Paul Boulangerie

My love for creating clothing has always been tied with my love for elegant establishments.

Ever since the whole travel blogging/vlogging scene exploded, I have wanted to try my hand at it, while still staying true to my roots as a designer. I thought what a wonderful thing it would be to feature restaurants and cafes that complimented my fashion. Thanks to the phrase "Instagrammable" or "Instagram-worthy", it has become easier to find such interesting spots!

Back home in the Philippines, I lived quite close to a French restaurant, Paul Boulangerie. Now the name translates into bakery but they have quite a sizable menu of both French and Filipino dishes, apart from the baked goods. Additionally, if you're planning to visit, it is good to know the following:

❀ Opening hours are from 8 AM to 9 PM.
❀ Free wifi for the social media savvy!
❀ Beautiful bookshelves wallpaper so best to book a table to enjoy it.
❀ Pretty packed during lunch time.
❀ Dishes are surprisingly filling!
❀ Perfect place for some "me time" during off peak hours, 2 PM - 4 PM.
❀ Best to ask for recommendations when pairing pastries and tea.
❀ "Photo friendly" as long as you actually dine and observe proper behavior.

I know the last part is interesting for both local cosplayers and fashion enthusiasts, so let me share how we were able to do a photoshoot and review at Paul Boulangerie. I called them up for a reservation and requested to review the restaurant. I was able to speak with the manager and she suggested we come by around 2 PM so there were less people. I also booked for a table in the area with the lovely wallpaper. I was already dressed up when we arrived. We had no problem getting seated and settled, and all we had to do was order our food and get ready for the photoshoot. Quick note though, we did not have any tripod or lighting equipment with us. It was a simple shoot with our handheld dSLRs. This way we did not bother the establishment and the other customers.

I wish there was a better way to express how much I loved the place! I have been here on casual days, but being dressed up and matching with the decor was a whole new experience. Imagine this elegant setting made lovelier by the scent of freshly baked bread. And since we arrived during the off peak hours, it was a lot easier to take photos and at the same time, indulge all our other senses.

We started with the French Onion soup (P 190). If you know me, then you know my eternal love of cheese and this bread bowl of baked goodness did not disappoint! I knew I would have easily gotten full just by the soup alone, so I shared it with Jam. Eventually we also got our own plates, French Toast (P 320) for him, and Beef Stew (P 395) for me. A cold glass of lemongrass iced tea (P 95) kept my palate refreshed as I enjoyed my savory stew. 

After finishing our meals, we decided to proceed with the photoshoot. I was happy that the dress I made had this lovely contrast against the wallpaper background. For the longest time, this has been a dream photoshoot of mine, and to have everything come together was nothing short of fulfilling. But first, touch up! (Eyelashes by Dolluxe Harajuku Honey and Underlash A; lips with Colour Pop Echo Park.) 

In the spirit of full disclosure, Jam and I did not miss out on dessert. After the shoot, we took a break and ordered The Surprise (P 320). But since we thought we had enough photos and footage (I'm working on that video!), we decided to wrap up and just enjoy. With the set you get to choose your tea and we had a boost of Earl Grey. I highly recommend having it with the mini creme brûlée. Indeed it was a sweet ending to a fun and fulfilling day. 

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. Visit was in December 2016. Photography by Jamframe of Jamframe Studios

Ground Floor, Bench Tower, 
Rizal Drive Corner 30th Street, 
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
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