We all have our all-time favorites. But sometimes, we want to have something special, not run-of-the-mill kind of dishes but food that feeds the soul. And that’s what Anne Bistro wants to offer Bacolodnons–satisfying food for the palate, the heart, and the soul. And their dishes could also qualify for a magazine cover, so they are also a feast for the eyes. It is the kind of Bacolod restaurant where you want to dine, not just eat, and linger with good company over great food.
Fusion Cuisine at Anne Bistro
Owned and operated by Stephanie Varela and Chef Dan Altarejos, who is also the executive chef of Anne Bistro, this relatively new homegrown Bacolod restaurant serves fusion dishes.
The menu was initially designed by Chef Dan and Stephanie, showcasing the specialties of the Chef as well as family recipes. The the staff also added some of their specialties.
From my viewpoint, Anne Bistro is like a collage of international dishes, featuring some of the great recipes from other countries with some local inspiration.
Anne Bistro and Their Special Niche
It is a fact that Anne Bistro is not your everyday Bacolod restaurant. The owners want to bring an international caliber dining experience to both local and international guests. Chef Dan also wants the restaurant to reflect his childhood.
Stephanie says that they “aim to serve produce-driven cuisine to showcase the best seasonal ingredients from the Negros Region in their purest form and flavor.” They are looking forward for food enthusiasts of all ages to enjoy the offerings at Anne Bistro.
“These guests are very open minded and perhaps well-traveled. They are appreciative of the complexity of how our food is being prepared. Our prices may be a bit over the normal but this is because everything we serve is fresh and handcrafted by our chefs daily. We also use the best quality ingredients and advanced culinary techniques.
Beautiful Bacolod Restaurant
The place where Anne Bistro is now situated was once a beautiful home owned by the Locsin family. The owners of the restaurant have now transformed it to a gorgeous Spanish-Victorian themed bistro.
When you enter the restaurant, one will first notice the beautiful bricks, moldings, and Spanish tiles. The arch windows and drape curtains give the bistro a more homey feel. It’s simple yet elegant with food that brings you lovely memories of your travels abroad, such as the Hainanese chicken rice from Singapore.
Show Kitchen and Fresh Food
What separates Anne Bistro from other Bacolod restaurants is the show kitchen, which is perhaps the centerpiece of the entire place. The show kitchen gives the guests a full view of the chefs at work and their creations. Diners can see how the chefs especially prepare each and every dish that comes out of the kitchen. It is part of the guests’ dining experience.
And boy, do they have a really nice, clean, and modern kitchen!
The dishes served at Anne Bistro are freshly prepared on the spot after ordering. They produce their own breads, pasta, and sauces, which include their mayonnaise and salad dressings. They also cure their own ham, chorizo, and bacon. At Anne Bistro, they make sure that everything is fresh so their dishes have no preservatives nor artificial additives.
Amenities and Services
Anne Bistro has function rooms that can cater to meetings and small events. Later this year, they will be opening a speakeasy bar at the back of the bistro, which will focus on themed nights like acoustic nights, 80’s nights, and more.
As I have mentioned, Anne Bistro is not your everyday restaurant. Each dish is delicious, beautiful, and well-crafted, but some people might not find them very satisfying. They don’t have budget meals or native foods, so don’t go there for that. If you want Pinoy foods, check this list of Bacolod restaurants serving native foods.
But Anne Bistro is a caliber of its own. The first time I went there was with one of my closest girl friends and we both enjoyed the food and the experience. If you haven’t tried special chef-created dishes, then consider this as your learning experience. It’s not everyday that you will experience such kind of dishes that are a feast for the eyes and the palate.
Cor. 12th and Aguinaldo Sts., Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Business Hours: 11AM-10PM Tuesdays-Thursdays
11AM-11PM Friday-Sunday | Monday – CLOSED
Tel No. (034) 445-4415, (034) 453-0778, and 09155636973
Facebook Page: Anne Bistro PH | Instagram: @annebistroph
Maria Sigrid D. Lo is a multi-awarded Bacolod lifestyle blogger and social media advocate. It is her desire to make the city known to the world through her online presence. She promotes Bacolod restaurants, food tourism, social media etiquette, breastfeeding, and a greener Bacolod City in her blogs and talks. She loves taking photos, mostly of her children and of food. She is a proud member of the Negrense Blogging Society Inc. (NBSI) or the #NegrosBloggers.