Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Renoma Cafe Gallery @ Bukit Bintang

Clothes and cuisine come together at Kuala Lumpur's Renoma Cafe Gallery, the first Asian offshoot of Maurice Renoma's Parisian restaurant of the same name.

Renoma could become one of 2012's most buzzed-about eateries, thanks to an urbane vibe that resonates through this refurbished Bukit Bintang bungalow.

Sip a French Connection cocktail, admire the artwork on Renoma's walls, then maybe buy a shirt, some shoes or even a funky chair to take home for a souvenir.

The food here is French with contemporary flourishes: Foie gras and sweet potato combine for a mille-feuille (RM35++) that scores for both creativity and creamy flavor.

Goose liver is also the centerpiece of this veloute (RM22++) with a finely blended triumvirate of black trumpet, oyster and cepe mushrooms topped with creme porcini.

Foie gras burger (RM58++). When it emerges, the initial surprise is that there's no sign of liver.

Fear not: there's foie for sure, mixed within the 200-gram, nearly six-inch-wide beef striploin patty with Muscovy duck rillettes for a heart-stopping gourmet burger.

Lord love a duck; Renoma's chefs do, incorporating the Muscovy breed into recipes like this super-savory French duck breast house-cured with chamomile tea, mingling with poached egg and torched ginger vinaigrette (RM32++).

Egg and duck both resurface for what could be KL's most pleasurable croque madame (RM26++) with fat slices of Muscovy duck, cured beef and turkey ham (three animals for the price of one), Gruyere cheese, egg and black truffles.

Cocktails are expensive here; nothing costs below RM30. The economical option: order RM16++ glasses of apricot brandy and orange curacao. Feeling fruity indeed.

Renoma opens everyday for lunch and dinner. It's within a one-minute walk of Coco.Tei and Levain Boulangerie, but faces the main road on Bukit Bintang.

Expect to hear more about Renoma in the months ahead: Maurice Renoma might head to Malaysia to view this cafe, while an Italian mixologist could be tapped to expand the cocktail list.




Renoma Cafe Gallery,
510, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2143-9919
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40 comments:

  1. Where's the Renoma underwears?? *sorry, tat was the 1st thing that came to mind :P *
    croque madame + burger - here I come!!!

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    1. TNG: heheh, no briefs or boxer shorts on display here so far, only outerwear! :D i quite love the croque madame here. the cured beef, muscovy duck and truffled egg are the three ingredients that really elevate it. but definitely not something that we can eat on a daily basis, unfortunately! =)

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    2. I also think of underwears only when see renoma. LOL

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    3. Jean: heh, now we can also think of this cafe when we think of renoma :D

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  2. It's opened! time to head in. food definitely looks promising.

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, finally the renovation is over and it's open! this is a good place to duck in after work while waiting for traffic heading out of KL to subside. the menu's definitely solid, with lots of interesting touches, and the execution is absolutely satisfying :D

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  3. KL's most pleasurable croque madame? I'm sold. :)

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    1. Bangsar-Babe: oh yeah, i'd rate that croque madame an 8/10 at least. maybe even 9/10! really sinful, but so good! :D

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  4. The French duck breast n the Croque Madame for me! Hmmmm...I wonder wats d common attraction in them for me? ;p

    Wow...beef striploin patty stuffed with foie...tats a frst for me =)

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    1. Ulric: heh, you'll enjoy the runny egg in both those dishes, definitely. And the succulent muscovy duck in both of them too =) the foie burger is really well-prepared. It must be quite tricky to make sure that the beef in the patty and the liver are both cooked perfectly :D

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  5. everything's so rich and decadent!!! :D gimmeeeeeeee that croque madame any day!!!!

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    1. Vien: yeah, i feel like i gained a kilogram from this meal! but it was worth it, for that croque madame! :D

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  6. Foie gras, foie gras and foie gras! I want to try all, hehehe. :P

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    1. CK: foie gras with sweet potato, foie gras in mushroom soup, foie gras in a burger, try them all! :D

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  7. The burger is first-class, worth the high price tag, I think. Might be worth going back for lunch to see what they have.

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    1. Footfringe: i think they have no set lunch promotions so far, but maybe they'll introduce something soon! :D

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  8. i always think of men's underwear when it comes to renoma. lol

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    1. KY: heh, i have a nice comfortable pair of renoma socks :D

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  9. My my, what a splendid spread of dishes! And everything looks so intriguing, it makes me want to eat them all, Especially the foie gras burger! *drools*

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    1. Iamthewitch: oh yeah, this is one of the great feasts for september, i think! and ya, nearly every item on the menu here sounds interesting and worthwhile. i'm a fan of that foie gras burger too! =)

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  10. So much foie - I LIKE! Have driven past this place when it was still under renovation, the food actually looks a lot more promising than I have envisaged. Looks like it's a pretty busy place too judging from your photos.

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    1. Baby Sumo: heheh, foie gras, the sign of a good french restaurant, rite :D but yeah, i think it'll attract a sturdy crowd, especially once word-of-mouth kicks in further. and yup, i wasn't sure what to expect here, but the food and the setting and the service all satisfied me :D

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  11. Just spotted the sign for this spot. Thanks for giving a heads up on what's inside.

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    1. The Yum List: it's definitely worth stopping by one evening and spending a couple of hours here for dinner :D

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  12. This place is ideal for corporate function / birthday celebration / wedding occasion and etc.

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    1. Michael: that's true, i can imagine it being booked for such occasions in future =)

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  13. now they are a lot of shops have their own cafe...

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    1. Simple Person: heh, i guess they're trying to diversify :D

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  14. Wooo...i'll duck in for the muscovy for sure! That croque madame beckons!

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    1. Pureglutton: yes, madame! don't duck the duck! heheh :D

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  15. SEAN!! WAH! You almost everyday Foie gras , goose liver and other lavish food.. I salute!! ;P
    By the way, the foie gras with sweet potato caught my attention! the foie gras is creamy-smooth and soft, the sweet potato will just add a lil bit of texture to it...not bad !! I can imagine! ;P

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    1. Eunice: yeah, foie gras and sweet potato is a combination that i had never tried before, but you're right, it works very well together! :D

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  16. they didn't display the Renoma undergarments at the restaurant?!! haha... looks like a cool cafe.

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    1. Eiling: heh, maybe the undergarments are kept in some closet somewhere here. yeah, i think this cafe will be pretty popular :D

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  17. HI,

    Went there last night with my friends. Terrible!
    Wanted to order chicken, but no chicken. Wanted to order fish but no fish.
    Nothing is nice there, just the environment. Worst still, parking cost RM15!!!!

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    1. Michelle: yikes, strange, still no food. i haven't heard anyone else complain about their meals here, so hopefully the restaurant team will work hard to satisfy most of their customers...

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  18. See, everybody just link to undies when come to Renoma... lol..Indeed they do have good food. :)
    I have went to their launching as well, definitely a good place to hangout!
    http://queeniechamber.wordpress.com/2012/10/26/grand-opening-of-the-first-renoma-cafe-gallery-in-asia/

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    1. Queenie: yeah, the food here is definitely worthy of a visit! :D

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    1. Shar: no pork on the menu here, but alcohol is served =)

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