Arts & Leisure

Flour power

Posted on December 05, 2013

NESTLED IN the bustling street of Katipunan Ave. in White Plains, the Harina Artisan Bakery Cafe opened its doors this November, serving up delectable bread, among other delights. What else would you expect from a place named after flour?

WALDORF Chicken Salad Sandwich, an open-faced treat on a flaky and buttery croissant, is one of Harina’s specialties.
Harina started out as Monsees Cafe, an establishment owned by Marina Demetrio, a lawyer with a penchant for baking and selling pastries to her colleagues. Ms. Demetrio expanded her business with Harina, while the Monsees name remains to serve as the commissary for Harina and other institutional clients.

When asked why Ms. Demetrio shifted her focus from her law to baking, she replied: “It’s fun, and it’s my passion to make food. … There’s always a smile with what you do.”

The cafe’s interiors are quaint and cozy, with quiet touch of Vermont provided by an autumn-leaf motif. The wooden furniture and the green-checked tablecloths suggest nothing else but home.

The cafe takes pride in its croissant sandwiches. Among its specialties is a Waldorf Chicken Salad Sandwich, an open-faced treat on a flaky and buttery croissant.

The crisp apples and crunchy walnuts serve as a foil for the tender and tasty chicken. This is served with a green salad with tangy dressing and fries on the side.

For dessert, one can try Harina’s cinnamon roll, a classic with a twist.

Remarkably light, thanks to the use of flaky pastry, it achieves a balance between sweetness and spice.

In addition to the items on the menu, Harina has a display of cakes, pastries, breads and spreads by the entrance. Its cream cheese spreads, either sweet or savory, are best-sellers served along with bread, which includes interesting Italian loaves, oval with a crunchy crust. -- JLG

Harina Artisan Bakery Cafe is located at 118 Katipunan Ave., White Plains, Quezon City. It is open every day, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.