Delicious Brunch at La Girolle5:58 PM
Last Sunday my family and I had brunch at La Girolle before setting off for the Mind Museum.
La Girolle is a French restaurant by Chef Ian Padilla. It means "the chanterelle," a type of mushroom memorable to Chef Ian. The restaurant is hidden away in an office building at the The Fort. There's no signage, and the entrance is a bit hard to find.
Having opened just last October, La Girolle is on the second floor, at the end of a long hallway.
The restaurant is small and holds only about 30 people.
There's a fine view of the kitchen.
You may want to sit at the "chef's table," which is directly in front of the kitchen. I prefer a more quiet corner.
But my niece loved watching the chefs cook.
There's also a private conference-type room. The menu is written on the wall. ^__^ It changes every few weeks.
We got a window table for good light. The rest of the restaurant was dark, even at noon.
The Sunday brunch menu looks like something I could have made in Microsoft Word in the sixth grade. But the food itself? IS DELICIOUS.
We had a tasting menu before the main courses. My mom calls it "the buffet" haha, because you can order as much as you want.
Amaaaaazing cheese, meat, and fruit platter. We consumed two of these! The cold cuts were delicious with the cheeses. The fruits were fresh and sweet. Perfect start to brunch.
This mackarel tartare is TO DIE FOR. Spicy and cold and SO GOOD with either the bread or the salad they served.
Some sort of mushroom salad that was largely ignored because HELLO THERE IS YUMMY MACKAREL TARTARE.
For the main course, I ordered the Eggs Benedict with spinach. My sister had it with ham, as pictured in the banner. (I tasted both and preferred the spinach, though both were kind of bland.) Servings are generous.
I had a taste of my mother's buttermilk pancakes as well. I like the consistency and thickness of their pancakes (not so fluffy), but the syrup is off. It's like panutcha -- great with suman, kind of icky with pancakes.
So if you're going to try La Girolle, go for the tasting menu. Below are two more reasons why!
THIS CHOCOLATE MOUSSE. So rich and decadent! And still part of the tasting menu!
JUST LOOK AT THIS BEAUTY
Made me wish I hadn't eaten so much of the other dishes, so I could EAT MORE CHOCOLATE MOUSSE. Tip: For those who find it too rich, try mixing the cream with the mousse.
There were also some light and sweet mango puff tarts.
Perfect end to a meal.
Despite being open for less than a year, La Girolle was awarded one of Esquire Philippines' Best Restaurants of 2012.
La Girolle is located at the 2nd Floor Bleu Sapphire Building, 30th Street corner 2nd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. You can call for reservations at 478-4119. (They accept walk-ins but it's always better to reserve, so they can prepare your food and serve it faster.) They are open for lunch and dinner on weekdays, dinner on Saturdays, and brunch on Sundays.