Wednesday, August 14, 2013

L'Epi D'Or French Boulangerie @ Kelana Jaya

This French-owned bakery-cafe seems lost in the unlikeliest location, churning out croissants & cinnamon-cloaked cakes amid sober rows of laundromats, camera shops & mamak hangouts in Kelana Jaya's Zenith Corporate Park.

French butter makes these treats a little more luxurious, but cost-conscious customers will be pleased that prices here remain pegged to the ringgit, not the euro.

Pate brisee (RM1.70 each), rich shortcrust pastry that's simultaneously crunchy & crumbly.

Peach danish (RM4.40), totally peachy, theoretically available 9am-8pm daily.

Should the weather prove kind, take a table on the sidewalk (L'EpiD'Or has no indoor seating) & savor a serving of the Galette Frangipane (RM5.20).

Memories of madeleines eaten in bygone times in faraway lands (RM4 for four at L'EpiD'Or) ensure we never miss out on purchasing them whenever possible.

Boxes of traditional tidbits flown in from France are a highlight: Bite on Brittany's crispy-savory creperolles, filled with Comte cheese & flavored with walnuts ...

... or attack the almond-paste calissons, Provence-made candy confections similar to marzipan.

The chink in L'EpiD'Or's armor: its coffee, tea & hot chocolate, fully forgettable.

Baguettes, various loaves & jams are available too, though stocks run low sometimes.

L'Epi D'Or, spearheaded by Malaysian-based French patissier Frederic Dion, also sells frozen dough to F&B outlets that want it.

L'Epi D'or @ Kelana Jaya,
38-G, Block C, Zenith Corporate Park,
No. 1, Jalan SS7/26, Kelana Jaya, Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 012-256-1865

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27 comments:

  1. I like madeleines! Especially the freshly baked one, hmmm yum yum.

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    1. CK: yaa, nice horrrrr. i wish more bakeries in KL sold good madeleines, not the ones sealed in the packets and left on the shelves for two/three days. heh, i always think of it as the french version of 'kuih baulu' =)

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  2. Wow - a French boulangerie in Kelana Jaya (of all neighbourhoods). Colour me impressed.

    That peach Danish looks like (pardon my French) a vajayjay :P There I said it.

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    1. Lifeasacynic: yeah, it's a mind-boggling location to open a place like this. and it's not even a prominent part of kelana jaya. it's deep in an area that faces no roads that people actually drive past =) yikes, i can see the resemblance, but only after you mentioned it. i gotta learn to take photos of food from more thoughtful angles, haha :D

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    2. All the more reason to buy then

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  3. " prices here remain pegged to the ringgit, not the euro" --> such a huge relief! been seeing price of food increase since Raya and its certainly not a nice feeling!

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    1. Missyblurkit: ya, sigh, I do feel poorer too after not getting any increment this year. Here's hoping more good cafes open without demanding unreasonable sums from our wallets =)

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  4. What a quaint place, Sean! I love the decor...and I absolutely love hot chocolate! Especially in autumn and winter when it is cold.

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    1. Linda: ooo, hot chocolate in wintertime does sound like a great warm-me-up. I like it too, even though it's perpetually summer in this city! :D

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  5. what does "theoretically available" mean?

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    1. Fatboybakes: heh, it means I once came here at 11am on a Saturday but the place was inexplicably closed. Terrible hor =)

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    2. Yeah...I went there on a Saturday too at 12pm and it was closed :(

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    3. Yin: argh! oh no. hope you managed to get a decent meal elsewhere in the neighborhood. not sure what's up with their timing. the other time i went on a weekend on an afternoon, they were open, so it seems unpredictable...

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  6. You are right - a French bakery in the most unlikely location!

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    1. Pureglutton: yeah, it's a nice gastronomic gift to the good residents of Kelana jaya =)

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  7. Kelana Jaya...probably good for the residence nearby.Unless they have something really fancy, would anyone make a trip for bakery cafe? Looks good though. It is good that they sell frozen dough.

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    1. Sycookies: ya, i think it's generally still quite accessible for folks living in PJ. Just a 15-minute drive from, say, damansara uptown. My main quibble is actually that they don't have indoor/air-conditioned seating, heheh =)

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  8. I stayed one night at Kelana Jaya, didn't see any nice place like this? Maybe I was at the wrong side of the place. My daughter would love this place - she's into all those things....more cultured than ummmm...the father. LOL!!!

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    1. Suituapui: ooo, kelana jaya's quite big, i guess, with lots of little nooks and commercial blocks and apartment buildings, etc =) heheh, well, you raised your daughter really well, so she surely owes some of her culturedness to you too! :D

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  9. I love freshly baked madeleines too, and they smell fantastic!

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, the scent of the madeleines hits us first and whets our appetites for the actual tasting, heh :D

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  10. Creperolles looks like kuih-ka-pik.

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    1. Wong: haha, french version of that kuih, maybe :D

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  11. There was one time they set up a stall in one of the many fairs in Publika. Was tempted to try the breads but there wasn't many to choose.
    And the peach danish pic, vxgxnx was the first thing that came to my mind when i saw it. :P

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    1. Rebecca: ooo, i didn't realize they had also done business at a food fair. they seem kinda low-key. i haven't met any of their owners yet. hopefully they'll make more appearances elsewhere. this branch in kelana jaya is not exactly in my favorite area to drive to, heh =) yikes! hahah, it didn't cross my mind at all. we're on different wavelengths, totally :D

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  12. must try! definitely recommended!

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  13. We stopped by yesterday, bought, took to friend's house, ate and wished we had bought more.

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