THE busy streets of Don A. Velez and J. Gaerlan are home to a plethora of food destinations that has been producing satisfied customers craving for more unique treats.
Inspired from American trade fair food, Bowties and Butter came up with a unique menu of serving Kagay-anons with nostalgic American comfort food with a twist of something sweet at a very affordable price.
What was once Little Miss Funnel Cake, focusing in serving its own version of funnel cakes, turned to something more. It was during June 2014 when it was rebranded to become an ultimate American dessert destination, renaming it as Bowties and Butter, a name that can sound manly yet makes one think s about desserts at the same time.
“When I look around, everyone’s selling the same thing. I wanted to add something new to the market. That’s why we brought in unique products,” owner and Chef Josh Motoomull said in an interview with Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro last June 29 when asked about bringing a different food culture in Cagayan de Oro. “We don’t want to sell you something that can be bought elsewhere.”
Although he graduated from Business Management at Xavier University, his passion for food never left him. While working in the corporate world, he decided to pursue his zeal for food and took formal classes in the International Culinary Arts Academy Cebu.
“It was not an easy ride. I had to mix [working] with schooling. [But] I never felt tired because I knew I was doing something that I love,” Josh said.
He then landed an internship job as a commissary chef at the Hilton Hotel of Cebu, and he was trained there for six months.
It was during this period where he learned to experiment with food: conceptualizing different meals, mixing and matching, putting different twists on classics. “Everything I learned from school: the principles, the techniques, the strategies, it’s all applied here [Bowties and Butter].”
Josh is still new when it comes to promoting himself as a chef. In fact, he shared that one of the reasons he opened up the shop was to showcase his skills in cooking. “That’s the dream: to be an entrepreneur slash chef,” he said.
The first weeks were difficult for Bowties and Butter. They had to introduce something completely new to a market that was not that familiar to it. Now, a year has passed and they still continue to be a hotspot for students and young professionals looking for food that will definitely make their day better, all because they commit to serving quality food.
There is no wonder why all their products become a bestseller in an instant. Kagay-anons have always been fans of sweets, and the food of Bowties and Butter gives them the right amount of it.
Its Mango Graham Funnel Cake has the perfect ratio of sweet and fried food. It is topped with ice cream, diced mangoes, cinnamon, powdered sugar, grahams and a drizzle of maple syrup. The vanilla ice cream on top goes well with the cake, and the added toppings make the dough sweet. The Choco Cherry Cream Toast is its own creation for what a French toast tastes like. It has a cinnamon-flavored butter, and is creamy, fluffy and sweet as it is based on the consistency of a Leche Flan. It is topped with whipped cream, oozing cherries and a generous drizzle of chocolate.
Both desserts are best paired with their blueberry and cucumber drinks which add a fruity sweetness to complete the experience.
All these luscious, saccharine goodness, and the best part has not even come up yet! When it comes to eating positive-vibe-inducting-food at an affordable price, Bowties and Butter is number one. Their price ranges from P50 to P99, plus each item on the menu is clearly made from quality products good for sharing because of its serve in big size.
Josh promised that a lot more will come for Bowties and Butter. “We will be serving you really, really good soul food,” he said. For one, it will have new items on the menu which will transition it again to become a full-blown café. It will soon serve deep fried chicken wings in soy garlic and buffalo sauces in its original branch as well as in the newly opened branch at Chingkee Tea.
In an age when taking a photo of your food has been a trend, Bowties and Butter can compete with clean-looking, presentable food. The interior of its place is entirely Instagram-worthy with a shabby chic concept complete with white picket fences, glass art and a play of pastel colors.
Bowties and Butter may be serving deep-fried American food that will surely brighten anyone’s day! (Patricia Ysabel D. Tabian, AdMU intern)