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Kouign Amann at Brasserie Cicou

By sanju on 14 December, 2011

My Friend Cy has been a fan of Chef Cyrille Soenen’s version of  Kouign Amann (kween a-mon) for a long time.  She has always considered it to be one of her favorite desserts.  Well, I finally got to try it this week as she invited C and I  to join her for dinner at Chef Cyrille’s newest venture Brasserie Cicou.  I was a bit hesitant to brave the Greenhills Christmas traffic so I suggested that we go to someplace else.  However Cy was adamant:  “I need my KA fix, traffic be damned.”  So off we went.

Brasserie Cicou is a very casual place with simpler more affordable food.  There are sandwiches, pastas, Pates, plus of course Chef Cyrille’s specialties that deserves another post altogether.  The star of our evening though was definitely the Kouign Amann (P300).  This dessert originated in the Brittany region of France and loosely translated in the Breton dialect it means “Butter Cake”.  It is basically made using layers of puff pastry, LOTS of butter and a crystalized sugar topping.  It is shaped like a smallish pie and served warm.

Chef Cyrille’s version is served with a scoop of Salted Caramel Ice Cream and it is decadent.  At first, C wanted to eat half of the dessert and wrap up the rest.  I initially agreed, but it was so good that I finished the other half as well.  I like my Kouing Amann without the ice cream but with a cup of double espresso on the side.  It was crunchy, moist and the bitterness of the coffee provided the right foil to cut the sweetness level.

I normally hate to go to the Greenhills area as I find it too congested.  After last night though, I suddenly think that I have had a change of heart.  I now have Kouign Amann to entice me.  Highly recommended!

I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of Anonymous Paul, Kitchyart and Franco to greet all our readers and supporters a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.  2011 was a good year for us, filled with lots of laughter, food and adventures. We are looking forward to a very exciting 2012.

 

 

Brasserie Cicou
57 Annapolis Street,
Greenhills, San Juan,
Tel +632 6619200

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  • DECEMBER 14, 2011 5:49 PM

    Noel said...

    Hi, Sanj. I first tried this delight over 2 years ago (on the 7th August 2009 to be exact) and loved it ever since. I had it several times at Restaurant Ciçou thereafter, but, sadly, there was a rather long break between servings when the restaurant closed - except for Catha's birthday dinner at Impressions late this past August, during which Cyrille surprised us with it during dessert but asked that I not photograph or mention it at the time. It is certainly great that his beloved dessert is now back for all to enjoy. Surely, this is a signature dish for him. Best, N

  • DECEMBER 14, 2011 5:59 PM

    sanju said...

    Hi Noel, I have eaten at Cicou and Impressions a couple of times but always ended up with the tasting menus. Hence, I never got to try the KA until yesterday. I absolutely enjoyed myself. Can't wait to have it again. Thanks for stopping by. Sanju

  • DECEMBER 18, 2011 7:07 PM

    the food dude said...

    Great to hear that the Greehnills location is now open. Will definitely brave the holiday traffic to try this!

  • DECEMBER 19, 2011 10:51 AM

    sanju said...

    Hi Food Dude, Yes its definitely worth braving the traffic for. Try the other dishes as well. Let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by and keep reading!

  • DECEMBER 28, 2011 4:07 PM

    ana5678 said...

    Sanj, I rushed over there as soon as I read your post but alas! They were closed for lunch! I went home dejected but will live to try another day.

  • DECEMBER 29, 2011 12:57 PM

    MrsLavendula said...

    goodness! this looks too good to pass up :)

  • JANUARY 3, 2012 2:03 PM

    sanju said...

    Hi Ana, I checked with Cicou and they are open for lunch Tues-Sunday and Dinner Tues to Saturday. all the best

  • JANUARY 16, 2012 5:59 PM

    chez pinay said...

    I've had this before... somewhere else, and i didn't even know what it's called... i can't wait to try it at brasserie cicou!

  • JANUARY 18, 2012 3:26 PM

    sanju said...

    Hi Chez Pinay, Definitely worth a try. let me know how you like it after. All the best

  • MARCH 1, 2012 11:06 AM

    aravis said...

    This looks sooo good. But P300 for a dessert is way out of my reach.

  • MARCH 1, 2012 4:21 PM

    sanju said...

    Hi Aravis, I agree with you that is is quite expensive. Hopefully you can still try it on a special occasion or share an order with a group of your friends. I am sure you will not be disappointed.

  • AUGUST 14, 2012 6:30 PM

    Leslie said...

    Hi! Try the kouign amann of Gourmet Finds. It's more than double the size and only P75 each. http://www.shootfirsteatlater.com/2012/05/kouign-amann-from-gourmet-finds.html

  • AUGUST 15, 2012 10:19 AM

    sanju said...

    Hi Leslie, I will try your recommendation soon. Thanks for letting us know. Please continue to stop by.

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