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Plenty of restaurants claim to offer a fusion of Eastern and Western sensibilities. Quite frankly, though, only a few of them really live up to those claims. Lucky for Le Petit Souffle, they belong to the latter group.
Opening in 2015, Le Petit Souffle is one of the newer restaurants around. Its name means "The Little Souffle" (or "The Little Breath," depending on what translation you prefer to use), but no, it's not a dessert parlor (at least, not exclusively). Instead, it's a bistro that offers a unique blend of French and Japanese cuisine.
As of this writing, their second branch in SM Megamall in Mandaluyong has yet to open. So, for the Mandaluyong foodies who want to try it out, or for other foodies in areas near Makati, here are our first impressions of the place.
As mentioned earlier, Le Petit Souffle brands itself as "French-Japanese." However, the interiors have more of a French influence than anything else.
Also, there's mellow French music playing all around. If you know a thing or two about the language, it'd be fun to translate the songs in your head while waiting for your orders.
As for the Japanese influence, it's a little more subtle. The napkins are printed with images of a chibi character, and the dishes are served on unmistakably Asian plates (as you'll see in a little bit). The rectangular housing of the lamps also adds to the Japanese touch, without looking too out-of-place with the rest of the overall design.
Now, this is where the Japanese influence begins to show. For the main course, we ordered one Hambagu with Japanese Ketchup and Egg (Php425). By the way, "hambagu" is the Japanese transliteration of the word "hamburger."
As for the drinks, we ordered one Orange Juice with Vanilla Softee (Php170).
Last but not the least, we have the Strawberry Lychee Parfait (Php195).
And, as with their other products, this parfait was rich and flavorful. The nut-and-choco Pockies were a nice touch, and the bitterness of the matcha blended surprisingly well with this sweet treat. The round wooden coaster finished off the beautiful presentation.
Embarrassingly enough, we weren't able to try any of their soufflés. (And to think the restaurant has "soufflé" in its name.) Considering what we've eaten so far, we thought stuffing ourselves too much would do more harm than good. That said, if the other dishes were anything to go by, we wouldn't hesitate to recommend their other offerings.
We have zero complaints about the service. Having arrived at the place near opening hours, we were able to sit in a comfortable place. The servers were quick to take our orders, and we received the Orange Juice with Vanilla Softee a few minutes after we asked for it. They also make sure to stand by at all times, ready to attend to a customer who needs something ASAP.
After we ordered the Hambagu, we were told that it will take 15 to 20 minutes (which it did). They even gave us another menu set, when we put away the previous one thinking that we wouldn't order anything more. Needless to say, we were wrong, but again, we don't have any complaints.
Even though we weren't able to try their famous soufflés, we'll be sure to come back the next time. The food is great, the ambience is relaxing, and the service is miles above the competition. For them, we give a rating of 9.5/10.