Thursday, April 12, 2012

Topshelf @ Taman Tun

Classic European fare has come to Taman Tun, thanks to this casual cafe that concentrates on French & Italian favorites.

On a rain-soaked night, this Marseille-style, saffron-steeped bowl of bouillabaisse (RM43++) , featuring fresh fish, prawns, clams & mussels, would surely warm the cockles of our heart.

Pesto cappellini (RM20++), a light but lush starter of angel hair pasta with toasted pine nuts, pesto sauce, shaved parmesan & the faint hint of truffle oil. Wonderful for whetting the appetite, offering a squeaky-clean taste & silky-smooth textures.

Chicken roulade (RM28++), made juicy with bold-flavored burgundy sauce & accompanied deliciously by mushrooms, shallots, chestnuts & asparagus.

Moules mariniere (RM29++), the Normandy staple. Savory mussels cooked in a slurp-worthy broth of butter, white wine, shallots & parsley.

Duck confit (RM33++) with potato fondant & French beans. Topshelf's dishes are mainly aimed at Francophiles, with an unabashed selection of the best-known Gallic recipes. The Italian items on the menu are outnumbered.

Escargots (RM24++), plump snails prepared with butter & herbs. It'd be curmudgeonly to complain about Topshelf's food; while there's little here to rock KL's gastronomic world, everything's well-prepared, with the rock-solid assurance of no second-rate ingredients.

Pan-seared halibut with braised baby leeks & onions in ginger bouillon (RM36++). The setting at this restaurant might seem sterile & cafeteria-like at first, but the management & service team are more than friendly enough to make up for it.

Steak Au Poivre, the traditional bistro staple showcasing 220 grams of Black Angus fillet mignon with fries & Bordelaise sauce (RM89++). Other options here range from Nicoise salad & boeuf bourguignon (it's like Julia Child's cookbook!) to salmon ravioli & linguine vongole.

Jean-luc Colombo Cotes Du Rhone 2009.

Topshelf Restaurant @ TTDI,
61, Lorong Rahim Kajai 13, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-7727-7277
Open daily. Lunch is local/Western fare, while dinner is French/Italian.
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33 comments:

  1. The duck confit looks extremely crispy and juicy....

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    1. Smitten By Food: it's a good one! not over-salted or dried-out :D

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  2. Ahh my neighbourhood is picking up :P
    Nicoise salad - this i must try. So challenging to get a good one around. Mezze's is good, but inconsistent.
    And u see sharing prices now :D TQ TQ!

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    1. TNG: ooo, ya, somehow I keep forgetting you live in TTDI now! Still getting used to the idea :D i'm usually a bit apprehensive about Nicoise salad, especially since tuna isn't my fave fish. But ya, when it's done well, it can be so good! =) heh, I'll try to put prices up from time to time, whenever I haven't misplaced the receipts! :D

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  3. hmm, i suspect the shells are not the reusable type... i saw them sold in the market i always go to. just the shells.

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    1. Michelle: oooh, if you mean the snails, you're right. the owners mentioned that they're imported, and not the usual ones from indonesia =)

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  4. Braised baby leeks & onions in ginger bouillon - yum - I'd be happy just with the side dishes ;-)

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    1. The Yum List: those were definitely some interesting side dishes to perk up the halibut! :D

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  5. I'm always looking for a good duck confit! That one looks so plump and the skin's so crispy!

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    1. Vien: oh yeah, i think more than 60 percent of the duck confits available in KL are kinda disappointing =)

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  6. clicked this expecting shellfish, not disappointed.

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    1. KY: heheh, shellfish satisfaction! :D

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  7. The Pesto Cappellini has a somewhat unique presentation from the norm :)

    The Duck Confit n Chicken Roulade looks delish... =)

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    1. Ulric: ya, i think it's interesting cos it's a pasta appetizer instead of a main course =) and ya, both the fowl dishes were juicier than expected :D

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  8. all of the dishes look good, but im eyeing on the duck confit :) looks so juicy and tempting there!

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    1. Fish: you're right, that's a good dish for duck-lovers! :D

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  9. The food looks really well prepared.

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    1. Baby Sumo: compliments to the chef! which i forgot to say that night! :D

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  10. How come no desserts? Too full? :P

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    1. CK: heheh, there should be a round two for this place! chocolate mousse, creme brulee, apple tart, panna cotta & mille-feuille :D

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    2. One suspects round two has already happened... ;P

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    3. Kenny: one is such a suspicious person! :P

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  11. wow.. the Pesto cappellini looks inspiring!! must go check this place out

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    1. Ciki: it's quite a minimalist recipe! but i must say bravo to its purity of flavor :D

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  12. Mussels for me! I had a huge pot to myself in Paris. This looks pretty easy to finish. ;)

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    1. Bangsar-babe: heheh, i'm sometimes a bit wary of mussels, since we often find ones that are not fresh! but ya, it's addictive :D

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  13. Duck confit...this looks delightfully good. Another place added to the list...the good list. Not many listed good though.

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    1. Missyblurkit: true, it would be nice to have a long 'good list' for duck confit! :D

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  14. they are using stainless steel tables? woah... first time i see such deco. The food however looks really good eventhough the presentation is simple.

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    1. Eiling: heh, yeah, the furnishing is kinda unusual. i'm not sure i love it though! but i agree, the food is definitely good :D

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  15. Dined there last night and they told me that they remembered you? They will be changing up the menu soon. Perhaps it's time to get started on your part 2 and include desserts for CK? :)

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    1. Unka: yikes, thanks, i should try to return before the end of the year, ya. had a pleasant meal here, and hope you enjoyed your evening here too! heh, maybe should try to drag CK here after he returns from his south american holiday :D

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  16. hi, any muslim went to this restaurant.. i've just interested and want to arrange the team lunch over here. The food been cooked with wine or not.

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