Before having lunch, mom and I went to Chez Karine in SM Megamall to have a quick snack. I was slightly hesitant about doing a review on this quaint café since they only served cakes/desserts and not other meals such as pasta/sandwiches, but I went through with it anyway.
Their specialty is cakes, of course. Plus macarons (which you can buy individually, or in a box), macaron ice cream, pastries, cookies, royal puddings, panna cotta and jellies. Drinks include coffee/lattes, tea (both hot or iced), cold drinks, and lemonade.
Caramel Macchiato cake with caramel bavarois, espresso cremeux, soft caramel, and a chocolate biscuit. It had the consistency and taste of a coffee-flavored panna cotta.
Mango Swiss Roll – Chiffon cake with vanilla bean pastry cream, Chantilly cream, and fresh mango bits.
And lastly, a light, fluffy, cream-filled Hokkaido Cupcake.
For my drink, I had their Hot Chocolate – It felt like I was drinking a bitter version of Swiss Miss’ hot chocolate.
It’s really disappointing that Chez Karine isn’t attracting enough customers since their cakes taste really fabulous. I think they fit more with the BGC crowd rather than the SM crowd. Their prices should be at par with other cake shops or cafes such as Sugarhouse, Caffe Bene, etc. so that they will be able to get access to a wider market.