Poulet Manille is a new takeout cum dine in restaurant in SM Aura serving authentic French style rotisserie chicken from Chef Tom Hines of Lulu and Hooch. What makes them healthier is that they use Pamora Farm’s premium free range French chickens. The chickens are French breed but raised in the Philippines a minimum of 75 days. Chef Tom Hines and partner Dixie Mabanta want to give people who are looking for a healthier alternative to the usual chicken places.
There is a large counter where you can easily get your take out orders and you can also see the chicken inside the oven. It’s got that French countryside feel to it with the weather paint of and color scheme.
They brought in a special French rotisserie oven that was so big they had to dismantle to be able to fit through the mall doors.
The seating area is not really to my liking, you’ll have to traverse the narrow hallway with the very high counter on your right. The lighting is very dark with a few incandescent lights to illuminate. I bumped up the brightness of the pic to at least show you some details like the big blue chicken mural and the wooden tresses.
We started the meal with the Country Chicken Liver Pate (P290). It’s served with a side salad and crispy baguette rounds and a wild berry coulis on the side. Lighter eaters can make this a meal of itself but regular folks can just share it. Irene gave it high marks and she loves chicken liver pate is more finicky about the dish. If you like a little sweet contrast, just drizzle the coulis on top of the pate.
It’s all about the chickens at Poulet Manille. We tried three of the four available variants that they serve. Each order of chicken (any variant) comes with your choice of side dishes, they’ve got 7 available to choose from. Whole Chicken (P998) gets you 8 side dishes, Half Chicken (P620) gets your 4 while the Quarter Chicken (P398) get you 2.
For the side dishes, you have a choice between Fragrant Jasmine Rice, Roasted Garlic Rice, Pomme Frites, Creamy Mashed Potato, Cream of Wild Spinach, Broccoli with Toasted Almonds and Mixed Biodynamic Vegetables. My picks are the cream spinach, garlic rice and the kick ass pomme frites/French fries.
French Country Classic. I’m not too enamored with this one, the flavors are too bland for me but you can try this if you want to taste what real chickens should taste like.
Poulet’s Truffle Chicken. Roast chicken flavored with truffle essence. I’m not usually fond of truffle use in food except when there’s evidence of shaved truffle or truffle paste. This one was executed well with a nice truffle aroma but not overpowering which leads to a more balanced taste.
South West BBQ. This was my favorite of all, they use a rootbeer reduction that leads to a stronger taste profile of sweet, tangy and spicy.
Wash down your food with their Pineapple Mint Cucumber Cooler (P125) and Home Brewed 4 Berries Iced Tea (P75/glass, P125/unli).
Among the dessert selections, I liked the French Apple Pie (P198) while Irene liked the Double Chocolate Gateau (P298).
Located on the lower ground floor, across several fast food places, Poulet Manille knows they can not compete with those restaurants. They are targeting a niche market of people who are looking for a healthier chicken alternative whether eating out or bringing some home.
Poulet ManilleL/G SM Aura Premier
c5 Road corner 26th Street
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Contact No.: (63917) 469-7895
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