“Duo means a combination of two… it’s a combination of excellent food and impeccable service, to provide you the perfect dining experience in a comfortable setting…. From great food service to celebrated wines, with a team of seasoned and courteous staff, Duo offers an unmatched dining experience… Larry Cortez and Chef Mauro Arjona Jr. “
Literally this is French Corner in Serendra. Way before Duo opened, rumor has it that Billy King’s protégé decided to start a Serendra restaurant. Expect the same level of food quality in their French cuisine but this time I must admit that the service was friendly and accommodating. Don’t be intimidated by the vest and tie wearing waiters, they are ready to serve you. There are a lot of artsy fartsy effects on the wall and most of them are for sale. The photo above is a ceiling painting that gives a French ambiance and entices you to drink some wines. You might be intimidated to eat here because of the prices of the food and the “expat” crowd that it attracts, but reserve this for special occasions.
I love the baked sole that I ordered and the “gone-in-a-minute” Duo Surprise dessert. The Fish and Meat that we ordered tasted ordinary though and in fact, my wife was complaining that the Fish tasted like Mc Donald’s fish fillet. I can’t believe it at first, but when I tasted the fish, I felt like somebody stole the Mc Donald’s fish fillet recipe. The steak was tender with the perfect sauce, but we should have ordered the Surf and Turf instead. I’m hoping to go back to get a full taste of a 4 course meal.
Lastly, the place is a little crowded and far from the luxury in space that French Corner offers. It feels like the other table can hear whatever you are talking and there is a tiny bar on the mezzanine floor. I like the long rectangular windows view of the Serendra piazza center from the resto. Overall, it is still far from a JSG experience and a toned down Le Souffle, but the Duo promise of excellent food and impeccable service is perfect for that dinner date or a special love one occasion.
This is the overall ambiance of Duo. We ate during lunch time so you can only see foreigners enjoying their wine at this time of day.
Aidan loved stairs and he can’t resist going to the literally mini bar in the mezzanine floor.
If I have the money, I wanted to buy this jester painting!
This was a terrible choice. My wife was craving for a steak but we wanted to have something for Aidan. So it was perfect, that they have a Duo Steak specials and we were contemplating to order Surf and Turf or this Fish and Meat. My wife was disappointed that the fish tasted and looked like the fillet o fish from Mcdonald’s without the bun =( I was tempted to get a refund for this but the servers and chef Mau were too nice that I forgot about this ordeal.
I just love this one! And now, I’m craving for some more. The fish tasted imported with the right firmness and texture. I love the crunchy prawns stuffing and onion-flavored creamy cheese sauce with cheese. The vegetables are crunchy fresh and the presentation makes you hungry. I wished that we could have tried different kinds of food… I do hope we can have a chance next time.
Very interesting presentation and yummy dessert. This is basically an oreo cheesecake that has a leche plan consistency in the cake but best of all, it is not too sweet. We felt this should be for 3-4 persons but we finished it anyway.
Aidan loves to run always these days and we had a hard time containing him to his seat. But we found a solution and he too can’t resist this Duo surprise. Also, he knows that we are taking his picture so usually he won’t look at the camera acting as if no one is watching.
Chef Mau and Aidan — the perfect Duo!! We also got a signed Chef hat from Chef Mau. Thanks a lot!!
Duo Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Piazza @ Serendra
Mc Kinley Parkway
Fort Bonifacio Global City
Tel: +632-8561200, +632-8561300