Duck & Buvette… An authentic French Saveur…


Duck & Buvette.. An authentic French Saveur…

fat girl
Is she the Chef? =)

I was a bit skeptical stopping by at Duck & Buvette. Besides, I was eyeing to stop by one of those ritzier restaurants on the other wing of Shangri-la mall.

But the aroma of brewed coffee enticed me and I sit pronto at the nearest available seats instead.

The attendants with their invariable smiles, are keen enough in bringing you their menu.

menu
Drinks and main..

I requested for the cold brew iced coffee while simultaneously scrutinizing info bits about their coffee. Which brought me to that vitrine.

my coffee
My iced coffee..

intelligentsia

glass display

I got that easy apple cake with lots of walnuts. I’m pretty sure it matches my cafe latte.

walnut pie
Walnut and apple cake…

The profile of their coffee is strong for me but it has a unique gusto, something I haven’t encounter for a long time. Still, I requested for a simple syrup to trim the robust in every sip.

syrup
Syrup please..=)

And I found a non-chicken dish that suits me: 8 hour Angus briskets. The description is that it’s a slow roasted “melt in your mouth” black Angus beef served with roast garlic rice and roasted mushroom sauce.

angus
Literally melts in your mouth..

cubiertos

condiments

 

I thought of something for my mom and my son, a sourdough pizza topped with fennel sausage and crispy pepperoni.

pizza
An all-time favorite..

It was indeed an artisanal pizza.

In my humble opinion, I got qualms because a few guests were present when I came. They looked like aristocrats all the while attendants are taking turns pouring wine in their Bordeaux glass.

chairs
I chose al fresco, but the inside is more intimate I guess..

I am grateful they have coffee since I am not a wine drinker. Be it red or white, I’d still prefer having coffee or smoothies of fresh fruits.

Their coffee by the way is from Intelligentsia. That it originated from Chicago. And that Intelligentsia coffee per my research and curious questions, is one of the biggest coffee roasting company that represents the “third wave coffee”. They are from better (best) produce and are curated in a special and distinct process which makes it an artisanal delight. Oh, I can now taste (and smell) the difference. =)

I can’t help but confirm from them that If I remember it right, something else is here years ago, and they happily told me that this is formerly Cafe Provencal, same owner, same staff, everything same, only better, I told him that it was good and that it is rightfully necessary to innovate. Always. That we can never allow ourselves to be stagnant for a looong time. It’s just cool to reinvent from time to time.

I think I’m bringing my friends here. =) And I know what to get as well on my next visit. =)

It is located at the 2nd floor of Shangri-la Plaza’s main wing (just across the elevators), EDSA Corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong, 1550. You can make reservations too. Just give them a call at: 631 0675.
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-An only daughter. A mother of an 18 year old son. Passionate with so many things. A lover of life itself. First of which is to write. Then, sing (I specifically love the stage), read, cook, travel & take beautiful pictures (photography) and scrap booking, all of which are my own way of coping with life's challenges. Friends usually associate me with the color violet. I love this color so much! Though, I love pink, red, teal, orange, yellow, blue as well! Coffee is my water and my happy food is cheesecake topped w/ blueberries, yogurt, sansrival and cream puff. I mastered fettuccine carbonara because that is one of my favorite food as well, along w/ broccoli, prawns and mushrooms. Secretly, I love "Stitch" - that grinning indigo pup. =) Seriously, I dream to become a philanthropist (starting off by providing shelter to street children in our country) and a famous author someday. I'm just waiting for God's time for my first book to be published.- It took me years to decide to blog, more so to write and have it out in the open. As I used to write even when I was a teenager, and I just keep them on file. It was my outlet. Approaching the year they say where life begins, or If I may say, the sweeter life. It was a year full of emotions. As I lost my father a year before and I guess in one way or another, the unfathomable sadness prompted me to pour them out in my writings and share them to the world, hoping it might lighten the heaviness of my heart. I live now with my son and mother, as a mother and as a daughter (as a friend and a sister), this has made me be ready to finally do what I am meant to do. Even If there's a lot that I wanted to do. This came first, like a first love that occupied a special place in my heart. It's a looong process, tiring, frustrating, exciting. The best part? is the happiness it brings. Even if things around seems all so wrong. It's like having my own place under the sun. My own safe and happy rainbowed world. At times, there's guilt as well, for I strongly believe, writing (like singing) is a talent God has gifted us. We ought to use it and maximize it, in our littlest way, share it to mankind, for His glory. I just had a few distractions over the years and to realize that it is never too late to be who we ought to be, I have this very strong feeling, now is the time. All my life, I have decided on things that made me happy, this is one of those. I may never be a winner of those best blogs that have been awarded to talented writers/ bloggers and I don't mind, there are strikes of being envious, but according to my father, there are two kinds of being envy. There's envy that is so negative, it'll hamper you from doing good and there's an envy that makes you happy for them, or seeing yourself in their shoes, I think, the kind of envy in me, is the latter. Like celebrities who missed an Oscar, while the film was watched by the whole world, she/he did not mind, it's like knowing what counts best, and it's the capacity to share your talents to anyone who wants to receive it, without asking anything in return. Expressing what's in my heart and mind on every occasion (which happens to be daily) and being happy about it is like a prize already. Happy reading!(--,)

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