A ravishing residence transformed into an elegant eatery: Maison Francaise, or French House, could easily become one of 2012's best, most exciting new restaurants.
Cocooned in Changkat Kia Peng, this three-level bungalow, spilling over with porches and terraces surrounded by a lush garden and swimming pool, is a brilliant hideaway, still well within the city (scarcely a five-minute drive from KLCC) but with a miles-away feel.
This initial visit was for the restaurant's preview party. It'll open for business within several days; expect terrific terrines, fabulous foie gras and remarkable roast meats.
Maison Francaise's chef Franck Lamache holds impressive credentials, having honed his craft at top Michelin-starred establishments like Paris' Les Ambassadeurs and Taillevent.
Love your liver: A free flow of foie gras terrine-topped toasts makes the trip here worthwhile, even if your companion's mind seems a million miles away.
Smoked salmon and ratatouille serve as tidbits for ravenous guests ...
... plus plenty of pastry stuffed with snails and beef-tomato skewers. Rest assured, these won't be on the a la carte menu _ we've seen it, and it looks incredible.
Awesome asparagus soup, all of which vanished all too soon.