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