Most people loved the time they spent in high school. I wish I could say the same but I couldn’t. High school to me equates to years of insecurities, unrequited love, bullies, and deprivation. To say that I hated it would be an understatement. High school was pure torture; it broke my heart and my spirit. Even so I managed to find some good friends; Roslyn, Reylyn, Lizbert, Mary Ann, and Maribel. These were the girls who made my last year at Ramon Magsaysay High School tolerable.
It has been 12 years since the last time we’ve all been together. I thought that it was high time for a reunion. So I set the date on October 17, 2010 at SM Mall of Asia. Everybody signified their intention to attend but I was only able to meet three of them. It was such a shame that two of them didn’t even have the decency to cancel. Yeah, so high school. I’ve had it with their reasons; I wouldn’t let their disrespect ruin my day.
I decided that we spend the day at SM Mall of Asia. I discovered Café Breton on the Internet and suggested it to Reylyn; she agreed. None of us have tried the said coffee shop before and that somehow made us all the more excited about the lunch.
Since none of us knew exactly where it was, we consulted the digital touch screen map of MOA. I am a self-confessed direction impaired so I just let my friends lead the way. We found Café Breton along MOA’s Entertainment Mall, facing the bay.
We were the first customers of the day if I am not mistaken. The ambiance is relaxed, the interiors, country. The walls were painted with green and blue. The open kitchen was at the far left corner of the room; adjacent to it was the counter. There were several wooden tables and chairs about the room. The glass walls allow natural light to illuminate the entire room. You can ask the waiter to draw the blinds if you find the light too strong.
There were so many foods to choose from in the menu which sort of got us confused. Suddenly, I found myself trying to recall what I learned from Berlitz Language Center when I noticed that the some of the foods were written in French.
First food on our table was the Chicken, Orange and Almonds Salad (Php 173.25) with vinaigrette dressing. It had mixed greens with arugula leaves, sautéed chicken slices, fresh orange slices, and almonds. It was really good, probably one of the best salads I’ve ever tasted.
I read from a review that crepe is Café Breton’s specialty so I decided to order Galette Americain (Php 232.50) (Galette is a French term for crepes made with buck wheat). It has beef patty, sunny side-up egg, tomato provencal, mushrooms, and mushroom sauce. The beef patty was divine and it tasted a lot better with the tomato sauce. The crepe was thick and soft and had me feeling full in no time. By the time I finished my meal I no longer had space for dessert.
My friends ordered Breton Mozarella Burger (Php 204.75), an all beef burger patty with mozzarella in whole wheat bun, served with side salad. One bite to this burger would tell you that it was anything but ordinary. It was really tasty which I think balances well with the blandness of the whole wheat bread. It was just as satiating as the meal that I ordered; totally worth every penny.
I was a little skeptical about the coffee, guess I’ve been too disappointed by the ones that I had at Old Manila Coffee House and Barbara’s The Coffee Shop. Still, I wanted to give it a try, all the while hoping that Café Breton deserves the word café in its name.
We all ordered Café Liegeois (pronounced as leej-wah) for Php 120. A decaf version of it goes for Php 130. It’s a cold espresso drink with coffee ice cream, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce. The verdict? The curse has been broken! Finally, a café that lived up to its name, their Café Liegeois was a total delight!
Café Breton is wonderful and I highly recommend it. The food may be a little pricey but totally worth it.
SM Mall of Asia
Central Business Park
Bay Blvd., Bay City