Chic new French café and patisserie at the Fort: C’est bon!
Alexandre is a cozy brunch spot with the quiche being the menu’s piece de resistance.
Patisserie meets café at Alexandre, a newly-opened family-run bakery-cafe at the Fort Global City. Intimate yet airy, the place is both elegant and casual, an ideal place to sit alone with a cup of strong hot coffee, the requisite French music humming in the background.
The counter displays freshly baked bread and a limited selection of croissants and French pastries, which can be boxed and tied daintily in twine to take home. ï¿½ Mostly host to an expat community living and working near the area, Alexandre is slowly drawing in the crowds, as the place transforms into an exclusive wine lounge with canapés starting at 7 p.m. to match the wine selection.
Unsold items are delivered daily to Bahay ni Maria, an orphanage in Bel-Air Village, Makati. Open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Alexandre will soon have champagne brunch and an extensive evening menu.
What we ordered:
The Breakfast Bonjour (P250), a happy assortment of fancy breads and petits croissants in butter, chocolate and almond flavors and accompanied by honey, strawberry and mango marmalade, is a surefire way to jumpstart a long day. The bread basket, which comes with fresh creamy butter, is meant to be shared and comes with your choice of a regular-sized hot beverage. The Breakfast Bonjour is served only until 2 p.m.
The Monet Sandwich (P160) with ham and mozzarella in between a crusty baguette, may seem a bit dry and monotonous after a few bites, especially for those who are used to having more than a sandwich during meals. Best ordered with mustard to add a piquant taste to the mild saltiness of the ham and the neutral taste of the cheese.
The Pain au Chocolat (P50 for petit, P85 for grande), was tender, flaky, and smelled delicious, so we were slightly disappointed to find that it had a little less chocolate than we’d hoped for, though it was enough to satisfy a sudden craving for chocolate croissant.
We think the Quiche (P350 for a slice and P390 with bread and salad) which comes with a bread basket (raisin, walnut, traditional baguette and whole wheat baguette) and garden salad on the side, is the star in Alexandre’s menu. The servers will tell you right away that the item is not on the menu but sits on the counter with the pastries and the bread. An open pie with cheese and vegetables, Alexandre’s version is creamy and tasty, without the overpowering saltiness common in most quiches.
When to go: 10 a.m. can get pretty busy at Alexandre with the brunch and late breakfast crowd coming in. The servers are rarely slacking though and the owners may even check on your tables, ready to orient you on the menu.
What we think: Even with a limited menu for those unaccustomed to meals with just bread, Alexandre is an elegant and inviting brunch place for French-inspired food devotees. They also offer free delivery for Fort Bonifacio residents for a minimum P1,000 purchase.
Alexandre is at the Ground Floor The Grand Hamptons Tower 2, 31st corner 1st Avenue, Crescent Park West, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Tel. No. 403-2907.