13 French Desserts You’ll Find at Waterfront Hotel

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French cuisine has always intimidated me. Chef Julia Child got it right when she said “In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport.” With the French’s pride and strict practice for classique cooking methods, it’s easy to understand why. From the way they pick their ingredients down to the presentation of the finished dish, the French have a disciplined extremity for nothing less than perfection, particularly with French desserts.

When I received an invite from Kalami Cebu to join him in attending the launch of Chef Benoit‘s Classic and Traditional French Patisseries at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino, I knew right away what to expect from the event.

French Desserts Waterfront Hotel

Chef Benoit of Waterfront Hotel Cebu City
Chef Benoit of Waterfront Hotel Cebu City
French Desserts Waterfront Hotel
French Desserts at Waterfront Hotel Cebu City

When I arrived at the Lobby Lounge of the hotel, I saw a selection of some of France’s finest desserts spread out before me– Tarts, Meringues, Eclairs, Choux, and even Madeleines. The dishes were all exemplary and carried the signature precision expected from a dedicated chef. Among the options, Chef Benoit spoke highly of his favorites– the flans and the tarts that were reminiscent of his childhood.

Here are some of the French desserts at Waterfront Hotel Cebu City that I was able to try during the event:

French Desserts Tart Flan Peach
Tart Flan Peach
French Desserts Pear Tart Bourdaloue
Pear Tart Bourdaloue
French Desserts Mille-Feuille
French Desserts Madeleine
French Desserts Chocolate Mousse
Chocolate Mousse
French Desserts Blueberry Cheesecake
Blueberry Cheesecake


French Desserts Apple Tart Alsacinne
Apple Tart Alsacinne
French Desserts Apple Tart Alsacinne
Apple Tart Alsacinne


If there’s one dessert dish that the French are most famous for, it would definitely be their Macaron. Over the years, we’ve seen a rampant rise of shops selling Macarons in Cebu. Chef Benoit prepared two Macaron variants for his guests– one with a Strawberry filling, the other with Lemon. I personally enjoyed the Lemon Macaron as it came with a refreshing taste. But definitely, the strawberry-filled Macaron was delightful too; with the right amount of filling for the cookie.

French Desserts Strawberry Macaron
Strawberry Macaron
French Desserts Lemon Macaron
Lemon Macaron

Another famous French dessert, the Eclair, was served at the event. For as long as I can remember, I had always envisioned the Eclair as a type of dessert with a chocolate glaze on top and custard cream in the middle. Once again, Chef Benoit played with my tastebuds as he infused the filling with coffee; which was always a welcome change on a classic favorite.

French Desserts Eclair

The Choux was an entirely new experience for me. Even though it was greatly similar to a favorite dessert of mine, the Cream Puff, Chef Benoit’s Choux gave me a whole new look on the pastry. The dessert came in a variety of colors, which represent the flavors they are filled with: Pistachio, Chocolate, Strawberry, and Vanilla. I picked the Chocolate Choux and was pleased when the filling met my tongue.

French Desserts Choux

The Vacherin, a personal favorite of mine reminded me so much of the meringue we used to eat in Bacolod. But despite the shared similarities regarding the appearance, the taste between the two varied greatly. For one, the Vacherin had an airy and soft texture to it. As I made my way through the meringue, bits of Blueberries greeted me and played a surprising game with my tongue.

French Desserts Vacherin
French Desserts Vacherin

Chef Benoit’s Gateau Chocolat re-introduced me to an old-time favorite, Chocolate Cake. But compared with the other chocolate cakes, his recreation of the popular French dessert had the perfect balance to it– neither too sweet nor bitter. It also introduced me to a new way of devouring the cake– with a topping of pastry cream and drizzled with caramel sauce. Ah, délicieux!

French Desserts Gateau Chocolat

You can sample some of these pastries specially prepared by Chef Benoit as they offer these dishes as an afternoon affair. For only Php 499, you can already delight in classic French desserts (excluding drinks). They will be served every afternoon at the Lobby Lounge of the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino in Salinas Drive, Lahug, Cebu City. For information or reservations, you may call (032)232-6888 local 8600.

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  1. I might be the pickiest eater in the world (not a good influence to my kiddo) but I don’t think I could ever say no to any dessert. Maybe. Hahaha. Still not a good influence to my kid, huh? So yummmmmmyyyyyyy.

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    I actually like the French macarons of Waterfront but I haven’t tried it under Chef Benoit’s stint yet. I hope it’s the same yummy goodness I love! 🙂

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    Oh my! That’s a lot, like a lot of drool worthy desserts. I want to eat em all! Now, nagbasol kong ni basa ani na post in this hour. I’m hungry 🙂

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    Waaaaaa! Desserts! I wanna try more and more desserts there! I just have to lose weight first. Hehehe

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    I really had fun eating with you then afterward, it was #WineNight. Next time na pud! It was one awesome #goodfoodtrip afternoon indeed.

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    I love cooking and baking (my mom and I used to bake back in the days) and hopefully to bake myself one of these!

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    Looks good and hopefully can check this out one day. Do you think a Filipino-French dessert is a good combination?

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    Holy sweetness! Kadaghan! Ganahan kos tanan! <3

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    They look so heavenly! Ugh I only tasted Macaron from above’s list. Shame on me. I hope someone out there could free me with that gloroius dessertssssss

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    The foods seems so delicious. But i’m not tempted 😀 Not a fan of sweets tho 🙂

  11. I am not really fond of foreign desserts, but I guess these treats are worth a try. I am starting to feel hangry (angry and hungry because I cannot afford). Huhuhuhu.

    • Rea
    • February 10, 2017

    Macarons, eclairs, and cream puffs!!! OMG, so delish! Lucky you! I might actually consider going to Waterfront for these French desserts. Sheesh

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    Oh God, French dessert is my weakness! Will definitely try this at Waterfront one day. 🙂

    • Herbert
    • February 8, 2017

    Not much of a pastry fan, but seeing them makes me want to go to Waterfront and eat my heart out.. hehe

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    Thank you for joining our launch, fellow foodie! 🙂 I was actually amazed by the Gateau and the Macarons. And I agree, the lemon one has a very refreshing taste to it. I loved macarons as much as I loved the Vacherin. 🙂 It brings back so much childhood memories.

    — JL

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    Ugh! I was just imagining the class and exemplary way of the preparation of those French desserts and the taste….. I’m starting to drool now.

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