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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

CONTI'S Bakeshop and Restaurant in Robinsons Magnolia

CONTI'S Bakeshop and Restaurant in Robinsons Magnolia
Tell me, what is the best way to spend the first few days of 2013 aside from shopping, reunions and watching great films? I bet the answer would be eating at a fine dining restaurant that brings back sweet memories. I have known Conti's since I was a kid who was having regular summer vacation in my aunt's house in BF Homes Parañaque City where I think the first ever Conti's Pastry Shop and Restaurant was established. I remember during my childhood how frequent my aunt would bring home some pastries for her little angels and how much we enjoy indulging on those sweets. 

It was the second day of the year when my dear girl friend Nessie and I unquestionably met at Robinsons Magnolia after more than a week of not seeing each other, for we were so engrossed with our holiday vacation with loved ones. We spent the first few minutes with window shopping until we are dead tired and wanted something to fill our monstrously hungry tummies before jumping into a coffee shop for more stories and experiences to share. I suggested a place in which she never knew ever existed on this side of Hemady Street. The lifestyle mall is so near me so I kinda memorize which way to go best. Yes, there are fine restaurants which you might opt to wine and dine the next time you reach this posh mall in Quezon City along Aurora boulevard.
CONTI'S Bakeshop and Restaurant in Robinsons Magnolia

CONTI'S Bakeshop and Restaurant in Robinsons Magnolia
CONTI'S Bakeshop and Restaurant in Robinsons Magnolia
I can say that I am one of those happy and loyal diners because finally Conti's is expanding its horizons and could even more cater closely-knit Filipino families who just love good food and excellent service. This branch in Robinsons Magnolia is so cozy and elegant that my dear girl friend and I cherished the two long hours we spent together over the scrumptious meals we shared. I love every detail in the dining area. The prominent color and hues create an ambiance that suits my taste.

It was past four in the afternoon and here's our fill of merienda . . .

CONTI'S Bakeshop and Restaurant in Robinsons Magnolia
Fresh Lumpiang Ubod PhP80
 For starters, we decided to order this high in fiber lumpia which is made in the heart of palm. We agreed on ordering this one yet it ended up that I consumed everything because she realized lately that she is not so into veggies and fibrous foods. Therefore, before my pasta plate reached the table I was quite full already.Aan order would allow you to have 2 small pieces of  Fresh Lumpiang Ubod that is so presentable and teasing. Ideal for solo (if you have big appetite like me) or sharing. I love the quality of crepe and the freshness of ubod used but the sauce somehow lacks intensity.
CONTI'S Bakeshop and Restaurant in Robinsons Magnolia
Strawberry Banana Yoghurt PhP120 
Usually my default order is a glass of lemon iced tea or green mango shake, but since it is New Year I had to try something different, healthy and refreshing. I cared to order another glass when my girl friend cleared to me that we still need to have our coffee session at Starbucks for more bonding experience. So my plan was curtailed.
CONTI'S Bakeshop and Restaurant in Robinsons Magnolia
Roast Beef in Mushroom Sauce PhP335
She told me that she has not yet eaten lunch though there are plenty of food left during the new Year's eve at home, she has no time to prepare nor reheat any dish for herself. Hence, she ordered an entree that is so glorious to eat. My eyes went wide at the sight of beef slices drenched  in mushroom sauce and served with buttered vegetables and garlic rice.Surely, this was her very late lunch.
CONTI'S Bakeshop and Restaurant in Robinsons Magnolia
Lasagna PhP110
It is as if my mother did not cook baked spaghetti the night before that I ordered a completely delightful plate of Lasagna. I was still so craving for cheese that time that made me wanna order for a kiddie plate of this. Imagine wide lasagna noodles layered with rich and creamy bechamel sauce coupled with oregano inspired meat sauce then incredibly topped and baked with mixed cheeses. Suddenly, I feel like I was eating at home. That is too awesome to resist. I was so glad that the waiter allowed me to order not the regular version of this pasta dish even if obviously I'm an adult.

There is still a lot to discover about Conti's aside from their famous cakes and pastries. Certainly, this is a place that brings family and friends together.

Branches: BF Homes Parañaque City, Connecticut Street Greenhills,Serendra, Trinoma, Nuvali Sta. Rosa Laguna, Greenbelt 2, Alabang Town Center, Katipunan

CONTI'S Bakeshop and Restaurant
Ground Level, Robinsons Magnolia
Aurora Blvd. corner Doña M. Hemady St., New Manila
Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

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