We’ve been eating out a lot lately. Blame it on the fact that I have a long list of restaurants I’d like to try out before 2011 closes. I know I am already writing a lot about food as it is, but the Manila resto landscape seems to changing and ever-expanding that it’s hard to keep tabs on the developments.
Anyway, the past week saw me and hubby scouting for furniture and knick-knacks in Bangkal, Makati City.If you don’t know Bangkal, this area is best known as a haven for second-hand car parts, thrift shops and flea market finds. We had a great time touring the shops and when it was time to eat, the newly-opened Le Bistro d’Agathe was on the agenda. There seemed to be no other fine dining restaurant in this side of town otherwise.
Le Bistro d’Agathe occupies the former space left by the famous Fat Michael’s.It is actually a modest apartment converted into a dining establishment. It’s a wise move on the part of the French owner and chef Patrice to move here (from Puerto Galera) since mall rentals are astronomical.As a result of lower overhead, he is able to pass on a reasonable cost of dining to his customers.
So yes, an enjoyable French set meal at the bistro will only set you off P580 net. This already includes the choice of appetizer or soup, the main course and dessert.
For my hors d’ouevre, I chose the terrine dish and didn’t quite know what to expect.The serving was more ample than I thought and I even had to share it with my mate. The terrine at Le Bistro is a meatloaf of chopped pork liver, onions and other ingredients. Am not a big fan of liver but the dish was seasoned just right and had none of the aftertaste that I dread with (okay….) liver! 😀
Our tummy-warmer was this chunky tomato cream soup that hardly tasted like it came from a commercial foil pack. A good one since I can actually taste bits of the lycopene-rich tomatoes 🙂
Hubs had the chicken with mustard cream sauce but I thought I ordered the better dish, the beef stroganoff with mushrooms and baby potatoes. This is simply one of the best I tasted of this dish and I certainly wiped my plate clean of the delicious sauce! I just wish the beef was a little bit more tender.
Le Bistro d’Agathe’s menu is very lean and the other choices for the mains are the quiche lorraine, ox tongue with ravigote sauce, pepper steak with pan-fried potatoes and blue marlin fish with lemon butter sauce. They also have lasagna, spaghetti carbonara and bolognese.
For our meal ender, we alternated between –
Creme caramel. Be warned: if you’re used to the rich taste of leche flan, you’ll find this one mildly-flavored. But then again, this is probably how the French prefer it 😀
The French apple pie was something I liked, a sheet that consisted of the crust, cream and apple slices. It was flat, thin and just had the right taste. Most importantly, it went well with the house’s perfectly brewed coffee.
Chef Patrice posing beside a set of paintings by a Filipino artist that adorn the walls. We hope he opens his bakery soon. I heard the chef makes French baguette and pain au chocolat “just like what you would taste in Paris.” If that happens, aren’t we lucky?
1154 A Lacuna st., cor Rodriguez Avenue.
Bangkal, Makati City Philippines
Mon-Sat : 11:30 am-3 pm; 5 pm-10pm
Closed on Sundays
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