The delectable French connection-A A +A
Friday, May 9, 2014
IF ONE wants to have authentic French cuisine in Cebu City, the place to go to has to be La Maison Rose, otherwise known as the Pinkhouse Restaurant, along Gorordo Ave. To assure one that it offers truly French cuisine, the chef is French, 26-year-old Adrien Guerrey.
Though there may be items in the menu that are not quite French, like grilled tangigue with garlic butter sauce, or pate of wild boar from Mindanao, the diner is assured that the cooking style is French.
Among the items in the menu are souffle au fromage (which is cheese souffle); escargot de Bourgogne (snails); duck gesiers salad with cherry vinegar croutons; duck confit and potato gratin; special steak from Carmen with gorgonzola sauce; Carmen cheeseburger; ostrich omelette; honey tandoori; truffle cocquillettes and grilled forest ham; ratatouille; Carmen steak a la creme. For dessert there’s vanilla crème brulee, banana flambee, flan au caramel, coulant chocolat and I Florante (eggs in snow), among other desserts. The French items in the menu, if not translated in the menu itself, will be gladly explained by the waitress.
If Carmen, the town north of Cebu, is mentioned in the menu, this is because the items come from there, in a farm owned by Michel Lhuillier, who also owns the restaurant. So here one can have the most tender steak from Carmen, and the freshest green vegetables from his organic vegetable garden.
For this meal, chef Adrien prepared an appetizer of gazpacho with cheese and bacon cake and bread with Emmenthal cheese, followed by a marinated anchovy salad with fresh greens (from Carmen), parrotfish papillote, French grilled salmon, flan au caramel, and fine apple tart, all delicious and all beautifully presented. It was a meal French-ily chic and “picky” Pinoy satisfying!
La Maison Rose has a French Vietnamese décor motif (Vietnam was where Michel Lhuillier was born). It has seating for 34 plus 10 in a private room. When the place is full, restaurant patrons can always spill out to La Vie Parisienne or to Around the World in 80 Pizzas, which are all in the same complex. La Maison Rose is open for lunch from 12 noon to 2 p.m., and dinner from 6:30 p.m. till midnight every day except Sunday.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 10, 2014.