Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Profiteroles

Japanese savories & French sweets? Sometimes, it's the unlikeliest union that breeds the best results; in this case, the proof is in the profiteroles.

This charming cafe offers a reasonable range of basic fare _ everything from ramen and chicken katsu to gyoza and prawn tempura. We were pleasantly surprised by these handrolls, one stuffed with warm unagi and the other with tamago. There was minimal rice inside, substituted mainly with super-fresh greens for a springy crunch.

We had mixed feelings, however, about the outlet's namesake _ its profiteroles. I liked their creamy, custard-like chocolate filling, but my friend insisted they made his teeth ache.

More macarons? Really? But these do offer something different. There are several interesting flavors _ sakura, lavender, salted butter caramel _ that absolutely hit the spot, featuring less sugar compared to other macarons out there. But purists might say the ganache filling in this version is too thick and heavy.

Vanilla & chocolate sables. Classic cookies, nicely baked. Crisp and buttery all at once.

The walls here are decorated with real photographs taken of the cafe's own food, helping to create a warm, comfortable atmosphere. If all works well, this humble hideout could become Solaris Dutamas' next hip hangout.

One point: Profiteroles might currently seem impossible to find, but here are the basic steps _ take the escalator up from The Pink Sage, look for a Subway store, take the staircase from there up another level, then search for a cafe with no signboard.

A final note: no dinners are served here for now. The outlet is only open 10am-6pm, Mondays through Saturdays, but that should change later this year.

Profiteroles,
A3-01-07, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-6205-5503
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18 comments:

  1. And u ventured here bbetween 10-6pm? wow! Off day ar?? ;p

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  2. tng: heheh, had to make the extra effort to wake up earlier and head here before work! but thank heaven, i believe it was worth it :D

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  3. Gosh this place seems to be getting very happening!

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  4. babe_kl: yaa, and it'll get even busier after the publika shopping mall section opens right here, hopefully by hari raya! parking at solaris dutamas is already a hassle now compared to last year :D

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  5. Macaron purists like me try to seek balance between lightness and chewiness. :) Real flavors and sweetness. :D

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  6. messy profiteroles.. i LIKE!! The macaron just look too weird for me. what's with the colors..

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  7. LOL. Why is Solaris Dutamas filled with slightly hard to find eateries? This one sounds even more hidden than Nathalies....

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  8. Hmm... I guess the question is will you brave another lunchtime crowd and head there again? That's quite a decent measure of a restaurant if EDKL would venture back for more. :D

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  9. So many places selling macarons nowadays. Just wish more would open in The Gardens / MV vicinity.

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  10. ahh, macarons should go the way of donuts, too many too manyyyy

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  11. michelle: yep, i think you put it perfectly. these days, i'm looking for creative flavors, cos i believe there's a versatility for macaron flavors that's still untapped in KL :D
    ciki: heheh, i think the profiteroles got smudged cos i took them away in box =) and when it comes to macarons, i guess i happily let them get away with the use of artificial coloring :D
    j: ya lor, whoever designed solaris dutamas must be an evil architectural fiend! and they should have allocated more convenient parking spaces to access all the various blocks here! =)

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  12. lfb: i'll return when they start serving dinner (which they promise to do, later this year). how's that for a hedge-your-bets response, heheh :D
    baby sumo: oh ya, true, the closest i can think of from midvalley would be all the outlets in bangsar. t forty two at bangsar, hummingbirds at jalan telawi =)
    ky: i wonder which one is less unhealthy. i figure macarons contain much more sugar than donuts, but much less oil and fat :D

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  13. Haven't been to Solaris Dutamas at all. Haha. Should really make a point and visit that place soon since there're lots of good restaurants to try out.

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  14. chong: oh yeah, there's gotta be at least 30 eateries at solaris dutamas ... but maybe only 10 of them are really worthwhile. so if you just chose one at random, you'd have a 1/3 shot at good food, heheh :D

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  15. Those are seriously funky macarons! If there's no signboard, how did you find your way there?

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  16. Bangsar-babe: psychedelic Macarons! :D oh, I called them up and asked them for directions (though all they said was 'above subway,' so I still had to stumble my way there, heh) :D

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  17. looks like all these new outlets are all opening at Solaris Dutamas, the place that I don't go to! Bummer!

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  18. eiling: it's a nice hangout, but not enough wine-and-dine restaurants (i think millesime is still the best there) :D

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