Saturday, September 13, 2008

Celebrations at The French Corner

Yesterday, we celebrated a birthday in the family at The French Corner*. (Thank you for the warm greeting and delicious birthday cake!)

"Happy Birthday Robert!!!"

This excellent restaurant in West Gate Center (Filinvest, Alabang, Muntinlupa City) is my favorite dining place when I feel like celebrating an extra special occasion or simply indulging the food lover in me. The ambiance of the restaurant, marked by beautifully engaging paintings, soothing lighting, tasteful music, and comfortable furniture, is elegant and cozy at the same time. The service is professional yet friendly and flawlessly spot on. And the food, right down to their coffee- quite simply superb. We've enjoyed every meal we've had there. They were always expertly prepared and exquisite in taste and texture and I'm pretty sure everything else in the menu is just as gratifying to the palate. While we wait for our meal, we are served with a bread basket of warm ciabatta and dinner rolls, accompanied with butter or minced bell peppers in olive oil. I munch through those deliciously crunchy slices of ciabatta in seconds. Fortunately, the attentive waiters and waitresses always promptly offer to refill our bread basket. Certainly. Seconds please!

The French Corner (read a related article from manilastandardtoday.com here.) also cater to functions like wedding receptions and I can personally attest that they do it impressively well. The staff was very patient and accommodating regarding the preparations, which came as a blessing to me especially during that point when I was at my wit's end as the wedding date neared (I believe every bride knows what I am talking about...). When we first went there to ask about their wedding packages, The French Corner's representative presented us with a number of set menus to choose from, all seemed delectable and reasonably priced. What I think won us over though is the fact that after sitting down with us over a cup of coffee, The French Corner's representative relayed our ideas and inputs to the Chef, who in turn customized a menu especially for us in a matter of minutes. We were so happy with how the menu turned out and how easy it was to make arrangements with them that we forgot all about our other reception venue options- a hotel, a country club, and another restaurant- and we closed the deal with The French Corner right away. Talk about commitment to customer satisfaction, The French Corner has definitely got it down to an art. When our wedding day arrived, this is what our guests were treated to, a piece of the wedding that they raved about long after it was over (Photo credits to Leah Taas for the following photos):

Baked Tuna and Salmon Roulade
With salad petite
in sesame vinaigrette dressing


Mushroom in Filo Pastry
With creamy yogurt-sesame sauce

Fillet Mignon
In bourguignon sauce
Served with gratin of potato and vegetables


Menu
(Dessert: Trio Chocolate Gateau; Drinks: Iced Tea)

On the big day, we were treated like royalty as the service staff made sure that everything ran smoothly during our special day. As if I haven't given you enough reason to want to hold your own wedding reception here- have I mentioned that no less than culinary genius Chef Billy King prepared the food?


*The French Corner
Creative Continental Cuisine
Lot 102-103 Home Precinct West Gate Center
Filinvest Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila
Tel. No. (02)771-2345
Tel./Fax: (02)771-0549

3 comments:

Judayski said...

hi, kristine! i added foodnotebook to the list of blogs i'm regularly following. i've been lurking here since i found your post about dove dark chocolates :) it's great to read about your recipes and recommendations.

keep blogging!
-judie

Anonymous said...

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The biggest, most exciting interactive Consumer Electronics Show in the Philippines is set to open its doors on Oct. 24, Friday, at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. The event, dubbed Consumer Electronics Live! (CEL) Manila 2008, will feature exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services in audio, video, digital imaging, computer products, home entertainment, home appliances, mobile and wireless electronics and automotive technology. The event aims to bring together all devices and gadgets that make life pleasurable.

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Anonymous said...

hello there! do you happen to know if French Corner has a website? I have been trying to google it but no luck! :( Thank you!

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