Monday, June 24, 2013

Tous Les Jours @ Telawi, Bangsar

This 'French-Asian bakery-cafe' franchise with branches in South Korea (its birthplace), China, Vietnam & North America finally debuted in Malaysia this weekend, opening its maiden outpost in Bangsar's bustling Telawi terrain.

It's a (bread) banquet for the senses: Wholesome scents rise from soft-to-the-touch pastries that will likely taste every bit as fresh as they look.

Much of Tous Les Jours' acreage is allocated to its wares, leaving scant space for indoor seating. Scarcely a table or two inside were available this afternoon, as the haze, heat & humidity spurred customers to shun the cafe's alfresco area for air-conditioned solace.

This is one satisfyingly stocked bakery, complete with everything from 'pain de campagne,' the French sourdough country bread, to cheese-laced 'kipferl,' the Austrian ancestor of the croissant.

It's the stuff they whisper fearfully about at Carboholics Anonymous meetings: Ready-to-go sandwiches, financier cakes, sweet potato pies, butter-honey rusk biscuits, walnut pound cakes & so much more, maybe too much more.

Cheese cakes, carrot cakes, strawberry & apricot jams, as tempting as any apple in Eden.

A bouquet of baguettes, a monument of macarons, both standing tall at the payment counter.

Recommendations? Try the milky-fluffy signature flat buns, including one made with Korean black rice & glutinous rice flour, filled with cream cheese. Up to RM4.80 apiece.

Crispy-crusty scone-like creations (RM3.80), brimming with cranberries & nuts.

Peanut butter alert! Irresistibly sweet-savory, sticky-chewy cookies (RM2.90), blessed with a straight-from-mama's-oven feel. Exactly the way the cookie should crumble.

Fragrant madeleines that might have made Proust swoon (RM3.90 for three), plus buttery-custardy 'bostock' brioches (RM2.90) topped with almond cream.

The hits make up for the misses: A 'devil's food' dark chocolate cake (RM9.50) proves less sinful than expected, but the dark chocolate macaron (RM4.50) is richly remarkable.

Green tea lattes, caramel macchiatos, all acceptable but not the highlight here.

Service is encouraging; some patience is needed, particularly at peak hours, but it's clear that the team here is trying its best while maintaining a cheerful steadiness.

All in all, a better-than-anticipated addition to Bangsar, destined to become a hot destination.

Tous Les Jours Malaysia @ Telawi Square,
Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.
Open 7am-10pm daily.
December 2013 edit: Tous Les Jours now has a second branch at Wolo Hotel, Bukit Bintang.

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52 comments:

  1. I think I would love this place! Can't wait to visit and try out all the breads and pastries. :)

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    1. Baby Sumo: i was pleasantly surprised, cos i expected kinda mediocre-tasting stuff here, but everything ended up being pretty nice (except the chocolate cake, heh) =)

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    2. Looks nice but service has much to improve. Too expensive for plain normal sandwiches and pastries.

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    3. Thoughts: hope you made your feedback known to the management here, and hopefully they'll take note of improvements that should be considered

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  2. YEAY! another bakery for me! I think biz at Yeast would be affected slightly.
    Also, i was in Seoul before Busan this year and i saw this bakery so many times. They have a few branches within the city centre itself. Funny thing is, I didnt try or walk into any shop, and now they are in Msia! :P

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    1. TNG: ya, i think both Yeast and Tous Les Jours will end up having their loyal fans, but Tous Les Jours is a much closer walk from Bangsar Village II, so it's more convenient for lazy ol' me =)
      yeah, apparently there are hundreds of Tous Les Jour branches. they're in ho chi minh city too, though i never noticed them there =)

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  3. OPEN already!!!!!!! i am waiting this! tried their bread when i was in Seoul last month, they are really good! i wish this branch in malaysia will maintain the quality!

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    1. Jean: ya, so far, so good! let's hope they will remain consistent here. i only managed to try a few of their items, but will try to take away a TLJ sandwich soon :D

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  4. I love the exposed brick! That chocolate cake looks fantastique! :)

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    1. Linda: yep, lovely-looking cafe here, with so many temptations! =)

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  5. How to pronounce ah? Like how people have a problem pronouncing Carrefour...

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    1. Aiks... Cikgu! You're here too! I guess you\ll be wherever good food is! LOL!

