Sunday, February 7, 2016

Chateau Du Pain, Crispy Crust & After Black @ Bandar Sunway

Cream cheese puffs are this bakery-cafe's main novelty, in choices of flavour that include chocolate cream cheese, strawberry cream cheese, coffee cream cheese, orange cream cheese or kiwi fruit cream cheese - the cream cheese is scooped into each pastry cone on order, providing for a fast & convenient snack (RM5.50 each). Whether you'll return for more might be contingent on how much you really like cream cheese. 

Chateau Du Pain
Lot 17 Jalan PJS 11/9, Bandar Sunway, Selangor. Daily, 9am-11pm.

When we visited Crispy Crust some time back, it was still at its original location in Bandar Sunway (it has since moved to Subang's Main Place mall). The cafe lived up to its name, specialising in fried chicken chops that could be customised with a variety of extras, such as spaghetti, French fries, pan-fried egg, beef bacon, chicken sausages & pineapple rings.

Crispy Crust
Formerly at Bandar Sunway. Now at Main Place USJ Subang Jaya.

After Black has become a haunt for Bandar Sunway's college-goers, dishing out hot comfort food like baked eggs with broccoli, carrots & mint tomato sauce; cheese-baked squid ink rice; & a beef patty with sweet-&-sour pomelo barbecue sauce.

After Black
23, Jalan PJS 11/9, Bandar Sunway, Selangor.

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Dim Sum Yuen & Hou Xiang Chee Cheong Fun

Dim Sum Yuen can be credited for pretty & polished presentations, with much of its extensive steamed selection served in distinctive square wooden boxes that bear the imprint of the restaurant's name. In terms of flavour though, not much left a lasting impression - not the tricoloured shrimp dumplings, flower buns or pumpkin cakes. Still, there was one saving grace for this meal - chee cheong fun stuffed with sliced yau char kwai, an unconventional combination that worked well together, especially in terms of texture. Alas, Yuen's other subversive interpretations of chee cheong fun - including one bundled with omelette, & another tinged pale green with spinach & laced with shrimp - fell prey to the bane of a stodgy skin & bland fillings.

Dim Sum Yuen
22, Jalan Radin Bagus 7, Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur. Mon-Sat, 730am-11pm; Sun, 730am-4pm. Tel: 03-90544775

Hou Xiang promises multiple versions of chee cheong fun inspired by variations from KL, Ipoh, Penang & beyond, splashed with, say, a light & savoury soy sauce, a sweet fermented bean red sauce, thick shrimp paste or simply some curry. But its menu also manages to offer classic staples like yong tau foo, noodles, fried chicken chop & cendol. Customer satisfaction will fluctuate, hinging on how much you prize actual authenticity, finesse in execution, & comparisons with prices elsewhere.

Hou Xiang Chee Cheong Fun
47, Jalan SS23/15, Taman Sea, Petaling Jaya. Tel: 03-7497-1253

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Friday, February 5, 2016

2016 Menu & Playing Petanque: Rendez-Vous @ Bangsar

Time flies at Rendez-Vous: Bangsar's cornerstone for French cooking is firing on all cylinders for 2016 with a repertoire of traditional Gallic treats that's more extensive than ever. A meal here may begin with light refreshments (an amuse bouche of bacon-wrapped prunes paired with a Kir cocktail is ideal); it might end hours later with wide smiles & broad waistlines. The restaurant remains operational this Chinese New Year, so it could be the spot to hit if much of the neighbourhood seems shut.

Rendez-Vous' new sharing platter deserves to be its signature temptation: It's a staggering spread that catches most customers by surprise - two people can indulge in this for a full feast, while six can enjoy it as a heavy starter. The selection may change from week to week, but its key constituent is kitchen-made terrines, pates & rillettes. We especially like the two notably unique game pates - hazelnut-laced deer & wild boar - for their relatively robust & meaty flavours, but everything's worth trying, from coarse-textured pork liver pate to fatty-fleshy pork rillettes. The rest of the platter is memorably curated too - the escargots prove excellent, juicy rather than rubbery, while the chicken gizzards are more tender & tasty than typical. Other stars include chewy-savoury slices of smooth smoked duck breast & a genuinely lovely potato salad mixed with morsels of pork; you'll also find ham, sausages & pickles, rounding out this platter that's justifiably priced at RM120++. Rendez-Vous supplies reasonable-costing wine recommendations - for this platter, the Baron Monbarduc, Bergerac 2014 (RM28/RM140++).

