Conti’s is just a short trot over from A.C. Rumpa. Its fame extends not just to its desserts but also beyond the confines of ParaÃ±aque. Almost everyone I’ve asked has at one time or another eaten here or knows someone who has.
I guess you could call this place your neighborhood bakery, although it’s far from the typical. For one, the place is always, and I mean always packed, whether it be a weekday and especially on weekends. People come here for the signature Baked Salmon (which I have not tried), and the plethora of desserts. Conti’s large menu spans the globe from classic Filipino, Japanese, American, and Spanish, with plenty of appetizers, soups, salads, and pastas thrown in. Satisfying your monster of a stomach would not be a problem here.
Conti’s also has a deli for take-home food and quick throw-together parties. Food includes frozen chicken a la kiev, embotido (meat roll), roast beef, and plenty of dips, dressings, sauces, and spreads. They also offer catering services. So basically, they’re all around.
I’ve been to Conti’s twice. I’m impressed with their layout, their deli, and the fact that it’s always full. I’m also entranced with the variety of desserts available here. Their banana cream torte is a mainstay at dinner parties, as is their mango cream pie, and the choco overload cake (see photo collage). The problem you’d most likely have at Conti’s (as I do) is what not to have. There’s just so much.
Having said all that, Conti’s only rates fair on my scale (I can imagine Conti die-hards wanting to slap me right about now). I’ve been there twice and I don’t find their food particularly flavorful. It’s okay-ordinary. I’ve tried several of their desserts: turtle pie (which lacks that ooey-gooey, lip-sticking caramel quality); the apple pie (old apples, hard crust); peach walnut torte (which frankly, didn’t taste like anything except cream, with nary a walnut in sight); and the pistachio cream pie which I must applaud for its originality; pistachio pies are rare in Manila, but this one was too mousse-y and frozen for my taste. I’m also bothered with how white the crust is.
Don’t get me wrong. I still suggest Conti’s to people who ask me for good places to eat at in the south. Just come to Conti’s on an off-hour with plenty of patience, and your inner food critic turned down to low.
61 President’s Avenue
BF Homes, ParaÃ±aque
850-5852 / 842-5265