Opening Hours: 8:30 A.M. – 9:30 P.M.
Now that it's almost graduation season, it's also time to pick out a special gift for the achiever in your life. And what better way to remind them of the sweetness of victory than with cake? If your achiever would rather not make a "big deal" out of the graduation, but you still want to make them feel special, try giving them a box of Kumori pastries.
Derived from the Japanese word for "cloudy," Kumori currently has three branches in the Philippines. Two of them are in Makati ("The Landmark" and "SM Makati"), while one is in SM North EDSA. It's a relatively new establishment, since both Makati branches opened in May 2015, followed by the North EDSA branch in December 2015. That said, this review will focus on the branch in Landmark.
You could say the Kumori stand almost "pops" into your sight. When you take the Landmark escalator leading to the lower ground floor and you look to your left, Kumori's yellow-and-white logo is one of the first things that'll catch your attention.
Unlike most of the establishments we've reviewed so far, Kumori is meant for people who want to "take out" meals, rather than "dine in." Since Kumori is practically the center of the Food Center, it's a convenient place to stop by while you're hanging out in other food outlets.
That's not to say Kumori doesn't offer "dine in" options. As you can see in the header image, they offer coffee for those who can't go without it when eating sweets. Unfortunately, as it was late in the afternoon when we visited, we couldn't try their coffee.
But don't worry. We have tons to say about their bestsellers, which we'll cover in the next section.
Kumori had so much variety in its offerings — buns, cakes, brioches and pudding — that we were hard-pressed to choose just one! Due to certain constraints, however, we couldn't sample them all, and bought what's considered to be their bestseller: the signature Hanjuku cakes.
These cakes come in cheese and chocolate flavors. You can buy them in boxes of 5 or 6 pieces, and pick whether the contents are all-cheese, all-chocolate or a combination of both. For Php288, we picked the 6-piece assorted box.
You'd want to slowly savor the cheesecakes in particular, because they're small enough to fit in your fingers, and you wouldn't want the heavenly experience to go away so quickly! The chocolates were okay, too, though our Filipino taste buds would prefer if they were sweeter rather than bitter.
And did we mention the box is as well-crafted as the cakes?
Like we said earlier, Kumori is more of a "take out" than "dine in" establishment. But that doesn’t mean we can't have a thing or two to say about the service.
At the time of our visit, the store was manned by two ladies. Both of them were all smiles, as you'd expect from a Japanese establishment, when we were browsing their selections. We almost expected them to say irasshaimase (Japanese for "Welcome" or "Come In"). They answered every one of our questions enthusiastically, which was nice.
Granted, Kumori doesn't have all the bells and whistles of other small but high-end outlets. But we'll definitely come back to them if we're looking for a unique pastry to gift our loved ones!
We spent 600+ words so far on this tiny, quiet establishment for one simple reason: It needs more love! Everything about it — the food, the presentation and even the service — is at least a 9/10. Honestly, we're surprised it doesn't have a branch in Bonifacio Global City yet, when BGC hosts so many quality foreign brands. But we digress.
At any rate, we'll sample their other offerings in the near future. In the meantime, why not drop by the store yourself, and check whether everything we've said about Kumori is true? Oh, and don't forget to leave us your thoughts in the comments. 楽しみます!