Magnum Manila (Ice Cream Cafe)

Magnum Manila (Ice Cream Cafe)

Hello and kumusta (how are you) dear GG readers! Today, I want to take you to a simple but magical indulgence I had at Magnum Manila Ice Cream Cafe.

About two or three years ago, the Magnum ice cream bar invaded Manila and was an instant success.  I read that Magnum is sold in Australia, too, under the brand Streets.

Magnum_signage

Magnum_signage

I have to admit I was a skeptic-turned-avid-patron, especially after months of a love affair with the heavenly Almond variant. I could still recall burying my head in supermarket freezers, rummaging into the piles of bars until I found my Almond bar. Now I want to know if Julie was once hooked on this ice cream, too ;).

Magnum_menu

Magnum_menu

Finally this year, from Paris, Istanbul, Hamburg, Sydney, London, among others, Manila opened its own Magnum Pleasure Store – Magnum Manila. It bears the concept of a do-it-yourself or make-your-own Magnum. It was launch in April, but this was my first time to rekindle my affair with the ice cream bar.  It was now far more up market than our previous supermarket rendezvous.

Sky_Dining_Park

Sky_Dining_Park

Magnum Manila is situated on Level 5 of SM Aura. Regular readers will remember my Conti’s Bakeshop story. These two are located in the same area, just a few walking minutes apart. There is even a nearby park where one could sit for fresh air just outside the cafe.

Dessert_bar-2

I walked in at about 9:00 PM, two hours before closing. There was a designated area for dessert only. You will only be seated if you are ordering their plated dishes. Fair enough. My eyes lit up with joy as I walked past the dessert bar. “I’ll deal with you later!”, I muttered with a grin.

Dessert_bar

Dessert_bar

I loved the interior of the cafe – it was so…”chocolatey” and “ice creamy” yet smartly sticking to the Magnum colours. I had not had dinner so I flicked through the menu in a breeze.

Interior1

Interior1

After ordering I had a glimpse of a wall decor that I could not decipher. A close inspection would reveal Magnum sticks stuck on the wall in parallel patterns. How creative!

Magnum_sticks

Magnum_sticks

Fifteen minutes later, the Beer Battered Fish and Chips arrived. It came with two dips – tartar sauce and vinegar. Both fish and fries were crisp. They blended pretty well with either dip, at least for me.

Beer_battered_fishnchips

Beer_battered_fishnchips

Following immediately was the Bangers Mash which had jalapeño sausage on caramelised onions and mashed potato. This was one of the times I was not particularly craving for sausage but I still finished the whole plate. I owe it to the fresh french beans and creamy melt-in-your-mouth buttered mash.

Bangers_and_mash

Bangers_and_mash

I would have skipped dinner so I could sample more ice cream. But then I thought I must have reasons to keep coming back. And so after a few minutes of tummy rest, I stood up for a tryst with my Magnum.

Dip_and_dunk

Dip_and_dunk

For some reason I just felt hypnotised when I was in front of the “Pleasure Maker” staff. I felt like a child amazed and amused by the chocolate pool winking at me. And the dozens of toppings all waving and calling my name.

Topper_white_choc_balls

Topper_white_choc_balls

Topper_dried_mangoes

Topper_dried_mangoes

I had to compose myself. The staff acted fast in my every reply to her questions. Boy, she’s got fast hands or I was still under the spell. Before I knew it I was already bringing the goodies back to our seat.

Vanilla_on_white_choc

Vanilla_on_white_choc

The bars in supermarkets are sold at PhP 55 or AU$ 1.40 as of this writing. The DIY bar in this cafe almost doubles at AU$ 2.55. There were also pre-defined flavours on the menu, such as the Rainbow Dream. But for this visit, I just wanted to be in control.

Dark_choc_magnum

Dark_choc_magnum

My pleasure was chocolate hypnosis with the crunch of an assortment of nuts. Add some cheesy element for smoothness. The kick of chilli. The natural sweetness of chewy dried mangoes. Mmmm…

White_choc_magnum

White_choc_magnum

It was a fierce battle of dark versus white. The white was sprinkled with chopped pistachios, dark chocolate ball crunch, shaved quezo de bola. Quezo de bola is a Filipino Christmas ball of cheese as influenced by the Spanish. 

