I couldn’t forget the look of pure rapture on my friend’s face as she recounted her first Sebastian’s experience. Let me pull you back from whatever naughty thoughts the last sentence may have elicited, I mean the Sebastian’s Cold Comfort, famous for their artisan ice cream. I must have been wearing the same expression as my friend’s last September 13 when I finally had a taste of Sebastian’s cold treats.
There is nothing much to be said about the interior of the store other than it was small and simple. There were a few table and chairs, which made me wonder if the place doesn’t get much attention from the crowd.
Upon checking their freezer, I noticed that they have ice cream flavors that are not commonly offered in the market. Sebastian’s offerings don’t come cheap. Prices range from 100 to 800 pesos.
Let’s begin with Sebastian’s take on the three-layered rice cake dessert, Sapin-Sapin. A single scoop is PHP 100 but don’t worry, the serving is big. As you can see in the picture below, it looks just like the real thing, from the colors down to the latik (the brown-colored residue of coconut milk). My friend who first told me about this wasn’t lying when she said it tasted exactly like the sapin-sapin. It was sticky, a bit chewy, with a hint of ube (purple yam) taste. It was unbelievably good, tasted just as pleasing as it looked.
Then there’s Manggang Hilaw with Bagoong (PHP 100); you read that right an ice cream with bagoong, just when you thought things couldn’t get any weirder you suddenly see this on their menu. How did it taste? Like an effing green mango! It was intensely sour, the kind that will have you salivating at the mere thought of. It’s the exact reason why the bagoong worked. The saltiness of the bagoong served as an antithesis to the caustic flavor of the ice cream. It tasted so much like the real green mango, I think it’d be a good alternative for pregnant women who are craving for the said fruit.
The Leche Flan flavor tasted just like as it promises. This is just a scoop but it’s big and it’s worth PHP 100. The flavor is so rich, it sort of suspends the truth that you are actually eating an ice cream.
This has been my first artisan ice cream experience and I gotta say it was nothing short of exceptional. Sebastian’s lived up to the raves it had been receiving from people who were able to try their delectable and unique desserts.
If you haven’t been to Sebastian’s yet, I highly recommend that you make the trip soon. Aside from SM Mall of Asia, Sebastian’s has branches at SM North Edsa and West Triangle in Quezon City, and another one at The Podium in Mandaluyong City.
Sebastian’s Cold Comfort
SM Mall of Asia
2nd Level, Entertainment Hall
Pacific Drive and Ocean Drive
Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
Telephone no.: (+63) 915-4895753
Business Hours: Monday – Sunday 10AM – 9PM