22 Jul2005

Gourdo’s

by Marketman

Gourdo’s flagship store at Fort Bonifacio has just been renovated. agor1Though significantly smaller, the “new” store actually looks better, utilizes the space more efficiently and is staffed with a large crew of helpful salespeople. The first time I entered the store in 2002 or thereabouts, I had come from a meal at a nearby restaurant and spied what looked like cast iron pots and pans. I was thrilled to find the “Lodge” line of cast iron cookware and there was a fairly good variety of pots, pans and casseroles. I have since purchased many cast iron pots and pans and at very reasonable prices. Yesterday, however, I noticed a diminishing number of cast iron pots and pans and I hope they re-stock soon. Beside the retail store is a small cafe.

Gourdo’s also carries a very comprehensive line of Wilton cake and decorating products. They have all of those character or animal pans that yield cakes with the face of a tiger, or bear or cuddly stuffed animal of some sort. Stacks of baking sheets, cake pans and muffin pans are on their shelves. They also have food color in paste or gel form which is much better than the watery food coloring that is typically sold in the grocery. They had an extensive line of sprinkles for cookies, cupcakes and other baked goods. Next to the Wilton stuff is a huge selection of Pedrini cooking and kitchen utensils like ladles, etc. Frankly, I am not familiar with this line but it looked good… They also had other lines of cookware and a cabinet of Wusthof knives.

The store has an entire wall of basic white tableware agor2(mostly from China, some of the platters from Italy) that should be the backbone of any modern household. Plates, serving platters, milk and sugar containers, soup tureens, etc. all in white ceramic at very reasonable prices are stocked in good quantities. They also have glass offerings from water and wine glasses, to cookie jars, pitchers, etc. Last year they seemed to carry an extensive collection of European odds and ends from trays, plates, dishtowels, cruets, etc. Overall, it would be hard for a food and kitchen enthusiast to visit the store without finding an item or two that they would like to take home with them…

In addition to plates, knives, cookware et al, they are now stocking an increasing agor3number of dry, bottled or canned food items. Unusual pastas, Italian peppers, dried mushrooms, etc. are displayed on one large stainless steel shelf. I hope they are able to expand these offerings to reach some degree of critical mass… a new offering is also a house blend of unique teas that are presented (in the small tins in the photo up top) with bright stickers/labels. I purchased the two in the photo and though I was impressed their Earl Grey had blue flower petals and chunks of dried orange peel (presumably from bergamot orange peels) the taste wasn’t quite Mariage Freres… nevertheless, I always encourage people, vendors, stores to bring out new products and a huge bow to Gourdo’s for expanding the variety of goods on offer in Metro Manila. Gourdo’s also has a branch in Alabang, at Glorietta 4 and a big branch under the “Living Well” brand at the Podium Mall at the Ortigas Center. At Fort Bonifacio, they are at the Fort Enternainment Center (where all the restaurants are in the middle of the Fort) and their contact number is 887-0150.

 

COMMENTS:

  1. wally rodriguez says:

    your site is simply delicious!
    easy to navigate, good photography, and very informative.

    keep cooking, you are hot!

    Jul 23, 2005 | 12:29 am

     
  2. Karen says:

    Oh, I’d love to have the tins on the first picture! Or are they bottles? Will have to go on an expedition soon.

    Jul 23, 2005 | 12:59 am

     
  3. Marketman says:

    Wally, thanks for visiting the site! Karen, the tins are really small say two-inches tall… but they do have lots of different flavors of tea…smell before buying is all I can suggest…

    Jul 23, 2005 | 9:18 am

     
  4. joey says:

    Ooooh…I am definitely going to Gourdo’s soon! Didn’t know they renovated. I remember going there and wanting to buy a lot of what I saw. The last thing I got was a birthday present for my aunt: adorable coasters in the shape of tsinelas. Hay! You got me excited to visit them again, especially with your description of their baking stuff and their expanded line of dry/bottled/canned items…

    BTW, I got some of that Agrimontana Honey you mentioned in a past post about Bacchus. I found it in Bizu…they also carry Agrimontana honey and preserves as well De Cecco pasta. I got the chestnut honey…very good, strong taste, and great with yogurt!

    Jul 23, 2005 | 4:11 pm

     
  5. schatzli says:

    Am pretty amazed with the food scene in Manila these days, in the good old days it was all just Rustans.

    Maybe when I come back I might as well bring a balikbayan box and fill it with goodies I find there.

    Jul 23, 2005 | 4:25 pm

     
  6. Marketman says:

    Joey, the owners of Bacchus and Bizu are related somehow – ergo the same products on offer… that family must have spectacular meals, don’t you think? Or at least wine and dessert! Schatzli Manila food options are much better these days… you’ll have to buy an ALISBAYAN box instead… not to worry, they have them at Shoemart for a couple of bucks!

    Jul 23, 2005 | 8:02 pm

     
  7. Chiqui says:

    Hi Marketman, your site really IS good. Skunkeye told me about it. I love kitchen stuff so I guess I’ll have to give Gourdo’s another try. The stuff on the shelves looked interesting. Last time I went, big sale and not much left. Other kitchen stores seem sad (ie. Kitchen Exchange). And no one ever has those wine savers — that gadget that pumps air out of the bottle to keep it longer. Not even Santis. Had to order from the US. Of course Bacchus might have them but I didn’t think of them then.

    Aug 9, 2005 | 5:05 pm

     
  8. jen says:

    hello! i only went to gourdo’s once & im amazed by the wide array of wonderful products they sell. a must one-stop shop for a chef, people who love to cook or those who collect kitchen stuff as a hobby. by the way, is gourdo’s offering a cooking or baking class? i’m interested in learning how to cook & bake but most culinary schools are quite expensive. it would a good a idea though for Gourdo’s, a store selling kitchen stuff to also offer cooking classes.

    Aug 27, 2005 | 8:05 pm

     
  9. iza says:

    who is the owner of gourdo’s???

    Mar 7, 2008 | 6:08 pm

     
  10. Susan says:

    Charlene Tieng, the daughter of Wilson Tieng (Solar Entertainment, Seiko Films)–she’s really, really nice, unlike the manager of Living Well (which she owns as well) who’s soooo haughty! This is firsthand info as I tried doing business with her–did with Gourdo’s but not LW.

    Apr 7, 2008 | 6:49 am

     
  11. jessica says:

    are you sure she is the daughter of wilson tieng? not william tieng’s?

    Sep 22, 2008 | 9:49 am

     
  12. arlene says:

    does gourdo’s have any website where i can order some of their products?

    Mar 27, 2009 | 5:14 pm

     
  13. meow says:

    hmmm i’m wondering if they carry silicone muffin pans

    Aug 16, 2009 | 9:59 pm

     
  14. meow says:

    btw i found the URL for gourdo’s site (so strange, though, that they’re using some dns #. they should have a URL for easier recall) http://67.20.78.146/

    Aug 16, 2009 | 10:21 pm

     
 

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