LE BAR: Romantic French Dinner with Wine Pairing @SofitelManila


LE BAR is the lobby bar of Sofitel Hotel, which is a bistro, music lounge, and Galette – Patisserie and Chocolaterie in one. It’s the best place to eat in Sofitel as an alternative to Spiral, where you can enjoy food and pair it with an extensive list of French and European wines. 

Check out the Romantic French Dinner with Wine Pairing at LE BAR…

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LE BAR MENU: Set Menu and Wine Pairing with Singature Cocktails | Appetizer, Soup, Pasta, Main Course, Dessert 

LE BAR is setup like a lounge bar, with a dim candlelight-romantic feel at night. 

LE BAR DRINKS MENUWine of the Month | Energizer, Fruity Delight | Spirits & Liquers | Tequila | Tennessee, Bourbon, Single Malt, Cognac, Armagnac, Porto | Herb Liqueurs, Liqueurs and Eaux de Vie | Signature Cocktails | Classic Cocktails | Martinis, Modern Martinis | Fruit Flavored Martinis, Champagne Cocktails, Cobblers | After Dinner Cocktails, Muddled | Shooters, Beers | Softdrinks and Iced Tea, Mineral Water, Nutritiously Yummy | Let’s Get Coffe, Tea and Leaf Infusion, Herbal & Fruit Infusion 

They have an extensive list of hard drinks, handcrafted cocktails, and other beverages.


VOYAGE DU VIN: Wine Flight 1 – Summer’s Song |  Wine Flight 2 – The Bold and Beautiful | Wine Flight 3 – Grace and Grandeur | Wine Flight 3 – Trio Temptations |Champagne by the Glass | White Wines 1 | White Wines 2 | Red Wines 1 | Red Wines 2 | Rose & Sweet Wines | Champagne and Sparkling Wines | Champagne | Rose and Sparkling Wine | France White Wines (Loire, Bordeaux) | France White Whites (Rhone, Burgundy) | Italy White Wines | Spain and Argentina White Wines | USA White Wines | Australia White Wines | New Zealand White Wines | New Zealand White Wines | South Africa White Wines | Chile White Wines  | France Red Wines (Haut Medoc, Saint Julien) | France Red Wines (Margaux, Cotes de Bourg, Bordeaux) | France Red Wines (Saint Emilion, Pressac- Leognan, Cotes du Rhone) | France Red Wines (Cotes du Rhone) | France Red Wines (Burgundy, Beaujolais, Languedoc) | Italy Red Wines | Spain Red Wines | USA Red Wines | Chile Red Wines | Chile Red Wines | New Zealand Red Wines | South Africa Red Wines | Australia Red Wines | Australia Red Wines 2 | Argentina Red Wines 

They have an entire menu dedicated to wines. You can choose a Wine Flight Set, which is a 3-course wine set with two price points:  P480 (Wine Flight 1 – Summer’s Song |  Wine Flight 2 – The Bold and Beautiful | Wine Flight 3 – Grace and Grandeur) and P960 (Wine Flight 3 – Trio Temptations).  

Vodkatini (P320 +10% service charge). Vodka Dry Vermouth.

You can start with an aperitif to get your appetite going.

At night, a lounge singer serenades the LE BAR crowd.

A complimentary bread basket is served…

…with different oil dipping variations. I particularly like the spicy ones. 🙂

MOJITO (P320 +10% service charge). White Rum, Lime, Soda, Brown Sugar and Fresh Mint. 

My wife loves her refreshing mojito.

Mango Fruit Shake (P300 +10% service charge).

The boys order Mango juice all the time. 🙂

AVOCADO & CRAB IN A WRAP (P429 +10% service charge). Mexican style served with fresh mixed green vegetable salad.

This was served burrito style using a tortilla wrap. It was OK. Good to share as an appetizer. 

It’s always good to start with a fruity-citrusy refreshing white wine. 

Chapoutier, Belleruche Blanc, Rhone Valley, France (P2,750/bottle, P690/glass +10% service charge). The wine is pale yellow in color and clear. Green apple on the nose, hawthorn and white blossoms. Citrus aromas and exoctic fruits. The taste is fresh and well balanced. Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Bourboulenc. 

The service is good and there’s a dining section where you can eat with the family. 

ALL ABOUT MUSHROOM IN A “VELOUTE” (P550 +10% service charge)Champignon de Paris, porcini and truffle with parmesan foam.

The soup was really good — you can taste the freshness of the mushroom with the truffle oil. Served on a hot plate.

Warm Pecan Crusted Brie Cheese (P620 +10% service charge). Warm truffled brie, green apple and arugula salad.  

This is my favorite cheese appetizer — a block of brie is cooked with a crusted outer layer…  

…with oozing hot brie cheese inside, which is best paired with the arugula and green apple slices. 

For the main course, we got a Sauvignon Blanc from the Bordeaux region, which is always a safe choice. 

Dourthe No.1, Bordeaux, France (P1,850/bottle, P490/glass +10% service charge). This refreshingly crisp wine offers citrus and tropical fruit flavors with very aromatic notes of green chilies, grass herbs, asparagus, and goose berries commonly contributing to the Sauvignon Blanc

Fusilli Lemon Pesto (P650 +10% service charge)

Sometimes we just like our pasta simple with oil, basil, and tomatoes.

We decided to go for a light dinner and ordered the highly recommended Sea Bass served on a bed of mashed polenta and spinach.

Seared Chilean Sea Bass (P1,100 +10% service charge). Creamy polenta, sauteed spinach, bean sprout and lemon confit salsa.

They cooked the Sea Bass well…smooth, juicy, and not overcooked, unlike how most restos would do it. It also had just the right sear on the outside.  

For dessert, nothing beats a good glass of sweet Muscat wine. 

LA CROIX DU PIN, MUSCAT (P1,500/bottle, P400/glass +10% service charge). Colour pale gold. Very aromatic with hints of apricot, honey, and flower. Fresh, floral, fruity, and sweet. 

GALETTE PASTRY SELECTION. A selection of French miniature pastries. Choice of three.

We decided to skip dessert because there’s nothing interestingly unique about the choices.
LE BAR is worth checking out if you want to chill out with good food, well-selected wines, and soothing music, especially when you’re staying the night at Sofitel. It’s a good alternative to Spiral if you’re looking for a more intimate dinner.  

Budget is P2,000/head with wine pairing.

A unique three-in-one combination of bistro, music lounge, and Galette – patisserie and chocolaterie.
Operating hours: Daily 06:00am – 02:00am

SOFITEL LUXURY HOTELS Philippine Plaza Manila
CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard Pasay City 1300 Metro Manila, Philippines
Official Websitewww.SofitelManila.com
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Telephone: +632 832-6988 or 551-555 Loc. 6988

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P.S.  Check out the LE BAR New Year’s Eve Dinner:

A more intimate New Year’s Eve dinner is yours to enjoy at Le Bar, Sofitel’s innovative 3-in-1 concept restaurant that offers a French bistro a la carte menu. 

Bask in timeless elegance with a 3 course set menu, which includes Venison filet with Grand Huntsman sauce, Spiced braised cabbage with buttered carrots and asparagus, and Truffles shave and chestnuts puree complete with savory appetizer and delightful dessert. 

Dinner is served from 6 to 10pm; set at Php3300+++ per pax with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine

Party in style with DJ Sanya Smith and The Zombettes spinning from 11:00pm to 3:00am.

For bookings and inquiries, email at fbreservations@sofitelmanila.com

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