There are “cakesicles” at this dessert bar in Mandaluyong

Here's a new and convenient way of eating a bar of cheesecake


The Salcedo-based Japanese restaurant Ikomai is not only celebrated for their various kushikatsu offerings. Ever since they opened their doors to the public in 2017, the cookies they sell at Tochi, their dessert bar located at the entrance of the restaurant, have also been making a buzz.

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People all over the metro flock to Makati to try chef James Antolin’s homemade cookie recipes that has flavors varying from the soft and thick double chocolate chip and espresso walnut to the crispy and bestselling salted Macadamia.

Clockwise from top: Espresso Walnut, Matcha, Salted Macadamia, Peanut butter, and Double Chocolate Chip

To make these mouthwatering confections more available to the public, Antolin and the chefs behind Tochi decided to expand to the north. They got an area at the Main Wing of EDSA Shangri-La Plaza in Mandaluyong City where they decided to put up Tochi’s second branch. Unlike the first one, no Ikomai restaurant comes along with it. In popular culture terms, it’s Tochi’s solo.

Along with its opening last March was the launch of the dessert bar’s new additions to the menu, which are the convenient cakes on popsicle sticks.

Photo courtesy of Tochi Dessert

Exclusive to the new Ortigas stall, the cakes on popsicle sticks (called Cake Bars) are served to-go. It comes with a dip, some toppings, and sauce. “It’s served frozen but it’s not hard […] It’s intended for customers who are on-the-go or prefer to eat desserts while walking around the area,” Antolin said.

To buy one, you have to go through a short, fun, and creative process which we laid out below:

1. Choose a flavor

There are three Cake Bar flavors available in Tochi. There’s the creamy chocolate symphony, the bit tangy and light cheesecake, and the sugar- and gluten-free milk chocolate dulce.

Despite being a lover of all things sweet, I highly recommend that, if you’re planning to be adventurous with your toppings and dip, start with the cheesecake flavor as base. Its velvety texture with contrasting sweet and salty taste would complement whichever dip, topping, and sauce you choose.

2. Dip it

Dark Chocolate Dip
Matcha Chocolate Dip

To assure that the cake won’t crumble as you walk around eating it on a handle, it will be covered in a solidifying dip. You can pick among three types: an aptly bitter dark chocolate, a smooth white chocolate, and a bittersweet matcha chocolate dip. The white chocolate is an easy crowd favorite, but we’re also encouraging you to take risks and try the other uncommon ones.

3. Drizzle one (or more) toppings

There’s no shortage of toppings at Tochi, which is proven by their current line-up:

  • Coconut flakes
  • Reese’s shards
  • Tochi cookie crumble
  • Black sesame popcorn
  • White pearls
  • Candied peel
  • Caramelized almond
  • Mint mallows
  • Spicy chocolate
  • Latik Tuile
  • Candied mushroom
  • Beet meringue

Only one topping goes with the P165 to P180 cake bars, but you can add more at a P25 price for each.

4. Finish with a sauce

To top it off, a salted caramel, chocolate coffee, vanilla sake, gold gel, or lychee guava sauce will be poured on the cake bar.


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