Saturday, May 26, 2012

Pierre Ledent @ BSC & Kasdi & Allen @ Delicious

Macaron mania has a shot at resurfacing in KL, following this week's launch of Pierre Ledent's booth at Jasons Food Hall in Bangsar Shopping Center.
Main entry on Jasons Food Hall: May 21, 2012.

Flown in from Belgium, these might be KL's priciest macarons, costing RM10.90 apiece (!!!). But they constitute a masterclass in creaminess, distinguishing themselves with assertively flavorful ingredients like Bora Bora vanilla and the best chocolate we've tasted in a long time.

Varieties include rum-infused Mojito, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, yuzu-wasabi, violet-blackberry, pistachio-raspberry, cinnamon, caramel-sesame, banana-apricot, grapefruit and rhubarb-strawberry. Not all are available all the time; when stocks of each one run out, it might take a week to bring new batches into Malaysia.

The macarons are stored in a custom-made sliding counter at ready-to-eat temperatures. Each lasts about three days after purchase and can be purchased in hand-crafted boxes at more than RM200 per package of sixteen pieces.

If happy ever after did exist, we'd still be eating chocolates like these _ Pierre Ledent also offers pralines in beautifully designed jewel boxes of various sizes. A container of three pieces: RM38.

The most lust-worthy ones are laced with liquor, like the sultry-smooth concoction with Champagne-raspberry ganache, or Remy Martin Cognac, Calvados-cinnamon, Irish coffee, Armagnac or cherry-Cointreau.

Hopping from one Bangsar mall to another: following a victorious debut at Dish, Chef Steve Allen worked with The Delicious Group's executive chef  Kasdi Dahari to introduce 25 new recipes now available at Delicious' outlets in Bangsar Village, Mid Valley, Marc Residences, Dua Residency, 1 Utama, Sunway Pyramid and Setia City Mall. 
Entry on Steve Allen at Dish: April 11, 2012.

We had these on Tuesday night at Bangsar Village, so we can't vouch for Delicious' other branches. But the red pesto gnocchi with arugula and tomatoes (RM22.90++) could please fans weary of mushroom mascarpone spaghettini (which nevertheless remains on Delicious' menu with other longtime favorites like the Seriously Delicious Cheeseburger).

Pumpkin risotto with char-grilled prawns, squid and toasted almonds. The seafood was fresh and bountiful, partnered with plenty of pumpkin and nuts. But the rice seemed surprisingly too watery. For RM25.90++ though, this is still worth every ringgit.

Sixteen-hour-braised beef short ribs in a mushroom broth with soba (RM32.90++), something that tastes somewhat Oriental. Here's the caveat: whatever we tried was good but not great, falling short of the heights of Dish. But prices at Delicious are substantially lower, so fair's fair.

Speaking of cheaper, remember Dish's cream of pumpkin with truffle oil, mushrooms and Parmesan cheese? Delicious now serves that soup too, in a smaller portion at RM13.90++ versus Dish's larger RM22++ one.

As with Pierre Ledent, we wrap up this visit to Delicious with chocolate, served as a warm, thickly melting pudding with ice cream (RM14.90++).

Of the opposite temperature (we love framing fearful symmetry): cold chocolate fondant with caramel and macadamia brittle.

Pierre Ledent @ BSC & Delicious @ Bangsar Village,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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28 comments:

  1. Wah RM10.90 for a macaron is very steep! But die die also must try one at least ;P

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    1. Baby Sumo: heh, it might help to convert the price to euros and think of it that way (less than three euros per piece)! :D
      i'd recommend the chocolate-flavored macaron, surprisingly! it's the one that somehow seemed the creamiest and most flavor-packed! but the others are also enjoyable =)

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  2. RM 10.90 for a macaron? I am not seeing the wrong thing right?

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    1. MIchelle: I guess part of the price can be attributed to the cost of flying them from Belgium. But yeah, the price can be prohibitive. A once-in-awhile treat =)

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  3. It is store temporary? awww man!! I hope it isn't! All the fruity ones sounds nice AND caramel-sesame!!!!

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    1. Vien: ooo, the store should be here for the long-run, assuming it stays profitable :D oh yeah, the fruity flavors are fun. There are even bits of dried grapefruit and orange peels in the ganache for added texture :D

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  4. Wahhh.. RM10.90? That's two days worth of Mc Dee Breakfast... mahal-nya

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    1. Smitten by food: heh, sacrifice the mcd's brekkie for two mornings, and then use the savings to reward yourself with a scrumptious macaron! :D

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  5. Rm10.90 for a macaron, hmmm I think I will try 2, the caramel-sesame and yuzu-wasabi. :)

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    1. CK: the caramel-sesame is nice; got sticky-nutty feeling. The Yuzu-wasabi is also fun, but the wasabi flavor is not very noticeable :D

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  6. RM10.90 per macaron *pengsaned* I think I can make a batch of macarons with RM10.90! :p kekeke speaking as a frugal housewife!

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    1. Babe_kl: heheh, that's true! And wise also. I hope this place can survive, since I'd like to indulge in one of their macarons from time to time, but definitely not more than once every few months, heh =)

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  7. b4 I try the 10.90 macaron.. I will try those cheaper version.
    so that I could really compare..kakaka..
    it is good to hear that Delicious is getting new recipes.

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    1. Simple person: heheh, good idea, smart :D ya, the menu at delicious is now very big. most of the old dishes are still there, and there are 25 extra dishes marked 'new' on the menu =)

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  8. btw u change to a new picture..
    nice...

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    1. Simple person: thanks! And tnx for noticing, heh. I try to change pics at least once every six months. Maybe next round, I'll try a black-and-white pic :D

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  9. That's steep for a macaron in KL, but once you convert to Euro it's close to what we pay when there. They look like the real deal.

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    1. The Yum List: oh yeah, i really do hope they do well here. it's nice to have imported macaron options available in KL, to complement the made-in-malaysia varieties :D

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  10. Yup, agree with monica. AFter my Europe trip, Rm10.90 a macaron aint expensive lol

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    1. Rebecca: heheh, it's still painful for the wallet! but ya, i think you might enjoy the macarons here =)

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  11. I'm beginning to appreciate macarons these days after discovering some real good and flavourful ones. At RM10.90, they certainly are expensive...but heck they look so good, I am willing to part my moolah for them.

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    1. Missyblurkit: that's true; try buying one, and if you love it, can buy some more. and yeah, one really good RM10 macaron is more worth it than three crappy RM3 ones :D

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  12. OMG! For that price I'm going to buy myself a bowl of super nice pork noodle plus a drink instead of a small little macaron. *smirks hehe

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    1. Eiling: heheh, the price is quite scary. ten macarons will cost more than RM100! =)

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  13. so is this store still available?

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  14. finally had a taste of the macarons...loved the violet-blackberry and the balsamique. Have yet to savour the rest of the 8(grapefruit, rose-lychee, choc, strawberry-rhubarb, vanilla-strawberry, mojito) i bought yesterday... :)

    haven't tried the chocs i bought yet tho...

    any other new macaron goodies to try from around KL? Thanks in advance for the heads up...love readin ur blogs..

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    1. Sammi: wow, that sounds like like quite a delicious stash that you bought. i hope you enjoy everything else too :D hmmm, you could try the macarons at Deliciously Chocolate,
      Menara IMC, Jalan Sultan Ismail =)

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