From the a la carte menu, our current best bet might be the tartiflette (RM49++) - a speciality of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of the French Alps, it's a steaming-hot gratin of potatoes with lardons, onions & reblochon cheese, as sumptuously rich as it looks & sounds, with melting layers of rich flavours & textures, best shared by two customers. If you like that sort of calorie-fraught provocation, you'll probably also appreciate Rendez-vous' interpretation of the classic onion soup, blessed with a beautiful sweetness, bolstered by the bite of bacon of an Emmental-smothered tartine (RM24++), or the escargots, which emerge in an eye-catching fashion, sandwiched in vol-au-vent puff pastry, showered in garlic butter sauce (RM34++). And finally, for salmon enthusiasts, keep an eye out: Rendez-vous plans to soon introduce a very creamy salmon tartare on its regular menu (RM34++); the restaurant also consistently offers specials of the day to bait regulars, recently serving puffs stuffed with minced salmon partnered with comforting heaps of mash & ratatouille (RM46++). Pairing options for these span a South African Golden Kaan Chardonnay (RM28/RM140++) to a French Belle Mare Cabernet Sauvignon (RM29/RM145++).

On Sunday mornings, brunch is available, 12pm through 5pm. One of the possible orders is the Menu Boulanger (RM59++ for a total of three courses), as bread-laden as its name suggests - the first course comprises a fresh croissant, pain au chocolat & toast accompanied by honey, jam & butter; the second features two eggs (choose an omelette or scrambled), bacon, sliced bread, sauteed mushrooms, Provencal-style tomato, a salad & cheese; dessert might be a decadent chocolate mousse cake with mint ice cream. To help burn off all that eating, Rendez-Vous is currently KL's sole restaurant that offers complimentary games of boules for its customers - take your turn at learning to play petanque, throwing hollow but heavy metal balls at a special section beside the outlet. It's a pretty fun experience that will make your lunch or dinner here all the more interesting.

A sneak peek at what's ahead for Rendez-Vous within the next few months: Founder Arnaud, chef Flo & their team will be launching a first-floor lounge above the main restaurant (wittily named Upstage); it looks set to be a cosy venue to enjoy jazzy musical performances while relaxing over after-dinner drinks - perhaps the Polignac Reserve Cognac, a deep, aromatic Grande Champagne blend (RM23++ a glass). But if you're keen to check out Rendez-Vous before that, another excuse might be for Valentine's Day, when a Lover's Menu will showcase seductive lures like devilled quail eggs with avruga caviar, Boston lobster raviole on ratatouille with bisque sauce, pan-fried foie gras with red berries puree & aged balsamic reduction, scallops in shell with cauliflower emulsion & glazed baby vegetables, wholegrain-mustard-&-honey-crusted beef tenderloin with green peppercorn sauce & potato gratin, brie cheese & chocolate moist cake with a melted caramel heart - at RM195++ per person, reservations are encouraged. Many thanks to Rendez-Vous for having us here.

Rendez-Vous French Restaurant
100 Lorong Maarof, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. Open daily for lunch & dinner through midnight. Tel: 03-22020206

The Eat Drink KL mobile app is now available, connecting restaurants & customers to promote a positive spirit of community.
Every restaurant on this app rewards users with a 6 percent discount, instantly & conveniently, everyday, all day long. 
In return, users share photos of their experiences at these eateries, creating a new community of restaurant lovers.
For every transaction, at least RM0.20 will be channelled to a charity of the month.

Stay up to date: The Eat Drink KL newsletter is sent by email to subscribers every Monday; it's the Klang Valley's foremost weekly round-up of new restaurant openings, F&B promotions & other tasty tidbits.
Subscribe to Eat Drink KL Weekly for free via this following link: 
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Check out the latest edition of Eat Drink KL: 100 Favourites, with 100 recommended restaurants for Jan-Mar 2016. This eBook is available to read or download at this link: http://issuu.com/eatdrinkkl/docs/ebook

Buckle your seatbelts: Eat Drink KL is partnering with Uber to take restaurant lovers on new adventures across KL & Selangor!
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1. Download the Uber app from the App Store, Play Store or Windows Store - and register your Uber account.
2. Apply the code EATDRINKKL as your first promotional code & you'll receive 2 Free Rides worth RM30 each.
3. Request a ride through the app and ride for free to any destination (with two ride values of up to RM30 each).
Check out EAT DRINK, a new F&B website jointly run by The Expat Group (TEG) & Eat Drink KL. This website features all of our up-to-date reviews, plus exclusive weekly articles & a searchable database on restaurants in KL & Selangor: EatDrink.my