I knew nothing about Myon’s French-Mediterranean Cuisine apart from the fact that it was recommended to my Dad by the son of his high school buddy. Apparently the son took his girlfriend on a date here and they both loved it enough to spread the word. Whenever we’re trying a new restaurant I tend to avoid checking it out on the web just for the sake of surprise, but I confess I didn’t even know what cuisine Myon’s was serving because I have never heard of it before. Sometimes I get so out of the loop.
When my family arrived for an early lunch on a December Sunday last year, the ground floor was closed because the staff was still cleaning it up after some sort of big party the night before. I checked and it’s the classy restaurant that appears on everybody else’s blog posts about this place. For a change, we this time were ushered up to the second flour, which is their Café area I think. I have to admit I was a little surprised to find the place eerily deserted.
The great thing about literally being the only ones here is that the feeling of homeyness up here on the second floor seemed magnified tenfold. The dining area is wide and gloriously bright– qualities I always associate with my dream home. I could stay here for hours reading or drawing. I think they did the mismatched furniture concept well, and I love love looooved the little decorative touches here and there, especially the London phone booth pillows. (And the diner seats!)
Adjacent to the dining area is a beautiful kitchen located just to the right of the entryway. It’s quite similar to what I imagine my dream kitchen would look like– spacious and with big clean marble countertops. It’s amazing how equally photogenic the place and the food here are, so you could probably guess that I spent a good deal of time being snap happy!
Right beside the kitchen area is the cafe counter, where the coffee and cake choices are laid out. We didn’t order any this time around, though my interest was captured by the Yema Cake, which I have made a mental note to try out on my next chance eating here.
Given that we were the only ones here, we were able to immediately order. Now here’s where this place gets a little tricky. The first dish took nearly forever to arrive at our table! The service was slow as well, with out waitress taking here time even in the smallest acts like bringing us our forks and knives. I don’t want to complain too much because she was very attentive, but if we had arrived here under different circumstances– meaning late during the lunch hour and really really hungry– I probably would have minded so much more. Luckily my family and I came early and spent a lot of time talking to each other, which distracted us from the beginnings of our hunger pangs.
And thankfully, the food was FANTABULOUS. Each dish was scrumptious and simply cooked to perfection, in my opinion. And I guess you could say it was enough to make up for the turtle-mode service.
The first dish that came out was the Mediterranean Salad.
I loved this salad! The punchy dressing aside, I have a thing for calamari that is cooked until just firm to the bite, and it has to be encased in thin crunchy breading. It’s one of the very few deep-fried things I lovingly devour.
Next came the Mediterranean Pasta, a flavourful tomato-based pasta chock full of seafood, and generously sprinkled with Parmesan on top. I loved that there were whole bits of tomato in the pasta as well.
The next two dishes that came out were both served with a super flavourful mountain of mashed potatoes, with some blanched baby carrots and brussels sprouts. I’m having a bad blogger moment here because I lost my notes from this restaurant so I cannot name this rib dish specifically, but I do remember loving its fall-off-the-bone texture as well as the sweet taste of the sauce you get to pour all over everything.
Hands-down my favourite dish was this Parmesan-Crusted Fish Fillet, served with a white sauce this time. Both sauces were a perfect match for the mashed potatoes by the way.
I always love fish dishes the most, but the best part about this one was how amazingly perfectly cooked the fish was inside the crunchy savoury shell of breading. Oh my goodness this was so good, I’d come back just for this!
My second favourite dish was this Paella con Marinara, and why not since I’m pretty partial to seafood instead of pork or beef or any other meat. What I really enjoyed with this dish is the tangy tomato flavour encasing every bit of rice, making every bite just pop with flavour. And again, even the seafood on top are cooked to perfection.
Finally, for dessert, we had some Frozen Brazo de Mercedes with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream on the side. Cutting through each layer with your spoon then letting it melt in your mouth, it literally feels like you’re eating Brazo de Mercedes ice cream! I do actually prefer this to traditional version. 🙂
At a glance, it’s easy to dismiss the food in Myon’s French-Mediterranean Cuisine as pricey, but I think that you’re actually paying your money’s worth for each generous dish. The servings aren’t small at all, and it’s rather easy to tell that the ingredients used to create each dish are of topnotch quality. I seriously recommend you try out that Parmesan-Crusted Fish Fillet and that paella. THUMBS UP!
Now again the thing with this restaurant is the service. It’s not as great as I’m sure it could be. Apart from slow, sometimes it seems like the waiters forget the basics of setting up tables. Again, I want to reiterate that the food was really good, but I think it’s only fair to share this little story of warning as well so that you can bring along your patience when you try this place out. See, my aunt decided to book a table for her birthday dinner also last December, and when we asked her about her experience she told us that the food was superb but that the service that night was horrible. The food took a long time to be served, and then when it did arrive, they weren’t given any plates to eat from even after she had asked repeatedly. Plus the salad didn’t have any serving utensils either. If the food wasn’t so good, she says she probably would’ve walked out of there.
It’s odd that such a lovely little place should be so polarizing. We didn’t have that same kind of experience but it would be interesting to see if they could improve their service a little more, so then more people would whole-heartedly rave about this place. It’s a testament to how good the food is I suppose that even when the bad service mars the experience of eating here quite a bit, people still come home saying that the food is good.
I mean, honestly, I thought the food was pretty fantastic.
Myon’s French-Mediterranean Cuisine
390 Mayon Ave., Sta. Mesa Heights, Quezon City
Metro Manila, Philippines
Phone No. (+63 2) 711-0339
Mobile No. (+63 916) 661-2108
Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday – 10:00am to 10:00pm
Full disclosure: This meal was absolutely not sponsored in any way and all opinions stated above are my own.