December 09, 2013
CHAMPÊTRE is an authentic French restaurant owned by the family of French Chef Marc Aubry. Formerly known as "Je Suis Gourmand" when he initially ran the resto with some partners, it's one of the best authentic restaurants in Manila loved by both Filipinos and French alike. :)
(Related Blog Post: Aidan's Je Suis Gourmand Birthday Dinner)
The ambiance and the food is inspired by its name, which means "Country Living". It has that down-to-earth feel and has consistenty served good French food over the years.
I was invited as a guest by Philip Abadicio on his show "Philip, Lifestyle Guy" to have a nice French Dinner in Manila, with wine pairing designed by Chef Marc himself.
You are greeted by a mini-deli setup and warm golden lighting upon entering.
WINE MENU: White and Red Wines
They have a good selection of French Wines.
We started the meal with a fruity sweet Vouvray white wine. Very refreshing and a great way to start the meal.
The Foie Gras terrine, made into a pate, is spread on top of the baguette and best eaten with the fresh greens.
A nice, simple salad with French blue cheese, boiled eggs, walnuts, and bacon.
I love the classic way of serving this dish, with a light creamy sauce with white wine.
✮ COTE DU RHONE: LES QUARTZ 2009 [grenache, syrah] (P2,700)
Deep red color with dark violet reflecs. Aromas of dark fruits, cinnamon and vanilla. Full and silky in the mouth, accompanied by complex retro nasal of cherry, berries, licorice, cinnamon and nutmeg.
I love the full taste and silkiness of this red wine from Southern Rhone.
The lamb is just perfectly cooked medium without the malansa taste. I like the light cream sauce and the al dente risotto.
I also like this traditional French chicken dish using Pamora Farm's organic chicken.
PRE-DESSERT: CHEESE PLATE
I personally like the Roquefort (French blue cheese), the goat cheese, and the French brie cheese.
A fruity dark red wine to pair with the cheese.
When Fresh strawberries are in season, Chef Marc likes creating this rich dessert.
✮ VOUVRAY: BRUT METHODE TRADITIONELLE [chenin blanc] (P2,050)
Pale wine with honey and quince, accentuated by lovely green and grassy notes. Fresh and delicate flavors but robust in the mouth. Has appealing bubbles that play with the palate.
I enjoyed this dessert better -- imagine a crisp tart with the flavors of green apple, caramel, and grand marnier ice cream. :)
I've always been a fan Chef Marc Aubry's authentic French cuisine and it's great that his food has been consistent over the years. I love the new CHAMPÊTRE brand compared the old Je Suis Gourmand because of its more down-to-earth and welcoming vibe.
I recommend the French Bouchot Mussels Mariniere Style, Grilled US Lamb Chops, Coq-au-Vin, and Warm Thin Apple Tart. I also like the Vouvray: Demi Sec-Cuvee Fondreaux 2011 and the Cote Du Rhone: Les Quartz 2009.
Price is a bit on the high side because of its BGC location. Budget at around P2,000/head with wine.
CHAMPÊTRE Boutique & Restaurant
Ground Floor, Net One Center, 26th St. corner 3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, 1634 Taguig
Operating Hours: Monday - Saturday: 11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Telephone: +632 815-8801 / 815-8802
Facebook: Champetre Boutique & Restaurant
Live an Awesome Life,
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