I have an affection towards French food, so when I saw this “delightful” restaurant as I drove by Makati Ave., I promised myself I would come back.
I first actually knew about PARIS delice when I read about them in a magazine while I was on a plane heading back to Manila. The thought of an authentic French fare excited me, so much so when I was finally able to come back 🙂
It was around 4 in the afternoon when the boyfriend and I decided to have merienda there.
I wanted to order everything I saw 😛 But as they say, “A moment on your lips, forever on your hips.” I withdrew and ordered only what our stomach and wallet would allow.
This is what the boyfriend had. He said he wanted something healthy, so healthy was what he got. Unfortunately, we were not informed that the sandwich was going to be served cold. I believe a lot of Filipinos are not used to eating cold sandwich (I know I’m not) so we had to ask them to warm this up in the oven.
I’m not a fan of healthy sandwiches either. So what you see is what you get with this one. The baguette was rather hard to bite on though.
I am not a fan of healthy sandwiches, because I prefer sandwiches such as this; butter, cheese, fried–in short, heartstopper 😛 Croque Monsieur is one of my favorite French foods, breakfast food for that matter. It’s one of those rare occasions I can enjoy eating ham, considering I am not a fan of ham either. The other Croque Monsieurs I’ve tried had more of that delicious gooey cheese sauce on top. Perhaps Paris Delice‘ was trying to stick to their health concept, hence, the scarcity on the cheese sauce. Nevertheless, their Croque Monsieur was very good. The toasts were baked to perfection, creating a crusty exterior and soft, flavorful center. It was love at first bite.
Dark chocolate ganache, coffee butter cream and Joconde biscuit.
The famous French pastry was first paid tribute to the prima ballerinas, “les petits rats de l’opera” in 1955. Sad to say, but this Opera sang melancholy. It was, unfortunately, hard and dry 😦 Perhaps I should have asked them to slightly warm this as well.
What their Opera lacked, their French macaron well compensated. This must be one of the best French macarons I have tasted in Manila! The almond meringue discs were neither too delicate nor too hard. The pistachio filling was neither too sweet nor too buttery. It was exquisite (say it in a French accent! :P)! J’ai adore! ❤
I cannot recall the coffee they use at Paris Delice (as I am making this review from memory), but I remember looking it up on the internet the moment I got home, and I remember it was a brand from Canada (no, it wasn’t Tim Horton’s), which was surprising because I thought their coffee would also come from France. Their Cafe Moccha was sooo strong! It instantly gave me a palpitation, that I ended up giving it to the homeless outside
I had a wonderful experience overall 🙂 Their restaurant actually looks like a cafe, with regard to size and appearance. If you plan to drop by, you’ll notice there are also French customers there. And usually, when a restaurant hosts a number of foreigners coming from the country of that restaurant’s cuisine, the food is said to be good and authentic.
Paris Delice is a lovely place to hang out with friends, have a date, hold business meetings, especially because they have free WiFi there.
Overall, I give PARIS delice 4 out of 5 spoons 🙂
If you want to see photos of how it looks like, you may visit their facebook page.
1 Juno St. cor. Makati Ave.
Open on Monday to Sunday, 7AM-10PM
Food blogs/ reviews are primarily created to inform others, most often than not, of must-try dining establishments. But in my book (or website), the must-skip or don’t-bother type of restaurants are also blogworthy, for the same reason–for awareness’ sake.
So the other night, my good friend & I had dinner at Resorts World. And because I love French food & all things French, I suggested that we ate at BEURRE BLANC.
To start off, we were given a basket of:
This baguette was cold & stale. Consumption of this was impossible to even the most desperately hungry.
Then I had:
I have made Prawn Bisque from scratch at home, & believe me, very hard is an understatement. From then on, I had a different & better appreciation of it. So when I saw this in the menu, considering the interesting melange with tomato & pesto, I had to order it. After my first spoonful, I was dismally regretful for having ordered what tasted like canned soup. It would have been better if they did not incorporate the tomato nor pesto anymore, and that would have tasted much better. The prawn essence was unabashedly wrecked. But I continued to have it anyway. I didn’t want my P175 to go to waste. And after several sips over relentless pieces of advice on love & life, the bisque began to grew on me. So this might be favorable to others. After all, Filipinos tend to appreciate creamy soups more than the consomme type.
For my main, I ordered:
I remember having Duck Confit at Je Suis Gourmand before & somebody suggested I try it. Unfortunately, at that time, I had no knowledge of how it was cooked. Therefore, when my Duck Confit arrived, I foolishly compared it with fried chicken. After having been able to cook it during our poultry day in one of my classes at Center for Asian Culinary Studies, like with the Prawn Bisque, I had a better appreciation of it.
Duck, having red meat, can be tough to chew, if not cooked properly. So because of that, Duck Confit is cooked by being simmered in its fat for hours in order to obtain that tenderness & rich flavor. Very deadly, if you ask me! Haha! 😛
So the minute my entree arrived, I sliced it with much effort & was dismayed to see how hard the meat was. To make it worse, the cranberry marinate on the duck tasted awkward. Needless to say, I only had about 3 slices & then I stopped eating. I should have taken it home & fed it to my dog. But then again, he might have spat it out too.
My friend offered that I try her main, which was:
One of my favorite fishes & dishes of all time! This would surely be a homerunner, I thought. But, I thought wrong. The fish, itself, was delightful, but the sauce was something that was very familiar.. It tasted like my uncle’s helper’s cooking. It tasted unsophisticated & prosaic.
For out last attempt, we had:
Another justification to the saying, “Save the best for last”. This was the best, among all the dishes we had. Though there was nothing fancy about this. It was basically just grilled prawns with the usual starch accompaniment of baked potato & assorted vegetables. I love grilled prawns, especially because of the smokiness contrasted with its sweet & savory flavor altogether.
Overall, I give Beurre Blanc 2 out of 5 stars, for the secluded dining area, the courteous & prompt staff & the Grilled Tiger Prawns. Would I recommend this to my family/ friends? No.
My son, influenced by the game, Restaurant Story, asked me the other day to make French Toast for merienda 🙂 We didn’t have wheat bread on hand & had left-over Pan de Sal, so I used that instead! 😛 After researching on how to make French Toast, I combined some of the ingredients I remembered from the different recipes & concocted my own! 😉 Here’s what I came up with:
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup cream
- 1 whole egg
- 1T honey
- 1t cinnamon powder
- a dash of nutmeg
- a drop or two of vanilla
- unsalted butter
- Pan de Sal
- maple syrup
- Combine first 6 ingredients & mix well.
- Slice Pan de Sal in half & coat with milk mixture on both sides.
- Melt butter on a pan & fry both sides of the coated Pan de Sal until golden brown.
- Drizzle with maple syrup & serve.