Tuesday, March 12, 2013
My friends Kathy and Jenny treated us for their birthday at Brasserie CiÇou in Greenhills. Since I enjoyed my last meal there I was eager to try something new.
When you eat at CiÇou make sure you go there hungry since I guarantee you will gorge on their hot crusty rolls which are probably the best free bread in Manila's restaurant scene.
The baked oysters were creamy, cheezy and delicious. But the baked oysters of Lolo Dad's Cafe were just better.
baked oysters P490 (6 pcs)
I wish the vinaigrette was tossed evenly on the greens. My first bite of lettuce was all vinegar and super sour. The next was super salty and the succeeding were just right.
nicoise salad P580
The brought out the whole baked chicken for us to see then brought it back to the kitchen to cut it up into bite sized portions. There were 10 of us and we just had the chicken and beef to share. It was more than enough with some left overs.
rustic style baked chicken P1,400
The taste of the chicken was just okay for me. The white meat was very tender and juicy which I appreciated.
The chunks of US Angus beef were tender enough but the sauce still had a very strong taste from the red wine. I felt the red wine wasn't simmered long enough in the beginning of the braising to lose the aggressive flavor. Again this dish was just okay for me. Both entrees didn't blow me away.
le boeuf bourguignon P1,500
I suggested ordering my favorite pasta for our sides and it was a big hit. You can never go wrong with pasta, cream sauce, bacon and Parmesan cheese.
You can safely order coffee here. You can't go wrong with Lavazza coffee.
While I wasn't that thrilled with the main course I was very happy with the desserts which we all shared. A bite or two of each and I was quite satisfied and happy.
The kougin amann (kween a-mon) was as big as a donut and as flaky as a croissant/puff pastry with caramelized sweetness in between it's numerous layers. Their version was just as good if not a tad better than the one that Gourmet Finds makes.
If you order this and the next dessert I suggest you set aside the ice cream or else the pastry will get soggy and you won't enjoy it to it's ideal texture.
kouign amann with salted caramel ice cream P310
I also loved the crisp puff pastry filled with poached pear.
poached pear in red wine in puff pastry with pistachio paste & vanilla ice cream P250
The apple tarte tatin was a bit too tart for my taste.
apple tarte tatin P250
They gave the birthday girls free dessert which was really, really yummy. It was similar to panna cotta with a fruit jelly like topping. They should sell this dessert!! Thanks for dinner Kathy and Jenny.
menu (click to enlarge)
57 Annapolis St., Greenhills, San Juan.
telephone: 661-9200, 0917-885-8841