Afternoon at Carlos Bakery Cafe

Carlos Bakeshop, also known as Carlos Bakery Cafe, is a household name in any Ilonggo home, well known for its array of dishes, pastries, and cakes. My fondest memory of Carlos’ Bakeshop was enjoying a ‘beehive’, a usual reward from parents for behaving during trips and errands to the city. And, 20 years later, the ‘beehive’ is still there – still existing and still creating fond memories for people.

(Left) Beehive, my more than 20 years favorite at Carlos Bakery Cafe. Carlos Bakeshop, established in 1987, started as a cake supplier. As the market grew, it opened a commissionary to manufacture and distribute packaged breads, pastries, cakes, and ‘pasalubong’ items to customers. Over the years, the line of bread, pastries, and cakes grew – and later on Carlos was able to serve a variety of brunch, lunch, and dinner meals. And just recently, Carlos had renovated their main cafe in Benigno Aquino Avenue, Jaro, Iloilo City.

What’s new at Carlos? Aside from the updo of the main Carlos location, are new dishes. For soups, Carlos has Seafood Chowder on Bread Bowl, chowder soup with fish, shrimp, squid, bacon, and parsley. For pasta, they have Grilled Creamy Chicken Pesto and Tuscan Pasta. For breakfast meals, new item includes Carlos’ Big Breakfast, a collection of bacon, sausage, 2 eggs any style, salad, potatoes, and garlic rice.

What are bestsellers at Carlos? The bestsellers are the Executive Meals – meals served with soup, salad, rice and iced tea. The newest item for executive meals is the Chicken Cordon Bleu which includes chicken, ham, cheese, gravy, macaroni salad, rice, and iced tea – from the sound of it, it seems like a complete whopper.

Afternoon at Carlos is, by all means, a cozy one. Tucked in a comfortable area – near yet far enough – ensures an afternoon well spent. Here’s some of the meals we were able to try:

(Top) Lasagna – baked fresh pasta with italian sausage, meat sauce, betchamel, stewed tomatoes, and cheese

(Top) Tuscan Pasta – a collection of chicken, tomatoes, cream, basil, and spaghetti

(Top) Grilled Creamy Chicken Pesto – with chicken, basil, cream, spaghetti, and cheese

(Top) Carlos’ Fried Chicken – crispy, deep fried chicken with mushroom gravy and homemade potato wedges. (Bottom) Packaged bread, pastries, cakes, and ‘pasalubong’ items. 

(Bottom) Cakes of Carlos Bakery Cafe:


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