December 30, 2019

One of My Favorite Restos, Bistro Charlemagne Is Now Open at Ayala Malls Manila Bay!

A foodie friend posted a question on Facebook asking what is or are the best restaurant/s his friends and followers have visited this year. I haven’t commented yet because I was thinking of the restaurants that blew my mind away. There are plenty; but, one of the first few that came to my mind is Bistro Charlemagne. I’ve learned about this Euro-Asian restaurant during our stop at Solenad Nuvali during a Tagaytay-Sta Rosa food crawl, where. And since then it has become one of my go-to place.

I was ecstatic when Bistro Charlemagne opened a branch at Ayala Malls Feliz because it’s on my turf! I’ve dined there several times with friends and families and have suggested it to them as well. One of my friends even brought her family there and it her dad loved it. Now, Bistro Charlemagne has again opened another branch last November 2019, that will cater to clienteles of the South West populates at their third branch at Ayala Malls Manila Bay.

Their Ayala Malls Manila Bay branch still exudes the same regal and elegance of their two other branches. With simple lines and muted tones paired with plush red velvet and snakeskin seats and dark wooden table. It has a mixture of contemporary and old-world allure giving a perfect ambiance for the great food that they offer.

If you’re not familiar with Bistro Charlemagne, their menu is a unification of flavorful dishes with 40% coming from Little Asia (the original restaurant) menu and 60% are newly invented ones. Owner Carlemagne 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’ve introduced this resto to my friends and family and I’ve only received nothing but positive reviews. I was never discomfited every time I suggest Bistro Charlemagne to my anyone who asks me where they should eat in Ayala Malls Feliz or at Solenad Nuvali. From appetizers, to main dishes to desserts, everything is so good!

I went to their new branch at Ayala Malls Manila Bay branch which is located at the 3rd Floor Lot 2 Cinemas Building with my foodie friends and those who us who have tried it before can’t stop telling the first-timers that they are in for a treat. So here are the dishes that we tried, some of these I have tried before and totally loved that I can vouched my life for how delicious they are and some are dishes that I haven’t tried, so I was pretty much excited.

Bistro Sisig Fries – succulent thrice-cooked pork cheeks blended with creamy sauteed chicken liver sauce on top of fries.

Little Asia's Crispy Chicken – a classic house special crispy chicken with freshly made savory gravy. A family recipe passed down from my grandfather. It's what's kept three generations of restaurateurs alive from the 1950's until today.

Ox Sisig – slow-cooked ox tongue and ox tripe mixed with our special livermansi-mayo topped with chicharon bulaklak. Recreating the Filipino classic, this sisig packs a punch in spiciness, flavor and texture; 'mouthwatering' is an understatement.

Beef Tenderloin Rolls with Cheese – finely rolled strips of beef tenderloin with cheese sauteed in authentic teriyaki sauce. A signature dish we are most proud of. Loved by the kids and kids at heart alike!

Lengua in Mushroom White Sauce – braised ox tongue with cream sauce and sauteed mushrooms. One of Charlemagne's personal favorites.

Dunken Lengua in Mushroom Brown Sauce – pan-seared ox tongue with mushrooms, asparagus and white wine. Raved about as 'the most addictive lengua dish.

Octopus A La Pobre – slow-braised octopus in special garlic-butter sauce and garlic confit. A must try for seafood lovers.

Creamy Seafood Baked Rice – shrimp, squid, fish fillet, crabstick, tossed in a rich cream sauce topped on rice and finished with melted cheese. A perfectly paired seafood medley.

Shrimp Poppers – lightly battered deep fried shrimps tossed in our special sweet chili-mayo sauce and chili oil served with a side salad. These succulent poppers are super addictive; juicy and flavorsome!

Cantonese Prawns – sauteed prawns covered in melted cheese and cream sauce. Star of all starts. The most photographed dish by customers, certainly won't disappoint.

Ghiradelli S'mores – roasted marshmallows laid on Ghiradelli  chocolate ganache served with graham crackers.

Reese's S'mores – roasted marshmallows laid on Reese's peanut butter chips ganache served with graham crackers.

Ghiradelli + Reese's S'mores – secret menu item made of roasted marshmallows laid on Ghiradelli  chocolate ganache and Reese's peanut butter chips ganache served with graham crackers.

Shirley Temple - Mango with grenadine shake

Vietnamese Coconut Drink – special coconut milk with gulaman and sago

Blueberry Banana – blueberry cheesecake and banana shake

Choco Peanut Banana – chocolate, peanut butter and banana shake

I don’t think I have to review each and every dish that is featured in this blog post, just believe me when I say each and every dish is THAT GOOD! But I have to say though, that my favorite is the Beef Tenderloin Rolls with Cheese, those babies are just pure pieces of heaven that send me off to Nirvana, every time I eat a piece. And seriously, I can finish off one serving of that all by myself. I haven’t eaten any dish there that I didn’t like, and I still have to try a lot from their menu. This I promise you though, I will try every dish in that menu!

By the way, Bistro Charlemagne also offers Party Trays year-round that are perfect for any potluck gatherings. Lastly, you can also try their PHP 235 Set Meals, which are such a steal for the price and taste!

Bistro Charlemagne has 3 branches:
- 5/F Ayala Malls Feliz, Marcos Highway cor JP Rizal Street, Dela Paz, Pasig City
- 3/F Lot 2 Cinemas Building Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Entertainment City, Paranaque City
- G/F Solenad 3, Ayala Malls Solenad, Nuvali, Sta Rosa, Laguna

If you want a detailed review of the dishes that I've tried at Bistro Charlemagne, you can check out my previous posts: 
>> The Best Asian Fusion at Bistro Charlemagne Nuvali
>> Enjoy Asian Fusion Dishes at Bistro Charlemagne Now Open at Ayala Malls Feliz!

3F Lot 2 Cinemas Building, Ayala Malls Manila Bay
Diosdado Macapagal Blvd, cor Aseana Ave,
Paranaque City
Contact Nos: (0917) 830-0456

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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