It is rare for my entire family to agree on food. Oftentimes, our tastes differ to such a degree that eating out has become a tedious process of elimination, narrowing down the list of options where everyone’s food preferences and cravings are assuaged.
But there’s one resto name that shortcuts all that because we know we will all agree on it: Bistro Charlemagne.
I introduced my immediate and extended fam to the joys of dining at Bistro Charlemagne in Ayala Malls Feliz and the in-laws at its branch in Solenad, Nuvali early last year. Since then, we have enjoyed its Asian fusion cuisine time and time again, making this resto our go-to place for intimate family celebrations or get-togethers.
And now, with the opening of its third branch in Ayala Malls Manila Bay, it just got easier and more enjoyable to meet up with family and friends in the South for great food and great times.
You might be wondering what constitutes Bistro Charlemagne’s appeal to me and my family. Well, let me break it down for y’all…
1. Its elegant but homey premises.
I’ve noticed that although its branches are inside malls, they are usually situated near the outdoors (near gardens or balconies). Its floor-to-ceiling glass windoes allow a lot of natural light to enter the dining area, further enhanced by decorative light fixtures. The lighting also brings out the colors and textures of the resto’s darkwood tables and snakeskin-and-velvet plush chairs and couches.
The well-appointed surroundings may be posh but not at all off-putting. There is a warm and homey atmosphere to the place that puts its guests at ease.
2. Its Asian fusion cuisine brings together the East and West, the familiar and the new.
Dining at Bistro Charlemagne always feels like an adventure. Its extensive menu is chock-full of exciting dishes to try as well as old favorites that I, personally, do not tire of.
Take, for example, the dishes that my foodie friends and I enjoyed when we visited its newest branch:
Bistro Sisig Fries (Php315). Thrice-cooked pork cheeks sauteed in creamy chicken liver sauce on top of freshly cooked fries.
Ox Sisig (Php355). Tender slow-cooked ox tongue mixed with Bistro Charlemagne’s special toyomansi-mayo sauce topped with chicharon bulaklak.
Shrimp Poppers (Php435). Lightly battered deep-fried shrimps tossed in a sweet chili mayo sauce and chili oil and served with a side salad.
Octopus Ala Pobre (Php395). One of Bistro Charlemagne’s seasonal dishes, this is made of slow-braised octopus in a garlic butter sauce and garlic confit.
Little Asia’s Crispy Chicken (Php355). This is the crispy fried chicken dish developed by the owner’s grandfather and passed down through three generations of restaurateurs.
Beef Tenderloin Rolls (Php415). Tender, thinly sliced beef wrapped around cheese and sauteed in teriyaki sauce.
Lengua in Mushroom White Sauce (Php415). Braised ox tongue with cream sauce and sauteed mushrooms.
Drunken Lengua in Mushroom Brown Sauce (Php415). Tender pan-seared ox tongue with mushrooms and asparagus in white wine sauce.
Cantonese Prawns (Php565). Sauteed prawns covered in melted cheese and cream sauce.
Creamy Seafood Baked Rice (Php415). Shrimp, squid, fish fillet and crabstick tossed in a rich cream sauce slathered over rice and topped with melted cheese.
Smores (Php265). Ghirardelli chocolate ganache topped with a thick layer of roasted marshmallows and served with graham crackers.
Reese’s Smores (Php265). Peanut butter chips ganache topped with a thick layer of roasted marshmallows and served with graham crackers.
3. Its imaginatively designed drinks
Quench your thirst or pair your viands with Bistro Charlemagne’s blended drinks, which include:
Blueberry Banana Shake (Php185).
Four Seasons Shake (Php165).
Choco Peanut Banana Shake (Php165).
Vietnamese Coconut Drink (Php155).
4. Its affordable set meal options
Eating solo? You can dine on single servings of your favorite viands along with rice, soup and iced tea for as low as Php235.
5. Its party trays for your large gatherings
Planning your New Year celebrations with the clan? How about an office party after the holidays?
I’m happy to discover Bistro Charlemagne has party packages that can feed large groups.
My wish list for my dream Bistro Charlemagne party includes:
- Tuna Tataki (Php1,575, good for 15 persons). Hubby’s favorite!
- Little Asia’s Crispy Chicken (Php1,420, good for 12 persons).
- Beef Tenderloin Rolls with Cheese (Php1,660, good for 15 persons).
- Drunken Lengua in Mushroom Brown Sauce (Php2,075, good for 15 persons)
- Salt and Pepper Squid (Php1,875, good for 15 persons)
- Yang Chow Fried Rice (Php1,775, good for 15 persons)
So check out Bistro Charlemagne’s tasty dishes at its newest branch!
Many thanks to Charlemagne Lim and his crew for the warm welcome and wonderful meal, and the Francis G for extending the invitation!
This Bistro Charlemagne branch is located at Lot 2, Third Floor, Cinemas Building, Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Entertainment City Paranaque, open Mondays to Thursdays from 10am to 10pm and Fridays to Sundays from 10am to 11pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 79149082.
Other branches are located at:
- Fifth Floor, Ayala Malls Feliz along Marcos Highway, Dela Paz, Pasig City
- GFF-6, Building B, Ayala Malls Solenad 3, Nuvali, Don Jose, Santa Rosa, Laguna