Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Maison Francaise @ Kia Peng

Maison Francaise: Round Three. Earlier entries: Oct. 4 & Nov. 1.

The amuse bouche that kicks off meals here is a high point for each evening, whether it's the creamy combo of scrambled eggs & smoked salmon served in shells ...

... or the asparagus soup, which captures the full flavor of this spring vegetable.

Maison Francaise's repertoire feeds mainly on classics like sole meuniere, a simple slice of fish that's elegantly executed, buttery & lemony.

Fried chicken breast laced with foie gras. Evokes Joel Robuchon's name on the menu but lacks the richness of the French's chef's famous liver-stuffed quail.

Fortunately, Maison Francaise's souffles never fall flat. Five types are available: Grand Marnier, mango, vanilla, chocolate & lemon (no prizes for figuring out our choice!).

Our favorite sweet treat here: the interpretation of the Mont Blanc, featuring vanilla ice cream topped with chestnut puree & meringue.

All in all, there are hits & misses at Maison Francaise. Alas, a la carte prices are high, so the cost of dinner here can easily exceed RM150 per person.







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


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34 comments:

  1. Now tats wat I call an amuse bouche...u know which one I m referring to ;P

    I too will pick d Grand Marnier souffle...just for d heck of it!...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: heheh, the eggy amuse bouche was a pleasant surprise for me! :D and ya, booze makes everything better, including desserts =)

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  2. Every dish speaks to me even I cannot afford it but I think round 4 is just round the corner !!!!

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    1. Wong: ooh, probably no round 4 this year. but maybe next year! :D

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  3. Are you kidding me? This place looks amazing.

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    1. Cquek: the ambiance is definitely attractive! :D

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  4. Fish and chicken don't exactly look the most appetizing to me. I would happily settle for a few of the amuse bouche and the asparagus soup:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, the chicken fell short of expectations for me. but i definitely could have happily eaten five of those eggs and five of the asparagus soup! :D

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  5. How interesting! All the dishes are kept quite similar to their classic self but the mont blanc is quite deconstructed! :P ohhhh imagine having a chestnut flavored ice cream!! YUMMMM

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    1. Vien: yeah, i'm usually not a fan of mont blanc, but i loved the version here. ice cream definitely helped! and that's a good idea, fresh chestnut ice cream could be heavenly! :D

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  6. Very classy fine dining! Place looks so clinically clean...

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, cheerfully clean, i'd say! :D

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  7. I'm back! Hehehe
    I would like to try all their souffles! :)

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    1. CK: oooh, welcome back! hope you're back at home but not back at work in the office yet, heheh :D i think you might enjoy the souffles here. quite well done =)

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  8. seriously this really look like a great place with such nice ambience. I must really find out the location of this

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    1. Eiling: yeah, the ambiance is definitely the strong point of this place :D it's very, very near KLCC, less than a five-minute drive away. you'll have no problem finding it :D

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    2. Eiling: Here u go...

      http://goo.gl/maps/C1I0s

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    3. Ulric: thanks! good idea, i should just insert these maps into my entries next time (though am usually too lazy) =)

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    4. Leave it up to me...if anytime anyone asks...unless Google Maps fails me...hehe =)

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    5. Ulric: heh, yeah, i don't think folks will ask where's publika anymore, luckily =)

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  9. The souffle looked AMAZING! I'm sure I know which one you chose! Hehe.. and I love the cute amuse bouche too! Not surprised that they are the highlights of the dinner. I could just stare at the little egg shells!

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    1. Iamthewitch: heheh, i wish there could be more alcoholic versions of souffles. i'd like a kahlua souffle! :D heheh, i wish the egg amuse bouche could be offered free-flow to us. i'd happily eat them all evening long! =)

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  10. Oh the mont blanc ! It's so popular in Japan :)
    And they do have fabulous chestnuts!

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    1. TNG: oh yeah, according to wikipedia, it's popular in France, Italy, China, Japan, and Hungary. i've had the french, italian and japanese versions, but not the chinese or hungarian ones, i think, heh :D

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  11. oo that is the asparagus soup in the glass?
    I thought it was MILK

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    1. Simple Person: heheh, you're right, the pale color in my photo does make it look like milk! but actually it's light green, heheh :D

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  12. Nice! Will visit it one day. Making me hungry now. :)

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    1. Michael: hope you enjoy this place! :D

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  13. err.. it definitely exceeds RM150 per person.. the dover sole we had was already RM125 in itself!! LOL

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    1. Ciki: yaaaa, scary! ooh, you ordered the dover sole too. it did sound irresistible on the menu. i guess la vie en rose would still be a slightly cheaper option for a wide range of classic french fare in KL =)

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  14. I went there last night for dinner but was very disappointed on couple of things.

    1 - for a high end eating place like this you would have thought they could hire a properly trained waiter/ress that enrich the essence of this place rather than hiring (maybe indonesian/ or myanmar waiters - not so sure) - they are not only incapable of explaining what are the recommended menu for you but also they hang out by the bar and making lot of noises among them (not really a pleasant sound i must say)

    2 - although the ambiance is great with the proper place setting, lighting and the glam interior, they should really do something on the entertainment (i.e background music for the restaurant) rather than tuning on one of the Jazz Radio Station with Deejay talking all the time

    3 - food: we shared a cold starter (stuffed zucchini & eggplants etc) / nothing to be bragged about this starter except for the presentation (although we have to wait for about 20 min to get this starter. Main course / I ordered a lamb dish and my partner ordered a chicken breast stuffed with foie gras. To our surprised, those two dishes had the same garnishing (exactly the same roasted turnip, mashed potato, asparagus and the same brown sauce) - if i recalled correctly both dishes offer different garnishes from the menu - i think the chef is a bit lazy here - honestly both of our plate looks exactly the same, the difference would only be the chosen protein (however, kudos to the perfectly cooked lamb and chicken). Dessert - i ordered Mont Blanc, featuring vanilla ice cream topped with chestnut puree & meringue - it was good except for the meringue, somehow it tasted like an old meringue (like something come from a bulk packet). my partner ordered a chocolate souffle - the taste & the texture of the souffle was amazing (although they almost burnt the top of the souffle). Wine was great.

    All in all, for a French Cuisine in KL, I still prefer either La Vie en Rose or Frangipani :)

    Good to know that there is Maison Francaise out there, but i dont think i will be back there :(

    Cheers
    SAZ

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    1. Shaiful: thanks for leaving your feedback here. i definitely understand your points, and i also hope the management of maison francaise takes note of customer complaints. i was recently asked whether i'd recommend la vie en rose or maison francaise for a french meal, and i said, for now, la vie en rose. the food and the service do need more fine-tuning at maison francaise, as well as a look into whether the prices are truly justified. i hope they work all these things out soon =)

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  15. we just came back from there for dinner and we REALLY disappointed. Bad service , Stale bread, RM 100 for starter worth about RM 4o max and dry stuffed chicken.... hugely overrated

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    1. Harry: sorry to hear about your bad experience. i hope you voiced your complaints to the management here, since they need to take this seriously.

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