Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Croisette @ Cascadium

Gallic food at an unlikely venue _ a poolside cafe hidden in a Bangsar condominium.

With a French chef at the helm, Croisette serves traditional recipes & twists on familiar cuisine; this "pistou rotizza" represents the latter _ evocative of the healthiest roti canai ever, topped with an aromatic spread of basil, garlic, sea salt, olive oil & tomatoes.

Duck confit with roasted herb potatoes. A no-frills interpretation of a French favorite. Less sodium-packed than versions elsewhere, but every bit as juicy.

Hearty, honest-to-goodness beef bourguignon. Feels home-cooked, with red wine-braised meat accompanied by stewed carrots & mushrooms. Julia Child, who called this recipe "one of the most delicious beef dishes concocted by man," might have approved.

Another wine-not-optional classic: coq au vin, marinated with Riesling & simmered to succulence. Croisette's prices are reasonable, particularly for Bangsar; most mains cost north of RM20, with starters & desserts priced much lower.

Pumpkin veloute. Warm & thick, with a sweetness that tastes reassuringly natural.

Chocolate & orange parfait. Indulgently creamy, but since its flavor emanates mainly from cocoa & orange peels, instead of spoonfuls of sugar, this might work as a low-guilt pleasure.

Much wine is available. Angove Nine Vines Shiraz Viognier, an agreeable South Australian red.


Croisette Cafe @ Bangsar,
Cascadium Condominium, Jalan Penaga, Bangsar.
Open Monday-Saturday through 10pm.
Tel: 016-330-4477
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41 comments:

  1. What a lovely find -- the food looks pretty good. I like the plating of the dessert, the fork art is cute.

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  2. Baby sumo: ya, I think there's a lot of charm here. it's like a place we can visit with our friends, with family, or even just eat here alone, and we'd still end up feeling welcome & well-fed. A nice change from the hustle & bustle in most of bangsar =)

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  3. Ooh look at that duck dish! Gosh I'm so into avians! Haha
    LOL at the first pic. It really says there is only this table in the cafe. Hehe. Well at least that's the impression that I got from the pic :p

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  4. I wonder where I can buy one of those invisible forks.. Hmm

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  5. ooh this looks like the perfect place to go on public holidays when everywhere else is packed! that first shot of the pool looks a lot like OBD in taman desa actually..lol

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  6. Rad: heheh, I prefer duck to chicken! More flavorsome (though maybe less versatile) :p Oh, there are actually maybe 6-8 tables in the cafe, but yeah, they're all nicely spaced far apart. No eavesdropping on other customers! :D I'm not sure I'd want an invisible fork, if it means I'll have to eat invisible food =)
    Dropsofcontentment: yikes, I forgot to ask if they're open on public holidays. They're closed on Sundays though. I'll have to ask them next time =) Heheh, the poolside here looks a lot, lot, lot nicer than my apartment poolside :D

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  7. I like duck but it tends to smell if not cooked properly. Once I threw out just because of the strong distinctive smell in my mouth

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  8. Looking forward to the extra "views" by the pool... :P

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  9. Rad: yeah, true, chicken is safer. But then, duck is still safer than lamb & mutton, which can be the gamiest & stinkiest of all, for me, heh =)
    Kenny: since it's a family condo, with expats galore, you might get a Greyson chance lookalike to gawk at :D
    Alilfatmonkey: I wish more restaurants would use pumpkin in more than just pumpkin soup though. It deserves to replace potatoes as a side dish in main courses, heh =)

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  10. Ooh I like mutton! Again, needs to be cooked properly to get the right tenderness.

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  11. Oh so those by the pool all can play piano and sing well like Greyson Chance does? :p

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  12. No problems getting past security etc I hope? I love the intimacy of these tiny joints ensconced within residential buildings but find the process (and sometimes queues) of registering as a visitor rather tiresome. Still, this one looks like it may be just worth the while!

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  13. coq au vin and bœuf bourguignon are dishes that i wanted to try for a really really long time!!!

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  14. You should try the chicken burger here. It's also really good. Mum and I eat here these days... :)

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  15. Rad: i think that out of every 10 experiences i've had with mutton, nine have been bad. the odds are terrible =) and you can check with kenny on that! he's greyson chance's number one fan in malaysia! :D
    Min: oh, the security guards here are a pleasure to deal with. they'll just request your driving license after you tell them that you want to visit the cafe, and they'll instruct you where to park. one of them will even escort you from the parking lot to the cafe, since the route is a bit confusing. but it took us less than 10 minutes from the condo gate to the cafe :D

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  16. Michelle: yeah, i love both dishes. so hearty and wholesome. but only a handful of outlets in KL seem to serve them. they shouldn't be too difficult to prepare though, hmmmm =)
    Bangsar-Babe: ooo, will keep that in mind. hopefully will bump into you here sometime! i'd probably revisit on a weekday evening =)

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  17. I don't know how you do it! You can even find food in the most unexpected places! Your food antenna is really strong :P

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  18. iamthewitch: heheh, or some people might say it's like how a cockroach's food antenna is also strong (or maybe an ant's antenna, if they want to be kinder)! :D

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  19. this place looks charming...would be quite peaceful bythe pool unless a bunch of noisy kids are there:P

    the duck confit doesn't look too juicy but i supposed pictures can be deceiving.

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  20. Rad: :D
    Missyblurkit: heheh, we were here at about 6:30 on a weekday, and it was very calm. no kids at the pool, though there was a family with small children that came in for dinner afterwards :D and yeah, the duck was meaty & tender inside, heheh =)

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  21. Hehe seriously though check out this link:
    t.co/zfzvDuDm
    Do add http:// before it

    No, no, it's not a spam :)

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  22. -_-' ... Hmm you are the actual #1 fan of Greyson Chance

    (Kenny told me)

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  23. Hey guys,

    Thanks for showing interest with d little cafe.

    You can find out more about Croisette cafe at https://www.facebook.com/Croisettecafe

    :)

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  24. Yes, Mr Eat Drink KL is #1 fan of Greyson Chance, and he even tried to drag us to Greyson Chance autograph signing! :P

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  25. Rad: thanks for the link. The websites look pretty useful, and the food looks yummy. Now if only I actually owned some cooking equipment, heheh :D oh, and you really must not believe everything Kenny says. Heheheh :D
    Michelle: thanks for the page! We enjoyed the food at croisette very much, and we're looking forward to trying the prawn bisque and other dishes in future =)

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  26. CK: imagine, we could have shaken Greyson's hand that day! bet you wouldn't have washed your hand after that :D

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  27. Omg, Sean! Unbelievable!
    ..
    I mean why didn't you try to drag me, too? :p
    I may not be a fan of his but I wouldn't mind a photograph with him :)

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  28. Rad: heheh, he seemed to enjoy KL, so maybe he'll return in the near future! :D

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  29. Indeed an unexpected place! I wonder how would it survive really...
    Duck confit less sodium-fied?? I'm sold! :P

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  30. Tng: i think it's mainly the condo residents & customers from nearby in bangsar for now. but yeah, they might need more patrons in the long run! =)

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  31. haha that pistou rotizza looks like a pizza that has gone bad and mouldy... hehe

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  32. Eiling: heheh, i see what you mean! luckily though it tasted similar to pesto sauce, heheh :D

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    1. Sean: the Pistou is the french version of Pesto, same ingredients but purely vegetal: no cheese and no nuts. We are sourcing organic basil to make it even better ;-) hope to see you again

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  33. Heading over there today. Glad you've given it a thumbs up :-)

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  34. The Yum List: hope you enjoy it! the food does taste wholesome =)

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