Ensaymadas are a quintessential Filipino pastry. A unique evolution of the Mallorcan ensaimada (a traditional coiled sweet bread usually served at Easter) the Filipino ensaymada features a much richer dough. Enjoyed at breakfast, merienda, or even as dessert, these tender, buttery buns are coated in sugar and topped with cheese, making for a unique and ultra-addictive indulgence that goes perfectly with a cup of coffee or tsokolate.
Read on to find some of the best ensaymada in and around the metro, including the classic iterations, luxurious takes with truffle or prosciutto, and a heavenly ensaymada-adjacent doughnut we just had to share.
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1. Cafe Mary Grace
As the verifiable monarch of this baked treat, no ensaymada list would be complete without the one and only Mary Grace. Setting a high standard for ensaymada enthusiasts, their famous iteration of the Pinoy staple is remarkably soft, buttery, and delicious - trust us, it’ll have you reaching for seconds before you’ve even realised you’ve finished your first.