An Ode to Origins
Provençal- inspired cuisine returns to Manila’s culinary spotlight as Raffles Makati opens its new brasserie,
(Clockwise from above left) Chef Nicolas Cegretin and Mirèio’s manager Nicolas Bracq; The restaurant’s interiors; Fresh and Smoked Salmon Tartare
In 1859, writer Frédéric Mistral penned the celebrated Occitan piece Mirèio. The poem, which shares a name with its titular character, tells the story of the forbidden romance between a wealthy farmer’s daughter and a modest basket weaver. It follows Mirèio as she travels to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to pray to the saints of Provence for her father’s change of heart. The piece is Mistral’s tribute to Provence. The Nobel laureate loved the region so much that he donated his winnings to the construction of the Museum at Arles, which houses the finest of Provençal folk art.
Raffles Makati’s latest venture, a brasseriestyle restaurant that serves fine Provençal fare and beyond, carries the same name. Its cuisine, characterised by French techniques fused with Mediterranean influences, is described as sundrenched (due to Provence’s climate) and created around the seasons. Whole olives and olive oil are key ingredients in dishes, dressings, and marinades, and fresh and dried herbs are used extensively for seasoning. At Mirèio, the ingredients rather than the techniques are highlighted.
Located on the ninth floor of the hotel, the main restaurant comfortably seats 77. For small private