Friday, September 26, 2014

Grab Your Chococro at St. Marc Cafe, Now Open at Mega Fashion Hall

The flaky croissant gets another makeover with a sweet chocolate twist.

St. Marc Cafe opens at the SM Mega Fashion Hall, serving its signature Chococro and more...

St. Marc Cafe is a leading specialty bakery and patisserie from Japan, offering a full range of freshly baked bread, pastries, and desserts. Since opening its first cafe in the prestigious Ginza district back in 1993, St. Marc Cafe now manages over 350 stores in Japan, with plans for even more locations.

Aggressive expansion plans include developing a regional presence, with branches in Singapore and the opening of the first of many stores in Manila with Suyen Corporation, one of the country's biggest fashion business developers. Since 2012, Suyen Corporation has ventured into the food industry, with St. Marc Cafe as the latest venture in its growing portfolio. Draped in bold orange and black, consistent with the thematic scheme of the Japanese chain, St. Marc Cafe is yet another option for that coffee and pastry fix.

St. Marc Cafe's signature Chocolate Croissant, the Chococro (P 55), made with more than twenty layers of buttery and flaky croissant dough filled with rich dark chocolate from the finest blend of Ghana and Ecuador cocoa beans, and sprinkled with nuts. The crisp layers add texture in every bite, rounded out by the rich chocolate notes. And if you're lucky enough to catch some freshly baked Chococros, go for it. The flavors are at its peak fresh from the oven.

Light, flaky, and buttery, St. Marc Cafe's Chococro is pure chocolate bliss. And you have to hand it to the Japanese, they've definitely elevated baking to a whole new level with their range of pastries and desserts. Pair it with St. Marc Cafe's Caramel Cafe Latte (P (P 130 Small/P 150 Medium/P 170 Large)...perfect.

You can also try St. Marc Cafe's sweet and tart Strawberry Daifuku Chococro (P 60), with the same light and flaky pastry shell stuffed with sweet strawberry filling.  Other seasonal flavors include Matcha Green Tea and Marble, a blend of Matcha and White chocolate.

The Classic Fuji Dessert (P 230), with St. Marc Cafe's signature light and flaky golden brown butter Danish topped with Azuki (red beans), Kuromitsu (black honey), premium Matcha powder, capped with soft-serve vanilla ice cream, pure eye candy. And tastes as good as it looks.

Other indulgent sweet treats include St. Marc Cafe's Almond Sugar Pie (P 75) and the unique Yuzu Custard Cream (P 75), a cool Danish with a twist. Or try something savory, like St. Marc Cafe's Egg Salsa (P 100), a light tart baked with egg. Gently slice it and let the yolk run for rich flavors.  

For dessert, try St. Marc Cafe's Espresso Jelly (P 200), with coffee jelly, matcha, and soft-serve vanilla ice cream. Not too sweet, just enough to tame your sugar craving.

Looking for more sweet treats? St. Marc Cafe also offers a wide variety of specialty desserts, including their impressive range of Parfait Desserts (L) and Cone Desserts (R), in numerous flavor combinations. Still don't know what to choose? Just head over to the displays and take your pick.

Why not take home your St. Marc Cafe experience with a half dozen of the signature Chococros?

Simply reheat in an oven for a few minutes, and it's ready.

Naoyuki Katamaya (L), founder of St. Marc Cafe, and Ritsuko Fujii (R), Managing Director of St. Marc Holdings Japan, welcome guests to the first St. Marc Cafe in Manila. With more branches scheduled to open within the year, you can have your Chococro fix in a convenient location nearest you. If you can't wait, head over to SM Mega Fashion Hall...

St. Marc Cafe is located at the Upper Ground Floor, Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, EDSA corner J. Vargas Avenue, Mandaluyong City or call 531-8062 for inquiries. 

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