Monday, January 10, 2011

T Forty Two

T Forty Two has opened its second outlet, replacing Banquet at Bangsar Village. With classic French melodies like "La Mer" wafting in the background and a look that's reminiscent of a Parisian bistro, this place should prove pretty popular for leisurely lunches.

Traditional French dishes dominate the menu here, which is significantly more ambitious compared to T Forty Two's original branch at Subang's Empire Shopping Gallery.

We were in a fowl mood that evening, so the duck & pistachio terrine was irresistible. Served with cornichons & pear chutney, this rustic-looking pate was pleasantly coarse and firm, offering a satisfying chew. Not too gamy, but not bland either.

The duck theme deepened with this pan-fried liver with red grapes & sweet balsamic glaze. A generous portion, impeccably prepared.

Duck cassoulet. A recipe that rekindled our longing to see more French restaurants bloom in KL. Basically a robust stew of duck leg confit with turkey bacon, sausages & white beans, this hearty plate _ heaving with protein _ should probably be shared by two.

Three flavors of macarons: passion fruit, chocolate & strawberry. Crisp and rich. Not the best in town (that accolade still belongs to Nathalie's and Babycakes), but good enough.

Can't complain about the lemon meringue tart either. Light and tangy.

Wine is available, hurray! Chateau Peyruchet Blanc, an aromatic, straw-colored white.

Chateau Peyruchet Rouge, a supple red.

Click here for entry on T Forty Two at Empire Shopping Gallery (November 7, 2010).



T Forty Two,
Bangsar Village.
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24 comments:

  1. Fowl mood. What a nice play of words.

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  2. Ooh. Looks interesting. :)
    (Poor Banquet... Somehow it managed to last pretty long though)

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  3. Fowl mood? Oh someone's in the mood for puns again... the sort lame ducks would enjoy? :P

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  4. Hmmm I'm beginning to see the similarities with all their restaurants. Quacks to the max and that's the same lemon tart at Plan B only in a diff form.

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  5. sigh... grounded at home and can't go anywhere these days.. I'm salivating at the sights already

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  6. why u in a "fowl" mood? i have never met up with u in a fowl mood! hehe. Thank my lucky starsss! LOL

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  7. michelle: thanks. i bet everyone else finds it cheesy/corny (ooh, cheese and corn. i like) :D
    j: ya, i think banquet lasted nearly four years? it was really nice for the first couple of years =)
    lfb: hah! your sarcasm simply slides off me like water off a duck's back! i'm obviously no sitting duck for mockery :D
    qwazymonkey: true, it's interesting that even canoodling has lots of duck noodle dishes. but i lurrrrrrve duck, so i'm happy! :D
    leo: yikes, sorry to hear that. if only these outlets would do delivery services! but hopefully you'll be able to treat yourselves to some good meals out soon...
    ciki: heheh, i'm in a 'fowl' mood at least two times a week. but 'foul' moods are much rarer, fortunately! :D

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  8. A swimming duck, then? Albeit not that efficient a swimmer on account of being a lame duck? :P

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  9. lfb: if u were the hunter and i were the duck, i'm afraid u'd go home empty-handed :D

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  10. I didn't know Banquet was no longer there. I guess the business wasn't doing so good or have they moved to somewhere else?

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  11. Only cos I'm terribly kind and only in it for the thrill of the hunt. After capturing you (and not exactly a mean feat, what with your handicap, ahem), I'll happily release you again to your natural habitat... those overpriced restaurants in Bangsar, I mean. :P

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  12. eiling: hmmm, not sure why banquet closed, though i don't think it's reopening elsewhere for now. i guess most restaurants have a lifespan of only a few years...
    lfb: geee, u make me sound like a fat cat instead of a lame duck! when all this time, i simply thought of myself as a wascally wabbit :P

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  13. Wascally wabbits live on forever in cartoons, but in Bangsar, they tend to end up as highly-priced, rustic rabbit stew... :P

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  14. lfb: then perhaps i could become the road runner instead. which would make you wile e. coyote! beep beep!!! :D

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  15. Oh I have no intention of chasing after you, my friend, be you a rodent, a rabbit or a road runner. I only chase after young, delicious specimens of our most excellent human species.

    :D

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  16. this review doesnt do justice to T42 at all! the french wines, it shld be mentioned, are ridiculously cheap (not the usual 3X markup elsewhere) and the quality of the produce and cuisine can match most of Melbourne's cafe/restaurant scene, which is saying T42 is a gem of a bistro in KL.

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  17. lfb: your chasing days are over lah. nowadays you just sit on the couch and watch jurassic park sequels :D
    masculinendings: heh, glad to hear u enjoyed your meal here. yeah, i think the wines we ordered were listed at about RM18 per glass. value for money, true =)

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  18. Eh, can chase online la (while I watch Jurassic Park sequels). The power of the Internet!

    P.S. We watched 'Adele: The Rise of the Mummy' on DVD last night and loved it. Turned out less of a horror-fantasy and more of a comedy... Hehe.

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  19. I luvvv duck too!
    It's just more 'interesting" than the usual chic, lamb & beef ;p

    But tht Duck cassoulet .. .arghghghghghh.. HUNGRY. Cant wait to try. But no time til next week!!

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  20. lfb: chasing online is so dodgy. the person on the other end whom you presume to be "young and delicious" could be the opposite in reality :D
    p.s. my friendly dvd store guy has been badgering me to get it, but i'm still resisting! bad reviews =)
    tng: ya, i'd choose duck over chicken any day, whether it's curry, roasted or soup! :D oooh, you'll be pleased to hear that there are lotsa cakes and ice cream available here too! so, get ready for duck and desserts! :D

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  21. yikes, so fast! i was there last Tues and they still not open yet LOL

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  22. babe_kl: ya, they seemed to have scrambled quite a bit leading up to last weekend! parts of it still looked like a work in progress :D

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  23. Plenty of desserts? Same kinds as Plan B? Or really Frenchy desserts?

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  24. Tng: French desserts! Though not as elaborate as nathalie's...

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