Paul de Maison Qualite Boulangerie & Cafe in SM Aura.

When I heard that they were opening PAUL in the Philippines, I wanted to pay a visit on the first day. But I knew the waiting time was going to be long for this well-known French bakery so I decided to wait until the hype died down a bit.

When T said he was going to play ball in Serendra, I asked him to drop me off in SM Aura, thinking a month was enough time for the hype to die down.  Well, it wasn't.  As you can see, the place is packed.  And check out the window area on the left side of the photo, people people people... All waiting for a table.    

Apparently, Kris TV featured PAUL just a while back and we all know the magic of Kris Aquino. Hence, the influx of people.

After 20 minutes or so, I was led to a place away from the main dining area.  It was exactly what I had in mind because I wanted to relax and read a book without worrying about other people waiting and staring because they want my table.

As soon as I sat down, the server gave me this menu.  PAUL in SM Aura is not only a bakery, but a restaurant as well.

This is the complimentary bread.

Since T and I had plans of eating after, I decided to just get a salad.  I asked the server for recommendations and he suggested the Salade Crevettes Mangue (P360/$8+SC) which is a mixed salad with fresh grilled prawns, grated carrots, mango, cucumber, and cherry tomatoes.  I liked it because of the generous servings of prawns and the right amount of salad dressing sprinkled on the salad. 

Sadly, PAUL doesn't served unsweetened tea.   Times like this, I use this trick I do at home with my TWG teas.  I asked for the drink menu and had them brew my tea of choice, Red Fruits Tea (P90/$2+SC).  I then told my server to give me another glass of ice upon serving the tea although he went a whole step further and gave me slices of lemon and mint leaves. 

I then poured the tea into the glass with ice.  Tada!  Unsweetened iced tea.   It was actually pretty good.

When I was done with my salad and tea, I ordered a Cappuccino (P130/$2.88+SC) and went on to read my Book Club's book of the month (I'll write more about this later).

Since PAUL is a bakery I feel bad not being able to write about their pastries and desserts.  I purposely didn't order any since I wanted to share the experience with T.

In the meantime, here's PAUL's dessert and pastries menu so you can see what they have to offer.

Thumbs Up!
Nice ambiance.
Good service.  Despite the number of people dining that day, my water glass was constantly being refilled and the servers were always in the vicinity, ready to attend to us. 

Thumbs Down!
Long waiting time.
No non-fat or low-fat milk (for coffee).

Will be back but maybe when the hype has died down a bit.

Dining Date: 11 Jan 2014

1st Level
SM Aura Premier
Bonifacio Global City

Tel No.: (02) 808-5324

*Where to eat in SM Aura?


  1. OMG I love Paul! I first tried them out in Shanghai. I'm happy they're here in Manila. I can't wait to visit soon after the hype has died down. Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. I have not started on our book club's book of the month! Still finishing my January book. Been so busy lately that I only get to read before bed, and most of the time I fall asleep while reading. Ack!


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