Our dad was a big bread lover. It’s one of the traits he passed on to us kids, and one I’ve been more than happy to carry out for years. One store in particular that nurtured his devotion was The French Baker, so it’s understandable that we grew to love this store as well.
I’ve been a fan of The French Baker for years, initially because their baked goods are incredible. The croissants, Danish pastries, baguettes, and loaves are delicious, flaky, fresh-out-of-the-oven amazing. But if you’re in the mood for a bit more hearty, their main dishes are also a must-try. They serve salads, rice dishes, and sandwiches, but I especially love their pasta dishes.
My favorites are the Chicken Pesto and the Carbonara because not only are they damn good; they also come in really big servings. So big, in fact, that when I come there with someone and we want the same thing, we just order a serving and ask them to split the order into two. They even cut the complimentary garlic bread in half. If you don’t order a drink, they automatically bring you a carafe of service water with an orange (or lemon) wedge and a sprig of mint.
At The French Baker in SM North EDSA’s main building, there are more tables outside the shop than in, so if you’re self-conscious about eating while shoppers are passing by just a few feet from you (or inches, if there’s a sale going on), you’re going to want to get there early to grab a table inside. There’s also a French Baker at SM Annex if you find the one in the main mall full.
Portion size and flavor make prices extremely reasonable. The staff for the most part is accommodating and attentive, although one thing I have noticed about them is, when you buy something small and you hand them a big bill, their demeanor slightly changes to less than warm if you can’t produce a smaller one. But that’s OK; my love for their food is greater than that. That’s why I keep coming back for more.
Overall rating: ★★★★✭
The French Baker
Upper Ground Floor, SM City North EDSA, Quezon City
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