THE SETTING: Located in the heart of the Makati business district, just a few flights of stairs from Valero Street upwards to Fraser Place Building at Streetside. Le Bistro Vert is a welcoming place, with its high ceiling, cool colors and large windows lending a feeling of being inside a greenhouse. There is a loft for private dining and special occasions and tables outside for al fresco dining.
THE FOOD: French cuisine using Filipino organic ingredients. Chef Sau del Rosario assured us that the ingredients were sourced locally to help sustain the organic farms of local farmers. The colorful layers of sliced Sagada Oranges, Tomato and Carabao Cheese with Malunggay and Basil Pesto (P175) were refreshing. The Le Bistro Vert Ceasar Salad (P195) Filipino style, laced with tinapa, salted egg and queso de bola without being too salty. The Chicken and Pork Adobo Sushi which uses Sagada Rice (P155) was good but could use a stronger adobo taste.
We tried the Smoked Fish Putanesca (P210) which had the hint of sweetness Filipinos. Our main course of Tamarind Roasted Organic Chicken (295) was tender and its skin flavorful. Tamarind were used in the marinade and the chicken was slow roasted. The Red Rice Palif that comes with the chicken was thick and heavy while the vegetable skewers were grilled to juicy perfection.
THE SERVICE: Relaxed yet attentive. Servers were knowledgeable of the menu well and very courteous.
WHO DINES THERE: The lunch crowd are mostly businessmen and workers from nearby offices. In the evening, casual and fine diners come for the house wines. Vegetarians and health buffs yearning for really tasty organic food occasionally find their way here.
THE PRICES: From P150-300 (about US$3-6) per dish. Reasonably-priced for the quality of organic food and serving portions that’s good enough for two
THE VERDICT: It’s a place to escape to for some quiet and revitalizing organic food. Every order here contributes to the livelihood of local farms and agriculture. Best of all, the organic food does not cost the earth.
Le Bistro Vert
Streetside, Fraser Place Tower,
Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati
Open Mondays to Friday 7am to 10pm,
Saturdays 7am to 3pm
*Photos and Text originally published on Seair Inflight June-July 2010 Issue