My friend Rochelle and I went on a Saturday eating spree at the new SM Mega Fashion Hall which started at Osaka Ohsho then Boqueria and ended at Lucca Bakery for coffee and dessert. Since that day I’ve been back to Lucca two more times and it’s quickly becoming my favorite place in the mall.
I’ve never heard of Lucca before. I didn’t know they had another branch at UP Town Center. I just wanted coffee and dessert so I took a chance and tried it. Another reason were the bags of La Mill coffee beans displayed at their window and I really wanted to try this coffee from Los Angeles.
Truthfully the display didn’t look that appetizing. Maybe it was the lighting?
The first item that caught my eye were the chocolate rolls called Hazelnut Snail. I’m not a big fan of anything hazelnut but the server said it was one of their most sellable items so I ordered it.
I also got a Cinnamon Morning Bun since I’ve been wanting to try it in Tartine in San Francisco but they always run out quickly.
These are just some of the pastries they sell. They have cakes and cupcakes too but these interested me more.
It’s funny how I love cookies so much but haven’t tried Lucca’s cookies. One day…
Their staff said the Spinach Artichoke Croissant is their most popular savory item. I guess I have to add that to my list too.
I love, love Rye Bread so this is going in my list too.
When Rochelle and I took a first bite of the warm Hazelnut Snail we looked at each other and said, “Shit ang sarap!” For someone who’s not fond of hazelnut spread that’s a big deal. The exterior of the dough was slightly crisp while the inside was pillowy soft. The filling was a mix of chocolate and hazelnut spread and the amazing thing was it wasn’t too sweet. The baker got the flavor and texture just right. The La Mill coffee was pretty good too!
A morning bun is made of croissant dough and is supposed to be light, flaky and buttery.
Lucca’s version was a bit disappointing since it didn’t taste fresh and it was a bit dry.
My next trip was to take out more Hazelnut Snails for my friends to try. The Banana Walnut Sticky Bun called out to me and the server told me this was even more popular than my beloved snails. I only bought one since I was afraid it would be too sweet. To my amazement it was fantabulous!!! Soft, sticky, not too sweet and the cooked bananas on top was just delicious. If you don’t like bananas they also have Pecan Sticky Buns.
When I went to watch IMAX recently I bought a Lemon Bar to snack on even though I really, really wanted a sticky bun. Somehow the lemon bar seemed a tad healthier and I’ve been looking for one that has enough lemony zing. While the crust was good and buttery the lemon filling lacked lemon flavor. There’s was barely any lemon taste. If you like a mild lemon bar then you should try this.
I highly recommend you run out now and try Lucca’s Hazelnut Snail, Banana Walnut Sticky Bun and La Mill Coffee. I HAVE to go back and try their savory croissants, pizza, bread and cookies. They also serve meals in their small space. I’m so happy that there’s another local shop that can stand tall next to all the foreign bakeries.
4/F SM Mega Fashion Hall
EDSA corner J. Vargas Avenue, Mandaluyong City,, 1860, Philippines