Bon Appetit just opened their (2nd?) branch over at the top level of the Peak at Gaisano. I invited a friend who is soon leaving metro Davao and decided to bring her to this restaurant. It was a very sleepy lunch hour and we were the only patrons the whole time (I actually cased this joint the night before and two very young girls were handing out flyers for Bon Appetit to all passing guests).
Perhaps its the novelty of having a French restaurant within the city which draws guests to this restaurant. I commend the owners for taking a big risk in introducing fine cuisine to a city whose growth has been exponential the past few years.
The lady who waited on us suggested their bestseller, Salad Nicoise (which my friend ordered) while I had the greens with blue cheese and walnuts. I wish the blue cheese were crumbled rather than diced and if only they were of the properly aged variety. It would have made a difference. My dining companion was content with the salad and did not order any entree. i on the other hand got the gindara with beurre blanc. Again, it could have been a better cut of fish as mine came with pesky bones I had to carefully look for and set aside lest it gets accidentally lodged down my throat. Also, the beurre blanc lacked the saltiness of good butter (more on the butter later). Good thing the potato au gratin which was served as a side dish was passable enough to make me full for the rest of the day. For dessert, we both had the apple tart with vanilla ice cream. This showed potential only if the tart wasn't frozen then re-heated in an oven.
I should try other items on their menu but I should be careful in selecting my next choice for me to appreciate what other specialities Bon Appetit can offer.
ps - they serve free appetizers! We were given a basket of whole wheat toast bread and olive tapenade.
pps - I asked for butter for the warm bread but was given margarine. Too bad.
To get to the Peak at Gaisano, you have two options. Option #1 - drive up all the way to the Peak via the mall's parking garage. Option #2 - go up escalators to the 4th floor and follow the sign.
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