This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Goldilocks Bakeshop and Restaurant. All opinions are 100% mine.
Have you been to Goldilocks lately? If you haven’t for awhile, now is the perfect time to do so!
They recently revamped their menu with innovative interpretations of Filipino favorites and their Binagoongan Rice Medley alone is worth the trip.
Goldilocks Bakeshop and Restaurant has been a beloved Filipino tradition since 1966. Founded by three sisters with an undeniable passion for baking, the first store opened on the ground floor of a three-story building along Pasong Tamo Street in Makati and has now grown into more than 500 full-service locations in the Philippines, California, Nevada, and Canada.
Like most Filipinos, Goldilocks products were a treasured part of my childhood. A piece (or two) of Goldilocks ensaymada or mamon in my lunch pail surely made me the envy of the class during school recess! And as a college student with a limited allowance in Manila, the Goldilocks restaurant on Taft Avenue became my frequent destination for affordable yet quality home cooked meals away from home.
I would always order fresh lumpia and after all these years, the delicious memories of soft, pillowy egg crepes filled to the brim with tender-crisp vegetables and generously slathered with a flavorful peanut sauce are still fresh on my lips.
When my family and I immigrated to California decades ago, there were a lot of indigenous Filipino goods we had to do without and sorely missed. Fortunately, these goods did not include Goldilocks products. I lived within ten miles from their old Artesia location and satisfying my cravings for their polvoron, crema de fruta, or brazo de mercedes was just a matter of a short drive.
Having been spoiled with a Goldilocks location within convenient distance, I was pretty heartbroken when that store closed shop. Truth be told, I would have traveled far and wide (and I did) to get my hands on my favorite Goldilocks treats but that meant having to wait until I had enough time to make the hour long drive.
You can just imagine my excitement when Goldilocks Bakeshop and Restaurantopened a branch in Cerritos. Right in the shopping center where I do my weekly groceries! How lucky can I be?
Have you tried the Cerritos branch yet? Please, please, please, do visit! We went there for lunch last Tuesday and even G was impressed on how everything looked so neat and clean.
The whole restaurant was tastefully set-up but I was especially in love with the gorgeous tile back splash! With its earth tones beautifully complementing the comfortable wood furnishings, the dining area was so warm, inviting and the perfect backdrop for the awesome food we had.
Once you enter the restaurant, you are greeted with a colorful array of baked goods, refreshments, and a friendly staff. The shelves are abundantly stocked with delectable goodies, there’s definitely no shortage of choices.
Along with everyone’s favorite mamon, ensaymada, taisan or pandesal, Goldilocks also carries Filipino native delicacies such as puto, kutsinta, and kalamay malagkit.
Looking for a great hostess or care gift? Check out their section for pasalubongs! Who wouldn’t love a package of assorted polvorons, right?
And let’s not forget the delectable cakes. Red velvet, tiramisu, ube, chocolate roll…oh my! They’re like a siren to my heart.
Aside from the wide selection of sweet treats, Goldilocks Bakeshop and Restaurant is also known for their savory offerings. Just look at the photo above of the amazing feast I polished off!
Their menu is almost five pages long, it was difficult choosing just three! Aside from all-time favorites such as bistek, pork sisig, tinolang manok, bulalo soup, kare kare, and kaldereta, plenty of Filipino classics were also reinvented and given an interesting twist.
Sizzling longganisa or crispy binagoongan? How ingenious! Seafood shebang or Tilapia crunch? A seafood lover’s dream!
But, you guys, if there’s one thing you should try at least once in this lifetime, it is the Binagoongan Rice Medley. An original recipe of the restaurant’s founders, this dish is a smorgasbord of bagoong-flavored rice, crunchy pork bits, juicy tomatoes, sweet mangoes and fried eggs. It’s brought to your table in a humongous platter and you toss it all together so every spoonful is like a party in your mouth!
The portions were overly generous and definitely more than enough for healthy appetites. I enjoyed myself so much, I think I ate my weight in food. I was literally bursting at my seams!
Still, I couldn’t resist capping off my delicious lunch with something sweet. Again, it was a struggle deciding which one to have from the dessert list which included buko pie, buko pandan jelly, ube haleya, leche flan and their many petite cakes. But since it was a hot summer day, halo-halo seemed like the perfect choice and indeed it was. 🙂
You guys, there are so many reasons why Goldilocks Bakeshop and Restaurant should be your next stop.
Other than plenty of delicious dinner options, they also offer SARAPinoy lunch specials on Mondays to Fridays, from 10 AM to 2 PM. With eight popular dishes such as bangus a la pobre, bopis, Chinese pork asado, chicken inasal, pork adobo, golden chicken, daing na bangus, and chicken adobo to choose from, there’s something for everyone. At only $7.99 including rice, vegetables, and carioca dessert, it’s the best deal in town!
And, folks, great value doesn’t stop there.
As part of their 50th year anniversary, Goldilocks Bakeshop and Restaurant launched their Goldilux Rewards which aims to reward loyal customers. For every $15 spent, you earn 1 point to use towards free special halo-halo, half iced ube roll or small pancit sotanghon party tray. Just download the Five Stars app on your mobile phone and click on Goldilocks or go to any Goldilocks store and key in your phone number to start earning points right away.
So what are we waiting for? ‘Lika na sa Goldilocks!