Mapapa-“leche” ka sa sarap!
Christmas may not be here yet but we can’t help and look for desserts that remind us of the holidays like leche flan. Who doesn’t love leche flan? The rich, silky, custardy treat is traditionally made with egg yolks, sugar, milk, and some sort of citrus flavor. It’s a staple at most fiestas and a favorite among #TitasofManila!
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In this article, we list down a combination of classic and unique leche flan desserts. Keep reading to discover where in the Metro you can try more of the sinfully sweet treat.
Leche Flan – Max’s Restaurant
Max’s Restaurant first opened its doors in 1945, just after World War II. In one way or another, we’ve all been under the roof of “The House That Fried Chicken Built.” Their simple Filipino offerings are reliable and appetizing which is why we keep coming back for more. Aside from their signature fried chicken, their traditional leche flan is a classic and arguably the best in the Metro!
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Leche Flan Cheesecake – Backyard Kitchen + Brew
Backyard Kitchen + Brew is a farm-to-table bar and grill concept that serves modern comfort food with a twist by Chef Edward Bugia of Pino. It also serves a wide selection of beverages and craft beers. Try their one-of-a-kind leche flan cheesecake.
Turon con Leche – Locavore
Locavore serves only locally grown and produced Filipino dishes with a French touch from Chef Mikel Zaguirre. Apart from the usuals like Lechon Oyster Sisig and Sizzling Sinigang, their Turon con Leche is a stroke of genius. The dish is composed of leche flan and salted egg baked in a puff pastry and comes with a side of dulce de leche.
Flan de Naranja – Señor Pollo
Señor Pollo is a Latin American restaurant and Bar specializing in fried and roast chicken as well as bar bites. We recommend their Grilled Chicken, Señor Pollo Roast, and the Crispy Chicken Sisig. For dessert, try the Flan de Naranja, a rich, creamy flan with a unique sweet-orange flavor.
Gata Leche Flan – Manam
Home of the best Sisig in Manila and a homegrown concept by The Moment Group, Manam specializes in serving up comfort Filipino food in classics and twists in small, medium and large portions perfect for any occasion. Try their light and silky Gata Leche Flan.
Ube Leche Flan – Bellefleur by Beatrix
Bellefleur by Beatrix is a bakery that offers unique cakes like Ube Leche Flan and Frozen Ube Brazo, cookies, some frozen goods, and drinks from Thirsty Turtle.
Leche Flan Gelato – Manila Creamery
Manila Creamery is a homegrown dessert specialist and a weekend market favorite that aims to create world-class gelato while promoting flavors that are uniquely Filipino. This will be their first physical store. Popular flavors include: Mangga’t Suman, black sesame and Sicilian pistachio.
Custaroons – Custaroonery by Gigi
In 1999, Gigi Gaerlan serendipitously invented a uniquely delicious and deliciously unique dessert. The custaroon is the ultimate mashup dessert. It consists of a melt-in-your-mouth flan base and a chewy macaroon crown. We can’t get enough of this custardy treat!
Housemade Leche Flan – Providore
Providore is the newest addition to the Raintree group of restaurants. It is a coffee bar & bistro, also selling kitchen provisions, artisanal retail, and cakes and pastries. Their Housemade Leche Flan is topped with macapuno and an additional sprinkling of toasted coconut shreds which provide an extra dimension of texture to the soft, creamy custard. Drizzled with ube glaze, this dessert is truly the perfect meal ender.
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