The Patron Saints of Provence have blessed the Raffles with a breathtaking new restaurant.
There’s something about Mirèio. It’s the most captivating new fine dining restaurant of the year, and it’s far and away, also the sexiest new bar in the city. It’s both sophisticated and rustic; where the classical dining experience feels less formal, and much more natural. I’ve been waiting for this brasserie-style restaurant ever since it was promised when the Raffles Makati was formally launched four years ago, and it’s proven to be absolutely worth the long wait. The stereotypes of complicated and high-minded Paris gastronomy shattered, and replaced by very accessible, but no less authentic dishes from Provence. It is as it should be. After all, this luxurious dining destination is named after a tender tribute to that region’s lush countryside and its breathtaking coastline.
The French Poet Fredric Mistral penned “Mirèio” in 1859; it’s essentially a love story to his birthplace, the French Mediterranean region, world famous for its iconic landscapes. Provence is one of the most gorgeous places on Earth, and this restaurant it inspired more than lives up to the beauty so poignantly described in the Nobel Prize winning poem.
During the day, Mireio is a sun-dappled oasis, all bright and light, rainbow hued freshly picked flowers on vases atop immaculate white tablecloths, the blues of the sky and the hues of the sun, reflected on the main dining room’s plush seating. As dusk darkens into night, the skyline of Makati’s Central Business District reveals itself, the towers outside, like dozens of glittering jewel boxes, beguiling Mirèio’s dinner guests.
Overseeing the kitchen is Chef Nicolas Cegretin. Provençal-born, the young Frenchman describes his cuisine as seasonal, sun-drenched and exuberant, built around the discipline of French fine dining
techniques, but mellowed by the nostalgic home cooking traditions from his youth. The Chef ’s Roasted Blue Marlin with Squid Ink Cauliflower Cream takes its inspiration from his favorite childhood comfort food, his grandmother’s cauliflower gratin.
Every few months, Nicolas dreams up a thematic menu; as such, Mireio’s dishes are in a constant state of flux, all the more reason to come back again and again, to fall in love with a new dish, or to rekindle a longing for a favorite, or better yet, both. The gloom of our rainy season is offset by the chef ’s current Weekends in Provence lunch menu, and the dreary weekdays, refreshed and revitalized by the La Vie En Rosé Happy Hour on the Mireio Terrace, the sensual al fresco lounge situated a floor above the main dining area.
Mireio provides a postcard perfect peek into the best that Provence has to offer: truth, beauty, freedom, passion, love, and spectacular food. Vive la France!
THIS RESTAURANT IT INSPIRED MORE THAN LIVES UP TO THE BEAUTY SO POIGNANTLY DESCRIBED IN THE NOBEL PRIZE WINNING POEM BY FREDRIC MISTRAL.
1 Grllled Eggplant Confit 2 Clams Marinière with Raz-el-hanout 3 Chef Nicolas Cegretin 4 Mireio Interiors 5 Pan-seared Duck Breast and Foie Gras with Corn Texture 6 Brie and White Chocolate Cheesecake with Lemon Mascarpone and Sorbet 02