Having seen the model of Eiffel Tower in Central Square, Bonifacio High Street, would you not want to have a taste of France in your mouth also? We thought so. Listed below are some of the establishments that offer renowned French food in a Parisian ambience. You can find their locations and contact details in our restaurant map here.
[Update May 2018: Much has changed since this article was published in 2016. Unfortunately, Passion Boulangerie at the Net Park, Atelier Vivanda at Forbestown Road and Le Jardin at W Building at 5th have closed since then. Passion Boulangerie's location is now occupied by Vatos, a Korean-tacos place, while Le Jarden has rebranded as James and Daughters at 21st Drive. Another French restaurant, not featured here, L'Aubergine at 5th and 32nd building, one of the earliest fine-dining restaurants in the Fort, has also closed. In the mean time, many Latino restaurants like Alegria, Naxional have opened. A rotation of taste, maybe?]
Who has been to Paris and not tried their crepes? Well, from personal experience, crepes made in this place are better than some of those found in Paris.
If you have not tried the bread in Lartizan, you have missed out on one of the best French bakery in Metro Manila. The restaurant's ambience is intimate and classy, very suitable for dates and small group gathering. Their dessert platter, at P295 and includes macaroons and tarts, is a must-try and best value item.
A new comer to the French bakery scene in Fort Bonifacio, Passion Boulangerie is undoubtedly the one that offers the biggest variety of European food amongst the eating places listed here. There are so many different pastries and desserts, and all of them look so mouth watering that it is a feast for the eyes before you start eating.
It is a French bakery that also serves meals. It has a decent selection of pastries, mainly made with flaky pastries, such as plain croissants, chocolate croissants and pastries with other fillings. Its pastries are priced from P80 per piece, while a chicken sandwich costs P240.
This newly opened fine-dining French restaurant is a place for beef imported from France. Its main fame comes from the head chef and co-owner, who is a Michelin 2-star chef, named Akrame Benallal. It is a place you go to for special occasions. Its 50-day dry-aged Holstein beef steak costs a whopping P7,500.
Penthouse, W Fifth Avenue Building, 5th Avenue Corner 32nd Street
Le Jardin is a fine-dining restaurant hidden in the penthouse of an office building. Because of building regulations, you will not see its sign at the ground floor or any where outside the building. Recently (in 2016), they have opened a small coffee stall at the ground floor lobby, so it is a good way to increase its visibility and help to sustain the business.
You can get your fill of goose or duck liver, truffle, snails and scallops, presented in degustation style, in this garden-themed restaurant.