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La Régalade French Bistro – Makati, Manila

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

820 Arnaiz Avenue (formerly Pasay Road),
Makati, Manila, Philippines
Tel. (63 2) 750-2104 to 05
Opening Hours: Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Dinner from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday
Bar will stay open late
Credit Cards: Cash, Visa, Mastercard
Prices: Moderate

This website has received so many searches from the Philippines for “La Régalade Makati, Manila” recently, that I thought we might help those searching for this restaurant, by compiling some information and providing links.
The Philippine version of the Vancouver based La Régalade, no relation to Yves Camdeborde’s former restaurant La Régalade in Paris, is owned by Alain Rayé who opened the original in Vancouver, Canada in 2001 after moving there with his family from France. He earned a Michelin star at two restaurants he previously owned in France, his first star in a restaurant in Albertville and a second at La Belle Epoque in Chateaufort, where his cuisine earned him another Michelin star.
The Philippine site in Makati opened this month August 2008.
Among those who frequented his bistro in the suburbs of Western Vancouver and braved the creaky old Lion’s Gate Bridge was Perfecto “Bubot” Quicho, a former hotelier who made history in 1984 when he was named General Manager of Hyatt Regency Manila, the first Filipino to attain such a position in a five-star worldwide chain.
Perfecto “Bubut” Quicho (pictured) is the manager and one of the partners along with Alain Rayé and Tonyboy Cojuangco. They have put together an “A List” group of customers that are filling the 70 odd seats nightly.

Puerta Galera, Sabang Beach, Tamarind Restaurant – Philippines

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

Beaches MapTamarind Restaurant
Puerta Galera
Sabang Beach
Prices: Inexpensive

On islands, life usually moves more slowly, people will slow down to meet the pace and leave the city mentality behind, try to relax and overlook certain shortcomings. This is how it is on the volcanic island of Midoro, which has a lovely, natural all-weather harbor with just a narrow opening that winds into the former crater of an extinct volcano; it makes for a completely enclosed harbor in which a boat could ride out a typhoon. Puerta Galera is only four hours south of Manila and is surrounded by beaches that are easily accessible by boat or jeepney.Puerta Galera Beach
Inexpensive cottages on the beach just meters from the sea are available. On Sabang Beach the Tamarind Restaurant offers grilled prawns and chicken on a barbecue constructed from beach stones. At high tide the waves’ crash onto the concrete terrace on the seaward side, at lower tides you may enjoy the lapping water while sipping a drink in one of the canvas sling chairs. The decor is island chic: lacquered bamboo interior splashes of light cast onto table tops by bulbs hidden beneath attractive, palm frond covered shades, halved coconuts hang on ropes from bamboo beams with waxy-leafed, green vines trailing down from them.

The only other viable dining choice, at the time, in Sabang was the Tropicana that serves German/Swiss dishes and screens videos in the downstairs room.

Sabang BeachI was warned to take care not to walk in dark areas when night falls, especially over the footpath going from Sabang Beach to La Laguna. This is generally a good rule to follow anywhere in the Philippines.

White Beach is about thirty minutes from Sabang by boat and it is beautiful. It has a white sand beach that drops down to over one’s head within three meters of the shore.
Freshly caught fish may be purchased and cooked there or brought away. There is a great variety of species of fish available as the day goes on.