Located at the upper ground floor of Central Square -- the new mall adjacent to Bonifacio High Street Central and yes, the one with the 4DX and ATMOS cinemas, stands the island kiosk of Baskin-Robbins. It officially opened to the public last July 2, but it was only this weekend that the beau and I got to try it. You know why? 'Cause there's always a crazy long line! I've even read from Mr. Awesome Planet that they had to line up for almost 2 hours before they got to enjoy their Baskin-Robbins treats. That's just crazy!
Come Saturday evening, we went to check out Baskin-Robbins at Central Square. And I can't believe what I saw. It's like seeing J.Co's crazy long line of customers all over again! And since my threshold for waiting is unfortunately only until 30 minutes (far from the estimated time we'll get to the counter should we decide to line up), especially in this case where I'd have to literally stand in line, we just decided to go back the next day.
|Baskin-Robbins kiosk on a Sunday morning, just after the mall opened|
Hurrah! Going to Baskin-Robbins on a Sunday morning was the best decision! At 10:30AM, we were one of the very first customers, the second group to order, actually.
There were 31 different flavors to choose from, ranging from (mostly) ice creams, no sugar added ice creams, frozen yogurts and even sherbets and ice.
|Baskin-Robbins cups and tubs;|
Half gallon, quart, pint, triple scoop, double scoop, regular single scoop, junior single scoop
|Baskin-Robbins also offers sundaes, waffle bowls and ice cream cakes.|
|Jamoca||Vanilla||Love Potion #31||Rum Raisin|
|Caramel Turtle Truffle*||Macadamia Nuts 'N Cream||Chocolate Chip*||Chocolate Chip|
|Cookies 'N Cream||Cotton Candy||Maui Brownie Madness||Hokey Pokey|
|Chocolate||Very Berry Strawberry||Chocolate Mousse Royale||Jamoca Almond Fudge|
|Gold Medal Ribbon||Pistachio Almond||Coconut||Caramel Chocolate Crunch|
|Pralines 'N Cream||World Class Chocolate||Green Tea||Mint Chocolate Chip|
|Mango Yogurt||Blackberry Yogurt||Strawberry Yogurt||Rainbow Sherbet|
|Orange Sherbet||Citrus Twist Ice||Mango Tango||*No Sugar Added|
Since there are a lot of flavors available, you can try out spoon-size samples before finally deciding which flavor/s to order. However, since the beau and I were feeling silly that time, we didn't taste test anything and decided to order by gut feeling.
By the way, since we knew we wouldn't be able to come back to Baskin-Robbins again really soon, we went a little crazy with ordering. I got 2 regular single scoops, while the beau got 1 junior triple scoops. Hello sugar loading! We'll try to burn you this whole week!
|2 people sharing 5 scoops of ice cream... Ain't nothing wrong with that!|
My first regular scoop was the Pistachio Almond -- light, smooth and creamy pistachio ice cream infused with lots of roasted almond slices. This is definitely a win! On its own, it's the perfect uncloying, just-right-sweet treat. Paired with other richer ice cream flavors, this is a good choice to balance their richness and sweetness out.
|✓ Pistachio Almond (Regular Single P119)|
I also got the Love Potion #31 -- white chocolate and raspberry ice creams mixed with raspberry ribbon, chocolate chips and raspberry-filled hearts. Now, this would've been another win in my book. I just loved the combination of sweet, creamy white chocolate and sharp raspberry. Unfortunately though, after almost finishing my ice cream, I was left with loads of chocolate chips and raspberry hearts which were overly sweet.
|Love Potion #31 (Regular Single P119)|
The beau, on the other hand, got himself a big cup of junior triple scoops:
|✓ Jamoca Almond Fudge, ✓ Maui Brownie Madness|
and Caramel Turtle Truffle (Junior Triple P195)
Jamoca Almond Fudge -- Made from Baskin-Robbins' custom blended java and mocha coffee ice cream with roasted almonds and a rich chocolate ribbon. Now, if you love coffee ice cream, then you'll dig this! We did. We just loved the rich but not overly sweet coffee flavor. The almond slices added depth and texture too.
Maui Brownie Madness -- Chocolate frozen yogurt with chunks of brownie, macadamia nuts and a ribbon of chocolate fudge. For a frozen yogurt, this blend is pretty darn rich! Every bite is an explosion of bittersweet chocolate, so I still can't believe this is actually froyo! On its own, this can be pretty overpowering, so best paired with lighter flavors.
Caramel Turtle Truffle -- Vanilla-flavored frozen dairy dessert with caramel, milk chocolate turtles and a caramel ribbon, no sugar added. For something without added sugar, it's hard to believe how rich and sweet this flavor was. Among the 5 flavors we got to try, this is our least favorite because of how cloying it was. If we got this on a separate cup paired with nuts and lighter ice cream flavors, we might've thought otherwise.
Tip: Go for the junior scoops, especially if you want to try more flavors.
Pinoys might have the tendencies to over-hype restaurants and brands, but I can say with Baskin-Robbins, it's well-placed. They really deserve the attention they've been getting 'cause they indeed serve good ice cream. And while I'm still not willing to wait in line for an hour or two, I'll be sure to get my fix once in a while, even if it means visiting the mall early in the morning. So, while I may not have any prior Baskin-Robbins memories unlike most of its patrons, I'm sure glad to have created one just recently. And of course, I'm bound to create more.
PS: Does Baskin-Robbins in BGC really not have free water for drinking nor sell bottled water? Since we downed 5 scoops, we were badly in need of at least a small cup of water. The beau asked the staff, but they didn't have any *daw*. HUUUUWAAAAT??!!!
Taste - 4/5
Ambiance - 4/5
Service - 3/5
Price - 3.5/5
Overall Value - 4/5
Ambiance - 4/5
Service - 3/5
Price - 3.5/5
Overall Value - 4/5
Baskin-Robbins, Central Square (Cinema Bldg.)
UG/F Central Square, Bonifacio High Street Central,
5th Ave. corner 30th St., Bonifacio Global City,
Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines
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