Brasserie Cicou

57 Annapolis St., Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila

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Brasserie Cicou
4.3
4.5 Stars

63 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 33
  • 4 stars 22
  • 3 stars 4
  • 2 stars 3
  • 1 star 1
  • 70 Reviews
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Category:
Fusion
Business Hours
Open: 7:00a - 11:00p
Phone
+6326619200

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 7:00a - 11:00p
  • Monday
    • Closed
  • Tuesday
    • 7:00a - 11:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 7:00a - 11:00p
  • Thursday
    • 7:00a - 11:00p
  • Friday
    • 7:00a - 11:00p
  • Saturday
    • 7:00a - 11:00p

Payment Options

Cash

Most Recent Reviews

Nyel G.
5.0 Stars

Great service, tasty delicious food. Their freshly baked baguettes is by itself already reason enough to visit-- & it's complimentary to meals. Their Coq Au Vin and Ox Tongue came in generous for-1-hungry person portions. Would love to go back.

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Reich T.
5.0 Stars

Kouign-amann is a Breton cake.  It is a round crusty cake, made with bread dough containing layers of butter and sugar folded in, similar in fashion to puff pastry albeit with fewer layers. The resulting cake is slowly baked until the butter puffs up the dough (resulting in the layered aspect of it) and the sugar caramelizes. The name derives from the Breton words for cake ("kouign") and butter ("amann"). Kouign-amann is a speciality of the town Douarnenez in Finistère, Brittany, where it originated in around 1860. The strict recipe of Douarnenez requires a ratio of 40 percent dough, 30 percent butter and 30 percent sugar.

Source: Wikipedia

This is the only thing I've tried in Brasserie Cicou's French fare.  Don't get me wrong,  i wanna immerse myself in the wonderful world of French Cuisine but this wicked concontion is too hard to resist.   Freshly baked puff pastry,  a fusion of butter and sugar, topped with artisan salted caramel ice cream.  

This is nirvana on each bite.  The ice cream seeths through the layers of puff pastry, adding creamy caramel goodness.  This in turn makes it irresistibly addicting.  Kouign never loses it's charm even if it's served neat.  That's how good it is.  Similar to single malt whiskey. It holds it's own without the add-ons, versatility in the purest sense of the word.

The soft, velvety layers
Brings forth a distant feeling
A fleeting euphoria

Sorry, i am a lil rusty with my verses.  I hope my lame attempt to write poetry for Kouign is enough to convey the satisfaction i had upon sinking my teeth on this sweet treat.

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Photo Credit:  Jairus D.

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Jairus d.
4.0 Stars

We headed straight to Brasserie Cicou for dessert. I know my favorite dessert will swoon my friend's taste buds.

Each of us had a plate of their original Kouign Amann. For those who don't know, it's made of round and buttery bread dough almost similar to croissant. BC's version is always served warm. Heavenly well-puffed, crunchy and topped with salted caramel ice cream. Eternal bliss! Both of them loved the dessert.

It would have been an easy 5 star review if not for my curiosity. I know the original kouign amann will always be a favorite but I wanted to try the chocolate flavor for comparison.

It's also good but the dough was too chewy. I had a hard time eating the whole thing. Lesson learned! I'll stick with the original next time.

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Charina C.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Marie H.
4.0 Stars

Kouign amann with salted caramel ice cream. The sweet crunchy flaky dessert pairs well with the salty creamy ice cream. Love the contrast in flavors and textures. While I also like Eric Kayser's kouign amann, I'll take Cicou's version over it any day.

I also tried the salmon carpaccio since I love salmon. I found it light and fresh, a good prelude to my dessert.

Thanks to Kenny M for treating the team out to dinner. we look forward to the next one.128521

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April I.
5.0 Stars

I always get Croque Madame with mesclun salad.
Soooo rich, creamy and filling 128155128154

Be ready for carb overload when you go here! 128541

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Tei A.
4.0 Stars

Kouign Amann is 10084️! Had our dessert & coffee here after our Choi Garden dinner.

Very cozy and romantic ambience. 128077🏻
They even have a Dutch national who plays the piano and also sings!

Will come back for dinner!

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Bibien T.
5.0 Stars

Had our Valentine's Dinner here, and everything we ordered was just terrific! Of course, it's a bit pricy, but I've yet to see a French restaurant that is affordable (if you do, please please enlighten me).

This is what we ordered:
Tuna Tartare - Ordered this as an appetizer. The tuna was generous and the salad that came along with it had such bright flavors. I loved the colorful presentation, as well.

Le Coq Au Vin - The server (or manager?) recommended this to me, since I wanted to try something really French. This is chicken braised in wine, with creamy pasta. True enough, I've never tasted anything like this before. It was so good, I didn't want to share this with my date hehehe (but of course, I had to 128542). The chicken was cooked perfectly, and the light pasta complimented the main dish very well.

