Dine Like The French Do On March 21 At Any One Of The 5 Loveliest French Restaurants In Manila
March 21 is Goût de France or Good France (#GoutDeFrance and #GoodFrance)—the biggest dinner in the world. Eighteen chefs from the Philippines join 3,000 others across five continents for this monumental event that celebrates French gastronomy. Launched in 2015 by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and celebrated French chef Alain Ducasse, the concept is inspired by Auguste Escoffier’s Epicurean Dinners: to serve the same menu, on the same day, in several cities, for as many guests as possible.
Make sure to book a table for March 21 at any of the following standout French restaurants—each with its own charm and culinary style—for a special dinner that showcases French food at its finest.
Le Bistro d’Agathe
This typical French bistro run is a simple, casual spot to enjoy homemade French food with wine. For Goût de France, Chef Michel Herbert created a menu of classic French country dishes with Filipino touches, starting with Veloutés Courge et Brocolis or creamy pumpkin and broccoli soup served with country bread. The main course is Roti de Porc, glazed pork tenderloin cooked in fresh mango. A platter of Normandy cheeses is followed by a tropical-inspired iced dessert with mango and pineapple. At P1,500 per person, the menu comes with a glass of white Bordeaux, red Côte de Rhône, coffee, aperitif drinks, plus a 10% service charge.1154a Rodriguez corner Lacuna Streets, Bangkal, Makati City, (0947) 519-2148, FB: Le Bistro D’Agathe
Elbert’s Steak Room
Chef Victor Magsaysay, who trained and worked in France for many years, takes over the kitchen at the exclusive Elbert’s Steak Room for a menu that brings together his love for Philippine local ingredients and French classic techniques. The six-course dinner starts with Fermented Carabao Meat, Kesong Puti, and Buttermilk Toast, followed by a salad of Bihud Mijote with Native Tomatoes, Mustasa, Pako, Eggs. After a Trou des Iles, Don Papa, Coconut, Mint Sorbet, the main course features Grilled Steak with Burro of Mussels and Boiled Native Vegetables. Cheese and dessert involve Tarte de Fromage Française and Auro Davao Chocolate Mousse with Zambales Mango. The menu costs P3,500 per person.3A Sagittarius III, 111 HV dela Costa St., Makati City, (02) 519-8665, http://www.steakroom.com
L’entrecôte Corner Bar and Bistro
Known for his classic European fare, and bestselling Steak and French Fries, Chef Martin Kaspar put together a menu of French classics, with wine pairings, for Goût de France. His appetizer is Foie Gras with Forest Mushroom in Filo with Golden Calvados Apple and Port Wine Jus paired with a Château La Graviere 2016, Bordeaux. The main course is Roasted Rack of Lamb with condiments of mustard and chives, baby potatoes, and French beans accompanied by a Clarendelle 2013, Bordeaux. A serving of Brie Fritters and Black Currant Chutney comes next, followed by a Lemon Tart. The dinner is also made possible by AWC Philippines and goes for P2,500 net per person.Unit A Bellagio II Burgos Circle, Forbes Town Center, Bonifacio Global City, (02) 856-4858
Tucked away in a residential area of Quezon City, Lemuria consistently tops the list as Manila’s “Most Romantic Restaurant” with its courtyard garden and Mediterranean-style menu. For Goût de France, Chef Kevin Endaya created a menu that introduces local ingredients in a French setting. The starter is Adlai Risotto with Wild Mushrooms topped with pan-seared flounder and beurre blanc. The main is Organic Pamora Farm Chicken in Red Wine with Shimeji Mushrooms, followed by Etag (cured, smoked pork from the Mountain Province) and Shallots served with silky potato purée. To end, Chef Kevin serves Brie de Meaux with warm Baguio strawberry compote, and for dessert, Ube Crème Caramel with Pinipig tuile topped with fresh fruits and Champagne and coconut cream sabayon. This special menu goes for P2,000++ per person.5 Julieta Circle, Horseshoe Village, Quezon City, (02) 723-7139, http://www.lemuria.com.ph
Maria Luisa’s Garden Room
In this members-only restaurant inside the Makati Garden Club, Chef Robert Lilja creates his take on French classics with Scandinavian and Asian touches. On March 21, Chef Lilja serves an appetizer of Fresh Chicken Liver Crostini with Rosemary and Pomegranate, followed by Grilled Norwegian Salmon with Red Thai Curry Sauce, and a cheese course of Baked Brie with Honey and Walnuts. Dessert is the classic Orange Crêpe Suzette. The menu goes for P1,500 per person, including Pinot Noir wine.Makati Garden Club, Recoletos Street, Barangay Urdaneta, Makati City, (02) 552-7051, 552-7045, (0917) 877-7892
Sagana Epicerie & Bistro
Fresh mango feuillete´ with Don Papa rum cream at Sagana
Just opened late last year, Sagana champions local organic ingredients prepared by the expert hands of French chef Marc Aubry. For Goût de France, Chef Marc’s five-course dinner starts with Coriander and Pumpkin Flan with Sautéed Philippine Scallops and Saffron Butter, then Beef Chuck Terrine with Vegetables, Xérès Vinegar, Spices. The main is Roasted Lamb Loin filled with Mini Ratatouille and served with Lyonnaise potatoes and a red wine black olive sauce. The meal ends with a Warm Livarot Cheese and Leek Tart with Salad, and Fresh Mango and Don Papa Rum Cream Mille-Feuilles, with coffee or tea, all for just P1,800++ per person.G/F Net One Building, 26th Street corner 3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, (02) 815-8801, 815-8802, (0917) 632-7946, FB: Sagana Epicerie and Bistro