Sunday, August 17, 2014

Rendez-Vous @ Bangsar

Stirring open this week in Bangsar, Rendez-Vous seeks to serve French fare that's both authentic & affordable, a mission that will likely hearten Francophiles hankering for culinary variety in KL.

Rendez-Vous co-owner & manager Arnaud Chappert (formerly of Maison Francaise) has turned what was a laundry shop on Lorong Maarof into an eatery with a casual charm, terrific service & wide-open, welcoming feel.

Chef Florian Nigen is no stranger to the kitchen; his family has run a restaurant in Brittany for three decades. At Rendez-Vous, more than 6,000 miles from Nigen's homeland, he carries on that legacy with a menu that's heavy on the classics, with hoards of butter, cheese & house-made sauces.

Meals begin with crostini-like amuse-bouches that change from day to day, topped with blue cheese one night & lamb the next.

Seafood is a star here, flown in from France. Four whelks, four winkles, four prawns & three oysters clock in at RM52++.

Platters of lobsters, langoustines, cockles & clams are available too ...

... served with sinfully creamy, flavoursome mayo & aioli that might prove compulsively edible.

 French spider crabs also surface in all their spiny glory (RM59++ for a whole crustacean).

 Might not be the prettiest crab around, but Rendez-Vous succeeds in presenting it in supremely photogenic fashion.

 A little lift of the crab's strikingly orange shell unveils lots of roe of an equally vibrant hue.

Tasty, though extra effort is required to break through this one's possibly bulletproof leg armour.

The menu is wide-ranging, with no lack of intrigue for meat-lovers as well. Highlights include tender quail submerged in a hot, savoury sauce that feels like a comforting broth, laced with white wine & grapes, partnered with side dishes of the day that could comprise candied leeks or purees of potatoes & carrots. RM36++.

Rendez-Vous goes the distance, becoming the rare French restaurant that serves pork in KL. It's also one of this city's few spots where folks'll find traditional black sausages made with pork blood (a taste worth acquiring), paired with apples. RM29++.

 Rendez-Vous' cheese platters are lovely (RM19++ for two types) - ask for the most pungent possibilities for maximum satisfaction. There's still much, much more on the menu, but we'll take time exploring everything in the weeks ahead.

 Wine cocktails: Violet Imperial (sparkling wine, creme de violette) & Le Kir Provencal (rose wine, pink grapefruit).

 Champagne is available, though Cava is the cheaper choice of course.

Or opt for water; it's complimentary here, mercifully (as long as we skip the still or sparkling selection).

Rendezvous Traditional French Restaurant
100 Lorong Maarof, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. Open daily for lunch & dinner. Tel: 03-2202-0206 
Website: www.rendez-vous.com.my

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18 comments:

  1. wah spider crab leh, belum try before loh~ T.T

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    1. Happy walker: it's an interesting type to try for crab fans :)

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  2. Name of a very famous nasi padang place at Bras Basah, Singapore in the 70's...now a high class hotel so not too sure if it is still as nice. Always thought the name was not very appropriate (and the nasi padang place next door even worse - Tiong Hua!!! LOL!!!) - more apt for a French place like this one. Dunno if I am game enough to try all those snails though. Hehehehehehe!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: heh, yeah, rendezvous is a nice name that could fit anything from a french restaurant to a cosy cafe or even a cocktail bar. heheh, i like snails of all sorts, gimme molluscs any day :D

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  3. French food is amazing! I would really love the cheese platter! My favourite cheese is Brie. :)

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    1. Linda: true, i love french recipes, they're really fulfilling ... i like the stinkiest, gooey cheeses! :D

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  4. Seafood! Cool, want to try this place next time. :D

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    1. CK: ya, it's nice to have a restaurant that's serious about seafood :D

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  5. oh i think we can find spider crabs here in Pg but i have never tried one. Price is my main concern :P
    p/s: i will be away for a short vacation, i will blog hop again in a couple week's time!

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    1. Ken: ooo, those might be the alaskan spider crab or japanese spider crab instead of the european spider crab. true, the alaskan spider/king crab is scarily pricey :) enjoy your vacation though, and seeya again in a couple of weeks! :D

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  6. Ooh! I like chef Arnaud's dishes. Looks like we'll have to visit this one. :-)

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    1. The Yum List: here's hoping this will be the start of a long-lasting french institution in bangsar :D

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  7. OMG! This is a restaurant I can really get my teeth into! :)

    Do you know where they get their cheese selections? From local purveyors or from their own sources in France, since they ship in their own seafood? I love a good selection of French cheeses (preferably unpasteurized and smuggled in though customs ;)).

    I'm very happy about the prices too - RM 50 for a whole crab, that's a reasonable bill!

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    1. Huai Bin: that's an interesting question about the cheeses ... i'm actually not 100 percent sure, but i suspect these are French cheeses imported by KL-based suppliers, so far. hopefully in the future there'll be the stinkier, smuggled stuff, heh :)
      and yeah, the seafood prices are the steepest ones, but there are hearty salads and pates that cost RM20 or less, so it's all good :)

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  8. Got to grab my French buddy fr a meal here and get his feedback about this place! :D

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    1. Rebecca: ooo, ya, so far, word of mouth has been pretty positive from some other customers here :)

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  9. I gotta check this out! :) love the look of the blood sausage!

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    1. Ciki: blood sausages are bloody well my favourite! :D

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