It's been 3 months since Red Ribbon opened its first New York branch on Roosevelt Avenue in Queens, a mere two blocks away from Jollibee. This being a gorgeous spring weekend, a friend and I decided to check out this popular Filipino food chain for the first time and see if this temple of tempting carbohydrates still live up to what we've enjoyed back in the Philippines. However, the bakeshop was still packed with Pinoys, many queueing for their orders while all the tables were occupied. Business is apparently doing good.
Was it good? Well, I did close my eyes while eating Mamon and the fluffiness of this French sponge cake brought me back to Manila in an instant. So corny, no? The Mango cake was very moist and light but I find the frosting a bit too much to my liking. I still have to try the Ensaimada and the cake sampler - they'll be in the fridge for now . . . away from my prying hands. As for the restaurant, I wished they had bigger space. They can't even properly store their crates of baked goods, at least not where customers can actually bump into them. But we'll definitely go back and hopefully find an empty table next time.