Never mind that the proprietor chef harnessed experience in far-flung parts of Europe. Never mind that he knew his focus in life early on, learning primarily from New England Culinary Institute. Never mind that he works like a perfectionist and expects nothing less from his peers and employees. What we should mind, it seems, is the stunning food you could come across eating in La Girolle. And true to its name, quite a lot of mushrooms!
Access to this restaurant makes it unbeknownst to passers-by. With no sign at eye level or obvious directions, this restaurant was made to be ostensible only to food-hunters.
This was in direct contrast to the sophisticated panache of the Tartare of Australian Lamb Loin. The meat was luscious and well-seasoned, with hints of olive and rosemary. Its quality was not masked by the tomato confit, cocktail vegetables and egg that lay on top. My only misgiving was that the meat was not minced too finely, and I, at one point, ate a substantial portion of the rubbery raw meat.
What else it there to say about this next starter but perfection? Mushrooms, ravioli, foie gras, oxtail jus…… Simply rich, earthy and tasty.
Their best-seller, the Braised Lamb Shank, was good and couldn’t have been more French than how it tasted. It was presented with the lamb jus poured by the attendant in a very careful manner. The strong ubiquitous taste of aromatic spices infused the tender portions of the meat. I found it a tad oily, though, and if it were to be so, I’d have much prefer it to be the slightly crunchy portions of my friend’s Confit of Lamb Shoulder. The latter was truly a magnificent dish.
Never to miss dessert, I opted for the custard-based Pot de Crème. It was anticlimactic, as its simple taste did not compare to the complexity of the savory dishes.
All in all, La Girolle has great potential to be the go-to in fancy French cuisine. Though it may break the bank (tasting menu - P3,000+, four courses - P2,000+, three courses - P1,750+; all served with amuse bouche, sorbet, coffee/tea), you see that no effort has been spared in preparing the dishes with passion and precision. But don’t take my word for it. Go try and see for yourself!
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2/F, Blue Sapphire Bldg., 2nd Ave cor 30th St.,
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
M, T, W, Th, F: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
M, T, W, Th, F, Sa: 7:00 pm - 12:00mn