A Peek Into Mireio: Raffles Makati’s New Provencal-Inspired Restaurant– Opening On December 12

On December 12, Raffles Makati's new Provencal-inspired restaurant, Mireio, will open to the public. It's named after the poem of Nobel Laureate Frederic Mistral.

On  December 12, 2016 (Monday),  Raffles Hotel Makati will open its new, brasserie-style restaurant, Mireio. Pronounced “mee-reyo,” the restaurant is named after the most notable work by Nobel Prize-winning poet Frederic Mistral, written in 1859, about a forbidden love story between the daughter of a rich farmer (Mireio) and a humble basket weaver (Vincent). Elements of Mireio can be seen from the painting by Marcel Antonio, to the restaurant’s logo, which is a recreation of the handwriting of Frederic Mistral, to an antique book of the poem found in the reception area.

Mireio is present in the restaurant by way of this painting by Marcel Antonio (Photo courtesy of Raffles Makati)
Mireio is present in the restaurant by way of this painting by Marcel Antonio (Photo courtesy of Raffles Makati)

The name is very telling of the cuisine of the restaurant– yes French, but spotlighting Provence, and the French Mediterranean. Chef de cuisine Nicolas Cegretin was born in Provence and started his career in Paris, where he worked at two two-Michelin starred restaurants, Laserre and Apicious; and just before coming to Manila, at the iconic Hotel La Mamounia in Marrakech, Morocco.  He describes his menu as “elegant in a simple way so that the flavors of our ingredients are the highlight.” And I need to add the dishes are hearty, and really filling. Restaurant manager Nicolas Bracq is also French,  and you may recognize him as he used to work across the street at the Peninsula Manila.

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Mireio is helmed by two Frenchmen: chef de cuisine Nicolas Cegretin and restaurant manager Nicolas Bracq (Photo courtesy of Raffles Makati)

Mireio is beautiful. It is located on two floors. On the 9th floor is the main restaurant, an airy, predominantly white floor-to-ceiling space with paintings by local artists, looking out into the city, with a seating capacity of 77. It is open breakfast, lunch and dinner,  and will be the new breakfast restaurant for Raffles hotel guests. (Spectrum on the ground floor will now be for Fairmont Makati guests; previously, they shared this restaurant.)

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Airy, spacious with floor to-ceiling windows looking out to the Makati skyline

On the 10th floor is the rooftop bar terrace, which has a more “close-up” view of the skyline. (You can drink indoors if it gets too hot!) When I arrived it was evening so I can just imagine how stunning happy hour photos from here would look like at sunset.

One flight of stairs up to the 10th floor is Mireiro's indoor terrace bar (hint: there's aircon here :))
One flight of stairs up to the 10th floor is Mireiro’s indoor terrace bar (hint: there’s aircon here :))
My personal favorite part of Mireio is their rooftop bar! I love rooftop bars and we don't get alot here in Manila because of our weather so happy there's one at the heart of Makati overlooking this gorgeous skyline. (Photo courtesy of Raffles Makati)
My personal favorite part of Mireio is their rooftop bar! I love rooftop bars and we don’t get alot here in Manila because of our weather so happy there’s one at the heart of Makati overlooking this gorgeous skyline. (Photo courtesy of Raffles Makati)

We were invited to preview the restaurant last night by the hotel’s beautiful Director of Communications Monique Toda, one of my favorite PR practitioners whom I’ve worked closely with over the years, and the effervescent Margaux Hontiveros last night. I had a blast with my tablemates,  Jenni Epperson, Grace Baja and Tatum Ancheta. Here’s a sneak peek of what to expect– and PS– they serve a proper absinthe fountain, so make sure to read until the end!

Fresh and Smoked Salmon with Granny Smith Apple and Dijon Mustard Cream
Amuse Bouche: Fresh and Smoked Salmon with Granny Smith Apple and Dijon Mustard Cream (Starter P520; Main P820)
Starter: Roasted Duck Foie Gras, Granny Smith Apples and Ginger Chutney
Starter: Roasted Duck Foie Gras, Granny Smith Apples and Ginger Chutney
Soup: Chilled Zucchini Soup with Basil and Chorizo
Soup: Chilled Zucchini Soup with Basil and Chorizo (P420)
Fish: Grilled Skipjack Tuna with Carrot Mousseline, Espuma and Caramel
Fish: Grilled Skipjack Tuna with Carrot Mousseline, Espuma and Caramel (P1,100)
Meat: Slow-cooked Oxtail Parmentier with Black Truffle jus and Mesclun
Meat: Slow-cooked Oxtail Parmentier with Black Truffle jus and Mesclun (P1,450)
Rum Baba, Coconut and Lime Panacotta, Exotic Soup, Mango and Passioin Fruit Sherbet
Dessert: Rum Baba, Coconut and Lime Panacotta, Exotic Soup, Mango and Passion Fruit Sherbet (P450)
Their Absinthe is one of their more recommended drinks at Mireio; they serve it traditionally as in a fountain, and can be had both at the restaurant and at the rooftop terrace
Their Absinthe is a recommended specialty at Mireio; they serve it traditionally as in a fountain, and can be had both at the restaurant and at the rooftop terrace
Had a blast with these fabulous (social) media gals: Jenni Epperson, Grace Baja and Tatum Ancheta
Had a blast with these fabulous (social) media gals: Jenni Epperson, Grace Baja and Tatum Ancheta

Mireio is open for breakfast from 6:30AM to 10:30AM (Mondays to Fridays) and from 6:00AM to 11:00AM (Sundays and Holidays). For lunch, it is open from 12:00NN to 2:30PM (Saturdays to Sundays). For dinner, it is open from 6:00PM to 10:00PM (Sundays to Thursdays), and from 6:00PM to 10:30PM (Fridays-Saturdays and Holidays).

For more information and reservations, phone (632) 795 0707 or email mireio.makati@raffles.com