When it comes to Valentine’s Day dining, nothing spells romance quite like fine French cuisine and intimate, countryside ambience, but what happens when the big day arrives and you find yourself in Manila instead of Marseille? The answer is, you reserve a table at Quezon City restaurant Lemuria, offering lovers a delightful, French-Mediterranean-inspired dining experience that’s thankfully just a short taxi ride away.
Up a winding, vine-strung path, the Lemuria compound comprises two saffron-yellow villas – one houses the restaurant and the other is owner Marian Schroeder’s residence. Upon stepping over the dining room threshold, guests are welcomed by an idyllic scene of warm wooden furniture, exposed bricks and beams, crisp white linens and Mondrian-striped accents.
And the picture on the plate is just as tasteful. Hot and cold foie gras served several ways, herbed escargots, mussels in white wine and French onion soup all make for tempting starters, while well-executed classics including duck leg confit with cassoulet, short-rib bourguignon and barramundi with ratatouille round out the mains.
Finish with their artistic signature olive oil and chocolate marquise dessert served with banana scallops, or a rotating selection of cheeses with caramel sauce and walnuts, and be sure to share a bottle of Old or New World wine from the temperature-controlled cellar located directly beneath the main room. Amour!