Tomas Morato Ave. cor. Sct. Fernandez St., Tomas Morato, Quezon City, Metro Manila
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I am a frequent diner at Tomas Morato area and there is so much to recommend there — from Filipino restaurants, to Korean BBQ, to fine dining. However, if you want a chill Korean night with your friends while sharing some delicious food and drinks, I know such a place: Papa Kim’s Korean Bakery and Coffee.
Papa Kim’s Korean Bakery and Coffee is situated along Tomas Morato Avenue in Quezon City and they offer a vast selection of menu items, from starters, main dishes, drinks, and desserts.
Upon entering the place, you will be pleasantly greeted by their staff. Their interior really gives you a bakery vibe with the presence of brown chairs and the brick designs on their wall. Also, the music in the restaurant are your favorite K-Pop hits and K-Drama OSTs. Very Korean!
What I loved about Papa Kim’s is that they offer a wide selection of drinks. If you love something caffeinated, you can choose among the coffee frappes as well as the hot and iced coffee drinks. If you love cream-based drinks, they also have them in frappes. They also offer milk teas and fruit drinks, among others.
Since Papa Kim’s is also a bakery, they offer a lot of fresh breads, and the bread lover in me was really, really happy!
THE BEAR BREADS
What caught my attention upon entering the restaurant is the presence of bear pillows by the counter, and I was informed that they serve cute bear breads that come in different flavors.
Chocolate Bear Bread
The chocolate bear bread is soft and the chocolate filling is not that sweet.
The Custard Bear Bread
The custard bear bread is one of my favorites! It is so rich in custard filling.
For the bulgogi sandwiches, you can choose among chicken and beef and you can choose if you prefer a soft bread (bioche) or a hard bread (baguette).
The beef bulgogi sandwich here in Papa Kim’s is a unique concept for me because I am used to bulgogi meals which are served with rice. I never knew bulgogi can also be yummy with some bread and potato chips!
PASTA NOODLES AND ICE CREAM
Papa Kim’s also serve pasta and ice cream and these are something worth-trying.
I am a pesto lover and I just cannot miss trying the creamy pesto here at Papa Kim’s. I love how the creaminess of the pesto is just right and I am happy with the amount of Parmesan cheese in the pesto. I also love the garlic bread! Yum!
Smoggy Ice Cream
Papa Kim’s ice cream is vanila with sprinkles and is served with some iced tea. It will be given to you while smoking (because there is dry ice in the bottom of the glass), hence the term ‘smoggy’ ice cream.
This is highly-recommended is one of the bestsellers of Papa Kim’s.
Another specialty of Papa Kim’s in the cream-based frappe section.
I was not able to try the coffee drinks of Papa Kim’s but it is something that you should not miss. Their coffee is available in so (small), jung (medium), and dae (large).
Another specialty of Papa Kim’s is their unique selection of cakes, which are available in both slices and whole.
I am a lover of blueberry cheesecakes and all of them tastes the same. But this one, it tastes different. A must-try indeed.
Choco Cream Cheesecake
I love it when the chocolate is not really that sweet, and is complemented with just the right amount of creaminess.
Fresh Fruit Cake
I highly recommend this cake because it tastes so creamy and you will taste a lot of fresh fruits inside it. Yum!!
Why am I recommending Papa Kim’s Korean Bakery and Coffee again?
If you love a chill night out with your friends and/or family with some Korean music and a great selection of food (whether you want to eat heavy or just have some bread and dessert), then Papa Kim’s is the perfect place for you. The place is very accessible with public transportation and has a very comfortable interior. You can also have a wide selection of breads which you can take home. They offer 50% discount on breads from 9PM to 11PM. How cool is that?
Papa Kim’s Korean Bakery and Coffee is located along Tomas Morato Avenue, Quezon City.
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Is it just I or has South Korea already invade Manila? Every day there are new stores that scream the Korean brand. It may be through merchandise, music, television or food. Recently, I had the opportunity to indulge in their version of bakery through Papa Kim’s in Tomas Morato. 15
Two years ago, we were introduced to the wonders of fine ice via Korean Bingsu. This 2018, expect Korean breads to be the next big thing.
Papa Kim’s Korean Bakery & Coffee serves an array of sweet and savory breads along with milk teas, blended drinks, frappes and all sorts of coffee choices. And yes, they also have Bingsu in different flavors. Soon to come up as well are a savory line of meals, like Bulgogi sandwiches. These will be soon available in all their stores, including Antipolo and Banawe, Quezon City.
On my recent visit here, I was able to share all the 16 breads I got to my girl friend’s preschool staff in Little Sandbox. It was a mere 300 meters from Papa Kim’s. I was able to try and bite on a few. And most I gave away and received a smile back.
First I got to munch on was one of their cute Bear Breads. I had the sweet chocolate filling with a hint of dark taste. Its bread was soft and fluffy. They also serve Cream Cheese, Strawberry, Red Bean and original Custard variety. These could be a suitable gift for your kids or childlike friends.
Soboro, on the other hand, was my favorite. I liked the contrast of crispy sweet crusts and soft texture of the white bread inside it. Just watch on the crumbs! Both the muffins I purchased, Choco and Green Tea were above average in taste, and they do have a close resemblance to its actual flavors. Finally, the Egg Toast was most interesting, it had a combination of two breads in one, with a bright sunny side up as its centerpiece. I am not a fan of mayonnaise, so I only had a small serving on this one.
Anyway, here is a rundown of what I availed. It took me awhile to pick from a stretch of choices they have.
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2/26 - after a long and tiring weekend, decided to try out their new branch situated at sumulong highway.. enjoy your cup of tea and coffee with a relaxing overlooking view of manila.. though pastries and coffee not too remarkable, their cute handcrafted cakes will tease your eyes, you can't help but bite (buy).. i didnt really feel the korean in their menu hence the 3 stars.. will still come back for the view..
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Like in other bread/pastry shops, their items are already displayed. You can just ask the servers to re-heat. These two were ok. Service was good.
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Newly opened store here at Tomas Morato (may 8). I thought i would get to know authentic Korean style coffee (if there is such), but no, i think cafe deete at century mall offers the best of its kind, organic pa.
Well, this place only got "korean" (prove that it is!) bread, pastry, cakes, and.. Bingsu (well at least THAT i know is Korean). The breads they sell are in plastic. I believe it cant breath. Lol.
2 for this experience. No wifi. No outlets. Cold ambiance though there were warm lights. Some chairs are wooden. We sat on the cushioned. There's a CR but its a bit dirty. Kunting kiskis pa.
We only had coffee. My friend got latte. No latte art. I Tried the espresso which was really really affordable at 55 pesos but the taste was not stellar at all. In the end i think coffee (all because they're called a cafe) is NOT their forte. So don't go here if you are looking for good coffee. 🙄
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