Brasserie Girolle is a breath of fresh air from your usual French restaurants that often give off an uptight and arrogant air. While the interiors of the place evoke all kinds of sophistication with its black-and-white palette and high ceilings, its food and ambiance say otherwise. The food tediously prepared as the French do, and the booze overflowing during happy hour (Monday to Thursday, 5pm to 12midnight) - I think I’ve found my happy medium.
Eggs en Cocotte (eggs cooked in water) - which may simply sound like hardboiled egg, but actually involves cooking an egg in a separate container filled with water, under layers of caramelized chalots and cream then topped with gruyere cheese. I was expecting it to be a runny, creamy and saucy, but was surprised to find the egg quite firmly baked.
Salade de Chevre Chaud (Warm Goat’s Cheese Salad) - absolutely love the combination of juicy beets, crunchy veggies with a kick of crisp and tangy white cheese and candied walnuts and balsamic vinegar.
Brasserie puts all your preconceived notions of French food having to include some sort of odd raw animal/critter parts aside and instead give way for hearty, rustic cooking that involve long hours in the kitchen and a lot of love and effort.
Boeuf Braise au vin Rouge (Braised Short Rib)
Brasserie’s take on Crispy Pork Belly
Their Boeuf Braise au vin Rouge (braised short beef ribs) are cooked for a good 8 hours for maximum tenderness and flavor, and are laid over a bed of pureed potatoes that are first roasted in salt then mixed with milk and butter. Likewise, their Crispy Pork Belly is roasted in white wine for 6 hours before having bricks stacked over them overnight to hold the flavors in better and to lock in moisture, before frying them all to a golden crisp the next day.
Steak Frites with Herbed Butter, which is apparently a staple in French restaurants.
All the effort and preparation put into each dish is evident in how the end product tastes. The beef incredibly flavorful and tender, the pork belly crunchy crisp and juicy, and everything else absolutely divine. I guess all great things do take time.
Chocolate Mousse with Chiffon crust
Terrine au Chocolat - velvety smooth and rich, sooo good.
Brasserie Girolle takes French food out of the “fine dining” mold and offers something more casual yet delectably hearty, high-quality and top notch. While its prices are quite steap and serving portions leave more to be desired, it is good to know that you are paying for a quality meal that is meant to leave you satisfied, not stuffed.
Brasserie Girolle is located at the ground floor of Fort Pointe II Building, 28th St, Taguig (right across the Fort Strip and below URBN)
Contact Number: 856.6639
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