Monday, February 6, 2012

Petite Millie & Artisan Roast

Refusing to rest on his laurels, Millesime's Max Chin has opened Petite Millie, a 1 Utama brasserie to complement his fine-dining venue in Solaris Dutamas.

Various types of "tarte flambee" are among the attractions _ crisp French-style pizzas topped with everything from Iberian air-dried beef to hand-harvested mushrooms. We loved the one loaded with succulent crab meat, avocado, creme fraiche, thyme-lemon oil & chives (RM19.50+).

Quebec's exports aren't confined to Celine Dion; the Canadian province's fast food specialty is "poutine" _ sauce-smothered fries. These chunky, piping-hot potato strips can be enjoyed with egg mollet, ratatouille & truffle oil (RM20.50++) _ comfort food inspired by Daniel Boulud.

Max isn't manning the kitchen at this casual eatery, but expect his influence to infuse its recipes, which explains the use of some of his favorite ingredients _ beetroot & haloumi cheese _ in this light salad tossed with mizuna leaves & champagne vinegar (RM18.50+).

Wine is available by the glass at prices far lower than Millesime's.

Not far from Petite Millie, another business has launched a new branch; in Artisan Roast's case, it closed its Ampang alfresco cafe & moved to Taman Tun Dr Ismail, where business is bustling on a street of popular pubs.
Entry on Artisan Roast @ Ampang: March 6, 2011.

Open daily (through midnight on Fridays & Saturdays), this is a cheerful hangout for friends to chomp on cheesecake, a family recipe that's sumptuously creamy, enriched with a sticky-sweet, caramel-like layer of chocolate.

Coffee is made more marvelous with chocolate to create an iced mocha.

Red espresso, essentially flavorsome Rooibos tea brewed in a coffeemaker.

What's next for Artisan Roast: Savory snacks & breakfast platters.

What's next for Petite Millie: Another branch, at Penang's Gurney Paragon.

Petite Millie @ 1 Utama,
G146, Ground Floor (near Soup Restaurant, Putien & L Table), 1 Utama Shopping Center.
Tel: 03-7732-0395

Artisan Roast @ TTDI,
4, Lorong Rahim Kajai 14, Taman Tun Dr Ismail.
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34 comments:

  1. Yummeh!! I will be eating here next week:) hehe

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    1. Ciki: the dessert menu will probably be ready by next week! Cinnamon-dusted beignets, pain perdu & more :D

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  2. Shd find someone with a 1U/surrounding area business card for a free meal LOL. Check out their FB for details.

    Btw is the ex manager from Max at iHaus the manager here at Petite Millie?

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    1. Baby Sumo: oooh, i didn't realize that. but then again, i don't know anyone working in that area :D there was a familiar face among the service team at petite millie, but i think he was formerly from millesime. not sure who the ex-manager from ihaus was, sorry =)

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    1. The Yum List: hope you enjoy the food! the service is excellent too. very efficient & friendly :D

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  4. And what's next for Eat Drink KL? More posts per day, more places reviewed per post? That means more, more, more for us readers, woo-hoo! :D

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    1. Kenny: omg, greedy-nya! liddat i'll be dead from exhaustion within six months! and i won't leave anything to you in my will (except maybe some old issues of entertainment weekly) :P

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    2. Dun bluff lah - your backlog list of unpublished drafts could keep you going for months while you take some well-deserved time off to backpack around Kazakhstan. :P

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    3. Kenny: oooh, i could literally eat a horse in kazakhstan! according to wiki, the popular dishes in that country include "ulpershek," made from the heart & aorta of a horse, & "zhal," the layer of fat under a horse's mane, served only to honored guests http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazakh_cuisine

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    4. One of my best friends live in Kazakhstan with his wife and infant son - I've been meaning to visit them there before his company relocates them yet again for work.

      And the last time I had horse meat was in his country (but the meat itself was imported from his wife's country). Makes you wonder what countries they are from, eh? ;)

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    5. Kenny: italy & japan! (i'm guessing horse meat salami & horse sashimi) =)

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    6. Horse meat floss in Italy, made with horse meat imported from Poland. Half right, that's pretty good. :D

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    7. Kenny: well, if you do visit them in Kazakhstan before they leave, I'll ask you to bring back some processed horse meat items to KL. and you can't say neighhhh! :p

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  5. Haven been to 1u for ages! The pizza looks great, lotsss of ingredients.. I LIKE. =)

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    1. Smitten By Food: and it feels a little healthier than a regular cheese-laden pizza too! :D

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  6. Red espresso is an awesome thirst quencher. Yet to try the cheesecake though. Hopefully we can squeeze Artisan Roast in after tomorrow's drive.

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    1. Missyblurkit: i did enjoy the red espresso very much! it reminded me of iced lemon tea, in some ways! :D

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  7. Getting very happening in 1-U! But I think the last time I was there was 2 years ago, time to revisit.

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    1. CK: wow, two years is a long time! ya, you can go to 1-U at 10am, and try to visit as many restaurants as possible until the shopping mall closes at 10pm! :D

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  8. Artisan Roast is so near me now! :P
    Perfect work/blogging place fr me .. i hope!

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    1. TNG: oh, it might depend on the hour of the day! it seems to be quite packed in the evenings & night, so it might be tricky to get a table sometimes =)

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  9. That avocado pizza has got my name on it! Arrghhhh not enough time in KLLLLL

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    1. Hungry Female: heheh, extend your stay! or come back soon, ya :D

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  10. 1Utama is so out of my range!

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    1. Michelle: parking at 1 utama is what drives me nuts sometimes :D

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  11. Darn! I've got to wait a few months before I get to check this place out! :( But that poutine looks soooo good! I've never seen it done that way before!! :D

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    1. Vien: the months will fly by, i hope! :D i think there are five or six different types of poutine on the menu here, which is good news for potato-lovers! =)

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  12. Oh my god the pizza!! I would finish half of that right now as I'm still quite hungry ahahah

    Ooh I'm curious about the red espresso

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    1. Rad: heheh, you have the appetite of a lion! :D red espresso tastes similar to iced lemon tea, i think =)

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  13. This is a good continuation to Millisime as they need to have another place which has more affordable prices for people to try. I must go soon!

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    1. Eiling: true, millesime's prices are too hefty for most of us to eat there on a regular basis! petite millie is more affordable for regular dining, since a dinner here shouldn't cost more than RM30 per person (without drinks) =)

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  14. Either Petite Millie had just opened over the last few weeks or I must have not noticed it before (and I'm at 1U at least every other week as it's my "second home"). I've always wondered about poutine - perhaps I should try it the next time I'm there :)

    A friend of mine has been bugging me about going to Artisan Roast, so it's just a matter of time...

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    1. Synical: oh yeah, petite Millie opened during the Chinese new year season, so it might have gotten lost in the crush initially. The poutine is definitely comfort food :D and since artisan roast is just a 5-minute drive from 1 utama, u can kill two birds with one stone! =)

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