The plan was to watch Ratatouille together in Greenbelt 3 and eat in a French restaurant, La Cabane along Pasay Road. The perfect combination would have been Ratatouille and eat in Culliere, a French Patisserie in Serendra, which has Ratatouillein their menu. Ratatouille was fun except for that scene where Anton ego opened the kitchen and he saw all the rats cooking! There were stories of walk outs in New York because of this.
La Cabane is a restaurant in its second reincarnation as a french restaurant from its spanish/ moroccan past life. Chef Evie Perdrix’s French dishes are patronized by French people in Manila and allegedly, a French organization meets here regularly. A dining experience in La Cabane is described by Fash Pack as a “quiet evening” which is a novelty these days. But despite the great food, it was empty on a Saturday night. It was a waste to see a good lounge with throw pillows (pictured above) without any people drinking and enjoying the place. Every time I drive by, I see the place empty.
My theory is the place don’t have a good feng shui. Most people enjoy La Cabane because of good food and its quiet existence in the restaurant scene. I wouldn’t rave about the food because I don’t think it even close to Je Suis Gourmand. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy places like these that is quiet, clean, cozy, intimate and serves good food. I just don’t know how they will survive over time. For the meantime, it would be a secret place for us to enjoy a good dinner….
The canapes were on the house and surprisingly it has a good crust and contrasting ingredients.
Couscous d’agneau (460++) Couscous – lamb – vegetables. I love couscous and this lamb stew was a perfect companion. The lamb was tender and the soup does not overpower the entire meal. Although for a P500 dish, I would have expected a lot better than this.
Lapin Aux Olives (P480++) French Traditionnal, Rabbit, Olives, White wine. My wife ordered this. In an Anton Ego fashion, her mind went into a flashback of her childhood memories of being forced to eat native chicken by her parents. Maybe she was imagining she was eating Remy so she decided to let me finish him off…
Tarte aux peaches (P120++) Peach Pie. They serve a lot of pies but the Black Cherry Pie was the runaway winner.
It was not really a food trip per se and it was more of who-wants-to-watch Ratatouille kind of thing. The secret to a good dining experience is to have great company!