Your 100 pesos gives you a bar and dip of your choice plus three toppings of your liking.

M_sticks_slogan

M_sticks_slogan

So whenever you are in the country drop by at BGC (Bonifacio Global City) where SM Aura is. Magnum Manila is set to run for 500 days only from April 2014.

M_sticks

M_sticks

Like I did, submit yourself to the simple indulgence. I call it “MmMm…” My magical Magnum moment.

Chocolate_on_chocolate

Chocolate_on_chocolate

Thank you so much for sharing Alesah!!
I am SO JEALOUS! I have actually walked past the one in Sydney and not gone in…. I am cursing myself!! This is now high on my list of priorities.  
xx Julie
 

Magnum Manila
5th Level, SkyPark, SM AuraPremier
McKinley Parkway corner 26th St.,
Bonifacio Global City
Taguig, Metro Manila
Philippines

 

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About Alesah Villalon

I used to chase life as one would chase targets in their calendar years. Until someone came to say, "Do more of the things that you love, and share that love with others!" Now I'm slowing down a bit.

I try to write. I try to shoot beautiful images of places I love. I try to share wholeheartedly the things that I enjoy.

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Comments

  1. Mouth is watering!

  2. OMG! I freakin love this. 🙂 Adding to the eats bucket list. What an awesome experience.

  3. Wow can’t believe you guys have a permanent Magnum ice cream cafe! Was kinda hoping they’d have chicharron as a topping though 🙂

  4. Wow! I hope one of these comes to the states!!!

  5. That is so cool!

  6. I love your flavour choices Alesah!!!
    Looks so good!
    I will have to try the Sydney store!
    x

  7. Oh wow, a personalised ice cream! Now that’s my idea of a good time 😉

  8. OMG that looks so freaking good! Those flavours are awesome too.

  9. I would go to Manila just to make my own Magnum. I can’t believe I missed the pop up in Sydney. Terrible for my tastebuds but so wonderful for my waistline!

  10. Wow if only Sydney had something like this and for this cheap as well

  11. I am so jealous, I wish Sydney’s one was permanent!! 😀
    And you have SAVORY foods too!! XD
    The place looks like heaven! They really know how to capture people into their stores, as if making your own magnum creation wasn’t an enough selling point! haha

  12. I also went to this delicious place, I wish we had gone at the same time and bumped into each other over ice cream 😀
    Great topping choices!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  13. The store in Sydney is a bit expensive at $8 each but being able to build your own Magnum is certainly fun and worth doing once.

  14. Whoa! I should have agreed to go there, now I am craving for Magnum, Will try it there soon!

  15. The M shape with sticks is kind of cool! And the ice cream dipped in the chocolate and all kinds of toppings… nice! My kids will really enjoy these!

  16. I’ve been to the Sydney popup Magnum store which I quite liked – though the shell was a little bit chewy rather than crisp with a snap and crackle, which was a little bit disappointing.

  17. This looks epically awesome! Ahh you had me at magnam icecream cafe – I would have lost it here haha. Your creation sounds delicious 🙂

  18. Oh my goodness, a DIY Magnum bar! Maybe it’s a good thing they are not in the US or Japan…yet!…I do believe this Ninja Baker might just be a frequent visitor!

  19. C’est un endroit est incroyable Alesah! Je ne savais pas qui le magnum bar existé ! J’ai un ami qui est fan du magnum, je crois qu’il sera au paradis dans cet endroit !

    • Have him go to Manila! Philippines has just been awarded by Lonely Planet as #8 Top Countries To Visit in 2015. I’m sharing more travel stories in the next weeks to come. White sands and beaches ;). Sorry, Julie, just a teaser ;P. Happy weekend, Eva!

  20. The Cafe itself is beautiful and the Magnum bars are to die for… This is the type of decadence that I love!

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