December 25, 2018

The Best Asian Fusion at Bistro Charlemagne Nuvali

It’s been a while since I’ve visited Nuvali. I’ve been to Tagaytay several times this year but never got to stop by Nuvali, which I usually do before going back to Manila in the past. There has been so many changes that happened here and the original shopping complex has grown or has been extended exponentially.

There are so many new restaurants here too that I’ve never tried or heard of. One of them is Bistro Charlemagne which is an offshoot of the well-known but now defunct Little Asia restaurant in Greenhills and Tomas Morato. I went here with fellow foodies to sample some of their best sellers.

Though the Nuvali branch is their flagship store, I wasn’t able to blog about it until now. I blogged their second branch at Ayala Malls Feliz first (which you can check out here: ) since the photos that I took at Nuvali was included in my hard drive that crashed a while back and only now that I got to sort them all out.

Anyway, you may have heard of Charlemagne from one of your history classes, but for those who love to eat can associated Charlemagne with great food. Bistro Charlemagne is named after its owner Charlemagne Lim who’s very familiar when it comes to food business as he is a third-generation restaurateur. The restaurant is an offshoot of the Little Asia brand which is one of the pioneers of Asian fusion in the country. Bistro Charlemagne remained true to its Little Asia roots and created new dishes for its patrons to enjoy.

Their menu is a unification of flavorful dishes with 40% coming from Little Asia menu and 60% are newly invented ones. Just like the great king Charlemagne unifying most of Europe back in the day, Charlemagne Lim combined what he already has and crafted new ones to bring about a menu that is so diverse you keep coming back to try the others you haven’t sampled before.

I went there with my fellow foodies and we tasted some of their best-selling dishes and desserts which includes the following:

Beef Tenderloin Rolls with Cheese - finely rolled strips of beef tenderloin with cheese and sauteed in authentic teriyaki sauce. This is Bistro Charlemagne’s signature dish that they are most proud of. Loved by kids and kids at heart like myself. Ugh! I can’t even say how much I love these beef tenderloin rolls. These little babies are like pieces of heaven especially when you bite into it and the cheese oozes out from inside. I swear I can finish one order of these all by myself! A high recommended dish like 10/10! It ain’t so obvious this is my favorite dish at Bistro Charlemagne right? Lol!

Little Asia's Crispy Chicken - a classic house special crispy chicken with freshly made savory gravy. This fried chicken is an heirloom recipe of the family which was passed down from Charlemagne’s grandfather. It is what has kept three generations of restaurateurs alive from the 1950’s until this day. The taste of the chicken is so classic and so familiar, it’s as if like you’re eating one those good fried chickens during special occasions and holidays. In my opinion, even without the gravy, the chicken is already good. It’s juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside.

Shrimp Poppers - lightly battered deep fried shrimps tossed in special sweet chili-mayo and chili oil served with a side salad. This is another dish that I really like here even though they’re on the spicy side and I have very low tolerance to spicy food. The shrimps are succulent and fresh and the sauce is a perfect combo with those plump shrimps.

Ox Sisig - slow cooked ox tongue and ox tripe mixed with their special livermansi-mayo topped with chicharon bulaklak. Here Bistro Charlemagne recreated the Filipino classic; this sisig packs a punch in spiciness, flavor and texture. “Mouthwatering” is an understatement. This is a must try. Eating ox tongue and tripe is usually an acquired taste but the good thing with this sisig is that you won’t notice the tongue and tripe, only how good it is. I love the flavor of liver on it mixed with the mayo. Oh man, so good!

Their beverages are also something to rave about. Must try are their Vietnamese Coconut Drink, Blueberry Banana Shake and Choco Peanut Banana Shake. 

The Bistro Charlemagne Nuvali Branch isn’t as big as the Ayala Malls Feliz branch but the interior is the same elegant, classy and comfortable atmosphere. You’ll notice that tables here are clustered to form a long table because the restaurant is an ideal place for families, group of friends and/or for meetings and group of officemates. I have tried so many restaurants in my lifetime and I must say that Bistro Charlemagne is one of those that I totally enjoyed, dish after dish, dessert after dessert. The food that they serve here gives so much comfort and leaves a smile on your face. I love how personal the service too and that the crew are attentive and are very well versed of what the restaurant propounds. If you haven’t tried eating here, I’m telling you, you’re missing out!

Ayala Malls Solenad, Nuvali, Don Jose,
Santa Rosa, Laguna, Philippines
Contact Nos: 049 2580846
+63 9178300456

For more information, complete menu and restaurant reviews, check out their Zomato profile: 
Bistro Charlemagne Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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