Now on its 11th year and despite all the new restaurants and dessert shops that have sprouted all over the metro, Bizu Patisserie still remains on my list of favorite spots. I cannot count anymore how many times I’ve dined at 3 of Bizu‘s 4 branches. To me it’s the sort of feel-good place that never seems to lose its charm. In fact, I’ve tried nearly all of its signature cakes and have consistently loved its famous Macarons de Paris — those little colorful chewy cookies — no matter how much more expensive they’ve become over the years.
“Bizu” was inspired by the French word for “kiss”, bisous. The place brings France a bit closer to us by allowing us to experience the art of French dining and serving traditional French dishes. For instance, this Pork Trotter Cassoulet (P445++) that I devoured recently:
The cassoulet is a typical stew from Southern France that combines white beans, bacon lardons, garlic sausages, croutons and deep-fried pork knuckles (crispy pata to Filipinos). I’ve watched my favorite celebrity chef/food and travel show host Anthony Bourdain magically toss all the ingredients together in a pot and slowly cook the entire thing until it transforms into an amazingly rich, sinful, porky goodness that makes absolute sense. A meat lover’s dream come true! I totally loved it.
For an easy and relaxing afternoon of tête-à-tête with a friend, go for the Afternoon Tea for Two (P575++). This set includes bite-sized sweets and savories that can be shared in between sips of your choice of tea. There’s a petite croque monsieur, salmon with dill pistachio mousseline, mushroom duxelle in vol-au-vent, chicken pesto with sundried tomato mayo in petite ciabatta, a scone, madeleines, caramelized apples with brie on croute, opera cakes, macarons and a chocolate truffle. I thought it was overpriced, but on second thought, everything in France is costly! I remember having eaten the most exorbitant ham and egg sandwich in my life at an outdoor cafe in Paris, just behind the Sacré–Cœur, completely unaware that it’s more expensive to dine al fresco because, apparently, you pay for the view. Bizu Patisserie is here to constantly remind me of that one day I spent in Paris. Bon appétit!