Le Coude Rouge
Walking to the restaurant is prudent, in anticipation of post-prandial sloth-like behavior.
Coq qu vin Chicken cooked in red wine, shallots, mushroom and bacon
Le Coude Rouge hours don't pause for the mid-morning or mid-afternoon siesta, so sudden cravings for hors d'oeuvres and other sounds-like-an-exam-but-tastes-great treats are welcome here. Fortunate for the adventurous yet lingua franca-challenged, the menu is kindly printed in English and French.
Truth be told, the sunny to the eye, fuzzy to the tummy Soupe aux légumes (Php 100.00) paired with the complimentary French loaf is pleasantly filling. The main course servings are good for sharing too. Coq qu vin (Php 280.00) served with steamed vegetables and mashed potato reminds one of the local Chicken Adobo. The cooking is surprisingly light, unlike the usual richness one expects from French food. That's a good thing, because even as the vegetable soup is still warm in your stomach, one cannot resist a Quiche aux legumes (Php 60.00). Nor can one resist a mango crepe paired with homemade ice cream for dessert.
There are limited parking spaces out front, if you insist on bringing a car. One can also walk around and enjoy the exhibit in the lobby. If audio books are your style, just listening to the conversations around you will keep you entertained while you will the food to settle, and while you contemplate an after dinner drink. A Bon Voyage (Gin, Baileys, Kahlua, whisky and tequila, smothered in grenadine [Php 90.00]), perhaps?
Quiche aux legumes
Though the cleanliness and ambiance could be better, the relaxed atmosphere is good news for children (or kids at heart), who can enjoy Chocolat chaud ou froid after a meal of Fusilli aux légumes fusilli with mixed vegetables (Php 150.00). Any restaurant that can serve vegetables that look yummy earns extra points. For meat-lovers, they serve Steak au poivre (Php 340.00 (200g) / Php 420.00 (300g)) with a side dish of vegetables and French fries or mashed potatoes. They also serve rice, for the Asian in all of us. For those abstaining, they serve Crevettes Ã la provençale (Php 300.00).
Le Coude Rouge is friendly on the pocket, and seductive to the tongue. Ask your waiter about the daily special, and the Ratatouille. Also ask for the story behind the name (The Red Elbow). Avoid lunch and dinner hours for quick service with a smile. It's best to come by in between regular mealtimes, whenever French fancy strikes.
Le Coude Rouge is open from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 8:30 am to 9:00 pm Wednesday, and 8:30 am to 2:00 pm Friday, and 8:30 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday (only snack menu on Sundays). Le Coude Rouge is located in 209 Nicanor Garcia Street Bel-Air, Makati City with telephone numbers (02)895-7441 and (02)895-7585.