BRASSERIE CICOU: Best Family-Friendly French Bistro in Manila!
I'm quite hesitant to eat in French restos in Manila when I'm with my family because they usually have that snooty stigma. Plus, they alway come with big price tags that sometimes don't match the yumminess of the food.
Brasserie Cicou has changed that for me by offering an affordable and yummy menu, a homey ambiance and, best of all, a play area section for kids!
Here is a look at Cicou and some of our recommendations...
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The menu is simple, and the servers are pleasantly helpful with your order.
Brasserie Ci Cou Menu:
- Les Snacks, Les OEufs, Soups, Appetizers, Salads et Sandwiches, Little Gourmet
- Les Pates, Main Course, Les Garnishes, Les Speciales, Pour La Famille
- Desserts, Sweet Wine, Champagne/Petillant/Sparking, Liquor, Hot Drinks, Mignardises
- 3-course set menu (changes daily)
Unfortunately, the place does not have a private function room, except for the high chair dining area in the corner, which is more appropriate for the wine-drinking crowd.
(We just found it quite hard to get the boys to eat when they were already playing.)
I would recommend the fresh salads served with their own vinaigrette. You can order a bigger serving to share with a group of 4-5 people.
We didn't expect the quiche to be served with a salad topping and a simple vinaigrette oil dressing.
Although there is a little gourmet section for kids in the menu, we prefer to order food that everyone in the family would like. This mini-macaroni was super good because of the truffle oil surprise complementing the mushroom flavor.
Given a choice of Pork, Beef and Lamb, we usually go for the healthier option, which is lamb. Also, the Braised Lamb Shank is a dish that we enjoy in almost any French resto we visit, so this has become our basis of comparison.
How does Cicou's version stack up? Well, we were impressed with the overall flavor and how soft and juicy it was. Rache even got the yummy membranes inside the shank. We enjoyed this dish even without rice.
The salmon was also good. It had the right juiciness and was seared well. I particularly enjoyed the eggplant zucchini salad in olive oil as a partner to the salmon.
The olive oil or the vinaigrette they use is really flavorful; I hope they would consider selling it. :)
I just love it when a good meal is concluded with an awesome signature dessert. A lot of foodies raved about this caramelized cinnamon roll with caramel sauce and home-made ice cream on top. Although I found it a bit too sweet, I still couldn't resist its charms. Masarap and good to share. :)
You could also opt to try the the unique flavors of macaron as dessert for the kids. :)
This family-friendly brasserie (with a dedicated play area) is certainly a pleasant surprise for a French resto. We love the mini-macaroni, the lamb shank and their signature Kouing Aman dessert.
For families like us, this is simply the best French bistro in the neighborhood. :)
Thank you to Chef Cyrille for changing your resto concept to a homey, country-type French brasserie with affordable prices. :) Congrats!
57 Annapolis St. Greenhills, San Juan
(Beside Istituto Culinario and Montessori School)
Telephone: +632 661-9200
Mobile: +63 917 885-8841
Tuesday Dinner: 3.00 pm-10.00 pm
Wednesday to Saturday: 12.00 nn to 10.00 pm
Sunday, Brunch to Dinner: 10.30am to 10.00pm
★ - Highly Recommended.
Best French Restos in Manila:
- Cicou @ Celeste and Cicou Ala Carte Buffet Power Breakfast (now Brasserie Cicou)
- Chef Alain Raye's La Regalade in Manila!
- La Cuisine Francaise
- Le Bistro d'Agathe - Puerto Galera's Famous French Bistro replaces Fat Michael's
- Aidan's Je Suis Gourmand Birthday Dinner (now renamed to Champêtre)
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