Cake! It’s the universal symbol for celebrations and parties. It brings people together and makes for “sweet” memories of friendship and love amongst families and friends.
But, not all cakes are created equal. In fact, not all bakeshops are either. A great bakeshop is not measured by how big its facility is or the number of branches one has. Bottomline — it is still (and always will be) about the product and its many other offerings.
I say this because I happened to chance upon a very young establishment along Tomas Morato Ave. in Quezon City called, Quim’s Cake Bakeshop and Cafe.
Quim’s Cake Bakeshop and Cafe is a corporation owned by pastry chef, Jack Labang, marketing & advertising practitioner, Anthony Haber; culinary chef Ruben “Jhollow” Ignacio, young entrepreneur, Mary Joy Rodriguez and a few investor-partners from different sectors.
If this place sounds familiar to you or seems to ring a bell, well, that’s because this little bakeshop that could has been making huge waves on social media for the past couple of months and has been making it big on the local and international news as of late.
Aha! Remember now?
Yes! Quim’s Cake Bakeshop and Cafe is the very establishment that promised before the national elections to give away (get ready for this!) FIVE MILLION PESOS (Php 5,000,000) worth of cake if Davao Mayor Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte wins the presidential race — which he recently did!
You’re probably itching to know more about this particular bit of news, aren’t you? Well, just read on and I’ll give you a little update about it down below.
But, first things first, though. I visited this place because I wanted to try out their specialties — not just their cakes, but their hot meals as well.
I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Quim’s Cake Bakeshop and Cafe boasts of a good selection of delicious and savory dishes (all-day breakfast, pasta, sandwiches & burgers, mains) that are worth checking out.
Let’s get right to it shall we?
Must-try dishes at Quim’s Cake Bakeshop and Cafe
Here are some of the impressive dishes that you can expect to enjoy at Quim’s Cake Bakeshop and Cafe.
Pigar-pigar Tapa with eggs and garlic fried rice. Not your typical tapa. This one is sauteed in caramelized onions. Yum!
Hondashi, Bonito flakes, shrimp and cream sauce. A dish that will truly make you say, Oishi!
A bed of pasta in special crab paste (aligue) sauce. Very enjoyable. Not at all overwhelming as I first thought.
Red Hot Dory Burger
Red burger bun stuffed with spicy and crispy dory wrapped in bacon. If you love some zing in your food, look no further. And how can anyone go wrong with bacon? Hahaha!
Pulled Pork BBQ Burger
Intensely-flavored pork strips with a specially made smoked BBQ sauce. Another delicious offering worth trying out. Just look at that. Yummy!
Mains for Two
Sashimi Mango Sinigang
Sinigang with a twist. Salmon sushi cooked in mango puree broth. Yes. You read that right. Not tamarind. Not even kamias. Mango! Unusually good and very interesting.
Roasted Pork Belly In Choco-Bagoong Sauce
Crispy pork belly roasted to perfection. Served with a special mix of chocolate and bagoong sauce. Don’t knock it till you try it. If you think chocolate and bagoong doesn’t seem like a combination that would go well together, think again. You’d be happily surprised! Can I have more rice please?
Chocolate Moist Cake
Regarded as the “moistest” chocolate cake in town — a signature recipe of the owner and executive chef, Jack Labang. Very good if you ask me.
Chunky Carrot Cake
I love carrot cake. I particularly loved this one a whole lot. And true to its name, it does present a delightfully chunky texture. More, please? :)
If dining in is not an option, you’d be happy to know that Quim’s Cake Bakeshop and Cafe also accepts orders for all-occasion concept cakes and party reservations; and offers catering services within Metro Manila.
You’re probably wondering why this place is called Quim’s Cake Bakeshop and Cafe. Well, the name “Quim” was named after its owner and executive chef, Eliaquim Labang aka Chef Jack.
Chef Jack Labang honed his skills and passion for baking in various international and world-renowned schools namely, University of Illinois in Chicago, University of West London, Westminster Kingsway College and Le Cordon Bleu. He constantly develops and creates cake-recipes while conducting baking workshops in his café and even in local TV shows.
By happy coincidence, I found out that Anthony Haber — one of the owners of Quim’s Cake Bakeshop and Cafe — used to be one of the kids I worked with back in the early ’90s (1993-1994) in a sitcom aired on RPN-9 entitled, “Mommy Ko Si Tita” (which also starred Dina Bonnevie.)
Anthony Haber, is a communication arts graduate of the University of Santo Tomas and a 20-year marketing and advertising practitioner, spearheading communication campaign launches for Unilever, P&G, Shell and a plethora of both international and local brands. He is also a Managing Partner at the newly established advertising agency, The Black Market Creatives. He lends his expertise and experience in running the daily grind of the business.
It was absolutely fun reconnecting with Anthony and catching up on old times after more than two decades (Wow! Has it been THAT long?!)
Chef Jhollow, on the other hand, is an expert in different cuisines, with special focus on Filipino and Asian-fusion dishes. A product of Senior Tesoro Culinary School, he started his career at Hotel Consuelo and Manna Restaurant & Catering Services before becoming a partner at Quim’s Cake Bakeshop and Cafe. He is an active member of The Philippine Chefs’ Society and a frequent guest chef in different TV shows.
I look forward to coming back to Quim’s Cake Bakeshop and Cafe in the near future with my wife and kids not just to introduce them to Anthony and the rest of the Quim’s Cake gang, but also so that they can enjoy the bakeshop’s other specialties, too.
As promised earlier, I’d be giving you an update on Quim’s Cake Bakeshop and Cafe’s much talked about commitment to give away Php 5,000,000 worth of cake (Geez! That’s a lot of zeros!) now that Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has won the recent Presidential Elections. So, here it is…
In keeping with their promise, Quim’s Cake Bakeshop and Cafe will indeed give-away cake samples (slices) worth said amount — but not in one fell swoop, though, since this is understandably difficult. Free cakes shall be given in phases (every 1st and 15th day of the month) starting on July 1 for the first pre-registered 50 lucky individuals. For more details on this and how to be part of this giveaway, like the Facebook Page of Quim’s Cake Bakeshop and Cafe and follow registration instructions found there.
Also, please be informed that the rumored event of Quim’s Cake Bakeshop and Cafe which is reportedly scheduled for June 30 is NOT TRUE. If you or your friends have caught wind of this, please pass along this information to them to avoid further confusion.
Kudos to Quim’s Cake Bakeshop and Cafe for following through on their promise. This just goes to show how important integrity is in their business. Looking at it from a customer’s perspective, that truly means a whole lot.
But my advise is this… don’t just visit Quim’s Cake Bakeshop and Cafe because of the free cakes. Come and try out their other dishes as well — as I did! You’ll realize that there’s more to Quim’s Cake Bakeshop and Cafe than just delightful pastries and sweet treats.
For more information about their products and services, check out Quim’s Cake at #38 Tomas Morato, Q.C. Follow and like their Facebook Page at Quim’s Cake and Baking Supplies Online. For orders and inquiries, call: (+632)413-4018 / (+632) 416-4802.