Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Brulee Brasserie @ Casa Tropicana

It's nearly 10,000 kilometres from the islands of the Mediterranean to Malaysia, but Brulee Brasserie tries to bring a bit of the spirit of Sicily & Santorini to Selangor, with European-accented offerings by a warm team that makes friends of its customers.

Brulee Brasserie's young chef Jonathan Lee has crafted an intelligent, ingredient-driven menu that delivers satisfying dynamics - the selection is compact, but you won't go wrong with the roasted broccoli soup sprinkled with feta cheese, onion puree & sun-dried tomatoes (RM8; a broth with robust complexities) or the sunshiny egg white frittata, served thick & warm with crispy Lebanese bread, Parmesan cheese, beef pepperoni & basil oil (also only RM8 - terrific prices here).

A couple of pastas are currently available - the basil pomodoro with marinated beef kofta (RM16) won our vote, though we're also intrigued by Brulee's description of its carbonara, which comes with 'aromatic cream sauce, tomato oil & sauteed salami.' Some recipes have been fine-tuned since Brulee's launch last month; Jon has tweaked the Lebanese bread-base pizza with pepperoni (RM8) & the chicken souvlaki with tzatziki yoghurt sauce (RM16), now coupled with baby potatoes & garlic broccoli.

With a name like Brulee Brasserie, the restaurant doesn't disappoint in terms of its flagship dessert - creme brulee's available in three flavours: lavender, lemon or cardamom. Creamy & flavoursome, a fittingly light end to a meal here for a mere RM7.

It's important to note that beverages play an equally pivotal role here - that's where Brulee's other co-founder Seng Loh (whose surname is also Lee, making the name Brulee seem even more serendipitous) comes in. Seng Loh, who honed his craft in PJ cafes like J&D Espresso & POKC, has curated a fun drinks menu; there are the typical long blacks & flat whites, but you'll also find speciality sodas - liquor-laced for a little kick - like the Passion Mojito, Orange Strike & a lightly alcoholic Root Beer Float.

Brulee is a brilliant spot for patrons to unwind over a few glasses - craft beer is served here, & there's also wine at compelling prices. French & Italian Merlot clock in at RM10 per glass (at least for the next few months), the clincher for a visit to Brulee  - not the easiest restaurant to find (it's tucked on the first floor of Casa Tropicana, above KK Super Mart), but it's worth the hunt.

Brulee Brasserie
B1-2, Casa Tropicana, Jalan Persiaran Tropicana, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Open Tues-Sun, 12pm-12am
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18 comments:

  1. A nice and airy looking place, that seems to attract a lot of young people, and the dishes are varied. Great review, Sean, thank you for sharing. :)

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    1. Linda: i think you described this place quite aptly, thanks! :)

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  2. wow those soups and just seeing those i think they would truly give you a different flavor from the usual. Also, i wish you could come and visit here in the Philippines sean so you could also feature great places in the country. :)

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    1. Stevevhan: you're right, the food here is reasonably memorable! :) i would love to do some philippine reviews at some point ... i do like filipino dishes, they're wonderful :)

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  3. I love creme brulee. Wow! RM7 only, so cheap. Hmmm...this place sure attracts a lot of very young people.

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    1. Suituapui: heh, well, the restaurant's founders themselves are disgustingly young too! :D

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  4. Pocket friendly prices! And the decor is Instagram worthy too.... (which a lot of ppl look for these days ya).

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    1. Baby Sumo: correct on both counts, i think! :D

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  5. Portion seems to be a little small :s

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    1. Ken: heheh, light meals, healthy in the Mediterranean fashion :D

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  6. I would like to try the creme brulee, RM7 seem like very reasonably priced!

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    1. Choi Yen: it's been a very, very long time since i saw creme brulee priced like that ... and it's made in the kitchen here, so it tastes fresh and appealing :)

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  7. Looks like a nice place to chill out....at affordable prices! Would love to try their flagship dessert :)

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    1. Contact.ewew: if you're ever nearby, head over to brulee brasserie! :)

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  8. Been there a few times for their coffee & I love each of them that I ordered! *thumbs up for Brulee Brasserie*

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    1. Raine: glad to hear you like the coffee, and i'm sure the guys here appreciate you as a returning customer :D

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  9. Nice place, the food seems good and not too pricy, worth to visit I guess. :D

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    1. CK: ya, maybe can come here on a weekend for lunch :D

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