There’s nothing more satisfying than finding your bagel eight hours after, still as good as the moment you bought it –the crackling crunchy outer core reserving the light, chewy inner core? Still there. Yum.
Residing in the confides of the lower east side of Metro Manila, just within the comforts of high buildings boasting with BPO companies and condominiums, is where we found a haven of French patisseries — L.E.S. Bagels.
Price Range: Php 170/head
Bagels – Php 40 and up
Cream cheese – Php 140 and up
Specialty sandwiches – Php 250 and up
Salads – Php 50 and up
Here, they cater a dozen options of bagels including plain, sesame seed, blueberry, and cinnamon raisin. You won’t run out of cream cheese spread, too as they boast with 14 choices such as garlic and chive, apple cinnamon, bacon and cheddar, blueberry, lox, and of course, the plain cream cheese.
If you can’t decide on which to choose, you can try out a scoop of cream cheese and they will be more than glad to assist you.
My favorite spread so far was the garlic and chive (Php 140) and Lox (Php 280).
Aside from their homemade bagels, they also offer a wide array of bread, donuts, cookies, and sandwiches.
These twisted breads are called Rugelach, meaning “little twists.” They’re a crescent form Jewish pastry with a hint of cinnamon.
L.E.S. Bagels also serve homemade oreo and oatmeal cookies. Plus pastas!
The place is tiny, with a minimalist interior showcasing a few tables on a seemingly veranda in the second floor.
It has only been a month since it’s soft launch and the cozy, cool, black, and gray interiors and for to-go format will surely make its way to attracting more guests, not far too long.
Tuscany Residences Upper McKinley Road,
McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig, Philippines
Tel. Nos. 804-0423 / 0915-258-5685
Current operating hours: Sunday to Tuesday 7am to 10pm;
Wednesday-Saturday 7am to 11pm