Tymad Bistro is our go-to place for authentic French pastries and dishes in Cebu! Owned by a French Chef, Philippe Estienne, who settled in Cebu with his Filipina wife, the bistro is popular for their perfectly buttery, light, and flaky croissants, chocolats, and kouign amann–all baked fresh daily. Tymad means “good house” or “good restaurant” and comes from a Celtic language in the south of France. Here’s what we liked at Tymad’s… TYMAD BISTRO Maria Luisa Road Banilad, Cebu Telephone: (032) 239 7385 Restaurant Hours: • Monday – Closed • Tuesday to Thursday – 7:00am-10:00pm • Friday to Saturday – 10:00am-11:00pm • Sunday – 10:00am-10:00pm Facebook: @tymadbistro E-mail: email@example.com The restaurant is located near the Maria Luisa subdivision, along the same road as Henry’s Cebu. Tymad Bistro Menu: Breakfast | Starters | Main Course | Salted Crepes | Sweet Crepes | Wines | Tea, Chocolate, Coffee, Juices & Beers It has a homey modern café feel, with French-inspired photos and books filling the shelves. Croissant (P60) Their freshly baked croissants were heaven! You get that golden brown, flaky crust with soft feathery layers of dough and a hint of butter and sweetness. The croissant is already good on its own, but we prefer it with (more) butter and strawberry jam. Pair it with coffee for that nice contrast of bitter and sweet. Chocolat Traditional (P90) Their hot choco was a bit too sweet for us. Pain Au Chocolat (P70) What’s yummier than their flaky croissant? How about a croissant stuffed with layers of rich, dark chocolate? Kouign Amann (P90) Basically like a croissant, but with a heavy dose of sugar and butter added to the recipe. It’s crazy rich, with layers of dough separated by salted butter and sugar and topped with melted butter and caramelized sugar. Omelette Emmental (P195) with 3 beaten eggs and a salad. The Emmental cheese gives the omelette that salty and sharp taste. Make this traditional French dish extra special by pairing it with some buttery croissant. Though this was good, it was our least favorite compared to the other more “eggciting” selections on the breakfast menu. Galettes Bretonnes – Complete Crepe (P380). Salted crepes, forest ham, and Emmental cheese. When we think of crepes, we think of the sweet version filled with whipped cream or Nutella. As much as we love the dessert version, the savory Galettes Bretonnes was a welcome and pleasant departure from our usual. Also known as their complete crepe, this French “pancake” is filled with grated Emmental cheese, ham, and a sunny side up egg. This is one of our favorites from their breakfast menu. The savory filling went really well with the buttery and nutty taste of the crepe. English Breakfast (P340). Fried bacon, fried eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, sausages, baked beans, served with toasted muffins. One of their bestsellers. This English Breakfast comes with pretty good Hungarian sausages and crisp bacon. Eggs Benedict Croissant (P240). Croissant, poached or fried eggs, hollandaise sauce, with homemade smoked salmon. We request the chef to serve their Eggs Benedict with croissant instead of the usual English muffins. It goes well with their homemade smoked salmon and creamy hollandaise sauce. Chef Philippe’s Special Crepe (P350). Salted butter fudge, salted caramel, and vanilla ice cream, topped with whipped cream. Though it was still early in the morning, we couldn’t miss the opportunity to try their famous desserts. The crepe was perfectly cooked–very light and airy. You can see the evenly brown crepe with just a little crisp around the edges. The caramel toppings brought just the right amount of sweetness that we like. Overall, one of the best French meals we’ve ever had in Cebu. Their heavenly pastries–the croissants, chocolats, and kouign amann–really made our experience memorable, so make sure to try them all! Everything on their breakfast menu is also good, like the English Breakfast, Eggs Benedict, and Omelettes. The dishes are quite pricey by Cebu standards, but still reasonable for the quality of food they serve. Budget is about P400/head. TYMAD BISTRO Maria Luisa Road Banilad, Cebu Telephone: (032) 239 7385 Restaurant Hours: • Monday – Closed • Tuesday to Thursday – 7:00am-10:00pm • Friday to Saturday – 10:00am-11:00pm • Sunday – 10:00am-10:00pm Facebook: @tymadbistro E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Live an Awesome Life,
ABI of Team Our Awesome Planet Disclosure: Our meal was courtesy of Tymad Bistro as part of our shoot for Next Stop: Cebu. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights. P.S. They only bake their croissants in the morning, which tend to get sold-out before 10am. If you’re ordering in bulk, they recommend reserving a day in advance.