The first and last time I ate at Restaurant CiÇou in Makati was in 2010. I really liked the food despite lots of mixed reviews I’ve heard and read. I was sad when they closed since I wasn’t able to go back.
When I heard they opened a new restaurant in Greenhills I was ecstatic. Imagine a good French restaurant in my home turf. We finally got to try it last May to celebrate Rochelle’s birthday.
I was surprised to see the tiny kouign amann selling for P50 while Gourmet Finds sells theirs for P75 and it’s more than double the size. I never got to try their version but I love buttery kouign amann.
kouign amann P50
Their hot and super crusty rolls were just amazing. It tasted just like our favorite from Chef Philippe which has now closed shop. I wish they would sell these bread too.
I recommended the prawn bisque since I remember how much I loved it when I had it in their first restaurant in Makati. The soup stock used was an intense flavor made from prawn shells. It was rich and very, very flavorful.
prawn bisque P360
It was everyone’s first time to try pork blood sausage. Sad to say the flavor was too strong for our taste. The mashed potatoes with the beef jus was pretty good though. This was the only thing we didn’t finish.
I was debating whether to order the bouillabaisse or my CiÇou favorite ox tongue. The waiter told me the ox tongue was more popular so that’s what I ordered again. Sometimes when I really like something in a restaurant I tend to order the same thing again and again instead of trying something new.
It was delicious two years ago and it was just as yummy in 2012. Ultra tender ox tongue braised in ravigote sauce, a classic lightly acidic French sauce. Love, love, love it! Instead of the usual side of baby potatoes I requested salad greens instead.
braised ox tongue P450
For a dish to be shared I suggested this pasta dish which was my favorite when I first ate at CiÇou. Al dente pasta with bacon, mushroom and parmesan cheese. You see all those bubbles on top? I suspect that’s butter. No wonder this simple dish was freakin fantastic. This is good too share. I think it’s would be too rich for a main course unless you really love your pasta.
I highly recommend the French comfort food at Brasserie CiÇou. They don’t exactly market the restaurant as comfort food but that’s what I felt when I ate there. I was happy and satisfied. Isn’t that what comfort food does to you?