Restaurants with sustainable food menus aren’t exactly the next big thing, but they are slowly making a name for themselves. The first establishment I encountered that dabbles in slow food was Tourne. It was an interesting experience to say the least, even if they scored less than stellar marks from Fi and I.
Le Bistro Vert, with celebrity chef Sau del Rosario at the helm, is another resto that espouses the merits of organic and locally sourced ingredients. I’ve got a soft spot for sustainable cuisine, and I’ve yet to try any of chef Sau’s restaurants so I’d be hitting two birds with one stone here once I saw that Deal Grocer was offering a voucher.
Mushroom Raviolo – P295
While I myself am not that much a fan of ravioli, Fi is absolutely smitten with it. Le Bistro Vert’s version was stuffed with a mix of mushrooms, while the pasta itself was topped with cheese and swam in a creamy sauce. It was tasty and the flavors blended well. The earthiness of the mushrooms, the texture of the pasta, and the tanginess of the cheese all worked hand-in-hand in making you savor the moment and cherishing each bite.
Manila Clam Chowder – P195
One look at the dish and you know it’s not your regular, run-off-the-mill clam chowder. The guys over at Le Bistro Vert took steps to make sure that one spoonful will give a hint of the familiar, but at the same time, take you on an untraveled gustatory road. However, after finishing the whole bowl, there was something missing: the clams. Not one made an appearance. I’m not sure if it was an accident on their part or completely intentional. It boggles the mind.
Garlic Caramel Baked Wings – P250
What I really liked about the wings was that it was something against the grain. Nowadays, you can expect to order wings that are either the buffalo kind, or the Korean double-fried variety. What you get instead from Le Bistro Vert are juicy, free range chicken wings that pack a powerful garlic punch with a subtle sweet taste. Whether you’ll be enjoying it as an appetizer or as an entree, I’d thoroughly recommend it.
Fish Belly, Buro Mustasa – P250
All it took was one whiff and I knew that the buro was ready. Its infamous stench quickly permeated every nook and cranny of the whole room, and imprinted itself on every piece of clothing within a whole city block. Yes, I’m exaggerating, but you get my drift. Moving on to actually tasting it, it wasn’t bad, but a little bit too salty for my taste. Yes, I know that it is supposed to be salty and eaten together with the vegetables, but I am just not a fan. Fi liked it though, but she did mention about how the dish was overpoweringly sour, with the tomatoes and all. Maybe something to counteract all the acid would be good?
Palawan Cashew & Herb Crusted Fillet of Fish – P375
What I had on the other hand, was one of their best-sellers. The dish featured a sole fillet blanketed with herbs, and laid on a bed of sweet potatoes. On the side, was a swath of edamame puree. What I like about this is how off-kilter it is. The ingredients used, all the way down to the presentation, is an exercise in eccentricity and creativity.
Toblerone Sans Rival
Much to Fi’s delight, Le Bistro Vert had a massive selection of different kinds of Sans Rival. We actually wanted to try at lest two flavors, but we were already full and close to bursting. So much for a romantic evening. Anyway, we settled on a slice of the Toblerone sans rival. While it doesn’t look like there aren’t many layers going on, rest assured that you’ll feel each layer’s wafery crunch as you slowly slice off a piece. Taste wise though, Fi notes that while it was good, it doesn’t actually taste like sans rival. I just nodded my head in agreement as I finished off the plate.
In conclusion, one of the best things Le Bistro Vert has going for them is that their thrust for sustainability doesn’t hinder them from delivering the goods. While we may have preconceived notions that the food may not be as good because they are organic or locally sourced, Le Bistro Vert tramples all over this misconception and gives you food that you would want to eat, period.
Le Bistro Vert
Streetside, Fraser Place, Streetside Fraser Place Tower
Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City