These three dessert places are unique to Fort Bonifacio, which means that they do not have branches else where in Metro Manila, and two of them are newly opened in the first week of August, 2017.
Address: Ground Floor, BGC Corporate Center, BGC
Contact: (02) 816 3902
Gelatofix, not your regular gelato place.
Gelatofix sells Italian style gelato and other food. It is a Singaporean franchise that shows a creative flair. Strange enough, though, the only other branch of Gelatofix on this planet exists in Cambodia, only its training lab is in Singapore. Its most famous creation is of course gelato sushi. Italian master chef Filippo Novelli was hired to create these little wonders, and he came to this newest branch of Gelatofix shortly before it opened to teach local chefs to make the gelato sushi.
This shop offers 5 varieties of gelato sushi, which are: mango, prune (with mango puree in middle), strawberry, raspberry lychee and chocolate wasabi. We tried strawberry sushi (as can be seen in the photo), and really liked it. It is made of a milky gelato with strawberries, ginger and rice (to make it more sushi-like?). This is a special gelato that is not available on the gelato menu. A strawberry puree is used to imitate the appearance of raw tuna. Do not worry, there is no real seaweed on the sushi. We do not know of anyone who has made seaweed (nori) work in a dessert yet. The fake nori was made from icing sugar and food coloring.
They also created some unique dishes using ingredients not commonly found in traditional Italian restaurants. For example, they have prawns and apricot spaghetti for P325 (we tried, it was quite tasty) and risotto prosciutto peach (P320).
What gave away the restaurant's Asian connection was this invention on their menu : Magic Boxx, which is two slices of thick toasts that have chocolate sauce inside and served with gelato and fruits (P450). No body loves thick toast as much as Singaporeans do.
Address: Unit C3-104 High Street Central, Bonifacio High Street, BGC
Opened last week, St Louis is a French inspired dessert place that specializes in freshly made ice-cream that came with nearly 20 different flavors, including the familiar ones such as salted caramel, French vanilla, strawberry yoghurt, and other less usual ones. It was founded by an Australian company, so this may explain the large portion size of servings.
The interior design of the place reflects its origin. The black and white rattan chairs outside and square tables provide a touch of French countryside, while the tiled walls and utilitarian lighting fixture reflects a modern Austrialian influence.
We tried its blueberry and lemon crepe (P320), and liked the French vanilla ice-cream inside the crepe very much. It had just the right amount of vanilla flavor, and not too sweet. We would have liked it even more if the blueberries had some jam to bind them together. Maybe it looks better in Instagram to have the blueberries untethered, but a small quantity of a light jam would have made the blueberries more moist and our palate a little happier.
Apart from ice-creams, other dessert on offer include their own dessert creations that can make you feel full just by reading the description. For example, Louis' Cookie sandwich is "a scoop of our Cookies and Cream ice cream and a layer of sweet dulce de leche, sandwiched between two delicious cookie. Served with caramel popcorn, white chocolate and a mini French Vanilla shake". (P380).
Address: G/F, Q3, 9th Avenue, Bonifacio High Street, BGC
Contact: (0927) 387 2703
This shop serves conventional ice cream flavors as well as whimsical ones like cookie and junk food, salted egg custard ice cream. Playing with contrast seems to be their motto, as they put cold ingredients with hot ones, sweet ones with salty stuff, and so on. You can enjoy a scoop on a cone for as low as P150. You can also add toppings to go with your ice cream: P180 for one scoop with two toppings and P190 for three toppings along with one scoop. They also offer a sampler bowl for only P395 where you can enjoy up to 4 different flavors of ice cream. Freezer Burn had their 1st Anniversary last July.