Paillard de Boeuf - Since my date preferred his steak either medium well or well done (I like mine medium rare), the server recommended for him to get this dish. The Paillard de Boef is flattened US Beef with fries and a salad. It was tender despite being well done, so I liked this too. The serving size was good enough, and the sides were good, too.

L'Original Kouign Amann - we're not too fond of desserts (we can skip it to leave more room for savory dishes hehehe), but I've heard so much about Brasserie Cicou's Kouign Amann, that we just had to try it. Yes, it was good! The pastry was crunchy and warm, perfect with the salted caramel ice cream paired with it. I just wish they were more generous with the ice cream.128533

The servers were friendly enough, so don't be shy if you can't pronounce the items on their menu.128521 The restaurant is beautiful, with colorful paintings on the wall.

All in all, we had a great dinner at Brasserie Cicou. I just wish it was more affordable so I could eat there more often.128539

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Dan P.
4.0 Stars

Have been passing by this restaurant thousands of times only to come inside with my very own family (yup been in LSGH since kindergarten). The place was really well designed with a myriad of paintings and furniture. It is even child friendly because of the toys near the couch area. Restroom was sanitary and seats comfy. Had the Onglet Poele (P698.00) which was similar to "bistek," Les Escargots (P498.00), Bone Marrow (P570.00), Coquillettes (P430.00), Asian Sea Bass (P620.00(, Kouign Amann (P330.00), Iced Tea (P80.00) and Dalandan juice (P250.00). The Bone Marrow and and Lea Eacargots were perfect appetizers especially those who are adventurous with their pallets. Highlights were the scintillatingly spectacular and probably underrated pasta Coquillettes (pictured on this review) and the ever popular not so sweet but "hits the right spot" dessert named Kouign Amann which is pastrylike croissant that is soft coupled with caramel ice cream which really blended well. The females staff was one of the best by far in terms of service (refilled our water/Iced tea without being called) and personality (conversed naturally with our cute 3 yr old).

For the not so bad details, the Sea Bass could have been better though it wasn't horrible. The Onglet Poele was nothing special and tasted redundant. Prices here were a bit hefty as well. Nevertheless, the swank ambiance, authentic French music and dishes with a very attentive and amiable staff makes up for it. The food was either a hit or
miss. If budget persists, this LooLoo critic would definitely comeback to try the rest of their menu.128077

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Ronette M.
5.0 Stars

French Escargot

A French snails that can serve as food 128069 It's a must try!

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Jairus d.
5.0 Stars

This is my third encounter with their Kouign Amann but it never gets old. Still, the best dessert in my sweet tooth book. If you're into sweets and you haven't tried this, why the heck are you still reading my review?!

Pick up your butt and head straight to Brasserie Cicou! Geooow!128541

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April H.
5.0 Stars

L'Original Kouign Amann of Brasserie Ciciou... Hailed by many online sites and polls as one of the best desserts in the metro... With a reputation as such, how can one pass up the opportunity to try these much talked about treats?128522

I'm not a fan of French cuisine... Pastries and desserts are a different discussion-- the French have perfected these, much like what they have done for the fries and the kiss!128139 I can't get enough of all of the above!128516

The Kouign Amann (pronounced as Queen Aman) literally means butter cake (Kouign-cake; Amann-butter)... This is described as caramelized laminated sweet dough according to their tarpaulin outside the restaurant... It's essentially a round cake made up of dough with layers upon layers of butter and sugar folded in... As it bakes, the butter puffs up the dough and lends the laminated, crusty texture to this cake, while the sugar melts and caramelizes, giving it the sweetness it is known for...

Brasserie Cicou offers two variations of this cake... The original and chocolate flavors... They pair these cakes with the respective ice cream flavors. We tried both variants with a cup of cafe latte... We waited patiently for these treats, enjoying the rustic French country feel of the restaurant in the meantime.

The butter cakes came, beautifully presented! Very picture worthy indeed!128076 the original version comes topped with homemade salted caramel ice cream and adorned by a caramelized sugar medallion... The chocolate version is a darker colored twin of the original, served with chocolate ice cream... It was not only a feast for the eyes, but a joy to the olfactory system as well... The rich smell of freshly baked bread wafted around us as this treat was served... Very enjoyable and mouth-watering! 10084️ I was excited for my first bite, somehow afraid to be disappointed due to the hype...

However, there were no disappointments here! Just bite after bite of sugar and butter heaven! 128124

The ice cream had a silky texture which complemented the crusty bread of the cake... A burst of melted butter accompanies each bite, accentuated by the caramelized sugar... The mild saltiness of the ice cream balanced out the sweetness of the pastry... The cold ice cream in the background of the warm cake was another good contrast between opposites. It's a complex dessert which masters contrasting textures and flavors to create a dessert that truly deserves to be the Queen of the desserts in the metro!100841008410084

Must try!128525

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Lauren L.
2.0 Stars

Sorry I forgot to take a picture. The place was fancy and all but I really don't like drinking cold soup. I ordered mushroom soup, and they served it at room temperature. The serving was pretty small for the price. There was also a banana soufflé. It wasn't bad but their version of soufflé is the egg white kind. No flour added.

