The flagship restaurant of YTL's latest luxury hotel is this French-inspired outpost in downtown KL, bringing a brick-&-copper burnish to the bailiwick of Chow Kit. Brasserie 25 at Hotel Stripes is a short stroll from lunchtime landmarks like Yut Kee & The Row, & it's impeccably suited for business meals; the setting is inviting & the service is welcoming, befitting of a hotel that's part of the global Marriott-linked Autograph Collection brand of boutique accommodations in culturally vibrant neighbourhoods.
The menu is a what's-what roll call of French brasserie classics - the cassoulet of duck confit with lamb sausages & stewed white beans (RM60) hits hearty, heart-warming notes; have the hot-&-creamy baked camembert with black truffle paste (RM40) for a flavourful side. Alternatively, escargots, foie gras, chicken fricassee, braised beef cheeks & bouillabaisse beckon.
Fans of high tea will surely find their way here for savoury & sweet spreads (RM60 per person) - lift the lid on salty bites that merge French & Malaysian sensibilities, such as duck confit wontons, curry puffs & sambal-topped fries, followed by an eat-all-you-want sugar rush of tarts, petit-four-style cakes & madeleines. Wash down with Cameron Highlands tea, caffe crema & European-motifed cocktails including the French Blonde (RM30, with Carpano Bianco vermouth, gin, elderflower & grapefruit).
Hotel Stripes, 25, Jalan Kamunting, Kuala Lumpur. Hotel Tel: 03-2038-0000
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