Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Brasserie Enfin @ Oasis Ara Damansara

Storming the Bastille of Oasis Ara Damansara, Brasserie Enfin heralds a full-fledged French revolution in this neighborhood, liberating patrons from the tyranny of second-rate escargot.

 We have so few French restaurants in the Klang Valley, so there's cause for celebration whenever one finally opens; Brasserie Enfin's elegantly understated, occupying a first-floor space overlooking the Oasis Piazza's fountains.

 The menu's extensive; some specialties might require advance ordering (24-hour brine-prepared whole duck, vinegar-sauteed rabbit, herb-roasted Dorper lamb leg with anchovies), but thankfully, not this bright-orange Mimolette cheese salad (RM12++).

 Brasserie Enfin is a relatively affordable French restaurant: This classic "oeufs en cocotte," beautiful baked eggs with shrimp, cream & croutons, costs only RM10++.

 Red-wine-poached duck egg (RM10++). Devilishly creamy, the Holy Grail for yolk enthusiasts; cholesterol can't get better than this.

 Beouf bourguignon (RM48++), slow-braised shin topped with beef bacon lardon, since this is a no-pork outlet. Note that reservations are fervently encouraged; the restaurant imposes a limit on the number of walk-in customers each evening.

Seeking flavor-soaked steak? Brasserie Enfin's 180-gram grilled Wagyu flat iron steak (RM98++), a sacrament of supreme succulence, fits that bill perfectly.

 Don't miss the restaurant's own-made macarons (RM5++ each), which come in fun flavors like elderberry, apple with green tea, rose with elderflower, dark chocolate with chili & white chocolate with cardamom.

 Macaron platters are served with a side of chocolate, caramel & basil flower meant to be eaten in a sweeping flourish. Brasserie Enfin's philosophy: nothing on the plate is simply decorative; every component delivers a delicious purpose.

 Drink to the brasserie's health: Wine starts at RM16++ by the glass, RM70++ by the bottle.

Brasserie Enfin has ambitious plans: By next year, another Enfin may open in KL's city center, housed with an Italian eatery & a champagne bar. This is one brand to watch.

Brasserie Enfin,
Lot R-07, 1st Floor, Central Piazza, Oasis Square, Ara Damansara.
Tel: 03-7832-2969
Open for dinner, except Mondays. Located above Bad Boy Cooks.

32 comments:

  1. Wow! Love the decor and menu...and best of all just 15 mins drive away from my workplace =)

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    1. Ulric: it's pretty cool, finding a french restaurant in this territory! i've gotta say, in less than a year, oasis ara damansara has become an unexpected melting pot for all sorts of worthwhile restaurants =)

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    2. And dare I say an oasis of different cuisines! =)

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    3. Ulric: heh, a haven for hearty eaters :D

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    4. Haha...a revisit soon I would imagine...I volunteer my tummy space! :p

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    5. Ulric: yay, i'd definitely appreciate tummy-space volunteers! maybe not for brasserie enfin (since there's already a part-two post for this in my drafts folder), but there are several more up-and-coming hangouts at this oasis =)

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    6. Haha...good to go! =)

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    7. Ulric: good to hear! =)

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  2. interesting dishes! The vinegared rabbit caught my eye!

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    1. Missyblurkit: oh yeah, i'm a fan of rabbit, and that's a dish i'd probably enjoy too amid all these interesting recipes here =)

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  3. Thanks Sean! I have always wondered whether is there any French restaurant in KL/PJ and you just answered my question :) Will check this place out soon and share my thoughts.

    Have to resort to reading yr blog after breaking of fast to avoid food temptations!

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    1. Jimmy: great! i love french food, and i do wish we had more french restaurants around (albeit affordable ones) =) i hope this has been a very good ramadan for you and your wife so far :D

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    2. Thanks to you and your write up on YummyLicious, sales has been getting better and we're getting new customers almost everyday :) Having a great & blessed Ramadhan by far.

      FYI, we're developing something awesome in the kitchen for you and Ulric ;) Will take some time to get the recipe right. Keep you posted Sean :D

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    3. Jimmy: I'm really glad to hear more people are ordering your healthy and tasty burgers and other offerings! And i just realized it's less than a week till aidilfitri, so I hope you and your family have a good celebration too =) heh, that final bit of info sounds tantalizing. Will remain patient and look forward to it :D

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    4. Hey Sean,

      Great to read that you're back. Hope you had a good holiday :) Finally dropped by Brasserie Enfin for our monthly anniversary dinner last week. Found the food to be average at best, service was a bit kelam-kabut and it was quite pricey. Starters start from RM8 - RM18 but mains are around RM50-RM60++

      But the decor was remarkable and it was a nice personal touch that the chef will drop by your table to explain the menu and suggest recommendations. We had the Truffle Roast Chicken and Guinea Fowl since Beouf Bourguignon sold out. We had a fun evening ;)

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    5. Jimmy: thanks for your feedback, it's always enlightening to know how other customers perceive the places i visit. am really glad to hear you had a fun evening, even though the food wasn't the highlight, sorry about that. it's great that you have monthly anniversary dinners, and here's hoping your next one will provide more all-round satisfaction! =)

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    6. No need for an apology Sean, understandably there are good days as well as off days even for restaurants ;) One thing for sure, our anniversary dinners have become more exciting because of your awesome Eat Drink KL. Thanks for sharing!

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    7. Jimmy: yeah, i guess that's why the consistently good restaurants must be treasured =) i hope you uncover more dining gems every month! i love the idea of monthly anniversary dinners =)

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  4. Mr. Rabbit, you didn't preorder the vinegar-sauteed rabbit? Hahaha

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    1. CK: heheh, actually i didn't know that we had to pre-order any dishes before i came here. but now we know :D

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  5. I really should pay a visit to ara damansara, if not just to erase the memory of the failed NZX.

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    1. KY: heh, oasis ara damansara is definitely a major leap over nzx. i hope it'll be around for some years to come :D

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  6. That beef looks great. Affordable French food is a really rare find. ;)

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    1. Baby Sumo: ya, the steak was a pleasant surprise that we almost didn't order, but the restaurant owner encouraged us to. and it definitely was fairly priced =)

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  7. macarons quite nice to eat but expensive since it was just a small piece~

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    1. Mr Lonely: true, though i think the macarons here are worth it cos the flavors are pretty unique and carefully prepared =)

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  8. I am just picturing myself with one of these on...if only it were true!!!

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    1. Cquek: the next time u're in KL, maybe a french dinner here might be worth considering :D

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  9. I'm willing to do another 10 laps of free style for the Red-wine-poached duck egg.

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    1. Sycookies: heheh, I might try to do 20 laps if I'm offered two eggs. Though actually, who am I kidding. I haven't swum in years! :D

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  10. Poacjed duck egg? Never had that, sure would love to try. And RM10 only, so cheap for a cafe...

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, it's a creamy-rich yolk, dense with eggy flavor and given a nice boost by the red wine. I definitely expected it cost at least rm15 instead, heh =)

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