We recently attended The French Baker 25th year anniversary at the SM Mega Fashion Hall which was filled with luminaries from Manila’s society. It was a grand celebration full of good food, chocolates, sweets, wine, coffee and everything you’d ask for. The milestone was really worth celebrating as it takes a certain degree of awesomeness to last 25 years in the business.
Credit it to the vision of CEO Johnlu Koa, a former UP business professor who decided to apply what he taught in school by founding The French Baker.
“It was in 1985 when I travelled to Europe for the first time that I fell in love with Paris and her baked goodies. Since then I’ve dreamt of doing the same so that I can impart a similar experience to our countrymen in the Philippines,” Koa noted.
And soon, one lucky French Baker patron will get to enjoy Paris for real with three chosen companions as part of the chain’s 25th anniversary promo.
It will be an all-expense paid vacation made possible by the promotion’s partners Insight Vacations,Rajah Travel Corporation, and Etihad Airways as the official airline. The winner and his companions will spend at least three days in each of France’ key cities,including Paris, the old Roman City of Nimes; and finally Monte Carlo.
Aside from the grand prize, 25 pieces The French Baker gift certificates worth P5,000 each are also up for grabs.
To qualify, diners just have to clock up P500 worth of receipt in any French Baker outlet to get one raffle coupon. Of course, the higher the bill, the more coupons you will get. The promo will run until March 15, 2015. The Grand Draw will be on March 20, 2015.
For a little bit of history, The French Baker opened its first branch at the SM City North Edsa in 1989, mostly
selling French-inspired breads and pastries such as baguettes, croissants, sourdough and tarts alongside local favorites like pan de sal and ensaymada. Afterwards, it’s expanded into a casual dine-in restaurant that also offers soups, salads, pasta and pizza.
Long before today’s upscale boulangeries and patisseries, The French Baker was the first establishment to introduce European-style breads and pastries in the Philippine market. Their nightly 50% off sale is much-awaited by patrons up to now, and this is done by the stores to ensure the freshness of baked goods to be sold the next day.
Anyway, there’s a French Baker in the mall near our place (SM Sucat) and I always take my coffee there. The
food items in the menu are pricier than the fasfood in the mall, but The French Baker is not fastfood, it’s almost great French bistro food. And you get quality for what you pay for.
Here are some of my favorites:
The Chicken a la King (P180) –
Pork Chop au Poivre or pepper-crusted pork (P260) –