Shine Bakery & Cafe is a dainty, vibrant little spot on the third floor of SM Aura. You just know a place is “kid-friendly” when the design sports candy cane stripes and its location is in front of Toy Kingdom. Parents (like me) must prepare our wallets for the double whammy!
Shine connotes #positivity and this resto’s name warms up to me instantly.
Naturellement, a family-centric place offers comfort food. But not just any chow. It’s food prepared to gourmet proportions by Chef Rob Pengson who has attained celebrity status with his growing list of restaurants: the Goose Station, Hungry Hound…to name just a few.Shine itself was listed in Esquire Magazine’s Best New Restaurants in Manila for 2013.
We were lucky that Chef Rob was heading the kitchen at the time of our visit. When in Shine, a must-order is the house bestseller Umami Fries (P233), dunked to perfection in hot oil with parmesan, sesame, nori seaweed, pimenton and a dip of Kentucky bourbon aioli.