I’m not a sweets person, although I love ice creams, chocolates, and brownies, I find myself looking for pastry with light creams/filling to balance the sweet sugary taste that most bakeshops or boutiques seem to be doing to compensate for cutting down on the flavor elements. That’s when I discovered cream puffs. So just like my sisig obsession where I would order sisig from any restaurant that offers them just so I could compare, I also try out different cream puffs just to see how each one would fare against the others. This reminds me, I should do a cream puff review… (*jots down a reminder*). Looking at SM Mall of Asia’s restaurant directory (which is now a board printout placed on top of the touch screen…?), we came across the name “Chewy Junior”, and it immediately sparked our interest.
It’s located at the 2nd Floor, of the Entertainment Mall section of Mall of Asia, near the south wing, beside Roti Mum, and near the Science Discovery Center.
About the Shop
Before I proceed with the review of the shop, it’s important to note that they’re on their SOFT OPENING so perhaps after a few weeks, some of my review about the store and service may not be applicable.
The store had seats or a lounge inside the shop which was cramped and the aircon doesn’t seem to be working effectively or perhaps because there’s constant baking and the heat from the ovens are overpowering the cool air from the air-conditioning system. Nevertheless, we chose to eat inside (because of the comfy seats) rather than staying outside which would probably have been breezier and cooler because of Typhoon Mina’s lingering effects.
Their staff, although very knowledgeable about their product, weren’t the friendliest and accommodating bunch. It wasn’t clear to me if it was a “pay as you order” thing or pay later thing because when we ordered, we got served the puffs, and the pizza was served later, yet nobody asked for our payment or gave us our total bill. I volunteered to pay in the middle of our meal after I noticed that the other customers who came in after us paid right away. Another feedback about the shop is that it looked like they were too many people working in such a small space. Anyway, I bet they’ll learn a lot after 1 week of soft opening…
The Menu and What We Ordered
I think that everything on the menu was priced fairly. The puffs, are priced at P45 and P55, depending on flavor. They also sell boxes of their mini-puffs but their headboard menu didn’t include the price. If I’m not mistaken, it was 179 for 15 mini-puffs. I didn’t expect it, but they also served pizza for the same price as the cream puffs, P45 – P55. We asked which one’s the best seller and they recommended NY Cheesecake which was a premium flavor so it’s P55. Together with the best seller, we ordered the Chewy Original, a deluxe flavor for P45, Twisted Pepperoni pizza for P45, Meaty of the Minds for P55, Just Lemon Iced Tea for P45, and Wicked Watermelon P55.
Here’s a photo of their menu (click to get a larger version):
When I asked for the best sellers, this one wasn’t recommended and I wondered why because normally the original or basic flavor is what most stores are known for. If you make the simplest item on the menu good enough for it to be liked by people, then it would be easier to build up on it and sell variations. Well, in Chewy Junior’s case, I now understand why the Chewy Original wasn’t a favorite. It was lacking sweetness which I thought the white powder on top would have brought into the cream puff but it didn’t. So now I’m confused if the white powder was really powdered sugar or not… Anyway, as for its texture, it was indeed chewy… Well, I expected it to be chewy on the inside, but their menu board said that their puffs should be “crispy on the outside”… It wasn’t… That’s probably from sitting out in the display rack for a long time. Well, it’s not all bad because I liked the cream which is very important in cream puffs! The cream was heavier than most creams used in puffs but I liked it because it sort of had a cooled butter icing feel to it everytime I take a bite. I also like that it’s bigger than the usual cream puffs for its price.
Out of the 2 cream puffs we ordered that day, we liked this decked up version more than the plain Chewy Original. It’s because this had more flavor and sweetness (it should, with the extra cream and cheese and whatnots… So I was very happy with this one, although it also had an issue of the lack of the “crispiness” on the outside that their posters were saying… If the outside was crispy enough, I could have gotten a nice shot of the puffs sliced open, but it was really chewy through and through so when we tried to “fork” it open (they didn’t have knife), it didn’t look pretty.
The pizzas we ordered were surprisingly good! They’re even better than our chewy cream puff experience. And, like the cream puffs, the serving size was generous for its price. Although I think SM sells their rectangular pizza (2 triangular slices) at around P70, but the SM’s pizza is more bread, and Chewy Junior pizza is generous with the toppings. Just a little bit of warning, Meaty of the Minds was on the salty side, which wasn’t a problem for me… ^_^
Mario liked this one because it wasn’t as salty as Meaty of the Minds. We’d order this again if we happen to find ourselves inside Chewy Junior shop.
I love the cream in their puffs, I love the serving size which is bigger than the usual cream puff and bigger than the usual pizza slice. I didn’t like how super chewy the outside was to the point that I was fighting a bit with my food. It wasn’t a huge struggle to eat them but my expectation was set by the menu board and their poster so I thought they were really going to be crispy on the outside. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt though, because it was just soft opening and a lot of things aren’t really upto standard when restaurants are in their soft opening. I’ll definitely give them a another try especially that their shop, so far, offers the most number of cream puff flavors I’ve ever seen in one shop.