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Nov 4, 2012 03:25 AM

Kuala Lumpur – French bistro fare at La Vie en Rose

This place, IMO, serves the best-tasting French (no, make that Western/ continental) food in KL, bar none. But what made it so special was the setting: in a little bungalow set on a hillock overlooking the tiny Bukit Nanas forest reserve right in the middle of Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle business district.

Caught up with fellow KL-based Chowhound, mikey8811. Our lunch today started with an amuse geule of smoked mackerel topped with a tiny dollop of crème fraiche.

Our appetisers were:
- The house speciality: foie gras crème brulee - cleverly-conceived yet so simple, break through the thin glassy caramelised sugar crust, and the sweet shards combined beautifully with the light, foie gras-scented savory custard. It was divine. Thin brioche toasts were the perfect accompaniment.
- Beef tartare with Comte cheese shavings & arugula salad. Looked good. I didn’t get to taste that.

- The coq au vin was out today, but the very approachable restaurateur, Jean Michel Fraisse, a Toulouse native, recommended the off-menu chicken with morels and cream sauce which turned out to be absolutely perfect. The chicken had been roasted till a golden-crisp skin was obtained before being blanketed with a rich, thick creamy sauce studded generously with morels.
- The slow-cooked veal flank with liquorice sauce was similarly well-executed – tender yet tasty.
- Accompaniments were creamy mashed potatoes (perfect!) and an intensely-flavored ratatouille.

Not a strong suit of this restaurant but still adequate to finish off a great lunch:
- Tarte Tatin with Bourbon vanilla ice-cream.
- Guanaja chocolate tart, also served with vanilla ice-cream.
- Coffee is another weak link – lacked body & fragrance.

Definitely a restaurant which is worth a re-visit.

Address details
La Vie en Rose
39, Jalan Raja Chulan
50250 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: +603-2078 3883

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  1. Looks nice.

    Have you been on Bukit Nanas itself?
    Is anything being done about the "kwai ngook" buildings opposite the place? (They've been there a while...)

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    1. re: huiray

      No, I tried getting into Bukit Nanas to trek, but it's currently fenced off from the public. There's only a forestry dept office there.
      The old buildings are currently left undeveloped as there's an ongoing legal tussle between the landowner & the banks.