(Yes ladies and gentlemen, this is going to be a first for yours truly to be doing a food review so please bear with me as I try my hand in making one for my blog… so on to our story…)
Donuts has always been one of my favorite comfort food and you simply can’t go wrong with it. Have a donut or two accompanied with a hot cup of coffee and everything’s just pure bliss! From my childhood days up to my teens and as an adult, Dunkin’ Donuts and Mister Donut were the only predominant names in donuts here in the Philippines until Krispy Kreme came along and conquered the country by storm. Can you just imagine how Pinoys went ga-ga over Krispy Kreme as men, women and children queued long lines just to get ’em luscious donuts to take home for pasalubongs and get their first-hand taste on this latest food/snack craze.
It wasn’t for long when Indonesia introduced J.CO Donuts to the Filipinos and, just like the Krispy Kreme craze, everyone just went loco over them and the familiar long and winding queue of people outside the establishment can still be seen as of the moment and sometimes it makes you stop and think (and more often than not cringe on) how these people would brave the long lines armed with sooo much patience as they wait for an hour or so just to get their J.CO donuts and leave the establishment feeling like a winner. Even up to this very day I still haven’t tasted a single J.CO donut since it made landfall in Manila back in 2012(?) and honestly I won’t waste my time finding myself stuck in a long line just for them even if they are one of my favorite junkies to snack on. Maybe I’ll get my hassle-free chance someday when people had more of their fair share already of J.CO’s or until a new donut product comes along and eventually sweep the Pinoys off their feet in satisfying their craving for something sweet…
I was at the Greenhills Shopping Centre earlier today and made my usual rounds of toy hunting in and around the establishment, and as I passed by Unimart shortly before I went home, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw a Gavino’s Japanese Donuts stall there and I immediately went over to check it out. I’ve already learned about Gavino’s existence after watching it on a segment from a T.V. show a couple of years back and upon learning that their first branch is located somewhere in Banawe, it was really something to look forward to since I live near their location and going there was not a problem at all… but it never took place and it was only this afternoon that I finally got the chance to come face-to-face with the real deal.
I was able to sample a bite piece of the regular glazed donut for their free taste and it was indeed chewy and excitingly new to the palate if you are accustomed to the normal type of donut that easily crumbles in your mouth at first bite, but these Japanese Donuts are truly irresistible and I’m surely not leaving the place without buying! So I decided to take home with me six pieces (5 from their Premium line and 1 Regular donut) and as I got back home, it was time to take on these treats along with my mom and sister… and we loved it to pieces! My uber favorite Gavino donut would have to be their “Red Velvet donut with cream and pieces of small pistachios on top” (sorry folks I forgot its actual name) but it was totally worth every bite. I’ve managed to take some snapshots of the donuts before they became finally non-existent, and here’s some of them:
Since I’m not an expert on doing the “talk-the-talk-and-walk-the-walk-like-a-food-blogger-should-be” so I’ll just cut to the chase and go straight to the point: Gavino’s Japanese Donuts are exceptionally good and tasty and it can go head-to-head with its leading counterparts in the donut industry. The chewy texture you’ll find on some of their donut products can truly appeal to anyone looking for something different other than the usual donut-y texture we’ve all learned to love. I’m glad I was able to come across their Greenhills branch today and finally got to taste their infamous and delectable chewy Pon De Ring donuts.