ILOILO CITY – Having existed for more than three decades now, this bakeshop has become more than just a one-stop shop for pasalubong but a must-see place for people visiting Iloilo.
The Original Biscocho Haus was started in 1975 by the by the late Dr. Carlos Guadarrama and his wife Therese. They passed on the business to their kids and after three decades, it has expanded into more than a dozen branches from malls to airports.
Their specialty, of course, is biscocho, or toasted bread topped with milk and sugar that goes well with spaghetti, ice cream, or just dip it in your coffee for an instant treat – which I doubt you will be comfortable doing to your pricey Starbucks latte.
But aside from biscocho, the store also sells a variety of Ilonggo delicacies like the butterscotch, piaya, barquillos, galletas and otap. I’ve tasted biscocho from Bacolod (or from Quezon, another place famous for sweets) but the one from Biscocho Haus I remember very well because of its creamy and softer texture.
Kristine of My Food Notebook, meanwhile, swears by their butterscotch, even describing what makes those from Biscocho Haus different from other brands sold elsewhere. Or, if you’re a nut for garlic bread, theirs is said to be so good it makes you forget the pasta you’re eating it with.
But if you do find yourself in Iloilo City, a trip to the Biscocho Haus branch in Jaro (right across the cathedral and town plaza) is a treat. It is one of the bigger stores, characterized by its signature colored windows, antique cabinets and an assortment of pastries spread out in these octagon-shaped wooden crates.
With its iconic presence, it is no wonder the Biscocho Haus evokes nostalgic memories for Iloilo City natives all over. For those like me who hail from elsewhere in the Philippines, I will settle for a bite of their biscocho anytime. Preferably, with a cup of coffee.
The Original Biscocho Haus in Lopez Jaena, Jaro can be reached through (033) 329-0862/64
(Images taken from Pinoy Travel Blog)