July 14, 2018

Sagana Épicerie and Bistro: Farm to Family Freshness

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  • The Philippines is an agricultural country and it houses crops that has an organic quality. There are few local restaurants in the metro that use these raw ingredients; Sagana Épicerie and Bistro in Bonifacio Global City is one of those.

    Welcome to Sagana Épicerie and Bistro in Taguig

    Sagana is a French restaurant incorporating as much organic local ingredients as possible while bringing France to your table. At its helm is French celebrity Chef Marc Aubry who makes sure that everyone–not just locals–will definitely enjoy the food.

    Eggplant and Garlic Purée with Lettuce and Pita Bread (from the weekly changing Market Menu)

    Sagana is a Tagalog word for bountiful. The restaurant utilizes crops from all over the country following the French concept of “terroir,” wherein a specific piece of land is cultivated to produce the best crop. This is reflected in their interiors that are brimming with plants.

    The restaurant interior reflects their advocacy to use local ingredients and support Filipino farmers

    Sagana uses a visual menu of French cuisine rather than just one specialty taste of a region. Customers will also like how each dish is cooked the same way they do in France.

    Chilled Gazpacho Soup (from the weekly changing Market Menu)

    Chef Aubry tells us that their supplier will often bring new vegetables especially when some crops are damaged or not in season. He presents the Market Menu, a weekly special, in which new and extra raw ingredients are used. Thus, this menu changes weekly. However, they offer dishes that are not included and are always available such as the Algerian Couscous (Php 980 single serving, Php 1600 double servings), which is a chicken and beef broth served with grilled US lamb chops, merguez sausage and wheat semolina. Meanwhile, the Grilled Apahap (Php 760) is served with creamed vegetable ratatouille and fried shallots.

    Algerian Couscous (Php 980 single serving, Php 1600 double servings)

    Grilled Apahap (Php 760)

    Being an épicerie, Sagana sells same organic ingredients that are used in their cooking, as well as French wines and sauces. Nothing is wasted in Sagana and local products are patronized.

    Organic and straight from the farms, extra ingredients are sold to reduce waste

    Fresh from the farm to your table, Sagana Épicerie and Bistro is not just your average French restaurant but also a champion of Filipino agriculture. Visit Sagana for a taste of the fruitful relationship of Filipino and French.


    This also appears on Philippine Primer Japanese Magazine’s July 2018 issue.

                 
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