Update July 11, 2012: This restaurant is now closed and moved to BRASSERIE CI COU.

There’s nothing like a hearty breakfast to start your day. 

I’ve been in search of the Best Breakfast in Manila because I’m always looking for places to eat after a good run (more than the usual fast food places). Most of the restaurants still don’t cater to the breakfast crowd and, at best, they only serve breakfast on a Sunday.

Cicou has a daily ala carte buffet breakfast for only P850 (+10% sc) where you can order anything that you want from the menu and as many as you want. This is available from 6am-10.30am daily and extends until 2pm on Sundays.

I like ala carte buffets because the food is not prepared beforehand. They only cook it when you order it. You can also drink as much hot chocolate and cappuccino as you want.

On the Buffet:
There is a small buffet table that serves items that do not require cooking like Chilled Fruit Juices, Assorted Fresh Tropical Fruits, Cereals, Muesli, Milk, Yogurt, Bread and Viennoiserie, Marmalade and Honey.

Benedictine and Cocotte with Hot Chocolate

You can order eggs cooked the way you want it — Sunny Side Up, Scrambled, Soft Boiled, Hard Boiled, Benedictine and Cocotte. We ordered the benedictine with poached egg on a bed of ham and bread with hollandaise sauce on top. We were curious about the Cocotte, so we ordered it. It was a soft boiled “malasado” egg mixed with some butter, which is like egg with creamy soup around it. We liked it. 🙂

Hot Beverages:
The Hot Beverages are drink-all-you-want and you can choose from: Espresso, Cafe Americano, Decaffeinated Coffee, Cafe Latte, Cappuccino, Tea, Herbal Tea, and Hot Chocolate.

The hot chocolate was powder-based and sweet. The cappuccino we ordered was done well.

Egg White Omelet with Everything, Sardines and Tapa on the side 

I chose to have a healthy breakfast (which was my last breakfast before I ran my 42k marathon in Nuvali). The tapa was a bit tough — Tapa King can serve a better Tapa. They might want to get the Angus Beef Tapa of Jam Foods & Co., which foodies raved about during the recent Ultimate Taste Test 4.0.

You can choose from Regular, Egg Whites or Spanish omelet. You can include Ham, Chicken, Sausage, Cheese, Onion, Tomatoes, Fresh Herbs, Mushroom and Eggplant Caviar in your order. 

Longganisa and Bacon with Garlic Rice and Sunny Side Up

I was not able to try the other meat dishes, but they looked decent and yummy.

Just think of anything that you crave for during breakfast, and Cicou would most likely have it. Here is the list of fish, meat and side dishes that you can order:

– Sausages: Pork English Banger, Chicken, Skinless Longganisa
– Hotdog
– Bacon
– Corned Beef
– Beef Tapa
– Tocino
– Sardines
– Daing Bangus
– Hash Brown Potatoes
– Grilled Tomatoes with Herbs
– Sauteed Mushrooms

Steamed, Garlic, Rice Porridge: Sweet or Savory, Oatmeal

Another thing I like about Cicou’s buffet is the option for a cheese plate. 🙂  The choice of cheeses could be improved, though. I only liked the Blue Cheese.

Here are the other options in the Cicou Breakfast Ala Carte Buffet:

SaladMesclun, Carrots, Cucumber, Tomatoes, Onions
Cold CutsSalami, Ham, Lyonner, Chicken
Pancakes with Maple Syrup
French Toast: Brioche, Croissant or Bread
Choice of White Bread, Wheat Bread, Croissant
Choice of Salami, Ham, Lyonner, Chicken, Sausage, Cheese, Fresh Herbs, Mushrooms, Eggplant Caviar, Mesclun, Carrot, Cucumber, Tomatoes, Onions

The best thing about Cicou breakfast is they add an ingredient (like eggplant caviar) or dish that you don’t typically find in any breakfast spread (like cocotte). The Cicou Ala Carte Buffet Breakfast is promising. They just need to improve the assortment for the cheese platter and find the right choice of tapa. This place is ideal for breakfast meetings or if you want to have a lovely breakfast with someone special.

Restaurant Cicou (pronounced see-sue)
Hotel Celeste
Cyrille Soenen Restaurants Inc.
2 San Lorenzo Drive corner A. Arnaiz Avenue
Makati, Metro Manila
Telephone: +632 889-6728
Mobile: +63917 885-8841
Email: [email protected]

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Disclosure: We had a business meeting with OAP’s latest partner — Power MAC Center. I’m not connected with Hotel Celeste, Restaurant Cicou or Cyrille Soenen. Thanks to Joey for the breakfast! 🙂