Monday, December 19, 2011

Bread Talk - Part 3: C.U. Resto & Deli

Paris today millions of pounds of bread are sold daily, made during the previous night by those strange, half-naked beings one glimpses through cellar windows, whose wild-seeming cries floating out of those depths always makes a painful impression. In the morning, one sees these pale men, still white with flour, carrying a loaf under one arm, going off to rest and gather new strength to renew their hard and useful labor when night comes again. I have always highly esteemed the brave and humble workers who labor all night to produce those soft but crusty loaves that look more like cake than bread."

                                                                     Alexandre Dumas, French writer (1802-1870)

The acronym C.U. stands for Chef Urlich, the owner and proprietor of C.U. Resto & Deli, on the ground floor of Tip Top Hotel.  Besides its nightly Salad Buffet (except on Wednesday and Saturday nights), Wednesday night Mongolian Buffet, and Saturday night Grill Buffet, its delicatessen is worth raving about.

It may appear to offer the usual baked goods as those of other fine bakeries, but in closer inspection, you'll find more ... lots more – croissants of various kinds, including hazelnut and Mediterranean.  They also have a wide array of different loaf breads, baguettes, rolls, cinnamon rolls, and much more.   One of the cafes in the island I often go to for snacks, as it turns out, get their bread from C.U. Deli.

They also have cakes of many kinds that you can order a slice of for 140 pesos – such as mango cheesecake, chocolate, and apple pie; a scoop of ice cream to go along with it is 60 pesos extra.  

And since Chef Urlich is German, I asked him if he also bakes apple strudels, or apfelstrudel; considering the numerous German and Swiss nationals in the area who may be craving for a slice of it every now and then.   He said no on account of the limited shelf life of the strudel.  And this is the reason why he opts for apple pies instead.  However, I can order a whole apple strudel if I wanted to.  And since I haven't had any apple strudel in so long, I may take him up on it -- for the holiday season.

The following photos depict some of the snacks I’ve enjoyed in this delightful delicatessen over several visits.  Their cream of tomato soup is superb, as well as their chicken and tuna sandwiches.   Their hazelnut croissants and cinnamon rolls I've come to love; whereas, their cheese and cold cut selections impressed me like those in New York.  Moreover, they have wines, pickles, imported sardines, and chocolates to fill a picnic basket.

This is Claire, the morning shift manager of the C.U. Resto & Deli.  
You may contact her to inquire about certain deli products you may have in mind.

The C.U. Resto & Deli is open from 6 am to 10 pm.  It is located on Ester Lim Drive, 
Tawala, Panglao Island, right across the street from Hennan Resort. 
Telephone: 038-502-8308

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