in on the pan de sal sandwiches and tried the Grilled Kesong Puti (Php 120.00) first, with some old-fashioned fries on the side. Surprisingly, the freshly fried potato complimented the toasted yet chewy Pandesal bread with finely grilled Filipino white cheese. This plate was definitely filled with some great old-fashioned savory goodness.
Of course, Pandesal deserves another great partner and that is the coffee! Kamuning Bakery Cafe has a great selection.
Another must-try at the bakery café is the Kamuning Toast (Php 80.00)! This is one of their Old Filipino bread selections that are baked on “suelo,” Kamuning Bakery Café’s 77-year-old pugon oven. Chewy yet still maintaning a good bite, the toast truly brought us the memory of school recesses of yesteryears, especially when lathered with the classic butter and strawberry jam.
Kamuning Bakery Café did not just provide us good food, but it brought us memories of childhood in an old Filipino home. We’re already planning our next visit with our lolos, lolas, and the entire family, since their specialties are definitely made for the whole family to enjoy. Before you leave, don’t forget to drop by at their bakery and check out more pastries you can enjoy in your own home.
Kamuning Bakery Café
43 Judge Jimenez Corner K-1st Street, Quezon City, 1103 Metro Manila