You’ll find more to enjoy with your steak and potatoes at this French bistro
Atelier Vivanda Manila has happy hour and a new a la carte menu.
Atelier Vivanda Manila
U-A8 Forbes Town Center, Burgos Park, Rizal Drive, Bonifacio Global City
Contact: 848-2632; 0918-VIVANDA, 0918-848-2632
(SPOT.ph) When Atelier Vivanda Manila opened in February, there was lots of excitement for their steaks and potatoes, and for good reason. While the French comfort food creations of Chef Akrame Benallal are still all about celebrating the best meats and simple yet intriguing flavor combinations, the owners eventually also considered adjustments that had to be made to adapt to the local market. Filipinos like to have plenty of choices on the table, after all, so that aside from their set menu, Atelier Vivanda Manila now offers an a la carte menu and a happy hour menu for those who want more options alongside the house specialties.
Cheese is always a good idea.
Potatoes steal the show at Atelier Vivanda.
Happy hour at Atelier Vivanda is served from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily, a combination of old favorites and a couple of fresh and creative additions. The Smoked Beef (P980), thinly sliced and aged for 50 days, would be a great start to be taken with the Deli Platter (P795), a selection of cold cuts and cheese. The Pommes Dauphines (P165), perfectly crisp fried potato puree balls, showcase only a portion of Atelier’s memorable potato medley.
Pata Negra (P780)
The Tuna Tartare (P275) is a refreshing combination of soy ginger, sesame, chili, and cilantro, just enough to get you by until the early hours into the night. For a selection of bites that packs plenty of flavor, the Burger Sliders (P695) are mini-patties encased in brioche buns in three ways: With foie gras, blue cheese, and caramelized onions. Don’t forget to share that side of potato chips.
Duck Confit (P975)
Atelier’s a la carte menu highlights a number of dishes and even desserts to keep your taste buds happy and tummies more than satisfied. The potatoes are definitely still worth your attention: the Mashed Potatoes (P140) and Pommes Darphin (P265) particularly make it easy to forget everything else on the table. But then again, once the Tomahawk (P5,900/850 grams) arrives, the glistening hunk of meat will take you back to what this French bistro is all about.
Cold Pineapple Soup
Dark Chocolate Ice Cream
End your meal with some equally memorable desserts, whether it’s the Cold Pineapple Soup (P350) or Dark Chocolate Ice Cream with Banana, Chocolate and Cacao Meringue (P350).
There’s something undeniably special about dining at Atelier, with its dim lights and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, that bit of Paris in Manila. While steak and potatoes remain to be the highlight of every visit, the French bistro has also incorporated the Manila diner’s need for a little bit of everything to make that experience even more worthwhile.
Photos by Majoy Siason