for Every Ube-Lover
By Shen Mascariñas
The color violet is widely associated with royalty and magic. These are two words that can describe how one feels after a delicious ube bite—royal and magical. And even better, ube’s creamy, distinct taste is a fantastic base for a myriad of sweet treats. From ice cream to cakes, here are 8 of the metro’s best ubae desserts!
The Bald Baker: Ubae 22
Cookie monsters, this one’s for you! Imagine a perfectly soft, chewy cookie bursting with ube flavor with hints of coconut. As the perfect complement, this ube cookie is topped with a decadent layer of vanilla bean cheesecake.
Freezer Burn: The Good Shepherd
GF Q3 Bonifacio High Street, 9th Avenue, Taguig
0927 387 2703 | Facebook
Open daily from 11am to 10pm
P225 to P295
Freezer burn transforms the iconic Good Shepherd ube jam into ice cream. They don’t stop there. That rich ube ice cream is topped with meringue bits and served with purple cotton candy as well as warm cheese muffins. This is an ubae dessert that’s one for the books.
Diner on 16th: Chicken & Ube Waffles
16 United Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig
0977 820 2999, (02) 650 8403 | Facebook
Open daily from 11am to 12mn
If you’re the type to pair sweet and salty, dessert and savory, then head to Diner on 16th ASAP. Warm, airy waffles are wonderfully flavored with ube and pared with soy ginger chicken. It’s an unlikely combo that’s sure to pleasantly surprise.
Dolcelatte: Ube-Quezo Croughnut
As it is, the glorious amalgam of croissant and doughnut is hard to resist. Add a rich ube glaze into the mix and any form of resistance becomes futile. “Test” your self-control at Dolcelatte.
Providore: Housemade Leche Flan
Don’t let the humble, unassuming name fool you. Providore’s leche flan is unlike any other. Theirs is topped with macapuno and an ube glaze for a truly Pinoy, winning dessert.
Sarsa: Sizzling Budbud
Sarsa does it again. They elevate budbud, a type of suman, by making it sizzle with an amazing coffee-pandan sauce and ube topping.
Costa Brava: Ube Cake
12 Polaris Street, Bel-Air, Makati
(02) 896 6872, (02) 896 1267
Open daily from 9am to 6pm
Sometimes the simpler the better. Case in point: Costa Brava’s ube cake. While more known for their delicious caramel cake, Costa Brava’s underrated purple concoction definitely deserves just as much attention. It’s light and moist with just the right sweetness and of course, packs a lot of ube flavor.
Papermoon: Ultimate Ube Mille Crepe
Layers and layers of paper-thin crepes, pastry cream and ube await at Papermoon. Although almost too pretty to eat, their ultimate ube mille crepe will make just one bite impossible.
Any other ubae desserts we’ve gotta try? Sound off below!