Thursday, October 4, 2012

Maison Francaise @ Kia Peng

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.

French cheeses, spectacularly stinky.

The past year or so has been excellent for fresh French outlets, from La Vie En Rose to Renoma Cafe Gallery, Bistro a Table to Cuisine Gourmet by Nathalie, Topshelf to Croisette. Here's hoping Maison Francaise will prove an illustrious addition to that list.

For preview night, enough sparkling, red and white to make a river burst its banks.

Leave your mark. Bonsoir! Bon appetit! Felicitations!

We'll hear more _ much more _ about Maison Francaise in the months to come. Bet on it.







Maison Francaise,
5, Jalan Changkat Kia Peng, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel:  03 2144 1474 Open daily

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34 comments:

  1. Sacrebleu..only a 10 min walk fro my ofis...looking forward to ur revisit or two...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: heh, yeah, it's very close to everyone working near klcc, but it's on one of those lanes that all of us rarely drive on because there's nothing else there for us. go on jalan pinang, pass the turn-off toward pavilion but keep going straight, then turn right into changkat kia peng =)

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    2. Ya...I also din realise there was a turn-in there...too focused on getting out of the jam areas...hahaha =)

      U r going to revisit I presume?...hehe :)

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    3. Ulric: will be investigating the a la carte menu =)

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  2. What a lovely place with a great view too.... another one to add my long list!

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    1. Baby Sumo: it'll probably be a nice place for a weekend lunch too. lots of natural sunlight! :D

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  3. oui oui! I would stick by the dessert table!!! :P I'm going crazy for anything with kiwi at the moment!

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    1. Vien: heheh, see you at the dessert table next time :D kiwi hasn't been one of my favorite fruits, but i've been trying it with yogurt recently and i like it better now! =)

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  4. Wow, free flow of foie gras terrine, so nice!!!

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    1. CK: yeah, i managed to munch on a lot of the foie gras terrine that night! :D

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  5. Very elegant !!! French or is it - Dining on pool side, something I will never know even I drive past this place everyday teaching at Wisma Antarabangsa ! Funny thing, we live in KL and yet most of us (I mean people of average income like myself) probably eat at MAMAK, Cafeterias ! and the Westerners who come to live or visit in KL really enjoy here, these eateries really cater for the "richer then average income folks" and the Westerners ! Your blog open my eyes to so many eateries I never think of their existence. Then again I am not the kind who go looking around for great food; partly coming from a poor family and perhaps still a poor man at 50. Wonderful experience just to see that the food I have been consuming for 50 years is nothing but an ordinary man's meal. I definitely am thinking to visit some of these places maybe just have a simple cup of tea which I perhaps can afford just to experience the atmosphere !

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    1. Wong: i think that as long as you are able to enjoy and appreciate what you eat, it's fine. in the end, it might be fun to try different kinds of food at different places, but there'll be other more important things in life that you care about more and which bring you happiness as well, i hope =)

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  6. Thanks for opening my eyes to such places around town !

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    1. Wong: no worries. eating out is a personal hobby =)

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  7. Amazing. You used "spectacular", " awesome" and "incredible" in one post. This must be one -hell of a place ! :P

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    1. TNG: heheh, i love the look and feel of this place, and all the food that they served during the preview party was very good, so it definitely whets the appetite for the a la carte menu :D

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  8. Looking forward to check out this new place. The food and view both look spectacular =)

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    1. Smitten By Food: it's very spacious and beautifully furnished and renovated! :D

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  9. I was there last night for their opening too. ;)

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    1. Gilbert: heh, maybe we were standing in the same queue for the kitchen's food without realizing it =)

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  10. just 5minute drive from my office...stinky and delicous cheese....yum yum

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    1. Cindy: very convenient location! and yeah, i loved the cheese a lot :D

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  11. i wonder how much their lunch menu is, mighty close to my office :D

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    1. KY: i haven't seen the prices yet, but for dinner, it could be scary. the cheapest three-course set dinner seems to be priced at RM125...

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    2. Dear KY,

      We try to keep our prices very reasonable for lunch as we know that many office are located around our restaurant.
      We have a set menu Entree + Main + Desert at 75rm and for a choice of two course 59rm. I hope to see you soon. Regards. Arnaud

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    3. Arnaud: tnx for the info

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  12. Ooh, now that is a prediction! If you say so... I bet it will be a success. :-)

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    1. The Yum List: crossing my fingers and hoping for the best :D

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  13. Love places with a pool and the usual question is if pool is open to clients. It would be awesome to have a dip followed with a meal and plenty of bubbles in between.

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    1. Missyblurkit: eeks, i forgot to ask about the pool (again!). so far, i don't think it's open for swimming during regular hours. but maybe they'll throw a swimming party here someday :D

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  14. wow.. this place looks promising. French cheeses are not stinky! They are awesome.

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    1. Eiling: it's worth checking out sometime this year, i think :D heh, awesomely stinky, hahah :D

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  15. Celebrated my anniversary yesterday. This is an excellent French restaurant better compared to Fanggipani. Good service and nice ambient. The pancake and the soufflé will blow your brain out!! Mansion Francaise is my preference for french cooking. Illido and Sasorroso for italian...not forgeting Pinchos and Lacocina for spanish cooking...Elcerdo for the germany pork knuckle.

    Must Try!

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    1. Jacky: glad u enjoyed this place, and happy anniversary =)

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