Fine Dining Experience At Bistro Manuel, Poblacion

Poblacion - An old downtown area of Makati that has so much to see and do, from various types of restaurants and bars. Who would've thought that the noisy area of Poblacion hides a restaurant that is out of the ordinary - BISTRO MANUEL.

A fine-casual dining bistro that serves fine contemporary cuisine by Chef Ariel. Ever heard of Lolo Dad's who closed down last 2014. The same guy behind Lolo Dad's is here in Bistro Manuel and not only that as they've decided to keep a few of the signature dishes from Lolo Dad's! 

The place makes a great dating place or for intimate celebrations. They also have a separate room which can be available for private events and can accommodate 10 to 20 people. The kitchen is also very visible through the glass window. The ambiance of the place gives a homey and relaxing vibes. 

Together with my foodie friends, we visited Bistro Manuel and indulged with the resto's signature dishes to start off:

Amuse Bouche of Canap├ęs
Freshly Baked Bread and Butter
Spinach and Warm Mushroom Salad (PHP380)
Smoked Bacon and Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette
Romaine Ceasar Salad (PHP380)
Crispy Pancetta and 6-minute Boiled Egg In Anchovy, Lemon and Parmesan Cheese Dressing
Lolo Dad's Cafe Baked Oyster with Foie Gras (PHP230)
Angel Hair Pasta and Parmesan Cheese
Double Espresso Soup (PHP295)
A Combination of Tomato and Mushroom Cream Base Soups. My favorite would be the Tomato Soup, it was seriously good! 


Mild Spice Pasta Arabbiata (PHP550)

 Tomato Base Sauce Pasta Seasoned with Basil, Garlic and Chili Flakes
"Only for the Rich" Grilled Pizza (PHP1,290)
A mixture of Lobster, Duck Liber, Scallops, Prosciutto and Smoked Salmon with Carabao's Milk Cheese and Truffled Tomato Sauce. I felt kind of rich while munching on this. LOL

Lamb Shawarma Grilled Pizza (PHP700)
Lamb Belly, Tomatoes and Onions with Yoghurt and Chili Dip
Roasted Duck Breast (PHP860)
Moulard Breast of Duck on Compressed Potatoes
Seared Scallops and Scampi (PHP990)
Lemon Cream Filled Pasta
Pan-fried Fillet of Salmon (PHP695)
Caramelized Onion and Potatoes with Bacon Butter Sauce
Lamb & Lamb with Lamb (PHP860)
Roast Lamb Rump, Stewed Lamb Breast and Fried Lamb Sweetbread with Sieved Potatoes
US Rib-Eye Prime Steak (PHP2,200)
Rendered Fat, Truffle Mashed Potatoes and Chilled Hollandaise. My carnivore self is so happy!

Of course, there always room for DESSERT by Pastry Chef Mia Manuel:

Baked Cheesecake with Orange in Spiced Syrup (PHP275)
White Chocolate Creme Brulee with Berry Tartlet (PHP240)
Lemon Meringue Pie with Chocolate Ice Cream (PHP295)
Freshly Baked Apple Tart with Rock Salt and Olive Oil Ice Cream (PHP295)
Tiramisu Souffle with Vanilla Sauce (PHP350)
Declension of Mango and Mascarpone Cheese with Vanilla Frozen Cream and Dulce de Leche Sauce (PHP285)

Honestly, this was only my 3rd fine dining experience as I'm more of the "tara, fastfood" or "tara samgyeop" type of girl. It'll be easy to go on a date with me as I'll be more than happy to eat samgyeopsal with you. LOL I never thought fine dining can be this good. Everything was just perfect, the ambiance, the people you're dining with, the food, everything is just right. It might be a little pricey, but the amount you'll pay for is definitely worth every dish. 

My top picks would be the Freshly Baked and Butter, Lolo Dad's Cafe Baked Oyster with Foie Gras, Tomato Soup from the Double Espresso Soup, For the Pizza, I like the "Only for the Rich" Grilled Pizza more than the other one. For the mains I'd go for the US Rib-Eye Prime Steak (HELLO! I'm sure you will too! :P), Lamb & Lamb with Lamb, Seared Scallops and Scampi and lastly for the dessert my favorite would be the Baked Cheesecake with Orange in Spiced Syrup as I'm a Cheescake lover and the Declension of Mango and Mascarpone Cheese with Vanilla Frozen Cream and Dulce de Leche Sauce (I almost cried because its so good. Ang OA, but ganon siya kasarap hahaha). Oh, for the drinks I'd recommend you try their Iced Tea

Address: Second Floor, Six Axis Center, 4347 B. Valdez Street, Poblacion, Makati City
Open Hours: Mon - Sun: 11:00AM to 2:00PM / 6:00PM to 11:00PM
Instagram: @bistro_manuel
Bistro Manuel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclaimer: This was an invite by the restaurant but all opinions stated in this blog posts are mine.