Actually, i ate this in July. The last time i went to the Manila American Memorial, i came back to greenbelt to have lunch there because i couldn't find anything near Bonafacio to suit my taste. Greenbelt is super big ass shopping place in Makati City. However, i got a bit lost in all my photographs and i finally found it! So here it comes! Late post!
Truth be told, central manila houses a few big shopping places. In the city, there Greenbelt (1-5), Glorietta (1-5), SM Mall. 1-5 means block 1, 2 or 3. Nearer to the airport is Fort Bonafacio ( houses alot of american brands ) and the big Market Market complex. I don't really like market market but i love Bonafacio because you can definitely buy something there and there are some nice restaurants in Serendah that serve decent food. By now, one would think Manila is nothing but shopping. It's just that some areas are so far, its alot of effort to go there. With no driver, i tend to not venture too far with taxi drivers in case they send me to "sell a little piggy" ( think cantonese - mai chu chai ).
I spend most weekends wandering around malls to cool off and get out of my apartment and not feel cooped. Also, i get a chance to explore different eating places. After that hot day in the Manila memorial, i swore i could have melted in a puddle of fat. While scouting around for places to eat, and none seem to please me a lot ( either long queue or things that don't pick up my fancy ) i decided on La Maison as they offered a set meal for lunch.
I read a lot about this place. It either had good reviews or bad reviews.It's not really french with a french sounding name and yet it's not really a fusion as most of their dishes are from Europe. Though putting "bento" on the behind of every dish sounded a bit odd for me. However i was tired to the max and sweating like a pig, i could not really careless if they served authentic food or not! I just wanted a DRINK!!
Now one thing i discovered i like in Manila is that... they make awesome drinks here. Especially their red tea. In some places, even awesome pandan tea!! I love their drinks here as they are good thirst quenchers. For the price of 90 pesos on top of my lunch, i get this red tea drink. One sip of this, you'd thought you died and gone to heaven. I am not sure why it taste so nice but the combination of the red tea and lemon was quite refreshing. You get that big "aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah" after taking a sip. After a while here, i kinda got addicted to this red tea drink -_-".
I thought it was a rather small serving but 1/2 way through, i felt pretty full. I admit, i love my food infused with alcohol *hic*. Most of the time i am teetotaler but when it comes to food infused with alcohol, i like it. While it does not make me walk like a drunken sailor back to my service apartment, it's heady enough and gives the dish a very nice aroma... Hmm, if all food have alcohol, i will be one happy person.
Oh the other dishes here are kinda pricey. Normally i try not to pay higher than 400 pesos for a dish which translates to RM28. Also other reviews, mention this place has hits and misses but the Bourgignon is a sure winner. *Hic*, now i need to go find more alcoholic food.
Those interested - come on over... ( please get your own accommodations, ktxbai )
3/F Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center
Makati City, Metro Manila