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Manic Milkshake Lover

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Okay, so the name is a little difficult to pronounce – Cuillère (KU-yer) – but it’s what’s scribbled on the outdoor blackboard that makes me hold my breath and dash in: carabao milkshakes.

As a catering venue that has come into its own as a restaurant, proprietor Arlene Arce and chef Katrina Arce Kuhn have made Cuillère a brasserie bowing to all things French. I see evidence of this in the wall mural – a soothing scene of a street in France – as well as Belle Epoque posters and banquettes.

I eat here a few times, the dishes a nod to homey French dishes that are familiar and far from intimidating: Niçoise salad, escargots Bourguignonne, French onion soup, roast chicken, etc. I’ll save my feature on those for a future post. Though I have something different every time I’m at Cuillère, it’s those milkshakes that I always come back to. Obviously, a restaurant run by the Arces of the well-known ice cream brand, they’re bound to have a few tricks up their sleeves, most definitely of the sweet and cool kind.

my little milkshake lover
little milkshake lover

I can assure you however that the carabao milkshakes are no trick, just a cruel trial I repeatedly have to endure to prevent myself from ordering more than one glass. Available in a striking array of flavors (caramel! avocado! choco-peanut!) I’m tempted to ask, “Is it possible to mix flavors, pretty please?”, propriety prevails and I always order the cheese milkshake.

I’m a milk lover and carabao’s milk is my holy grail. It tastes the way I’ve always imagined almond milk should taste – creamy, mouth-coating, and slightly sweet – that is, before age set in and I was forced to switch to skim. Carabao’s milk also has more butterfat and saturated fat than cow’s milk, which accounts for its guilt-inducing flavor. Add my ice cream of choice – cheese, please – complete with cheese bits and a rosette of cream, and I can’t be happier.

My first sip is a cold wave riding on crests of sweetness punctuated with saltiness from the cheese. The mixture pulsates in a constant current of shivery deliciousness until my straw lets through a globule of whipped cream; its smoothness is washed away by the ongoing onslaught of sweet-salty-sweet-salty…

… and then, brain freeze. Aaaggghhh!

I put my head on the table, my hands gripping the back of my head. It’s almost prurient to say that “it hurts so good,” but frankly, I’ll endure anything for my carabao milkshake.

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Other milkshake posts:
Make Mine A Vanilla Malted
Fill ‘er Up!

17 Responses to “Manic Milkshake Lover”

  • i thought it’s pronounced [kwe-yer]. i’ve been planning on taking my little girl there for a valentine’s lunch date. :)


  • sounds lovely but what’s a carabao?


  • Sounds lovely. Water buffalo are ace. There is sometimes a herd in a field on the way to work and I’m in England.


  • Cheese-flavoured milkshake in a French-styled cafe?! My French colleague will have a fit. He once said he found it a horror to see cheese-flavoured ice cream. He said, cheese is cheese, ice cream is ice cream and never the two shall meet! Wait till I tell him about this cheese milkshake! haha.

    But then again, the cheese in his French mind is goat’s cheese, brie, Reblochon, Pont l’Évêque or a blue cow’s cheese. No Eden or Magnolia for him, mon dieu!


  • Holy crap.

    I want. I want with an undying passion.

    I am so saving calorie points for that milkshake.


  • This brings back memories where me and a couple of friends trooped to Burgos, Makati after your feature on Filling Station’s notorious milkshake. Yes Lori, I admit to being part of your blog groupie. :)


  • cuillere catered our wedding and their food was great. i have yet to try out their resto (i keep going back to chelsea in serendra) though. :)


  • cuillere catered our wedding and their food was great. i have yet to try out their resto though (i keep on going back to chelsea). :)


  • I happened to have a dinner at Xocolat in Serendra tonight, which, serendipitously enough, is right beside Cuillere! My companions were a bit late, so guess where I went and what I bought to tide me over till they arrived? ;-)

    The Dark Caramel is dreamy… :-P~


  • like you and your boo, i’m a sucker for milkshakes. it’s actually my “happiness” or “comfort food (drink)” whenever i feel bad.. and it’s my “reward” whenever i’ve accomplished something.. :) but mcdo milkshakes are my fave since that’s what i grew up with. i’m so thankful mcdo branch in greenhills area serves milkshakes! one large strawberry (or vanilla) milkshake please! :)


  • Carabao’s milk is like water for me. You should get them at AANI FTI or at the Circle. They have it pure. I drink it straight right up :)

    I have to try the Arce place.


  • as much as i like the food here, the milkshake.. the cheese in particular didnt WOW me, i prefer the milkshake of filling station…


  • If you like real good carabao’s milk, try the ones at AANI FTI Weekend Market, or at AANI Herbal Garden at Quezon Memorial Circle. Get the ones being sold by the AANI offices. Creamy and unadulterated. I drink it like water…shake it w/ nutella…with fresh fruits…sarap.

    I have to try the Arce owned..they can’t go wrong :)


  • our group was disapppinted with Cullieres Cheese milk shake
    i love filling stations strawberry milshake though


  • i was disppointed with the cheese milkshake, i rather have the ones in filling station


  • i prefer Fillinf station over culliere when it comes to milkshakes, the chhese milkshake was not as great i expect it to be


  • hmmm… sweet! another one of my faves! :)


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