Monday, May 1, 2017

Flavors of Tacloban: Sweet Indulgence at Miyara Patisserie, Tacloban's Sweet Spot.

The vibrant city of Tacloban is home to a unique regional cuisine steeped in tradition. But a new generation of talented chefs, bakers, and food entrepreneurs are slowly changing the culinary landscape. One of them is Tacloban's very own Miyara Patisserie...

Miyara Patisserie specializes in indulgent desserts, custom-designed cakes and dessert buffets for all occasions, serving Illy Coffee to pair with their sinful and decadent offerings. When a sudden craving for Banoffee Pie or Chocolate Ganache Cake hits you while in Tacloban, there's only one place guaranteed to satisfy this can get your Banoffee Pie and Chocolate Ganache Cake fix at Miyara Patisserie.

After two days of culinary delights at Samar with the Secret Kitchens of Samar Kulinarya Tour by the Department of Tourism Eastern Visayas and City Tourism Offices of Calbayog and Catbalogan, a road trip to Tacloban for the flight home takes me to another landmark, the famed San Juanico Bridge connecting Samar and Leyte over the San Juanico Straight. The elegant and graceful span, the longest in the country, is over two kilometers in length with its serpentine form highlighted by a majestic arch-shaped truss design. Leaving Samar via the San Juanico Bridge was a fitting finale to a culinary adventure that showcased the best regional and local traditional flavors of the province (scroll below for links to my posts on the Secret Kitchens of Samar Kulinarya Tour).

On the coastal areas leading to Tacloban, remnants of Yolanda dot the roads. A sea vessel pushed up along the coastal roads by Yolanda's powerful storm surge is immortalized as a monument.

But the resilient city of Tacloban stands proud, with the gleaming white Leyte Provincial Capitol Building reflecting the hopes and aspirations of a resurgent city.

And just in case you have a sudden craving for Banoffee Pie and Chocolate Ganache Cake, you're in the sweet spot right here at Tacloban...

Miyara Patisserie is a homegrown concept from Tacloban serving classic desserts. A new generation is weaving its own flavorful layer to the richness of the region's culinary fabric, and Miyara Patisserie is homegrown concept that's leading the way. Miyara Patisserie's signature Banoffee Pie (P 120), an indulgent layered dessert with sweet bananas, cream, and toffee topped with shards of chocolate, is just too good to pass up. Each ingredient has its own distinct notes, blending seamlessly with each decadent bite.

For chocoholics, Miyara Patisserie offers a slice of pure chocolate bliss...

The Chocolate Ganache Cake (P 95) is a chocoholic's dream, with soft and moist chocolate cake draped in a rich chocolate ganache for a double dose of chocolate love. This one's a personal favorite. Other must-try cakes and pastries at Miyara Patisserie include the Black Forest, Ube, Red Velvet, Mango Coulis Cake, Sugar-Free Chocolate Cake, Brownie ala Mode, Creamy Leche Flan, and Chunky Chocolate Cookies. If Tacloban has a sweet spot, it's definitely Miyara Patisserie.

Pair your dessert with a soothing beverage, like (clockwise from top left) the Mochacchino (P 150), the Hazelnut Haven (P 150), Very Strawberry (P 145), and Caramel Macchiato (P 99 Regular/P 130 Large) to complete your cheat day feast at Miyara Patisserie. Miyara Patisseries offers a wide selection of Hot and Iced Coffee, Iced Non-Coffee, Hot Non-Coffee, Blended Frappes, and other drinks, including sandwiches and light meals.

The highly-driven and creative owner behind Miyara Patisserie obviously has a passion for baking, and this is seen in her wide selection of pastry creations and customized cakes. Located in the same mall is Happy Baking, another expression for her love of baking, offering baking, packaging, and party supplies.

My final taste of Samar and Leyte is a sweet one, capping an already memorable trip with the Secret Kitchens of Samar by the Department of Tourism Eastern Visayas, at Miyara Patisserie.

Traditional dishes and modern cuisine come together in a tasty culinary journey of Eastern Visayas. My Secret Kitchens of Samar Kulinarya Tour with the Department of Tourism Eastern Visayas and the City Tourism Offices of Calbayog and Catbalogan remain one of my more memorable experiences down south. An early breakfast at Calbayog with traditional dishes at the City Tourism Office kicked off my culinary journey of regional flavors (see my post here at Secret Kitchens of Samar Kulinarya Tour: Flavors of Catbalogan), followed by a refreshing snack at a local favorite (view my earlier post here at Flavors of Calbayog: Chillin' at Rebelitos Refreshments) that led to even more tasty discoveries at Catbalogan with a comforting lunch (more on that first lunch at Catbalogan on my post, Flavors of Catbalogan: Comforting Cuisine at City Grill), another refreshing snack at a local hang-out (check out my post here at Flavors of Catbalogan: Cooling Down with the Locals at Tina's Garden), a tasty encounter with the iconic Tamalo (more on the Tamalo on my post, Flavors of Catbalogan: A Tasty Encounter with Tamalo at Orlando's Grill), a light breakfast at a homegrown coffee shop (more on King Bean Cafe on my post, Flavors of Catbalogan: Breakfast at King Bean Cafe), an epic mid-morning seafood breakfast with a view (see my post, Secret Kitchens of Samar Kulinarya Tour: Flavors of Catbalogan), and a taste of native chicken tinola (check out my earlier post, Flavors of Catbalogan: Going Native at Rutchel's Eatery), each one a memorable experience in my Secret Kitchens of Samar Kulinarya Tour. And thanks to the City of Catbalogan Tourism Office and the Department of Tourism Eastern Visayas, I get to take home a taste of Samar with a variety of local delicacies. But there's so much more to experience and discover, with more tasty surprises to be savored on your visit to Samar and Eastern Visayas. And the chapter on the unique culinary heritage of Samar continues to be written...

Miyara Patisserie is located at Level 1, Abbex Building, Robinsons Place, Tacloban City. You can also check out their FB Page at

For more information on Eastern Visayas, visit the Department of Tourism's cool FB Page for Eastern Visayas at

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