June 21, 2019

Finest Dining Experience at Sagana French Bistro - BGC

Sagana is a Tagalog word which means abundant or bountiful. Majority of the livelihoods outside the urban sites in the Philippines can be attributed to agriculture and fishing. And traditional Catholic Filipinos always pray to the patron saint San Isidro Labrador to help them as they plant their crops and by his grace give forth a bountiful or abundant, aka a “masaganang” harvest.

A restaurant by Chef Marc Aubry in BGC was named as Sagana as it features a farm to table approach for its clienteles. The real story behind why that name was chosen, I have no idea. But I have a hunch that it was because of the significance of that Filipino word to the whole concept of the brand. Sagana French Bistro is a French Restaurant that promotes and uses the best quality, locally sourced produce while remaining true to the traditions and authenticity of French Cooking.

Sagana French Bistro follows the “Farm to Family” concept wherein every week they transform produce found in the Farmer’s Market and create it into delectable dishes in the form of their Market Menu. Traditional French dishes prepared with locally sourced organic produce. Their menu highlights local terroir or "from the soil" flavors and support sustainable communities.

The restaurant is fine dining so expect nothing but a sophisticated and cozy atmosphere with dim lights and dark hues. Upon entering you will find that they also have an epicerie or grocery, which offers processed fruits and vegetables and other products sourced all over the Philippines and also from abroad that you can take home with you.

I worked near where the restaurant is located, and I often times pass by it on my way to BPI and other surrounding establishments but only just a few days ago that I got to dine there. To be honest, the restaurant looks and sounds intimidating because of it being a French restaurant. French cuisine is probably the least familiar cuisine to me but in my heart, I want to explore it.

Creamed Stewed Mushrooms - with smoked bacon on fried brioche with assorted green salad. with smoked bacon on fried brioche with assorted green salad. I really liked the play of flavors of this dish, the earthiness of the mushroom plus the smokiness of the bacon complemented each other very well.

Fresh Salmon Carpaccio - with arugula & Parmesan shavings. I love carpaccio and usually I get the bee one but this was a healthier alternative and God only knows how much I love salmon, like if I have to choose a food that I will eat for the rest of life, that would be salmon. The arugula gave it a nutty taste and the Parmesan light salty flavor. So good!

Fried Adlai Vegetable & Parmesan Croquettes - with garlic cream. Adlai is just like rice only slightly larger than those of rice and corn and unlike rice, white bread, corn, and potatoes, Adlai is completely gluten-free and has a low glycemic index. A very filling appetizer, full of texture and pretty tasty.

Gratinated French Onion Soup - is a type of soup usually based on meat stock and onions, and often served gratinéed with croutons and cheese. This was a deeply savory soup; really rich and filling.

Prawn Bisque - with cheese, seafood and parmesan crisps. I am completely in love with this soup! It’s silky, rich and had a super bold seafood flavor, a perfect appetizer for any meal.

Homemade Duck Foie Gras Terrine - with green bean salad & toasts. They say that a foie gras cooked in a terrine is the purest and I had no doubts about that. This was super rich and really really tasty. I wasn’t sharing these with my friends, I could finish the entire plate!

Creamy Blue Cheese & Mushroom Linguini with Smoked Bacon - some people don’t like the flavor of blue cheese because it has that pungent aftertaste, but I actually love it! It’s one type of cheese that I can eat like anytime. And in pasta? Gosh, get in my belly! This pasta dish is so flavor packed that those added mushrooms and smoked bacon are like icings on top.

Creamy Blue Cheese & Mushroom Linguini with Grilled Eggplant - tastes just like the one topped with Mushroom and Smoked Bacon but instead a healthier option.

Grilled Norwegian Salmon Steak - with Baked Eggplant & Fresh Tomato Concasse. Ok, I can’t reiterate enough how much I love salmon. This slice is just like a piece of paradise. It was tender, moist and flaky. I was surprised to find that eggplant with salmon works well together. I’m just downright amazed with this dish!

Beef Brisket Bourguignon Style - braised in red wine, smoked bacon & mushroom sauce, with your choice of siding. Sagana’s steaks come with salad of your choice of siding (fries, shoestring, mashed potato, roasted vegetables, plain rice or ratatouille) and your choice of sauce (béarnaise, black peppercorn, red wine, mushroom, Roquefort cheese & garlic cream). Man oh man, this steak is just so good, very tender and flavorful that I can’t get enough of them!

Buttered Seared US Wagyu Beef Onglet - 180 grams of wagyu beef onglet served with fries, salad & roasted shallots. Otherwise known as the hanger steak, also known as butcher's steak, is a cut of beef steak prized for its flavor. Gosh this steak was just so juicy and tender plus boldly flavorful!

Crispy Homemade Duck Confit - with green salad, sautéed potatoes & cèpe mushroom sauce. I’m not really a duck-kind-of-person but I would eat it if it’s served to me. This was tender, juicy and have a very pronounced iron-y taste.

Coq-au-Vin Chicken - braised in red wine, mushroom, onion & smoked bacon sauce. Don’t get intimidated with this dish’ name as it is actually a traditional French dish. It had a supremely rich sauce filled with tender chicken meat paired with French fries. This actually reminded me of adobo for some reason.


Le Nancy  - flourless dark chocolate & almond gateau with sauce & chantilly cream. One of the perfect desserts to cap a great dinner. This dessert had a rally deep and rich cholate flavor.

Buttered Dark Davao Chocolate Mousse - with Dentelle Biscuit. My favorite among all the desserts that we got to try at Sagana. The mousse was just so smooth and silky with that rich Davao cholate flavor, dang, this is just like (again) a slice of heaven. And can I just say how much I loved that Dentelle biscuit! A must order!

Fresh Strawberry Sherbet - homemade sherbet with a refreshing legit strawberry flavor, a little sweet and a little tangy.

Palawan Honey & Coconut Ice Cream - this dessert will surely remind you of summer days and the tropics; really rich and thick.

I'm used to the fine dining restaurants that present small servings and to my surprise, Sagana puts down their dishes in servings that can be shared, again still staying true to their concept of an establishment perfect for family or group of friends dining destination. Sagana is truly where guests can enjoy in the company of colleagues, friends and family, over lunch or dinner.

And oh by the way, Sagana French Bistro is one of the high-end restaurants that are also a partner of Zomato Gold, wherein you can get 1 + 1 on selected dishes. Terms and conditions apply of course, so just ask one of the staff about it if you want to avail of their Zomato Gold promotion.

GF, Net One Center, 3rd Avenue cor. 26th St.,
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Contact Nos: +63 9176327946
02 8158801
Email: hello@sagana.ph
Website: www.sagana.ph

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