I love it when a business has a story behind it; and not just because somebody wants to create something just for the sake of earning (though I know that's the main goal). But having a history behind any business makes it more alluring to clienteles, well, for me at least. Agape Pastries and Tartines is exactly that.
Agape's owners conceived this restaurant out of their love for food and their annual journey to their favorite Manhattan New York French restaurant; that's why this business of theirs is very close to their heart. It has also been their mission to inspire other people especially the youth because they believe that their success is their staff's success.
Agape Pastries and Tartines opened in October 2014 and is a French-inspired restaurant located in Tandang Sora, QC. I rarely go to QC to check out restaurants, only if I have to meet a friend who lives in that city. Most often than not, I would go somewhere in the Ortigas Center, Makati or BGC because they are pretty near where I live. And I believe folks from the North would also go somewhere that wouldn't tire them of the terrible traffic in EDSA. It's good that residents in Tandang Sora and nearby neighborhoods, don't have to go that far just to enjoy good food, because of the emerging food scene in Congressional Ave.
Agape Pastries and Tartines pride itself with their menu consisting of family French food favorites , pastries and tartines (open-faced Rye bread topped with tasty yet healthy spreadable ingredients) created by chefs from well known culinary schools. The owner also shared with us that they really invested on their state of the art kitchen to give both their staff and their customers the best cooking (for the chefs) and dining (for the clients) experience.
The atmosphere at Agape is pretty cozy with all the wooden furniture and brick walls. The yellow/almost-dim lights are perfect for any chill nights with family and friends over food. Students who want somewhere they can study in peace and munch on pastries at the same time also frequent this restaurant. The decors, furnishings and fittings were all brought locally from Philippine-based manufacturers.
Pita Bread with Spinach Dip
Green Salad with Pears
Spicy Prawn with Papaya Salad
Dan McCune Panizza
Spanish Sardines Panizza
3-Cheese and Herbs Panizza
Smoked Salmon BLT Tartines
Beer-Battered Fish Tartines
Marie Gambasetti Spaghetti
Valentine's Special: Seared Salmon with Pineapple Salsa
Creme Brulee Tarts, Choco Lava Tarts and Chocolate Balls
Dulce de Leche Muffin, Bavarian Muffin, Chocolate Chip Muffin and Mango Muffin
They also offer "Remedies" which are shakes that are healthy and refreshing using fruits and vegetables that you never thought would taste that yummy if combined. I had Spinach + Mango and I never tasted anything that suggested I was drinking a juiced green-leafy vegetable.
|Chef Aren Rodriguez and Store Manager Ms. Arianne|
Sending out my love to Ms. Jean Uvero for inviting us over at Agape and to Aldous of aldousatetheworld.com for organizing this dinner event.
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