Opening Hours: 10:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M.
Telephone Number: (02) 751-8456
If there's anything Makati has in spades, it's cafés and Filipino-foreign restaurants. (With the number of professionals and expats in the place, is it any wonder?) Many of them are all-in-one establishments, like the St. Marc Café in Greenbelt.
Although it already has hundreds of branches in Japan, Singapore and China, it wasn't until 2014 when St. Marc Café hit Philippine shores. It's best known for its "Chococro" — a chocolate-filled croissant — though it's also chockfull of products that promise to satisfy your craving for cold, sweet desserts whenever summer rolls around. But does it live up to that promise? Let's find out in the review.
From the outside, St. Marc Café is already pretty inviting. There's a glass window showing off their ice cream, parfaits, cold drinks, coffee, sandwiches, Chococros and many more. If you pass by the café, it's impossible not to ogle at the display.
Once you're inside, you'll also be tempted to linger for a few minutes and admire how well-thought out the interior design is. You have the simple yet beautiful portraits on the walls, the non-uniform yet harmonious and comfy furniture, and the enticing rows of food behind glass counters. That's standard café fare, to be sure, but St. Marc blends it all together with a flair few other cafés can match.
Since St. Marc Café originated in Japan, and we wanted to capture the flavor of the home country as closely as possible, most of our orders had an explicitly Japanese twist to them. For example, we had the menchi katsu burger as a meal.
For the refreshments, we had one glass of iced yuzu tea.
And then we had the kintoki milk parfait.
Of course, our St. Marc Café experience won't be complete without trying out their famous Chococros.
Other must-tries are their Choco Banana Fuji and Black Sesame Choco Cro, two of their newest products. We weren't able to try them due to certain constraints, but we hope you do!
As is usual in Japanese establishments, you'll be greeted with "Welcome to St. Marc's Café" when you enter. The servers manning the counter are friendly and patient, and they have a separate station from which you can take your utensils (as opposed to having them handed to you).
However, the floor service could use some improvement. Serving water for customers doesn't seem to be part of their SOP, and the food took several minutes to arrive. Neither of these really detracted from the dining experience, but it would be great to have them as well.
If you're looking for a non-mainstream café, St. Marc might be up your alley. Their Japan-inspired food is great, and it's safe to assume the others are as well. Also, it's a place to visit if you'd like some "alone" time, having an intimate date with your significant other, or having a private meeting with your professional colleagues. Other than the bits about the service we mentioned earlier, it's high up there on our list of top cafés in Makati.