Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Renoma Cafe Gallery @ Bukit Bintang

Returning to Kuala Lumpur's first Renoma Cafe Gallery. Earlier entry: September 18.

Escargot gets a makeover: forget about the ones baked with garlic butter & check out Renoma's puff-pastry version, still buttery but with much more to sink our teeth into. Partnered with curried lotus root chips, micro cress & sauce madere.

French onion soup, bristling with caramelized onions in tongue-scorching beef bouillon with melted Comte cheese.

Nicoise salad, made nicer than normal with heirloom tomatoes to accompany the usual suspects of quail eggs, artichokes and anchovies.

Another classic, beef bourguignon, supremely hearty slow-braised beef cheek with root veggies, red Burgundy wine, forest mushrooms, pearl onion confit & potato mousseline.

Caramelized sea scallops in a savory-nutty-earthy, juicy-creamy preparation, sprinkled with sesame & salmon roe on a bed of confited salsifies, with a fricassee of chanterelle mushrooms (beneath the salad) & walnut oil.

Also complex (with some assembly required): citrus-cured ocean trout with (deep breath!) Szechuan peppercorn, trout roe, avocado bavarois, baby radish salad, capers, pickled onions & cold-pressed avocado oil.

Potato lovers, this one's for you: Hand-cut, double-fried Russet potatoes, served with Renoma's housemade dips, one tinged with bits of black truffles & the other made Malaysian with a spicy infusion of sambal terasi.

Wild-caught sole fish fillet poached in brown butter, with veggies, kaffir lime leaves & orange maitre d'hotel sauce. Not quite sole meuniere, not quite satisfying, but quite sodium-loaded.

Hanger steak (or as the Brits might call it, skirt steak). Not bad, but what we really loved on this plate was not the meat, nor the ratatouille or the (rather weak) sauce Perigeaux but the fantastic truffled pomme puree.

Splendid cheese selection: Saint-Paulin, Roquefort Crouzat, Saint-Marcellin Fermier, Rocamadour and Trou du Cru.

French Connection (cognac, amaretto) & Bikini Martini cocktails.

Renoma serves some interesting wine by the glasses, including the Chateau Beauregard Ducasse Rouge, Graves, & Veiga Naum Albarino, Rias Baixas.

But with each glass well exceeding RM30, a bottle might prove more economically prudent.


Renoma Cafe Gallery,
510, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2143-9919
Open daily, lunch through late.

34 comments:

  1. Oddly, I didn't notice this cafe when I drove pass Jalan Bukit Bintang. Is it nearby the hospital, before the car showroom?

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    1. Chong: oh, ermm, I'm kinda bad at directions, but let's say you're coming from jalan tun Razak and you turn left into the main road of jalan Bkt bintang, heading toward pavilion. Renoma will be on your left, ermm, somewhere across the road from prince court medical center =)

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  2. I can imagine a certain sumo craving for the caramelized sea scallops...haha :P

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    1. Wakkakakakak! You know me too well!

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    2. Ulric: even someone like me who isn't really a lover of scallops enjoyed it :D

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    3. Baby Sumo: worth ordering, definitely. something a little different from the usual scallop recipes =)

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  3. A dreamlike place! I’d love to relax there. It’s is such a peaceful getaway.

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    1. Cquek: heh, a little oasis of peace amid the traffic jams outside :D

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  4. Ohmai... I luv all the scalop, escargot everything... I saw the cafe every morning while otw to work... Gonna try it out soon..

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    1. Cindy: ooh, if it's not too far from your workplace, then it'd be a good place to stop by after office hours =)

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  5. I've never tried escargots before :P there's something about it that freaks me out! hehe but that looks really really good!!! and will probably eat it if you didn't tell me what it was! HAHA

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    1. Vien: heh, escargots are pretty non-threatening in terms of taste. their texture can be a bit rubbery, but definitely not gross or anything :D

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  6. Hmmmm...why that name? Isn't this the brand of some men's underwear? LOL!!! Interesting place though...very abstract kind of artistic decor.

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    1. Suituapui: heh, yeah, renoma does clothing too. and ya, you can find clothes, furniture, accessories all available here too :D

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  7. Sea scallops...I want that dish!

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    1. Missyblurkit: would recommend the scallops, yes! =)

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  8. The food must be not bad and worth to re-visit hor?
    I like the high ceiling...make the place look spacious and bright.

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    1. Melissa: yeah, worth at least a couple of visits, i think :D and yeah, i like the space here. definitely won't feel claustrophobic, heh :D

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  9. Hmmm... looks like not everything is to your taste. Was the fish really salty? Like their take on the escargots - certainly something to check out!

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    1. Pureglutton: ooh, usually when ordering a large number of dishes at a restaurant, there'd be both hits and misses, but luckily the hits here outnumber the misses. the fish is definitely a miss though ... too salty and over-seasoned. but ya, i quite liked the escargots, though the puff pastry can be quite filling for a starter, heheh :D

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  10. I dislike onion but after looking at the picture of that French Onion soup with cheese, I think I'm willing to put my disagreement aside at give this a try. Look at the cheese!! Hehe

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    1. Iamthewitch: heh, i'm not the biggest fan of onion either, but ya, the soup here works well, thanks to the creaminess of the flavorsome cheese :D

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  11. Is there some art exhibition in the restaurant as well? I think i heard my fren talking about it, i maybe wrong.

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    1. Smitten: ooh, there's a lot of artwork and large paintings displayed on the walls of this restaurant. so technically yeah, there's an exhibition :D

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  12. Hmmmm...truffle mash potato was better than the steak? :( But love the cheese selection! And I'll have a bikini martini please. :D

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    1. Bangsar-babe: heh, the beef was OK, but i guess since it only cost about RM64, we weren't expecting too much. the potatoes were creamy and aromatic enough to thrill us though. and ya, the cheese was very satisfying and the bikini martini was cute in color and potent in liquor content :D

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  13. I like their spacious interior and its a good place to hangout on a friday night for their live band!

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    1. AugustDiners: i only managed to catch their band for about 15 minutes before i had to leave, but it was unexpectedly jazzy! heh :D

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  14. The wall of decoration and good ceiling height. Very spacious layout, nice place to dine!

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    1. Wong: yeah, everyone who's eaten with me here so far has agreed with that, heheh :D

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  15. Oohh the French onion soup looks like what I want for lunch today!

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    1. The Yum List: it's 1:12pm now while i'm typing this, and it's started to rain. a hot bowl of french onion soup would certainly be nice right now! :D

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  16. the food selection looks great. i wanted to try the fried escargots and the hand cut russet potatoes. yummy!

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    1. Eiling: yeah, lots of comfort food here and fun recipes :D

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