Wednesday, January 25, 2017

When in Cebu: La Vie Parisienne

Cebu is slowly turning into a foodie paradise with new restaurants opening here and there. One of the restaurants that captured my interest is La Vie Parisienne. It is not particularly new but it has a romantic ambiance and I figured that it’s a great place to spend a night with R for his post birthday celebration. 

Hello, La Vie Parisienne!
I am aware that this place is more of a bakery than a restaurant but I didn’t know that they have quite a limited selection in terms of heavier, dinner appropriate dishes. 

We ended up just getting a few pastries—Pain Choco (PHP60), Croissant (PHP60) and Three Cheese Puff (PHP25). 
We also decided to try one of the Shanpelino Sparkling Wines (PHP325/bottle) and went with Strawberry flavor given that it seemed to be the most popular.
Just like your usual bakery, you have to pick the pastries and drinks of your choice and put it in your basket. 
Upon check out, you have to inform the staff if you would like to dine in or to have your food and drinks to go. We opted to eat there to enjoy the beautiful ambiance. 
The French looking cashier quickly placed our pastries on a black stone plate and opened our sparkling wine and put it in a bucket full of ice. And in less than 2 minutes, we were set. 
It took us a bit of time before we found good seats and clean table. The dining area was packed when we visited and the vacant tables were not very clean. Though I like the vibe of enjoying light snacks and wine al fresco, I didn’t really like that the the place was very crowded.  (The nicest places to wine and dine—the lighted dome, teepee and low couches on the grass) were the most crowded.) There were a lot of youngsters around and R and I felt a bit out of place. 
We started our light dinner by trying the cheese puff. And one bite made us realize why it was cheap. It didn’t taste that good. It was at best mediocre. The cheese taste wasn’t sharp and it was very true to its name “puff” as it was very airy.
The Pain Choco and Croissants are a lot better though. Pain Choco is your usual flaky bread with chocolate spread in the middle. The croissant on the other hand had a light buttery taste which I loved. Too bad I didn’t buy extra to bring home to Manila. 
Our sparkling wine on the other hand was pretty good! It tasted like strawberry soda and the fizz tickled my mouth. 
It was a refreshing drink and perfect to enjoy during a humid night. 
Overall, I liked the interiors and the concept. Despite the intimidating name and look, food and drinks are reasonably priced. I’d be willing to go back for more of those croissants but I’ll definitely avoid the peak hours of the store. 

La Vie Parisienne is located at 371 Gordoro Avenue, Lahug, Cebu City.

La Vie Parisienne Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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