La Cuisine Francaise
La Cuisine Francaise by Michele d' Orival first got its cult foodie following when it opened in the Salcedo Saturday Market. Also, every time it joined foodie events like Pink Kitchen, foodies raved about the homemade French cuisine. Finally, its French Deli/Restaurant was set up in Salcedo Village, directly across Apartment 1B. It is refreshing to see good and reliable French food available everyday (even on Sunday) and as late as 12mn for dine in or take out in the heart of Makati.
I liked the ambiance, which was welcoming (instead of intimidating). Even the waiters, servers and guards were very accommodating. They have been trained very well to provide a pleasant experience.
The fresh bouquet of roses on every table and mini-tree at the center of the restaurant added to the homey atmosphere.
This was a comforting serving of French Onion Soup with Mozzarella in a huge soup bowl -- good to share.
A simple dish with roasted chicken, which was soft, juicy and tasty. The Aioli Sauce (made from garlic, butter and saffron) made this dish interesting, with the tomatoes and garlic on the sides. This is one of their bestsellers.
We had a hard time choosing the second dish because Rache had certain food preferences. We decided to order the seafood Bouillabaisse, expecting the usual creamy sauce with seafood served in Barrio Fiesta. The seafood was just OK. I was hoping the shrimp would have a bit more crunch and the fish meat to be juicy. The soup broth itself is not something you would be enticed to finish to the last drop.
We loved the combination of flavors -- the Strawberry and Mango sweet, tangy sauce went well with the ice cream with its different nuts (ginger pistachios, almonds) and a fig/preserved kind of fruit. An interesting dessert to try late at night after a dinner in Makati.
Some people swear by La Cuisine Francaise's apple pie, saying that it induces an eye-rolling-you-don't-know-what-happened-to-you feeling because of its goodness.
You can order food for take out anytime from the Deli.
Next time, we will try the different sausages and pate selection.
No doubt, this place will be a favorite hangout of foodies and romantics in the Makati Area. :)
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