By now you already know that my 8-year-old daughter is a Francophile, so just before she went back to school we hied off on a (food) trip to Paris. I mean, Paris Délice on Makati Avenue. It was a Monday when we visited the place, and I was pleasantly surprised that it gets filled and bustling with patrons, mostly French. It was très chic just listening to their accents!
Paris Délice is a small fast food-type of joint specializing in (what else?) traditional French grub. It’s owned by a Filipino and 2 Frenchmen, who were exchange students here in the Philippines. Needless to say, they are committed to bringing the fresh and authentic taste of France to us Pinoys. To do just that, I heard that the dough they use to make their breads is flown in from Paris because, apparently, the weather here won’t allow homemade dough to yield the perfect French breads. Well, I’m not even sure if there’s any truth to that…
When I say fast food, I mean almost everything is already prepared and the waiting time is very short. In fact, there’s a shelf dedicated to a selection of salads, cold pasta and beverages. All the customer has to do is reach for the individually-packed food, pay at the counter, and is good to go. I wasn’t too hungry that day (but I saved my appetite for the pastries) so I just picked out La Mediterranèenne (P115).
La Mediterranèenne is a cold pasta salad of fusilli, goat cheese and oven-roasted vegetables (carrot and zucchini) tossed in a caramelized balsamic vinegar dressing. It definitely has a French flavor, but it’s not something I will eat again. I found the dressing too tart for my tastebuds. I guess I’m just not accustomed to it.
My Bea had a Quiche Lorraine (P105), which is her favorite. A French-German friend introduced me to this classic dish more than 10 years ago. It’s a savory pie with a soft, buttery crust and filled with egg custard and bacon. What’s not to like?
My favorites are the sweets, but of course! I’d willingly skip a square meal just to have my sugar fix. At Paris Délice, the sweet pastries are certainly not to be missed. The mini pan au chocolat (P30) or tiny chocolate croissant has an irresistibly delightful texture — crunchy and firm to the bite. C’est si bon! The macarons de Paris (P35 each) or almond meringue cookies with an assortment of buttercream fillings are mouthfuls of heaven. I recently tried the legendary macarons from the famous Ladurée of Paris when our friends brought home a box of 8 macarons for us, and I swear Paris Délice‘s macarons are not far behind, taste-wise.
I also tried the fruit tart (P70), a perfectly sweet and satisfying pastry that’s easy to fall in love with. Available in mixed fruit, lemon, choco-banana and apple, it’s a wholesome treat for all dessert lovers.
I’m just glad that there’s an authentic French restaurant that strives to make French cuisine more easily accessible and affordable for food lovers like me. I say authentic because I have never seen a French café in the city with as many French people dining in it. And for that alone, Paris Délice deserves a visit. Bon appetit a tous!Paris Délice 1 Juno Street corner Makati Avenue Makati City
andThe Enterprise Center Food Court 6766 Ayala Avenue, Makati City