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LOUMAR'S: Tagaytay's Terrific Tarts

Posted on April 18, 2011 by Spanky Enriquez

I once tried counting the COLETTE’S Buko Pie stalls and pasalubong shops and signages from the Sta. Rosa exit of SLEX to Silang, Cavite and all the way up to Tagaytay.  On both sides of the road.

I lost count.  There are almost more than a hundred in that stretch of less than 50 kilometers, that’s for sure.  Colette’s is the Starbucks of Buko Pies, the undisputed and omnipresent market leader.

There are quite a few other good ones that I’ve tried: Rowena’s and Amira’s are also very good and worth the stopover, but when people ask me what I would recommend if I could only choose one?

LOUMAR’s is it.

I remember the first time I stopped by their tiny first branch, the one near Manos Greek Taverna.  The original Loumar’s was practically just a couple of ovens with a small counter where the freshly baked pies and tarts were displayed to be sold.  It was early one summer’s morning in 2007, and the first batch of tarts had just come out of the oven.  I’m sure you know that there’s nothing like that warm, sweet, lightly toasted aroma wafting through the chilly mountain air.

I grabbed one of the Buko Tarts, and carefully bit into it (caution: filling is hot!). 

It was, as Dracula once said, “Love at First Bite”:  the crumbly topping reminiscent of a French Apple Pie, and the filling, more Macapuno than Buko.

I was addicted, and it seems I’m not alone in my addiction.  Over the past four years, Loumar’s has become one of the most popular stops in Tagaytay, and they recently opened a larger, but still cozy bakery/cafe’ on the right side of the road going down to Sta. Rosa.

A box of Loumar’s Buko Tarts (P150.00 for a box of 9) is the only thing that can make me smile as I hit the inevitable traffic at SLEX on the way home.  And what the heck,  since it fits on the palm of my hand and there’s no need for messy slicing, one or two tarts inevitably disappear by the time I reach Manila!

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