Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Cafe de Paris @ Pavilion

Bringing a slice of its namesake city to KL's Pavilion mall (buttressed by a bit of the Eiffel Tower), this French-inspired bistro bids 'bon appetit' with a sweeping menu that spans bouillabaisse to boeuf bourguignon.

Cafe de Paris is a fun new venue, spearheaded by the folks who run La Boca Latino Bar on the far side of Pavilion's street-level Connection corridor of restaurants.

At first blush, this place might appear gimmicky, but its menu renders reassurance of Cafe de Paris' aspiration to authenticity; start with sourdough, served with Lescure French butter & Bonne Maman preserves (RM12).

The ideal introduction to Cafe de Paris begins in the morning; breakfast is served 8am through noon. Items include a Dr Seuss-approved plate of scrambled eggs _ turned a potentially garish green with pesto _ accompanied by turkey ham on toast (RM19).

Cafe de Paris' current version of the classic croque-madame (RM22) is a little less cheesy than expected; certainly more Hollandaise than Gruyere, risking condemnation from conservatives.

What's for lunch? Cafe de Paris' tartines prove pretty tasty, with three very cheesy ones (making up for the croque-madame's lack of it) costing RM19, thickly topped with the likes of camembert cheese, walnuts & fig jam, or roast beef, blue cheese & caramelised onions, or tapenade, feta cheese & olives.

Vintage Brittany sardines (RM29), aged in the can with olive oil for several years; firm-fleshed fish, with what might be considered a marginally more mellow flavour compared to typical sardines.

Camembert makes a comeback in fine fashion, baked to warm, creamy softness with vermouth liquor, thyme & garlic. RM28.

Cafe de Paris takes pride in its patisserie-style display, with treats provided by a Le Cordon Bleu-trained pastry chef.


Chocolate seizes centre stage; surprisingly, the eclairs miss the mark though, tasting a bit too mass-market, without sufficient depth of flavour or sumptuousness in texture.

The Paris-Brest fares better, with choux pastry & praline cream. But ultimately, the customers who enjoy this best might be the ones who're fortunate enough to order it at its first-day freshest.

Macarons here range in flavour from salted caramel to pistachio, scoring a solid B (or possibly a B-plus) for satisfaction.

What impressed us the most: The Parisian Fairy (RM28), a total knock-out, the most potent absinthe cocktail we've experienced in KL, mixed with gin, lemon juice, pineapple juice & simple syrup.

Cava or coffee? The former remains mercifully available till very late (it's possible to head into Cafe de Paris past midnight & still plead for a full meal, particularly on weekends); the latter's labelled an 'Asterix,' a single espresso with equal parts milk (RM9).

Cafe de Paris features some lovely table & wall art, enchantingly evocative.

Cafe de Paris
Lot 3.06.00, Level 3, Pavilion, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur


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32 comments:

  1. Wahhhhh!!! It's like dining underneath the Eiffel Tower! :D

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    1. Suituapui: a fun touch there ... pretty cute, heh :)

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  2. Lovely, love those dishes. The setting looks like TWG in some way

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    1. Ken: ooo, pavilion is home to both cafe de paris and twg, coincidentally :)

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  3. Aiyo I was in Pavilion yesterday, but I didn't notice this place leh. lol.

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    1. CK: ooo, ya, it's at outside area, near la bodega, heheh :)

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  4. Wow Sean this place really looks and feels like you are in one of the Parisian cafes

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    1. Kate: they've done some nice work with the decor here, ya! :)

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  5. gonna be there soon! now that street is more and more like a european street already, love!!!!

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    1. Jean: heheh, it's nice to sit outside at the restaurants in this area :)

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  6. The coffee looks great, Sean. Even though I am not a macarons fan, I like the colours of them here.

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    1. Linda: there are coffee cocktails here too, which i'd like to try another time :) and yeah, the colours of the macarons are pretty :)

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  7. Nice to see some more eating options in Pavilion. I always find it hard to choose. I'd like to give this one a try though.

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    1. The Yum List: true, the number of eateries in pavilion is staggering, but i empathise, i can never quite decide what's the best thing to eat here :)

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  8. Croque-madame looks to my liking...damn the authenticity full chomp ahead...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: haha, yeah, the sunny-side-up was good in the croque-madame and the sauce was creamy and tasted fresh :)

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  9. Hmmm I'll defintely go for the pastries & cakes - missing real Parisian desserts - these ones looks decent enough

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    1. Rebecca: yeah, they try to evoke the parisian patisserie feel for the dessert counter here :)

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  10. Nice - another cafe to hangout in the mall! Love the look of those Brittany sardine :-)

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    1. Pureglutton: yeah, luckily it's an interesting cafe, a worthwhile addition to the mall :) and yeah, couldn't resist ordering those sardines :)

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  11. Not too pricey...no wonder its quite crowded.
    Scrambled egg with pesto?! Interesting!

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    1. Melissa: ya, it's more or less average cafe prices for most of the items :) and yup, never seen scrambled eggs quite like that at other cafes before :)

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    1. Footfringe: i loathe canned sardines in tomato sauce :)

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    2. I like those as well, cooked in sambal or a curry :)

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    3. Footfringe: haha, i cannot empathise with that liking, heheh :)

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  13. if only all these Parisian cafe can be found at subang... :)

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    1. Jessica: lots of good cafes in subang nowadays! :)

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  14. Love this place so much, must go & taste.....

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    1. “追食富迪”: hope you enjoy your meal here! :)

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  15. Really looks like some street cafe at Paris at a glance, although I never been to Paris :P

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, i guess this place provides a convenient little taste of paris ... not the same, but hopefully still enjoyable :)

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