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Kristine O.
2.0 Stars

The place is very spacious and comfy and beautiful
The food was okay....
The chocolate drink was the most expensive I've ever encountered php326 for that small cup! And.. Not chocolate-y, it just taste like a little chocolate-y than Milo

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Thony T.
5.0 Stars

Kouignn amann (pardon my spelling) was fantastic! Bravo.. The best dessert i've tasted for the past 25 yrs!

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Alyanna M.
5.0 Stars

Dropped by Brasserie Cicou because I was craving for desserts that time. I haven't tasted Kouign Amman before so I was very curious what it tastes like. We ordered a set of Kouign Amman for 400php which included the original and chocolate flavors topped each with ice cream. When the pastry finally arrived at our table, and as I finally grabbed a bite of the so called "best dessert in the metro," I couldn't agree more. The bread, filling and cream on top compliment well. Each bite tastes like dessert heaven. Though the downside is definitely the price. If only this was offered at a cheaper price, this would probably be one of my go to weekly dessert fix.

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Jasper S.
5.0 Stars

I have eaten here twice already. My favorite is the beef onglet! It's relatively cheap compared to steaks of other restaurants (approx 650). Don't be fooled, the beef is so succulent and full of flavor. It's one of the best steaks I have tasted. I've tried their lyonnaise set meal as well and they really bring out the natural taste of every food. For dessert, the kouign amman is the best. It's a way better version of cronuts.

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Chris L.
4.0 Stars

Baked oyster' escargot' bouillabaisse' butcher steak' happy lunch' would have been perfect if i could have paired it with a glass or two of wine' ..... in time i will again! French cuisine sans wine is just not the same' will be back in time!

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Neil R.
5.0 Stars

One great suggestion, one outstanding deal, one phenomenal French restaurant, and two amazing ladies all added up to a wonderful evening of joie de vivre.

As we planned our next epicurean sojourn, Dianne E brought up a great deal that she had found on Deal Grocer -- a P620 coupon for P1,000 worth of divine French fare at Brasserie CiÇou.

Too good to pass up on, Ariane L and I readily agreed.

Admittedly, I was a French cuisine virgin leading up to that night. I was aware of some French dishes and cooking methods though, mostly from being on the Food Network too often.

Going through Brasserie CiÇou's menu would have been quite the chore if not for the assistance from servers Roxanne and Ria. Dianne knew what she was going to order before she even got there, so this dynamic serving duo was a huge help to Ariane and I. They expounded on the dishes that we pointed out and taught us how to roll these French words off of our stiff tongues.

So even before tasting their fare, our experience was already off to a fantastic start all because of Roxanne and Ria.

I had my eye on two dishes and eventually settled on one.

✅ US Beef Tartar with Salad or Home-made Fries (P688)

*insert Mr. Bean reference here*

I have no qualms with eating raw food but uncooked beef or pork was uncharted territory, which was one of the many draws of the dish.

I took a moment before swallowing the first couple of spoonfuls, allowing my taste buds to take in and slowly adapt to the flavors. And each time I experienced a mildly acidic explosion in my mouth, followed soon after by a spicy tingling after-taste. This could probably be attributed to the presence of chopped raw onions, pickles and capers in the tartar, among other ingredients.

The steak itself was soft and gooey yet, unlike raw fish, it retained the density of meat -- making it a tasty and filling main course.

Aside from that, I was also able to taste the orders of Dianne and Ariane. And great choices, they were.

✅ Le Coq au Vin: Marinated and Braised Chicken in Red Wine, Carrots, Mushrooms, Shallots, Croutons, Pasta tossed in Cream and Parsley (P550)

✅ Onglet Poele: Pan-seared US Hanging Beef Tender, Home-made Fries, Romaine Salad (P650)

To end the meal, Arianne and I shared what Brasserie CiÇou claims as Manila's best dessert while Dianne branched out on her own.

✅ L'Original Kouign Amann de Cicou: Caramelized Laminated Sweet Dough, Home-made Salted Caramel Ice Cream (P330)

✅ Salted Caramel Ice Cream (P130)

And to cap everything off, we took away one of the simple highlights of the night.

✅ Baguette P30/piece x18 (P540)

All in all, we paid P1,890 for a meal that amounted to P3,015.

Sensational food and first-rate service -- it doesn't get any sweeter than this, I'm telling you.

Ariane aptly summed up the night in one comment, "I wouldn't mind coming back here and paying real money."

Well said, Ariane. And I couldn't agree more.

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Erika S.
5.0 Stars

The kouign aman is amazing! My best friend is one of the chefs in the restaurant and she introduced me to this wonderful dessert. Their macarons are also great, especially the goat cheese one. Cicou isn't only famous for their desserts! The onglet de boeuf is heaven in my mouth and the ox tongue is incredibly soft and juicy.

The interior of the restaurant is beautiful with the colorful pillows and wooden seats. The ambience is perfect for an intimate dinner. I'd definitely go back even though the price is a little steep.

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