Thursday, November 27, 2014

Roost & Jaslyn Cakes @ Telawi, Bangsar

Danish chef Albert Frantzen, his Taiwanese partner Tung Wei & Malaysian friend Priscilla rule the roost at this new restaurant, replacing F By Buffalo Kitchens this week with a 'farm-to-fork' philosophy that's propelling some of Telawi's tastiest triumphs.


Roost's setting has seen a facelift in line with its refreshed name & theme; this mural by visiting Danish artist Arthur Tudsborg creates a calming effect that partners perfectly with the welcoming mood of this first-floor outlet. Take the stairs up to one of Bangsar's loveliest, friendliest & most comfortable eateries for a leisurely dinner.


Roost's menu bursts with well-thought-out creations spilling out of Frantzen's open kitchen; most of the produce is locally & responsibly sourced, secured from various Malaysian farms & suppliers, except for the grass-fed Angus beef & the lamb.


 
Start with the applewood-smoked, free-range duck breast with browned butter puree & pomegranates (RM18). A name like Roost indicates that fowl is a cornerstone of the menu; sure enough, there's also duck ragout with hand-cut pappardelle, duck liver pate with tomato jam & duck breast that's been house-cured for a week.

 
 
Roulade of soft-&-smooth, sous-vide chicken breast, skin & paste with polenta & browned onion puree (RM35). Chicken innards also receive their due at Roost - by next week, once the kitchen is in full swing, expect to see a reinterpretation of the Lyonnaise-inspired frisee salad, with confit of chicken heart, liver & gizzard combined with a 63-degree egg (RM22).

 
Breadcrumbed deep-fried frog legs (freshly slaughtered in Roost's kitchen in the morning & served in the evening) with thick, house-made tamarind jam (RM16), a firm favourite of Tung Wei & Priscilla. Flavours here are subtle but nuanced, perhaps part of Frantzen's culinary influence - not intimidatingly intense or overbearingly punchy.


Cocktails, craft beers & wines are also available (we'll explore those in a future entry). For teetotalers, Roleaf tea is also offered. Note that one of the major changes here is that Roost - unlike F By Buffalo Kitchens - is a no-pork restaurant.

Coincidentally, another outlet has opened this week nearby in Telawi - Jaslyn Cakes, a dessert parlour run by Jaslyn Rangson & her partners. In even more of a coincidence, the founders of Roost & Jaslyn Cakes are good friends - Tung Wei used to go to school with Jaslyn's boyfriend.

 If Jaslyn's name rings a bell, it might be because she previously supplied cakes to Bangsar Village's Wondermama. We liked her offerings there, but her sweet treats here seem even better - these are some of the most satisfying desserts in Bangsar.

 Ask for the madeleine, financier, blondie & chocolate chip cookie; Jaslyn, who trained at Le Cordon Bleu London, might have secretly stashed them behind the counter. Each bite is well worth the calories, dense & decadent, fresh-tasting & full-flavoured.

The secret might lie in Jaslyn's use of top-flight ingredients like Lescure butter & Callebout chocolate, combined with her commitment toward making the best desserts she can. The blondies are mixed with caramel shards for extra complexity - a step that makes a delicious difference. Our sole complaint: Jaslyn Cakes is only open 10am-7pm.

 Grapefruit juice with Manuka honey. Need coffee instead? You'll be in luck soon: Brewmen, headed by its barista owner Jeremy, may open a pop-up caffeine bar at Jaslyn Cakes in the near future. Expect to hear much more about both Roost & Jaslyn Cakes in the months ahead.

 Roost KL
First Floor, 69-1, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur
Open for dinner only this week (closed on Friday for private function). From next week onwards, open 1130am-1130pm daily, except Mondays. 
Tel: 03-2201-1710


Jaslyn Cakes
7, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur. Across from La Bodega. Open 10am-7pm, except Mondays

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20 comments:

  1. The food at Roost looks pretty!
    Surprised to see frog legs here, I want to try this version.

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    1. CK: ya, very thoughtful presentations at roost ... a feast for the eyes :) heheh, yeah, it was fun to find frog legs on the menu here :)

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  2. I love that painting! Beautiful and warm atmosphere, and the presentations are fantastic!

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    1. Linda: it's a beautiful painting indeed, and we were really glad to catch the artist doing his touch-ups :)

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  3. Hey!!! The chef's so tall and handsome! Sure looks inviting...ummmm...I'm taking about the food now. Muahahahaha!!!! Nice painting too. Bangsar, eh? Must visit my friend there - ask her to belanja me here. ;)

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    1. Suituapui: oh haha, glad you like both the chef and the food :)

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  4. Roost looks fantastic! French food is certainly making waves in KL

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: ooo, it's not quite french, but it does look fantastic, that's true :)

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  5. apple wood smoked duck breast sounds good!

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    1. Ken: it was one item that i knew i wanted to order :)

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  6. I'm so happy to see this type of concept in KL. Local, sustainable - it's the only way to go.

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    1. The Yum List: here's looking forward to more of such outlets in 2015 :)

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  7. wow, frog legs?! seriously?! well, need some courage to try it out, haha

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    1. 小乱: heheh, it tastes like chicken, sort of :)

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  8. Love tender, sweet frog legs in porridge....bread crumbed and deep fried...even better!! :D

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    1. Contact.ewew: both preparations sound tempting to me! :)

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  9. Deep fried frog legs... tht would be a first for me. Like the look of the crispy exterior.

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, it could be a fun dish to try making at home :)

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  10. I like the looks of the cakes! :D

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    1. Rebecca: ya, nice presentations ☺

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