Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Soleil @ Section 17, Petaling Jaya

Here comes the sun: It's been a long cold lonely winter for fresh openings in PJ's Section 17, but with Soleil brightening up this neighborhood beginning this week, the smiles really might return to many faces now.


 It seems like years since we've tasted the cooking of Evert Onderbeke. Our initial brush with this Belgian-born chef was on High Tide's first night in October 2009; when that excellent seafood restaurant closed, he stuck around for awhile with its replacement, Cuisine Gourmet By Nathalie, but now he's seeking success on new terms with Soleil.


 Starting with Soleil's own-baked bread rolls, moreish enough to munch ceaselessly.


 Chef Onderbeke's forte remains the fruits of the ocean; no fewer than six of Soleil's eight starters are all about seafood. Meat's not exactly the priority here.


 Yellow fin tuna tartar with wasabi mayonnaise & citrus gel (RM36++), a little darling of an appetizer that's resolutely in the "tastes as terrific as it looks" category.


 Marinated crab meat with Momotaro tomatoes & basil sorbet. With even the cheapest choice here costing RM36++, Soleil might not be an outlet for ordinary occasions.


 Impeccably pan-fried Hokkaido scallops with gnocchi, asparagus & pesto (RM51++).


 Oven-baked North Sea cod with sauteed leeks, mussels & piquillo pepper coulis (RM68++). Delicate textures made memorable with sultry Spanish flavors.


Barramundi crusted with herbs & tempeh, with crab ravioli, Eastern mushrooms & crab jus (RM68++). This dish defines Soleil; call it a modern European restaurant with Asian influences.


Soleil boasts an unexpectedly well-stocked bar; there's Billecart Salmon Brut Reserve champagne (RM48++ per glass), as well as numerous wines, cocktails & even sake.

We say it's all right. More than all right; expect to hear more about Soleil in the months ahead.

Soleil Restaurant & Wine Bar,
22A, Jalan 17/54, Section 17, Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 03-7932-5989
Open for lunch & dinner, except Wednesdays. But for Raya week, open Wed, closed Thurs.
Click here for online reservations.

This restaurant is available for bookings under TABLEAPP, which enables customers to make instant reservations at Malaysia's top restaurants, while saving time and money in the process. Reserve your table at this restaurant by clicking here.

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38 comments:

  1. Only for special occasions...but I do note the loveliness of the yellow fin tuna tartar n the Hokkaido scallops with gnocchi =)

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    1. Ulric: yeah, these dishes were fun to photograph! unfortunately i accidentally placed my camera settings on the lowest image size, so the resolution doesn't do justice to how lovely the food looks, but i really like the captivating colors that the chef conjured on each plate :D

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    2. No worries...the photos are lovely indeed! =)

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    3. Ulric: thanks! though as we all know, it's easier to work with when the food itself is so photogenic, like the food here, heh =)

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  2. Noted that its not for ordinary occassions...hehehe

    The marinated crab and yellow fin tuna tartar looks awesome. Good picslah Sean. Mouth watering!

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, i'm hoping they'll introduce set lunches/dinners soon that'll be lighter on the wallet. though understandably, i guess with our ringgit so weak nowadays, it's difficult for restaurants to serve imported items at lower prices =) thanks! the food here is gorgeous, and i hope if chef onderbeke ever sees this photos, he'll be encouraged that we all love his work! :D

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  3. That row is slowly becoming a food haven! :)
    And I have only been there once, with you!

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    1. Rebecca: gosh, time flies as usual, and it's been more than a year since that meal! :D ya, lotsa good grub at this part of section 17 now. A branch of Bavarian bierhaus might be opening here soon too! =)

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  4. Looks like a fine restaurant, Sean. I do love crab meat.

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    1. Linda: yep, i like it when the crab meat's all peeled out from the shell, so we can enjoy it effortlessly (like the recipe at this restaurant) :D

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  5. like the hokaido scallop~ XD

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    1. Mr Lonely: yeah, the scallops were big & juicy & very well-prepared =)

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  6. The food looks good!
    I want to go, hmm but before that, I better start saving money first. hehehehe

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    1. CK: yup, i enjoyed the food here. but ya, the bill was high! one of my most expensive dinners this month, unfortunately =)

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  7. Such photogenic food, especially that tuna tartar! Good place for a celebration.

