Monday, November 26, 2012

Yeast Bistronomy @ Bangsar

Yeast finally rose in Bangsar over the weekend, a triple threat of a bistro, boulangerie & wine bar that brings a slice of Paris to Telawi, courtesy of Frenchman Christophe Chatron-Michaud & his Malaysian-born wife, Lissan Teh.

Rustic bread & pastries baked with natural yeast form this winsome cafe's raison d'etre, with farmer's bread, baguettes & brioches flooding the counters.

 Sure, there are teething troubles; one-tenth of the menu was unavailable throughout our visit, including the bahn mi & savory tarts. But here's hoping that Yeast will knead out the kinks & knots before long.

Classics like quiche lorraine (RM12++)  litter the menu here, served with wide smiles by a team that merits hurrahs for its warmth & tireless work.

Croissant aux amandes (RM6++), chausson aux pommes & pain au chocolat might be a pain to pronounce but they'll prove a pleasure for the palate.

Time for eggs: kick off with a mix of poached eggs, frisee salad & smoked duck (RM22++).

Poached eggs on brioche toast with smoked salmon (RM18++), a quintessential brunch dish.

Baked eggs in a cocotte with smoked duck & gruyere cheese (RM16++), runnier than they need to be, but Yeast's people pledge to get it right eventually.

Smoked salmon, cream cheese & onions in a viennois roll (RM22++), paired with fries & salad, is one example of Yeast's set lunches, fairly priced for this street.

Not sure what's the French equivalent of 'la dolce vita,' but a sweet finish at Yeast is assured, thanks to the pear frangipane (RM9++) ...

... as well as crispy-rich chocolate sable cookies (RM3++).

While waiting for the food, look for staff members who might hand out samples of Yeast's bread. We like the ones laced with olives as well as those with white chocolate. 

Lots of coffee to handle the spillover crowd from Antipodean, two doors away at Telawi.

From Spain's Cava to Normandy's Calvados, there's no lack of liquor here, thankfully.

Red & rose, all available by both the glass & the bottle. Abstinence is avoidable.

Cruzan Aged Rum & Muscat dessert wine.

Yeast now opens 8am-6pm but will serve dinner by mid-December. Expect tried-&-tested favorites like duck confit & salmon with bearnaise sauce.

These photos were taken before Yeast's first lunch service Saturday, minutes before a multitude swamped the tables. Best to come here before noon or after 2pm.

Yeast is a no-pork outlet, unlike Antipodean, so both complement each other. Kinda.

The resumes of Yeast's Christophe & Lissan stretch far & wide, from Daniel & Jean Georges in New York to The Mansion & Shibuya at Las Vegas' MGM Grand. It'll be exciting to see whether Yeast is only the start of what this couple will do in KL.

Yeast Bistro @ Telawi,
24G, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2282-0118
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34 comments:

  1. Looks promising for breakfast. yay, more breakfast places in Bangsar

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    1. Footfringe: yup, it opens at 8am ... perfect for early birds like yourself! p.s. welcome back to kl! hope you had a great time south :D

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  2. I'm so happy! Prices are reasonable and these breads/pastries looks "right" - as in like the ones I seen in France/The Netherlands.
    Besides, this chef was highly recommended by another chef friend of mine :)
    Heard he imported the best flour from France/overseas. I'll be meeting him soon, will sniff out the info :P

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    1. TNG: yeah, i think the breads for takeaway are pretty carefully prepared ... certainly worth buying a few loaves back home to munch over the week! i didn't manage to speak to the chef, since he looked very busy in the open kitchen, but i'm looking forward to hearing what he tells you :D

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  3. not baddd!! not bad at all !! Like this place ..I can smell the doughy aroma from my laptop ....*gasp* ;DDDD

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    1. Eunice: bread lovers have so many nice choices in bangsar nowadays! i'll probably buy a baguette at yeast to bring back home next time =)

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  4. it's nice to see more and more eggy places sprouting up around town! I suppose we won't be breaking any unleavened bread at Yeast though.. :P

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    1. Drops of Contentment: yeah, it's a bit scary, i calculated that i've gobbled up eight eggs in the past week. will be cutting down on my egg intake for the rest of the month :D heh, for unleavened bread, there's roti canai on the streets of telawi, just a short walk from yeast =)

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  5. Make my eggs as runniest as possible...let them flow! =)

    I dun mind sampling their rustic breads n bahn mi too :)

    Abstinance is not ur vocabulary lar...hehe :p

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    1. Ulric: heh, i like runny for poached & sunny-side-ups, but i prefer baked to be a bit firmer. but ya, it's a matter of preference, so i guess you can let the staff know what you want :D yep, i wish i had purchased some bread to take home. though that might be an invitation for ants to attack my place =) heh, you're right, i can't find 'abstinence' in my dictionary :D

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  6. Very classy joint...like a nice place for fine dining despite the t-shirts that I see. The food certainly appears great - equally as impressive as the place.

