For my dad’s treat this year for my birthday, I searched on Zomato for highly recommended restaurants that I haven’t tried. I stumbled upon Le Petit Soufflé, a French-Japanese fusion restaurant, and was suitably intrigued. At first, it may seem that merging French and Japanese cuisine is a long shot, but having been to Japan, I think it actually makes sense. Japanese bread and pastries are absolutely to die for. They use the best egg, creamiest milk, and richest butter to create wonderful baked masterpieces. I could just imagine how that passion for patisserie can flawlessly be incorporated in delicate French dishes such as soufflés.
I called to reserve at their Century City Mall branch for July 8, Sunday, which was a day before my actual birthday. Unfortunately, I found out that they do not accept reservations on weekends. We decided to walk in at 11 am, figuring that we could beat the lunch crowd. Indeed, we were the first ones there, and we were able to secure one of the few long tables. The ambience was quite nice, with warm lighting, indoor plants, and comfortable seats.
My family loves to eat, and while we normally eat a lot even without an occasion, birthdays are an excuse to eat even more! Haha. We ordered Furikake Pomme Frites, Kinoko Frites, Cheesu and Matcha Puffs, Sesame Crusted Tuna Salad, Classic French Onion Soup, Classic French Toast, Squid-Ink Rice, Porc Bourguignon, Foie Gras Mac and Cheese, Japanese Beef Curry Soufflé, LPS Carbonara Soufflé, Vegetarian Shoyu Soba, Hambagu with Truffled Cream and Mushroom, Kiddie Burger, Vanilla Bean Soufflé, Valrhona Guanaja Soufflé, Cream Cheese Soufflé Pancake, and Valrhona Grand Crux. Whew! I was able to taste all those dishes, and they were all delicious! They also all looked amazing. I have pictures with each dish. While other people have their pictures taken with celebrities, I have pictures with food. Haha.
The thing about fusion cuisine is that if it’s played too safe, nothing new is created, but if it gets too adventurous, disaster abounds. Le Petit Soufflé is neither too safe nor too daring. It is fusion done right. I was really impressed by how they were able to strike the perfect balance between Japanese and French cuisine. For example, the shoyu soba, which in Japan would be served with a light water-based broth, was served with an oil-based drizzle and a variety of greens. It was a whole new dish that was flavorful, elegant, and flawlessly executed. As were all the other dishes. In particular, I found exceptional the Classic French Onion Soup, Classic French Toast, LPS Carbonara Soufflé, Hambagu with Truffled Cream and Mushroom, and Vanilla Bean Soufflé. The drink I ordered, Iced Matcha Latte with Matcha Ice Cream, was also very good.
Peso Damage: P800 / head (yeah yeah we ordered a lot haha)
Value for Peso: 5.0 / 5.0
Le Petit Soufflé is the first restaurant to get a perfect score from me. I just adore brunch fare, Japanese cuisine, and French cuisine, and this restaurant is a spectacular medley of all three. I have only praises for this gastronomic wonder. Eat here and be merry! Itadakimasu! Bon appetit!