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    1. Pureglutton: yeah, i think you'd be able to get some beautiful shots of the food here! maybe can head here for a birthday dinner =)

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  8. I was so sad when High Tide closed down. Had the chance to taste Chef's Onderbeke's food and it was truly amazing. One of the best I had in KL, can't wait to try this place. I see his signature pea shoot which he likes to use as a garnish ;)

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    1. Baby Sumo: ooo, ya, i thought chef onderbeke would be leaving malaysia forever, but i'm really glad that he stayed! i think he's a bit more limited here in his choice of seafood, since high tide's prices were even higher and allowed more possibility for imports, but the recipes here at soleil are still great! and yeah, that pea shoot thing's a lovely touch :D

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  9. What lovely high ceilings! Gotta chalk up them special occasions just to keep up with this neighbourhood of restaurants!

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    1. Min: yeah, i love the high-&-broad space here. can't complain of claustrophobia! :D i think it'll be a challenge for this restaurant amid competition from other outlets in this neighborhood with lower prices, but here's hoping they'll find ways to maintain a healthy customer base =)

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  10. tuna tartar, scallops? oh myyy, beautiful dishes

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    1. KY: we're in seafood heaven at this restaurant :D

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  11. woah... everything looks amazing, i'm salivating now. i haven't had my lunch yet..

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    1. Sibu Food Diva: yeah, this place sets a high benchmark for the month of august, heh :D i hope u get a great dinner to make up for the lack of lunch, ya =)

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  12. I am really attracted to the scallop, and I am guessing they are at a charming size as well. Unless of course, if they have very tiny sized gnocchi then I would have been wrong.

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    1. Sycookies: oh yes, hefty scallops, big & bouncy, you're absolutely right! as good as it gets =)

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  13. Yippie, European food. The dishes are all beautifully presented and suits even the tiniest of palates. I mean, for those who are easily satiated. =)

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    1. Waverly: there's a great selection here, it's difficult to choose which dishes to order. luckily though, there's a multi-course degustation menu priced at about RM200++, for folks who don't mind spending extra to really feast for hours on all of the restaurant's signature dishes =)

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  14. They all sounded quite delicious.I am totally eyeing that open pan-fried Hokkaido scallops though.

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    1. Cquek: ya, for fans of scallops, that dish is absolutely recommended! i'm more a fan of fish, so i'd probably pick the north sea cod as my favorite! :D

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  15. Yum... like everyone, I think I hear those scallops calling out my name. I find it so interesting how a lazy, unsuspecting neighbourhood in Section 17 now houses so much fine food! Hahahaha. For years all we went there for was Decanter, lol.

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    1. Dropsof Contentment: heh, those scallops really are a thing of beauty, ya. and the way they're presented on that plate makes them stand out above all the green of the pesto sauce :D ya, i hope more outlets like this take the risk of opening in section 17. i like the relaxed vibe of this neighborhood, especially in the evenings when parking is easier. and decanter is still going strong, just a short stroll away from soleil here! :D

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  16. Fantastic, I really enjoyed High Tide's seafood focus and was quite disappointed to find it had been replaced. Looking forward to this and bonus points for it being next to the office :)

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    1. JWwwwww: Great location for you! I hope you enjoy soleil. It's not as quite ambitious or as amazing as High Tide could sometimes be, partly since the seafood used here is more run-of-the-mill, but the chef still manages to put a magic touch on the food =)

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  17. must be the most expensive joint on the strip, after BAT ;)

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    1. Ciki: or it could be even more expensive than BAT, heheh =)

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  18. From Photo looks delicious, although the hokkaido scallop, gnocchi and pesto (italian!) combination is not inviting . But proof is in the pudding will try and know it soon. I am on the way there :-)

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