HARINA ARTISAN BAKERY CAFÉ: Making beautiful things happen everyday!

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I must admit, I'm a big fan of sweets and pastries, which is why I am always on a lookout when a new cafe or pastry shop opens. Thankfully, I was invited with the Grand opening of Harina Artisan Bakery Cafe located at Katipunan ave. which quite near to me. 

Harina Artisan Bakery Café is formerly Monsees Café, owned and established by Baker-Pastry-Chef-Lawyer Marina Demeterio.

Atty. Marina started as a homebaker, doing and selling leche flan, fruit cake and pastries to her colleagues since 1994, with influences coming mostly from her grandmother and by watching cooking TV shows.  After graduation from law school, Atty. Marina enrolled in the culinary schools of Sylvia Cancio, Sylvia Reynoso, Heny Sison & Jill Sandique, and eventually took a leave of absence from her profession in 2007 to take a diploma course at International School for Culinary Arts & Hotel Management (ISCAHM) under internationally renowned pastry chefs Ernie Babaran & Bubbles Cruz Lerias.

In 2008, Atty. Marina established the company Monsees Chefs & Bakers, Inc. which started as a commissary at her house, delivering cakes and breads to food service institutions, catering to well-known restaurants and cafes, and supplying frozen laminated dough to Marriott Hotels, coffee shops and homebakers alike.  In 2009, Monsees began to join bazaars and started to carry homey-comfort breads such as the Spanish Bread and Breadsticks/Grissini. 

Driven by the success of this endeavor, Monsees Café was set up and opened its red doors in the White Plains commercial strip along Katipunan Avenue in November 2010. After only a few months of launch, Monsees Café attracted repeat customers and was raking in-store sales. Monsees was recognized and patronized.  Through the years, Monsees also expanded by serving other culinary delights to its customers. So what began with a love affair with leche flan and fruit cake has turned into an artisan gourmet bakery.  

In celebration of its anniversary this November 2013, Monsees Café was re-launched, with a refurbished ambiance, a perked-up menu and rebranded as Harina Artisan Bakery Café. It was packed with fun activities and a very engaging song number too. It was really a wonderful day for the opening of Harina Artisan Bakery Cafe, people came in and out with a big smile on their faces trying out their delicious meals and taking out yummy pastries and bread too. We also got the chance to try out their set meals and it was indeed perfect!


We were serve with their drinks brewed coffee and Hot frozen chocolate. You can also order their cold drinks like smoothies or red iced teat/Ice tea on the side. Hot Frozen Chocolate is a must try! Really delicious. Not too sweet, just right. 

Next serve is the Harina Bloomin' Bread (P320.00)
Crusty pull-apart load filled with basil and cheese
Served with balsamic vinegar and extra virgin oil dip

Strawberry Cheesecake Stuffed French Toast (P290.00)
Cheesecake-filled brioche topped with whipped cream and strawberry preserves

Steaks and Eggs (P450.00)
Skirt steaks with two eggs, pan roasted new potatoes, baked tomatoes, 
and choice of toast or rice

Hot Canadian Sub Sandwich
Canadian bacon, gruyere and pickles on Harina’s crunchy Baguette or Croissant Rectangles

Granola bars with Yogurt Dip

Waldorf Salad Sandwich
Red and green apples, celery and chicken topped with walnuts on flaky  Croissant

Eggs Benedict
Canadian bacon, tomato concasse’, asparagus, poached egg on English muffin topped 
with hollandaise sauce

Everything food on their all day breakfast menu is just two thumbs up! I enjoyed every food serve to us and if you have a big appetite, you will surely love how big their servings are. I especially love their Strawberry Cheesecake Stuffed French Toast :) To die for! it was really delectable, tasty and you just can't get enough of it, I'm actually craving for it right now. This is just perfect to jumpstart your day if you order this on your breakfast list.

Harina Artisan Bakery Cafe is still under the helm of The Lawyer-Baker-Chef, assisted by and with the technical expertise of her baking and cooking crew, Harina Café will still offer several varieties of artisan breads and pastries baked to perfect crustiness and lightness and prepared with delicate care and preciseness.  

The best-selling breadsticks will be there, individually hand-rolled and crafted to absolute crunchy and tasty flawlessness.  All-time breakfast favourites and creative sandwiches will be served too.  But more tasty new menus will be rolled out, and customers can look forward to exciting promos and rewards.

Albeit the transformation, Harina Café still carries Atty. Marina’s personal mantra that- "...in my kitchen, only happy people are allowed because happy thoughts and smiles are felt in everything made and baked. I also believe that there are no shortcuts to baking, that only premium ingredients must be used, and that new items must be prepared the old-fashioned way."

Aside from the delicious all day breakfast food and other delectable dishes that they have, they also offer a very relaxing and homey ambience, it feels like you're just right at your home enjoying your breakfast. Isn't that what we always wanted when we eat outside? Something cozy while we enjoy and relish our food?:) They just aced it. You can have dine in with your family or friends and just catch up while eating or have an intimate date with someone special and offer the best food that they have on the menu. 

Harina Café is now officially open! located at 118 Katipunan Avenue, White Plains, Quezon City, with business hours everyday from 6am to 9pm.  

For inquiries, call +632-3526721.  Be in the loop with Harina Café through its website: http://harina.ph
Twitter/Instagram accounts: @harinacafe


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