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    1. Suituapui: it's pretty casual, i think, definitely can waltz in with shorts and sandals, heh :D i think they're still in the process of trying to get everything right, but so far, i'd recommend this place as a nice hangout :D

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  7. I love a good crusty bread! but I'd skip straight to the desserts for this one!! :P I hope they get the menu sorted soon!

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    1. Vien: ooh, the crusty bread here is good, i think. the pastries are slightly more problematic. am looking forward to their bistro dinner menu next month :D

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  8. Another nice place for weekend breakfast! :D

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    1. CK: ya, if you come here by 10am, you can probably find a nice place to sit. it's very crowded during lunchtime. bangsar is becoming a busy area for bakeries! :D

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  9. Looks like the makan scene in Bangsar is picking up again! Looks like its time to camp at Bangsar for a hearty weekend breakfast complete with coffee and bubbles!

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, bangsar is the place to be again, with good cafes taking over many shop lots. and yeah, whether you prefer coffee or sparkling wine at 10am in the morning, yeast can offer you both! :D

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  10. so many eggs and you need to check your cholesterol level..

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    1. Simple Person: i'm gonna avoid eggs for the remainder of this week ... or at least i'll try, yeah =)

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  11. Great place for breakfast, looks like Bangsar is the place again!

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    1. Wong: here's hoping that bangsar stays a star this time! :D

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  12. You had me at rustic breads and pastries. I'd love to check this place out, after they iron out the teething issues. Glad that there are more choices along that row. :)

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    1. Bangsar-Babe: yeah, i think they faced some challenges during their opening weekend, but hopefully things will be running more smoothly by next month. and ya, it's nice to have this place near antipodean, since antipodean is always packed :D

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  13. I'm heading there tomorrow...looks like an interesting little place with a stellar duo behind it! Plus I am a sucker for bread...

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: sounds good! hope you manage to enjoy some really satisfying, fresh-from-the-oven bread here! :D

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  14. we need more places like this in town. This place would definitely go a long way with the right crowd. I hope...

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    1. Eiling: yeah, there's a nice cafe culture that's mushrooming in the telawi area right now, a real breath of fresh air (and fresh bread!) :D

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  15. OK, tried it. Not impressed.

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    1. Ciki: ooh, okie, here's hoping the next cafe that surfaces will leave a better impression on you =)

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  16. Hi Sean,
    Thanks for the recommendation on this place.
    We went to check out Yeast on Saturday for brunch and it was superb, and I couldn't help to wonder why do people are willing to queue up in da sun to get in to Antipodean (they dont even bake their own bread,lol, i guessed its the matter of choice and options).

    Anyhow, the trip to Yeast was such a pleasure, reminded me of the simple boulangerie back in France. Simple dining concept, with freshly baked pastries and bread, and they have the Eouf a la Couqe (my fav way to have eggs for brunch).

    Although the croissants are not as great as the one eaten in France, due to the weather & humidity constraints, I do think they have done a well done job (I still think the best croissant in Bangsar area can be found at the BSC bakery, next to the cheese room).

    The ambiance was simply French, and I am quite amazed to find out that all of the waiter/ress can communicate in english rather well, and some of them can speak french (way to practice my french).

    And finally, for me, the toilet is always the make or break point for such cafe, and for Yeast, the short visit to the loo was very pleasant, and throughout the journey, you'll see the hustle n bustle in the open kitchen (which is always amazing)

    Will definitely be back there :)

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    1. Shaiful: thanks for leaving your feedback! heh, i guess antipodean will still be the dominant force on this street, since it's managed to establish a strong reputation and loyal following for itself over the past 20-plus months. hopefully in time, yeast will do the same. i'm glad you liked yeast enough to be planning repeat visits. i hope to check out their dinner menu very soon =)

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  17. Good for dinner or more for brunch? =)

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    1. Spicy Sharon: I'm leaning toward dinner, for hearty bistro fare!

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