I had the chance to visit the newly opened Mesclun Bistro at Serendra with some fellow bloggers last June 6, 2013. Before I proceed, here are my disclaimers (in light of the recent food blogger bashing extravaganza, lol…):
- We were invited to try it out.
- The chef and owner Kat Kuhn-Alcantara is my friend.
Lol, now that that’s out of the way, rest assured that either way it won’t affect my opinion because it has always been my philosophy to call it the way I see, rather, taste it.
Mesclun Bistro replaces Cuilliere, a quaint French restaurant which Kat also owned and operated at one point. With the redesign, Mesclun Bistro seems to be able to accommodate more people than Cuilliere ever could.
We were served Kat’s signature homemade bread while waiting for the main courses. She used to serve it and sell it by batches half-baked for take home in Cuilliere (so you just pop it in an oven toaster at home and complete the baking). Crusty outside and chewy inside, it’s really good.
Okay, for the first two starters, we were served Escargots (not pictured since I did not eat it) and Andre’s Poke (P325, pictured above). Sorry but I’m not too adventurous with food so I didn’t try the snails, lol. Andre’s Poke however, is kinda like a spicy sashimi salad since it consists of tuna ceviche (kilawin) in sesame dressing and sriracha mayonnaise served with melba toast. I liked it. In fact I think I had at least 4 pieces of toast, lol!
Then we had Anchovies Sourdough Pizza (P245, pictured above). Like the bread, the sourdough crust is homemade. This is a really simple but flavorful pizza with a chewy crust topped with anchovies, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, capers, and basil. My hubby doesn’t like anchovies since it reminds him of tuyo (salted fish) and bagoong (shrimp paste), both of which he dislikes, lol… so he skipped this one. It was okay for me though.
Then we got two try to variants of Mesclun Bistro’s Flammekeuche (Alsatian-style homemade pizzas with homemade creme fraiche) — Sausage (P285, pictured above), which has English and Italian sausages with onions, Swiss cheese, and shredded basil. Yummy!
Then there was Speck (P310, pictured above), which is topped with Speck (a type of prosciutto ham), onions, arugula, and lemon oil. The saltiness of the ham complements the Flammekeuche’s rich creme fraiche. Yummier, haha!
Then we had Kat’s own version of Croque Monsieur (French Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich) / Croque Madame (Croque Monsieur with Egg)… Brioche Croque Ma Duck (P335, pictured above). It’s still French-style Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich but it’s topped with a sunny side up duck egg and served with Kat’s homemade potato chips and side salad. Kat uses brioche bread for this and a rich gooey blend of gruyere and emmenthal cheese. Kids and kids at heart will love this like I did.
Waaaah I casually asked Kat if she retained her divine Foie Gras Sandwich (P1,395 pictured above) which was my favorite from the Cuillere days and she said yes! She promptly had a couple served. OMG. It’s still as heavenly as I remembered it. Rich buttery pan-seared foie gras (goose or duck liver) pieces served in between perfectly baked baguette halves on lettuce and then drizzled with raspberry Port-wine reduction. I love it so much I promise to treat myself to this on my next major occasion, lol.
In the middle of all the sophisticated French style dishes we were eating was Sisig Spaghetti (P245, pictured above), which tasted like sweet-ish creamy carbonara with pork sisig and topped with crushed chicharon. Too rich for me, albeit drizzling calamansi all over it helps balance the taste.
For the grand finale we had House Cured Corned Beef (P595, pictured above). Kat’s house-cured US Angus corned beef with cabbage, potatoes, and carrots is served with its broth and some rice on the side. The vegetables were so fresh and sweet and the beef was melt-in-your-mouth tender. The broth was too salty though. I think I ate all the carrots. Burp.
When we went there the dessert menu wasn’t really fixed yet so we had a nameless dessert of cream-filled croissant topped with lots of gooey chocolate.
I really love how Kat makes everything from scratch (breads, pizza crusts, chips, sauces etc). Majority of the items on the menu fall in between P200+ to P500+ — good value for money considering the quality and preparation each dish entails. With its delicious offerings, reasonable prices, and tasteful interiors, Mesclun Bistro would actually make a great date place.
11th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
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