Photos by Kitkat Pajaro I Words by Margarita Buenaventura
Food Park, 91 Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City
Not all those who wander are lost. But getting “lost” does have its charms, especially at The Lost Bread. Named after the French term for French toast (“pain perdu“) means “lost or stale bread,” Maginhawa’s new kid on the block offers a different approach to milkshakes and french toast.
The Lost Bread has only been around for a couple of months, but already it has cultivated a serious following. Even before its 5 p.m. opening, sweet-toothed foodies line up outside the cozy storefront and brave the heat for a taste of their beloved treats. The store itself is simply appointed, with a bank of stools for people-watching in between sips of their cake shakes beside a lush wall of faux greenery.
Drinks are served by a high counter, complemented by bleached wood, kitschy chalkboard doodles, and stark white subway tiles. It’s a simple but handsome setup, and highlights their menu. The Lost Bread’s shakes—both the kid-friendly cake shakes to their more adult alcoholic ones—are the stuff of dreams.
Their cake shakes range from the moderately adventurous, like the Doughfee (doughnut and coffee) to the crazier Nut Interested, a medley of peanut butter, banana, and brownies. For those in need of a little pick-me-up, the 18+ menu is also available. The Lost Bread certainly doesn’t skimp on the sweets and the booze with these, like the Spiked Cookie (Bailey’s, coffee, and chocolate chip cookies) and the Swiss Missed (Kahlua, cocoa, mini marshmallows, and chocolate syrup).
But arguably their best seller is the Carnival, a confection of caramel popcorn and rich butter cake. With the shake topped by a generous cloud of cotton candy, it’s no surprise that this might just be the Lost Bread’s most Instagrammable offering.
As for their French toast, The Lost Bread’s owners say that it’s still in the works, as they themselves want to manufacture their own bread. And if it’ll be any good as their delightful milkshakes, then The Lost Bread won’t be losing fans any time soon.
THE LOST BREAD RECOMMENDS: “The rest of StrEAT Food Park in Maginhawa is full of great food spots to try out.”