Several years ago (almost a decade now actually), I attended a wedding reception and the star of the buffet was the dessert table. There were heavenly pastries which excited my sweet tooth to no end. At the end of my night, my prying aunts found out that the pastries were froma then little known pastry shop located in Parañaque. The name of the pastry shop was Conti’s Pastry Shop and Restaurant.
After a few days, my relatives and I went our of town and made it a point to drop by Conti’s even if it was very hard to find. And we weren’t disappointed. We had sumptuous snacks while waiting for our desserts. The highlight of the merienda were the Roast Beef and the Mango Bravo.
Conti’s has since grown in popularity, and with that numerous branches all over Metro Manila. During my last trip to Metro Manila, I made it part of my agenda to drop by Conti’s Pastry Shop and Restaurant in Greenbelt. And it was a yummy experience.
I started off with some salad since I was already very hungry and couldn’t wait for my main dish. I had the Symphony Salad which had a mix of fruits, greens, and almonds tied together by a delicious vinaigrette dressing.
After enjoying my salad, I dug into some delicious Chicken Ala Kiev. Layers of cheese, butter, chicken, and breading… what more could you ask for? Gravy? Yes, it has that too. And it’s served with some corn, peas, carrots, and rice. Delicious.
The night ended with delicious desserts. I had a hard time choosing between the classic Mango Bravo and the Viennese Mocha Torte. I decided to order the Mango Bravo and was happy to learn that one of my companions ordered the Viennese Mocha Torte.
As always, the Mango Bravo was a delight. Wafer, cream, mangoes, and whipped cream topping plus chocolate syrup… Mmm!
The revelation of the night and my new Conti’s favorite is the Viennese Mocha Torte. Mocha mousse, layered with wafer and moist chocolate cake all coated with an unforgettable rich mocha buttercream icing with almond sticks and finished with some chocolate ganache. It’s absolutely heavenly.