This Philippine Gourmet Grocer Is One of the Best Discoveries We Made This Year
It’s hard to find truly high-quality food in supermarkets. When you ask any discerning chef in Manila, they’d tell you they get many of their ingredients directly from the source, and not from their local groceries or supermarkets
Gerald.ph, an online grocer, supplies gourmet food and ingredients to chefs and homecooks, is dedicated to providing quality and curated goods to your home, just like the ones you would eat at fine dining restaurants.
“Sometimes, what you order online is deceiving and frustrating because of the affected quality of the product when it arrives at your home,” says Gerald Egasse, the French founder of Gerald.ph.
“What we really tried to do is to provide a unique online, growth, grocery experience. We offer a very broad and very wide selection of curated products, not only for special occasions.”
Whole Duck Liver
Presliced Smoked Salmon Fillet
Salmon Fillet Portions
Duck Liver Slices
Leg of Lamb
Some of these “curated” gourmet products include beef bourguignon, smoked salmon, and salmon fillet portions. There are also duck confit, duck liver slices, and leg of lamb, which are also their bestsellers. They also have sliced mango halves freshly packed and frozen all the way from the mango plantations of Mindanao.
How Gerald.PH Ensures Gourmet-Quality Meats
According to Egasse, the secret to their quality meats is how they are frozen. He cites salmon meat available in major supermarkets. These salmon don’t taste as fresh as those served abroad because they are frozen, defrosted, and frozen repeatedly as they are transported from the source, to the trader, to the supermarkets, and then to your home.
Gerald.PH only selects salmon that were frozen at the site of origin, and remains frozen until you need to thaw it at home.
Ready-to-Bake Butter Croissants
Ready-to-Bake Chocolate Croissants
Traditional French Beef Bourguignon
Sous Vide Duck Breasts
“Freezing should be done at the origin, right after the salmon is killed and filleted,” said Egasse. The grocer only works with suppliers who can ensure their meats remain in deep freeze at all stages of storage transportation. Even Gerald.PH has its own frozen storage facility in Manila, which is kept at a constant temperature of -20 degrees Celsius.
They also don’t rely on third-party couriers in delivering their meats. Gerald.PH has its own fleet of cold storage vans to deliver goods at your door. That’s why when you thaw their meats, they always have a fresh taste and texture.
Frozen French Meals Under P500
One of the most thoughtful things about Gerald.PH is how it wants customers to experience the freshest dishes, even with its pastries. It offers frozen croissants dough that can be popped into the oven for a couple of minutes. When they come out, you’ll have that crisp and flaky exterior.
Frozen ready French meals are also on the menu. Aside from the traditional French beef bourguignon, they also have coq au vin, duck confit, Duck à L'Orange (orange duck), blanquette de veau (French veal stew), all under P500.
Duck à L'Orange (Orange Duck)
You may order healthy and affordable gourmet food at Gerald.ph through their website.