Saturday, December 25, 2010

Manila's Signature Dishes 2010: Bordeaux

I haven't been much around Fort, Taguig area because, well, I haven't been out too much!  *laughs*  I know it's the "it" place and my bestfriend actually lives the area and seriously?  I should go out more often because I am missing out a lot!  

On that fateful day I chose to visit Bordeaux Bar, it was that day that has the worst traffic ever!  It took us 3 hours to arrive the said destination but all the hunger, the stress were gone when we went inside the Bar.

Relaxing is even an understatement, the place gave me a feel of Paris

Before I visited the Bar, I did my own research and learned that Bordeaux is a new wine bar that serves exclusive French Wines.  The establishment carries close to 100 different wine labels from 15 major French wine regions.  I wouldn't be surprised if French wine lovers would call this their "Kingdom of Happiness"!

Bordeaux is the youngest restaurant out of the 16 restaurants for Manila's Signature Dishes 2010.  It officially opened February of 2010.  I was able to have a good dinner conversation with one of the partner, Mr. Enrique De Castro, young, dynamic guy who has the passion for food just like my passion for Make-up!

For Manila's Signature Dishes 2010, Edward Narvaez chose the dishes to be part of the set as they are the fast-moving and best selling dish in Bordeaux to date!  I was advised that the whole menu will be reconstructed soon and they will be retaining the dishes mentioned in this post because they are what the customers are going back for! 

Gambas ala Rochelle
An appetizer worth ordering!  You do know I'm allergic to shrimps right?  And it was quite easy for me to give shrimp dishes a miss but the moment it was served, my sense of smell went a bit crazy and I pop on an anti-histamine and dug in!  This dish was seriously tasty and can I brag?  My home-made Gambas tastes a bit close to this!  This one is obviously better though!  *laughs*

The real Gambas ala Rochelle is actually served with pasta, but our main dish is quite heavy so the owners decided to leave Gambas the way it should be!  Just shrimps and loads of olive oil, garlic and a lot of 'secret' spices!

Boeuf Bourguignon
When Edward Narvaez traveled in France and tasted this typical French Food, he got back in Manila and cooked it right away and it was a hit to everyone!  They call this the Filipino's Adobo.  It was a funny story about 2 French guys complimenting this dish saying how it tastes exactly like their grandmothers' cooking.  I told Enrique how it sounds like "Ratatouille" over and over again! :)

Both Mr. AMW and myself was in awe at first bite, I love the combination of the tastiness of the beef with the pesto pasta!  Who would have thought it'll go well together?  I've always thought these types of flavorful dishes would only go well with rice, I guess I am too Filipino when it comes to eating!  Think French Nikki, Think French! :)

Panna Cotta
I have to compliment the Chef of the night for such lovely presentation!  The nest-like sugar crisp is the smartest innovation to make simple Panna Cottas look like a dessert worth including in hotel menus!  The hint of strawberry and chocolate syrup with a good serving of cream on top of the Panna Cotta may add inches on my waist but it also added a huge smile on my face!  Best eaten chilled in my opinion!

Bordeaux Bar may be hidden around the area of Fort, Taguig but it's a place worth visiting especially on days you would want to have good food together with your wine!  I will come back not because of the wine (sorry to all wine lovers out there) because I am not a fan of drinking but I will definitely come back for its wonderful food!  Seldom can we find bars that serve good alcoholic beverages at the same time, great tasting food of 5-star quality!

Bordeaux Bar
Unit F, Bellagio II
Rizal Drive, Corner Burgos Circle, 
Fort Global City, Taguig, Philippines
Tel. no: (632) 403-6554

The area has ample parking space, it was a Taguig Holiday that day when we visited the area so the place isn't as jam-packed as regular days, but I can see the waiters are quite attentive and there are several wine aficionados enjoying the good ambiance.

Keep smilin'
Stay happy!

Unilever Foodsolutions (UFS), being the preferred foodservice business partners among restaurateurs, felt the need to acknowledge notable restaurants who are developing Manila as a culinary city.  They have partnerered with select restaurants within the metropolis in coming up with signature dishes.  UFS has synergized with these restaurants, both through dish development and promotion campaign for these signature dishes, in achieving one common goal: coming up with a different culinary experiences that provide value for money and culinary memories for diners.  
If you're a restaurateur (or an aspiring one) and in need of help in coming with your signature dish, call (632) 588-8855 or email at

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