Not so long ago I met two lovely ladies named Kate & Mause. I don’t want to go into the details about HOW we met. All I know is that I gained two new girl friends because of that. Fast forward to today, a little over a year after we first met, after countless coffee and dinner dates, we gathered once again to celebrate Kate’s 25th birthday at this quaint little French inspired restaurant named La Maison Rose (The Pinkhouse Restaurant).
I don’t know of too many French restaurants in Cebu so when Kate suggested that we celebrate her birthday here I was more than excited. She had one condition though. We all had to dress up for the occasion. As in strictly dress, high heels, make-up and all that. Okay, sige. Pagbigyan nato si Kate kay it’s her birthday. LOL! And well, it IS nice to dress up every once in a while. 🙂
When I arrived (about ONE entire hour of fixing myself up + traffic along the way) I was immediately smitten by the gorgeous interiors. It’s cozy and dimly-lit just perfect for intimate gatherings.
Mause was already there looking fresh and elegant as if she hasn’t been on her feet all day long running after the little kids and teaching them how to read write and count in Mandarin. She immediately showed me the iPad menu and half-jokingly told me “I don’t know about you but I’m just so excited about dessert. I’m thinking of ordering all desserts lang for tonight!” LOL!
It took Kate a while to get to us so while waiting we feasted on their complimentary appetizers: Truffles, Gruyere and Caviar. If this is just something complimentary then I was already SO looking forward to our entrees.
Later on Kate arrived looking as glowing as ever just as any birthday girl should look. We perused the menu, decided on our orders, then took our first group photo of the night.
Soon our appetizers started to arrive. We ordered the Foie Gras Terrine which is a classic French dish. I smothered the duck liver spread all over the accompanying soft bread and welcomed the strange yet new and quite surprisingly delectable taste in my mouth. It’s my first time to eat duck liver so it took me a while to develop a liking for it. 🙂
Then came the cheese soufflé with arugula. I love how the gooey, salty cheese tasted against the bitter arugula.
Here’s Kate looking so excited to dig in. But whenever I am in a restaurant with my camera, the number one rule is no one gets to eat until I am satisfied with my shots of the food. Patience my friends!
Our entrees soon arrived one by one. Kate’s Fish En Papillone came first. When I had a taste of this I marveled at how perfectly cooked it was. The moment my fork sliced into the fish it came off. It was so soft and flaky and aromatic and when dipped into the sauce it was just absolutely divine.
Next came my Black Peppered Steak. I am not really a steak person but this one looked too good to pass up. I like my steak medium rare and La Maison Rose definitely pulled it off. Just chewy enough to make me savor the harmonious tastes of the meat, the marinade, and the gravy all coming together. I also loved how beautifully creamy the mashed potatoes were.
Then came Mause’s Truffle Coquilette Pasta. Anything with truffle suits Teacher Mause’s fancy and this dish more than exceeded her expectations of it. Little elbow macaroni pasta cooked in rich, savory truffle oil made even more delicious by the saltiness that the meat provided. I think I’m ordering this the next I come back here.
FINALLY, the most awaited part of the evening arrived. Time for dessert! Kate’s was the Tiramisu which is said to be their specialty. However, Le Maison Rose’s version is Filipinized. Meaning it is more like an upgrade of your regular mango float. This one combines shreds of coconut with sweet mango layered with super light cream. The cream is the highlight of this dish. I wonder how they made it just so incredibly light and airy with just a hint of sweetness. The moist cake at the bottom is just what this dish needs to bring all the components of this dish into one heavenly experience. *sigh
Next came the Banana Flambee. I am a big fan of bananas and I make sure to have it at least once a day. Whether I eat it alone, or I slice ‘em up and mix it into my oatmeal, or put it together on top of my peanut butter sandwich. This banana however is totally different. Flambee means to serve or cover with liquor. Knowing that alone already makes this dish a winner in my books.
Last came the Chocolate Coulant. I think in layman’s terms this is the molten lava cake. I was so excited to cut into the cake just so that I could see the chocolate flowing from inside. They say it’s baked perfectly if the chocolate really flows. I swear I could remember holding my breath the moment I cut into the cake and lo and behold! Just like lava from a volcano, rich, gooey, fudge-y chocolate flowed from the center. Oooohhhmygooodness. I have just have no words for this. So I’ll let the picture do the talking.
After we stuffed ourselves full we explored the place for photo ops. This is me inside their incredibly pretty pink banyo.
I love this goofy pic of me and Mause while Kate’s looking all serious and smiling. LOL! Oh, and I’m in love with this painting of a girl and her bike.
We needed full body shots to prove that we wore dresses and heels today (except Teacher Mause because there’s no way she could chase little kids in stilettos. LOL!)
The bill came in this awfully cute little fake book thingy. It’s the little details in this restaurant that adds charm to the whole place.
Even the ceiling is decorated with little upside down umbrellas. Gaaaah! I just can’t stop gushing about the interiors.
My last shot was of this quirky lamp shade on the corner of the room. Someday I shall visit the Eiffel Tower too 😀
The night did not end when we left La Maison Rose. Even if it was a school/work night we decided to stay up a bit later so that we’ll have time to head to Maya for drinks.
Mause and I had mojitos while Kate had her favorite Jack Daniels with Coke. I’m such a lousy drinker so I only managed to consume half of my drink.
Thank you ladies for such a wonderful night! Joyeux anniversaire Kate! ‘Till our next date!
Le Maison Rose is located at 371 Gorordo Avenue Lahug, Cebu City
Right beside the Mormon church in Lahug
Call them at 032-2685411 for reservations