Intimidated By The French Cuisine? Try These 5 Casual Dining Restaurants In Metro Manila

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Sometimes it can’t be helped that when French cuisine comes to mind, we think about expensive fancy food, elegant restaurant interiors, and a stuffy atmosphere. Well, these five restaurants we’ve rounded up are here to prove that French cuisine can be casual, fun, and within your budget!

Can you guess what these five restaurants are? Here are some clues! One of them replaced the old Cafe Provençal in Shangri-La Plaza four years ago. Another is a French-Spanish fusion restaurant perfect for a night of wine and tapas. There’s even one that hails all the way from Mont Saint-Michel, France!

1. Duck & Buvette

Duck & Buvette took the place of the popular Cafe Provençal when it first opened in 2014. It sure seemed like it had big shoes to fill, especially when you consider how Cafe Provençal was around for 15 amazing years before it closed its doors. But Duck & Buvette made a name for itself and is now one of the go-to French restaurants in the metro!

Photo from Jomarie A.’s looloo review of Duck & Buvette

Just as its name suggests, duck is considered the specialty of this French restaurant. In fact, it should be considered a sin if you dine here without trying the famous Half Crispy Duck Confit. A winner among our looloo app users, Kathleen G. calls it the “star” of their dinner in her looloo review. “Crispy skin with soft, fall off the bone meat inside,” she describes. “Perfectly seasoned and oh so sinfully delicious!”

Photo from Sandra Y.’s looloo review of Duck & Buvette

“This, folks, is the main event–the reason why you come here,” Lizanne S. says in her own review. “Fatty, crispy, tender, this wonderful French viand was amazing. Just make sure you bring hungry friends with you–as it’s kinda hard to finish.”

Up for some sweet relief after finishing the duck confit? Go for the Liége Waffle or the Earl’s Cheesecake, another favorite among looloo reviewers!

Duck & Buvette can be found on the 2/F of the Shangri-La Plaza, EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong.

2. Estée

One of the newest residents of the Poblacion food scene in Makati, Estée is both a cafe and a bar with chic interiors and equally Instagram-ready food. You’ll spot a couple of stars inside Estée but don’t be surprised because estée actually means star in French!

You’ll find a well thought out selection of finger food on their menu, such as the the Gambas and Chorizo Bruschette and the Caviar Pie (yes, you read that right).

Pair those with anything from their wide selection of cocktails and other alcoholic drinks and we promise you, you’ll be good to go!

Estée can be found at 5655 Don Pedro Street corner Jacobo Street, Poblacion, Makati.

3. La Mère Poulard

La Mère Poulard is as French as it can get. Opened all the way back in 1888 in Mont Saint-Michel by Annette and Victor Poulard, La Mère Poulard is known for what eventually became Annette’s specialty, super fluffy, souffle-like omelettes!

Photo from Lizanne S.’ looloo review of La Mère Poulard

Called the Puff Omelettes, there are a handful options available on La Mère Poulard’s menu. In his looloo review, Mr Berchmans B. has this to say about the Bacon Potato Puff Omelette: “Hands down, this was the best omelette I’ve had in my entire life. It literally melts in your mouth. That soft, velvety, rich and creamy beaten egg texture. I’ll never look at having omelette for lunch the same way again.”

If omelettes aren’t your thing, La Mère Poulard also has Normandy creamy rice, main dishes served in signature copper pans, and even set meals!

La Mère Poulard can be found on the 1/F of the SM Aura Premier, McKinley Parkway corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

4. Paris Delice

Paris Delice is what you need if you’re looking for fuss-free, simple French food that can be taken to go. Its menu boasts of a variety of salads, pastas, breads, pastries, and of course, sandwiches that are served in crunchy baguettes! And if you’re wondering just how authentic Paris Delice’s baguettes are, they’re actually shipped all the way from France!

Photo from Robbie C.’s looloo review of Paris Delice

As for the sandwich options, there’s something for everybody on the menu! Bacon fans should definitely get the L’Everest, which is made up of bacon, goat cheese, arugula, and herbes de provence.

Photo from Unisse C.’s looloo review of Paris Delice

Those looking for a meatless option can go for the L’Atlantic, which has smoked salmon, cucumber, onions, and a herb dressing!

Paris Delice can be found at these locations.

5. Tauro Pintxos Wine Bar & Grill

If you still find French cuisine very intimidating, why not pair it off with a more familiar cuisine and go for a fusion restaurant? Here’s one we can suggest to you: Tauro Pintxos Wine Bar & Grill!

Tauro specializes in tapas, but don’t be surprised if you find some French influences on the menu! Tauro takes heavy inspiration from the food of a place in Europe called Basque, which is a region located on the border of Spain and France! So if you’re not in the mood for some tapas to go along with your choice of wine, try the Tauro Creamy Mussels French Style, Bone Marrow with Truffle Salt, or even a platter of assorted cold cuts!

And here’s a tip, if you book a table with the help of our friends from BigDish, you can score up to 35% in discounts! Check out the promo here!

Tauro Pintxos Wine Bar & Grill can be found on the G/F of the Atrium Building, Makati Avenue corner Paseo de Roxas Street, Urdaneta Village, Makati.

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Bella Javier

Bella is a lover of all things sweet, a multi-time winner of the timeless children’s party and icebreaker game, Name That Tune, and a self-proclaimed queen of wishful thinking. A wanderer whose hunger lasts 24/7 and a proud owner of an oldies playlist mixed with songs she can sing fluently but does not understand, she’ll choose neither Edward or Jacob when asked that same old question.