First Look: Passion by Gérard Dubois in Manila

During one of my Morning walks last week, I came across what seemed to be a new coffee shop named Passion by Gérard Dubois. I was curious, and I wanted to enter. However, I saw a sign which said that the restaurant was  still on some dry run, so I just took a video on Snapchat, then continued on with my walk. Gotta hit 10,000 steps a day after all! I was talking to my colleague about it, and we came back the day after.

Passion by Gérard Dubois wasn’t just a coffee shop, as I had initially thought. It’s a full blown café which offers a wide variety of savory and sweet food, ranging from pizza, casserole, salad, sandwiches, gelato, macarons, and so much more. A lot more! I haven’t been to Hong Kong in ages (I was supposed to last year for my birthday, but work prevented me from going. Still sad that I had to cancel my birthday trip. I digress.) so I wouldn’t have known that this is not a new concept whatsoever. This is the sixth branch of the brainchild of Dubois, the other five being located in Hong Kong and China.

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First Look: Passion by Gérard Dubois in Manila

Singapore Trip. Lunch at Marina Bay Sands

April 08, 2011

Second day in Singapore. We transferred from one hotel to York Hotel. It was way closer to the malls but I had to bid my view of SMU, adieu 😦 After settling, We went to Marina Bay Sands for lunch. The buffet at Rise restaurant was divine. Though there’s more variety in HEAT and Circles, and specially in Dusit Thani, everything was just so good from the buffet! Pardon that I haven’t tried other major buffets from other countries to compare. Whenever we’re out, I can just easily be content with the McDonald’s. So yeah. Haha!

We waited two times. One, for the bus to arrive. Second, for the resto to open.

My ugly not-so-candid face.
We were finally seated and sorry that the next photos are just the food I ate. Haha!

Started off sea animal food. I couldn’t resist the sushi and sashimi! The mussels were delicious too! Followed by Laksa which I think is the national food? It looked like your ordinary cup noodle placed well, but trust me, it was all kinds of awesome. It was good but I think my mom added some spice or something, It had that mild spicy taste. Had duck, chicken, pork and tofu after. It’s just a must for me to always get duck actually. Haha! I remember having other food but didn’t take photos anymore. Haha!

Had dessert after, bread pudding panna cotta and 2 other random food. Haha! Bread pudding was amazing! it didn’t even need much vanilla sauce for it to taste so good! 

The chocolate had some gold foil thinger. Which added to the fanciness of the presentation. Had some chocolate love after as well as some mochi. I devoured some of them prior to taking a photo so…oops! Haha!

We were asked if we wanted coffee or tea and since I have tasted awesome coffee the previous days, I opted for tea. It was actually milk tea since you were supposed to mix the milk and the tea! It was heaven. Better than Serenitea! It lacked sinkers though. Ha ha!God, totally loved the buffet! Can’t wait to go back! OH and add to the heavenly buffet was the awesome server girl! and actually the other people were so accommodating as well!

Thanks Rise for the unforgettable experience!

Singapore Trip. Lunch at Marina Bay Sands