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    2. Suituapui: hmmm, ermmm, think it's 'too lay joo-er' =)

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    3. Cleffairy: oooh, teacher-student reunion online! =)

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  6. Hi there. My first time in your blog. Came here through Rebecca's blog. =D I definitely wun mind buying a few of those baguette... I'm a big fan of those!


    http://cleffairy.com

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    1. Cleffairy: i like baguettes too! especially with lotsa butter, heh :D

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  7. oo.. buttery croissants.. who can resist?;) Hope it's up to par;)

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    1. Ciki: the smell of all these bread & pastries is definitely irresistible! hope you enjoy them :D

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  8. I'm really happy seeing the title on my feeds. When I read it, I'm excited...this is awesome.

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    1. Sycookies: yeah, i've been eager for tous les jours to open. and it definitely didn't disappoint, as far as the food's concerned =)

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  9. Wooo peanut butter! I want to try that cookies! hehehe

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    1. CK: it's a very nice cookie! i could happily eat five of them, i think. eat the cookies with hot chocolate, heheh :D

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  10. so many types of buns and cakes!! like like....so many goodies in Bangsar...aihh
    is the macaron tower for sale? or just for deco purposes?

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    1. Melissa: yeah, bangsar's brilliant for bread nowadays! the macaron tower seems to be just for decoration, heheh =)

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  11. I'm impressed by how they arrange the macaroons without messing em up completely, cos if it was me.. no hope

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    1. KY: true, true, same with me. my macaron tower would be more of a macaron bungalow at the most =)

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  12. A "good" review, a must try bakery huh :)

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    1. Choi Yen: ya, i only managed to try seven or eight items, but i definitely enjoyed most of them =)

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  13. Would certainly be a new camping ground for my carboholics pals and I. So much for hoping to cut down on my wheat intake...this place is making it almost impossible when its so near to home!

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    1. Missyblurkit: heheh, yeah, even though i'm more of an alcoholic than a carboholic (ahem), i could resist digging into the soft, fresh buns here :D

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  14. Ooooo! I saw this as I was driving by yesterday and made a mental note to check it out. Now I just have to! Did you try their croissants? I'm on the hunt for the best croissant.

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    1. Peoniesandpancakes: ooo, I haven't tried their croissants, but now you've made me want to. I have a hankering for really good croissants too :D

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  15. Saw this when I was in Manila few weeks back but didn't have time to check it out. Good to hear it's opened now.

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    1. Babe_KL: oops, yeah, i forgot to add they also have branches in the philippines. looks like they're conquering southeast asia, one country at a time =)

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  16. Hi. Congrats for opening Tous Les Jours in Malaysia. I've known about Tous Les Jours because of Eunhyuk Super Junior. May i know is this halal?

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    1. Chocolate: oooh, i'm not sure if they have a halal certification, but they don't serve pork and they do have many muslim customers =)

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  17. Thank you. =) But how can we go there if we use public transport?

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    1. Chocolate: unfortunately I'm not familiar with the public transport here

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  18. Hi there...looking for a quick birthday cake for office colleagues monthly birthdays. Any suggestion of which cafe/bakeries in Bangsar that have good yummy cakes? Thanks!!

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    1. Priya: you could try just heavenly cafe at Bangsar shopping center =)

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    2. Thanks a bunch,Sean!! :)

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    3. Priya: u're welcome, priya. Have a great birthday celebration =)

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  19. wow... this bakery looks really nice.

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    1. Eiling: yeah, i love the colors and the overall feel of this place. perfect for a bakery cafe :D

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  20. finally open branch in Malaysia!!! I want try outt!!!!!

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    1. 小乱: hope u enjoy it! :D

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  21. Knew about Tous les Jours from your blog and now I've already been there twice! Have tried the original milk bun, strawberry milk bun, sweet potato bun & black glutinous rice bun with cream cheese fillings. They're all so good, and definitely lighter options as compared to other pastries :D

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    1. Elaine: thanks for your comment, am really glad to hear you're enjoying the pastries and buns here! Sweet potato bun sounds tempting :D

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  22. Croissants were average. Can try the almond croissant which is better and super cheap compared to other bakeries. Coffee also average. Nice Madeleines.

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    1. PinkAddict: glad you enjoyed the madeleines =)

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    1. Fuzen: no pork is served here, but i don't know if they have any official halal certification =)

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