Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Le Bistro D'Agathe - Authentic French Food in Makati

Admit it! When we Filipinos hear the words "French food" or "French restaurant", we form a mental image of a very upscale restaurant, with a snooty waiter and a lot of intimidating, hard-to-pronounce, not to mention expensive, food. There is this fear that we will end up looking as lost and clumsy as Mr. Bean in this infamous scene:

Mr Bean's holiday French restaurant

So when we heard about this French bistro in Makati, we decided to try it. Being a bistro, it was a small, modest restaurant with moderately priced food -- perfect for people like us who wanted to try French food but were a little intimidated. According to some blogs, the chef was very accommodating, which was a bonus.


Taste
We ordered the set dinner meal, which consisted of your choice of appetizer, main course, and dessert. I ordered terrine, lasagna, and apple pie while bf ordered cucumber soup, ox tongue with ravigote sauce, and chocolate mousse.

It was my first time to try terrine. I chose it because it was similar to pâté, which I like. The terrine was a lot bigger than I expected but I had no trouble finishing it because it wasn't too filling or cloying. The lasagna was good, the topmost layer was crustier than the typical lasagna. The cucumber soup was filling and the ox tongue was tender, with the ravigote sauce complementing the tongue's mild flavor. The apple pie was different from my expectation. I was expecting either a pocket pie with a jam-like filling or a thick pie with chunky and still-crunchy apple filling. Le Bistro's apple pie was thin and light.

Le Bistro D'Agathe terrine
terrine
Le Bistro D'Agathe cucumber soup
cucumber soup
Le Bistro D'Agathe lasagna
lasagna

Le Bistro D'Agathe ox tongue with ravigote sauce
ox tongue with ravigote sauce
Le Bistro D'Agathe apple pie tarte tatin
apple pie/Tarte Tatin, pic from Le Bistro's Facebook page


Affordability
My set meal cost P580; bf's was P740. Still pricey for us, but for a French dining place, I guess it was reasonable.


Interiors

Le Bistro D'Agathe
facade, pic taken from Le Bistro's Facebook page

As you can see from the picture, Le Bistro's exterior was very colorful and artsy-fartsy. Inside were lots of paintings so as your tongue feasts on the food, your eyes feast on these colorful artwork. I saw pictures from other blogs and from Le Bistro's Facebook page and those pictures showed different paintings so I guess the paintings are changed regularly, which gives patrons a reason to come back aside from the food.

Le Bistro D'Agathe paintings

Le Bistro D'Agathe paintings

Le Bistro D'Agathe paintings

Le Bistro D'Agathe paintings
my favorite among the paintings that night

The bistro was located in a quiet part of Makati, more of a residential type of area rather than the usual foodie strips. The lighting inside then was soft and warm, accentuated by the candle at the table.

Le Bistro D'Agathe candlelit dinner
candlelit dinner
Le Bistro D'Agathe paintings

Le Bistro D'Agathe chairs and tables


Cleanliness
Good.


Service
The server was attentive. The food arrived quickly and in order one after the other. After appetizer, the used dishes would be removed at once and the main course served. After you finish the main course, the used dishes would again be removed quickly and the dessert would be served. French Chef Patrice Delobbe was also accommodating. After we were handed our menu, he came to our table and explained the dishes one by one. After we were finished, he also asked us if we enjoyed our food. I also saw him signaling to his staff when he saw we were finished with a course and the staff was not nearby.



Le Bistro D'Agathe
1154 Gen Lacuna St. cor Rodriguez Avenue
Bangkal, Makati City, Metro Manila
Facebook page


24 comments:

  1. I just made my own cucumber soup yesterday. But how come yours was filling? What's in the recipe?

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  2. hahaha.. never pa akong nakapunta sa isang restauran.. hanggang toro-toro lang naabutan ko...

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    1. lol you can treat yourself and/or your special someone during a special occasion ;)

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  3. nice review. i like the place, sooo vintage! :)

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  4. Looks like an intersting place. Mght try this when I am in the area.:)

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  5. Aside from the hard-to-pronounce menus, food in french restaurants are known to be elegantly prepared and served not to mention the classy ambiance that's why most people are being intimidated. Looks like Le Bistro is different. I should ask my husband to treat me there.

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  6. When finding a good place to eat, it's like a gem hidden in the outskirts of the city. I love discovering bistros like this. The lasagna looks tasty~

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  7. I love the interiors. The wall decors are so colorful. I love wall art. And the food looks so inviting! ;)

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  8. Bon appetit! I've already tasted or eaten lasagna and the rest are in my wish list... hehehe! It seems the place is cozy and best for a group or company get-together eating spree. But the foods are exorbitant!

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  9. Very nice interiors. I've never visited a place like that. I am getting thrilled with all those pieces of paintings.

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  10. You did a great review of Le Bistro, as you've successfully painted a French restaurant that breaks its usual 'impression'. :) I would just have to say that I'm a little bit iffy with attendants clearing my plates as soon as I'm done with a dish. Hehe.

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  11. Ang astig ng resto design. Parang sosyal ng carinderya sa labas, pero bonnga ang lob. astig

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  12. mmmm... I've never been to a French restaurant.. would have been a modest mother's day treat if we live in Makati!:))

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  13. i like the way you write about this resto - coz eventhough i am not really a fan of french cuisine (bec i have allergy with beef and prefer spicy food), i was engaged in the reading! i am curious about the cucumber soup though.I guess i can handle that!

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  14. Food, arts plus accommodating staff would make a worth dining in!
    Honestly, I've never tried to eat in a French restaurant.
    Hope I can find time to visit this place.

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  15. it is good eat at french resto once in a while the price must be high but the experience and joy of eating is priceless.I like the interior although the outside is not that inviting.

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  16. the food looks great but a little pricey given the venue...

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  17. cute interiors. parang house lang :)
    very home-y.

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  18. I like their interiors. It shows a lot of photographic opportunities for me ahead when we try there soon. Do you recall if they have high-chair for infants?

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    1. Hmm I don't remember seeing any high-chair during our visit. Best to ask them directly though, maybe they have some in their storage area.

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  19. You said good in terms of taste and not much else....hahaha.

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  20. Such a romantic place inside but
    the exterior seems quite uninviting though
    The food looks so delicious and the presentation
    is just OK for me.

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  21. Oh no! Looking at the photo, I immediately recognized this was the place where Fat Michael's used to be in. Same owners pa din ba? Does that mean no more of Fat Michael's delicious steaks?

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    1. Yup Fat Michael's used to occupy the place. I don't think they have the same owners.

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