Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Beignet by Gumbo

I love love love beignet. Beignet has French origins but is often associated with New Orleans- think Soul Food, think Jambalaya(!). It has different varieties-- both savory and sweet-- but is typically a deep-fried dough dusted generously with powdered sugar. It is a delightfully soft yet chewy and lightly sweet pastry, how I imagine eating a cloud might be.

I first tasted beignet in Gumbo at SM Mall of Asia. Gumbo is one of my family's favorite places to go to when celebrating a special event. A visit at one of their branches will immediately convince you why. It is a fun place to be in with its wonderfully avant garde interior, amazing menu (yes, they serve more than just beignet), and festive music (punctuated by the periodical and sometimes startling holler of "WOH! Jambalaya!" by the kitchen crew). Plus, the service is top rate with waiters anticipating your every need and they are-- quite impressively, I must say-- always in their best spirits. If you are celebrating a birthday, expect an in-house birthday greeting of mardi gras proportions complete with the outlandish hats and pink-feathered headdresses (guaranteed not for the faint at heart).

Get your beignet hot and fresh-- the only way to eat beignet-- at Gumbo in SM City North EDSA, SM Mall of Asia, or Robinson's Place Ermita.

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