'tis the season! to avoid the crazy crowds in maddening malls! and if you wanna eat what you gonna do? well, hello, there are lots of places to eat in outside of greenbelt and glorietta, 'no? and one new place we've been waiting to open is called aubergine. now why would anyone name their place aubergine? first of all, what the hell is an aubergine? and how do you pronounce it? and no, they don't serve exclusively aubergine dishes, the way guava serves guava-infused dishes. the resto is located on the second floor of a building in fort bonifacio, away from the crowded serendra and the fort areas. and it occupies practically the entire second floor—it's huge! inside it's bright and clean and the interiors kind of remind us of a hotel coffee shop, and we don't mean that in a bad way. and instead of a buffet table spread in the center of the room (hehe), the main attraction is a glass-encased wine cellar. it's so big, you can actually set up a romantic table for two in there. but we opted for a regular table for two. (we have to comment on the rest room, though: for a restaurant that big, they only have one toilet stall in the ladies' room. or did we miss another one on the other end?) we went straight to main course and ordered french duck confit with creamed brussels sprouts and parsley marble potatoes (P740). the duck leg was cooked to perfection with just the right amount of crunchiness, but we gotta ask, who the hell likes brussels sprouts? sure, they look cute on a plate, but they taste just as bitter as ampalaya. we also ordered roasted pineapple glazed australian rack of lamb served with tamarind jus, ratatouille, goat cheese tart, and pumpkin gnocchi (P1,180). when asked how we like it done, we said whatever the chef recommends. well, this looks too pink, don't you think? a little longer on the grill might have been better. our fault! and all those little side dishes with different flavors (sweet, sour, salty) somehow did not complement each other and left us with confused taste buds. all washed down with a côtes du rhône syrah (P1,950). all that plus an asparagus soup (P220) plus 12% VAT (it was not included in the menu price, so prices are always deceiving that way) plus 10% service charge, added up to a grand total of P4,455.20. typical for a fine-dining restaurant. we'd come back (although not too soon—there's still christmas shopping to spend our hard-earned money on!), if only to try the other dishes, or share a bottle of wine with friends during happy hour with friends at the bar, or have merienda of coffee and cake with your mom.
aubergine restaurant patiserrie, 32nd and 5th building, 5th ave. corner 32nd st., fort bonifacio global city, taguig city, tel (2) 856-9888.