Sunday, October 28, 2012

Designer Blooms Cafe Opens in Molito Complex Alabang

This year marks Designer Blooms' 20th Anniversary and the owners celebrated it with the launch of Designer Blooms Cafe, the Philippines' first and only fresh flower shop cafe last October 27. The homey establishment is located at the Molito Mall beside Madrigal Avenue just across Alabang Town Center in Muntinlupa City.

"Bread feeds the body, indeed, but flowers feed the soul."The concept of Designer Blooms Cafe marries the beauty of flowers with the warmth of comfort food. I experienced firsthand how nice it is to spend a couple of hours in this place that offers food, flowers, and inspiration. 

Designer Blooms, a family-owned business, is known for its sublime floral creations. This time, it has come into full bloom as it opened the flower shop cafe which is actually the brainchild of sisters Marie Garcia and Issa Garcia-Sicam.  

Present during the grand opening were Designer Blooms founders Mr. and Mrs. Ting and Rica Garcia who expressed that everything was made possible because they have dedicated their business to God from the very start and that He continues to bless it as it also serves as a blessing to others.

Gracing the momentous occasion was celebrity singer Mr. Gary Valenciano who assisted in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Marie Garcia and her young daughter were also present to introduce the cafe's head chef, US-trained and CCA Alumni Chef Diana Morales, who came up with the delicious food that we got to partake of later.

Marie assured guests that Designer Blooms Cafe offers a dining experience unlike any other. "Freshly Picked. Freshly Prepared. This is what we stand by. We have gone the extra mile to search for the freshest ingredients and we prepare everything a la minute," she described adding that nothing served came out of a can.

Looking around the quaint interior, one could easily feel how comfy and inviting the place is for a quick meal, a good cup of coffee, a glass of wine, and a haven for aromatic fresh cut flowers. The cafe has modern-industrial interiors and kitsch furniture pieces.

I got to try some of the fares they serve such as the sumptuous Hearty Mushroom Soup with Bread Sticks (Super, super loved it! I'm coming back soon for a big bowl of this!), Bruschetta with Tinapa Mousse (quite unique with a Filipino twist), the interesting Greek Salad Medley served with edible flowers, and creamy Mom's Potato Salad.

We also got to further warm our tummies with tasty Contemporary Fish Cakes with Garlic Aioli and Mango Salsa, juicy JalapeƱo Burger, a selection of skewers and Fresh Ravioli plus desserts. I didn't get to taste the Mango Tablea Panna Cotta but did find the Frozen White Chocolate Cheesecake perfect to cap off the taste-testing experience. Hot beverage lovers would also be delighted to know that the cafe has a selection of organic teas and imported coffee from San Francisco.

Designer Blooms Cafe is warm and inviting. It's a great dining destination for families, couples, and individuals who want to try something new. It is more than just a place to eat because it bring the outdoors in with its dozens of floral offerings that provide heady, wonderful scents and bursts of beautiful colors everywhere made more memorable with the place's overall charming atmosphere.

I was truly delighted to be given a
gorgeous bouquet to take home!
This venture was made possible by a partnership with ESQUIRE Financing Inc. under the "Powered by Esquire" program which is actively finding more business ideas and helps entrepreneurs who want to grow their business with resources, expertise, and network that EFI has acquired and shares with its clients.

For inquiries and reservations, please call (02) 5120353, visit or email David Abrenilla at

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