Greenbelt bistro Roux offers fine French food sans the fancy frills (GMA News Online)

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(This feature was published in GMA News Online last January 4, 2016)

t’s not unusual for most people to think of fine dining at the mere mention of French cuisine. My recent restaurant discovery, though, allowed me to experience fine French food sans the fancy frills.

Roux (pronounced “roo”) pleasantly surprised me. Don’t let its fancy name fool you. It may seem intimidating—to pronounce, at least—but its interiors are warm and welcoming with its minimalist but still chic décor.

The upholstered benches and wooden seats are simply casual, the brick walls look rustic, while the dark flooring is sleek. I like how the walls are peppered with colorful paintings and black-and-white photographs; plus, the embossed mirrors and blackboard menus add character. I felt like I was in somebody’s loft and not in a formal French restaurant.

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