Verdict: The true New York bagel experience brought to Manila
Price Range: P160 – P300 per person
L.E.S. Bagels, though not located in the most convenient place, is definitely worth visiting (regularly). The place is quite small and can fit only about 10 people comfortably because seating is only on the 2nd floor and the deli like ambiance gives off a very New York vibe. Their menu consists of New York Style Freshly baked bagels with a variety of cream cheese combinations (savory or sweet). You can opt to create your own bagel combination or choose from the available bagel sandwich or specialty sandwich combinations. They also have a small variety of freshly baked desserts like home made Oreos, muffins, doughnuts and brownies.
They have a wide range of Bagels you can choose from (i.e. Plain, Sesame Seed, Garlic, Blueberry, Chocolate, etc.) and bagels are only P40 a piece – you can either have them serve it to you with the cream cheese already in (they put the ungodly amount we all wish we could do for ourselves without feeling any guilt) or you can get the cream cheese separately and spread it on by yourself (they say a small container is good enough for 3-4 bagels). The sandwiches range from P200-P400 and are filling enough to be shared. I always choose to have the bagel with the cream cheese already in because I am a huge fan of the ungodly amount they lather on!
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What I have tried so far:
White Sesame Seed Bagel with Jalapeno Cheddar Cream Cheese – I wasn’t expecting much since these are pretty generic flavors but after being pleasantly surprised by the amount of cream cheese, I was also happy to find out that the nutty flavor of the sesame seed blended so well with the peppery taste of the jalapeno. I wouldn’t jump right into saying that the jalapeno flavor was spicy because the cheddar and the cream cheese softened the blow.
Black Sesame Seed Bagel with Bacon Cheddar Cream Cheese – This was nothing special. I couldn’t really taste the bacon so it felt like I was just eating a regular bagel with cream cheese.
Garlic Bagel with Sun dried Tomato and Olive Cream Cheese – Absolutely to die for! Though the Garlic Bagel will leave you with garlic breathe, it is definitely worth it. All the different flavors pulled together really well even though they are strong flavors on their own; this has to be my favorite so far!
Everything Bagel with Sun dried Tomato and Basil Cream Cheese – I wasn’t too fond of this one because the Basil flavor was a little overpowering. I thought getting it on an Everything Bagel would sort of somehow balance the flavors out but still, the Basil flavor was very distinct. Still, it wasn’t bad at all and I would definitely get this again but maybe on a Sesame Bagel next time.
Blueberry Bagel with Apple Cinnamon Cream Cheese – I am not a fan of sweet bagels (or sweet cream cheese) but this one took me by surprise. The flavors blended together so well that it actually felt like you were being given a nice, warm hug by someone that you love. Such homey flavors deserve to be enjoyed in bed while it’s raining outside!
Espresso Brownie – This brownie had the perfect amount of espresso and chocolate, it was also very moist and would have honestly been best with a tall glass of cold milk! Whether or not you’re a coffee lover, you will surely fall in love with this particular Espresso Brownie.
Pumpkin Muffin – It was sweeter than I expected and was a little on the dry side. I wouldn’t recommend this.
There are still many different cream cheese combinations I would love to try out like the LOX cream cheese (their best seller), as well as the vegetable, caramelized onion raisin, and blueberry combinations. I feel like I have not even scratched the surface of the possible combinations this place has to offer and I am very excited for my next visit! (I already know what I’m going to order – an everything bagel with vegetable cream cheese!)
As a firm believer in cream cheese, I urge you to head over to L.E.S. Bagels as soon as you can so you can experience the cheesy New York goodness for yourselves!
Address: Tuscany Residences, Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio
Wednesday – Saturday 7:00am to 11:00pm,
Sunday – Tuesday 7:00am to 10:00pm