Grazing tables, an arrangement of appetizers such as cheeses, cold cuts, and bread, have become a common thing to have for any kind of celebration, especially during the Christmas season. If you’re looking for affordable grazing table options for your night out with friends or a grand dinner with the family, L’Epicerie Gourmande is the place to be.
L’Epicerie Gourmande is a direct inspiration from a 1951 French Epicerie called the L’Epicerie Gourmande des Vignes that started in Antibes, a Mediterranean town in the South of France. L’Epicerie Gourmande is a French grocery-meets-restaurant-meets-winery and you can find wines and cheeses for any kind of get-together.
If you’re looking for affordable grazing table options, L’Epicerie Gourmande has the Le Plateau du Fromager (imported cheese selection with bread and condiments), Le Plateau du Charcutier (imported cold cuts with bread and condiments), and the Le Pleatuea Traiteur which is a combo of both.
What we recommend is having the Traiteur, only because cheese and cold cuts are a match made in heaven. You get two types of cheeses: Gouda or Manchego, or soft cheeses such as Brie and blue cheese. Options for the cold cuts include the parma and the spicy, smoked salami. It comes with an amazing sweet rhubarb jam (pro tip: they sell this in their grocery section for P250 per bottle), cornichons, and grapes.
These plateau or trays come in two different sizes, which are reasonably priced for what’s in it. There’s a sharing option for up to two people, which costs P590; while the good-for-four option costs P990.
When it comes to grazing boards, wine pairing is always a must. L’Epicierie Gourmande’s more affordable wines are from their selection of house wines (P140/glass; P220/25cl; P400/50cl) and you may choose from rosés, white, and red wines. But if you want to try all three, they also have a Wine Trio (P280) where you can enjoy a glass of all three of their house wines.
L’Epicerie Gourmande was once a hidden gem right beside Festival Mall, Alabang back in 2017, but now, they’ve relocated to more accessible areas. You can pay them a visit at their Molito, Alabang branch (near Parmigiano) or Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.