Written by Isaiah Emmanuel Suguitan / Photos by Joselle Marie Fajardo
“Bonjour!” “Merci!” “Au revoir!”
You probably already know these words since they all tingle the inner passion we have for everything French. The French people have made themselves known in the culinary world serving up some of the fanciest dishes across the globe! These include food meant for huge feasts and gatherings around the banquet.
Being a French-inspired hotel, Sofitel Manila is the place where you can celebrate the wonders of French cuisine tout a la Française (everything the French way!). Throughout the month of July, your inner passion for everything French will be tingled with the numerous activities they have lined up!
Activities at the hotel include wine dinners, wine appreciation classes and cooking classes exclusively spearheaded by French Master Chef Patrick Terrien. However, it is their sumptuous and enhanced French food that really stands out in this month-long celebration!
French Master Chef Patrick Terrien in action
According to Kat Nocom, e-commerce executive of Sofitel Manila: “Whenever you say ‘French celebration’, there is always cheese and wine. It is more of having a great gastronomic experience. They focus on the food and the way they serve it.”
Here are some of the mouthwatering dishes that will surely make you want to celebrate… French-style!
Pork Fillet, Brocolli Puree, Glazed Carrots and Poivrade Sauce
Pork fillets are bathed in a peppery poivrade sauce to remind you of what traditional French cuisine is. These are served with a side of broccoli puree and glazed carrots.
Celery Remoulade Crabs and Avocado (Left) and Pan-Seared Scallops and Ginger Orange Sauce (Right)
The first dish is a symphony of celery, avocado, and crabs in remoulade (a mayonnaise-based condiment crafted with a variety of condiments and herbs). The second one is a fusion of tasty scallops and a hybrid of ginger and orange for the sauce. It is accompanied by couscous on the side. A bite of these two will surely make your tastebuds crave for a round two!
Greek vegetable, coriander, and lemon confit salad
Who said salads are boring? A variety of fresh vegetables tossed with lemon confit (preserved lemon) will make you fall in love with it!
Spring lamb shank Navarin
For the meat lovers out there, you’ll love this! Lamb shanks are cooked in a navarin-style stew which is cooked slowly. They are typically served with various vegetables.
Salmon Paupiettes, Champagne Sauce, and Oyster Mushrooms
Having a bite of this will give you a burst of the blue seas! Fine slices of salmon are blanketed with a stuffing and rolled before being cooked. This is served with a generous serving of champagne sauce.
If you’re looking for excitement, Tout a la Française is definitely the ultimate way! Come and celebrate the wonders of the French culture and cuisine at Sofitel Manila!
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
CCP Complex Roxas Boulevard, Pasay