Friends of ours, whose opinions I respect, suggested we dine at Chez Philippe Bistro, and having read the almost universal review acclamation, and perused the on line menu, we decide this one must be worth a try. It is located in what many of you will remember as Ogilvy and Mailer: Its nicely appointed 35 cover dining room with precise table settings and linen serviettes, demonstrates to me that somebody is aware of the importance of ‘attention to detail’.
To one side is a well stocked bar area and a view through the pass into the kitchen where chef Gabriel reigns. Owner Philippe opened his eatery less than six months ago and he is very much a ‘hands on’ owner who, together with our waitress Kamelia look after front of house. Look out for an interesting wall decoration that has a flame burning! The enticing covered and heated Patio has an additional 30 places.
The Manageable menu has a distinctly French influence, with an eclectic mix of traditional and innovative dishes. From the dozen starters our quartet chose: an Italian Fish and Seafood Red Pepper and Tomato Stew, Tuna Tartare (with just the right amount of spices) Crab and Shrimp Cocktail – four clean plates bore witness to our approval of these. With 20 items on the mains, 12 of which were devoted to carnivores our selection was: Chicken Breast with a Butter Lemon and Caper Sauce accompanied by new potatoes, Pasta Primavera (with grilled vegetables), Magret of
Duck with a Foie Gras Sauce served with grilled vegetables and lastly Filet Mignon Chez Philippe with a mustard sauce, vegetables,and although I ordered French Fries, these arrived as limp ‘ribbons’ that looked pretty but did not work! Four spoons and a Chocolate Fondant, finished what all agreed, had been an exceptional meal and we will certainly return to investigate Philippe’s new menu that starts shortly.
The service was friendly, informative and not intrusive, and the whole dining experience was delightful.
Chez Philippe Bistro can be found in Avda. Del Prado right in the heart of the three Golf courses, Las Brisas, Los Naranjos and Aloa.
Street parking. They open for Dinner only, and Sunday is their day of rest. No Menu del Dia average spend with wine 45€ per person. Tel: 673 17 94 40
Bishlin Guide marks out of 5 Ambience:5 Food:5 Menu:5 Service:5 Value:5