Eat Drink KL: Brasserie Enfin @ Oasis Ara Damansara

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Brasserie Enfin @ Oasis Ara Damansara

Storming the Bastille of Oasis Ara Damansara, Brasserie Enfin heralds a full-fledged French revolution in this neighborhood, liberating patrons from the tyranny of second-rate escargot.

 We have so few French restaurants in the Klang Valley, so there's cause for celebration whenever one finally opens; Brasserie Enfin's elegantly understated, occupying a first-floor space overlooking the Oasis Piazza's fountains.

 The menu's extensive; some specialties might require advance ordering (24-hour brine-prepared whole duck, vinegar-sauteed rabbit, herb-roasted Dorper lamb leg with anchovies), but thankfully, not this bright-orange Mimolette cheese salad (RM12++).

 Brasserie Enfin is a relatively affordable French restaurant: This classic "oeufs en cocotte," beautiful baked eggs with shrimp, cream & croutons, costs only RM10++.

 Red-wine-poached duck egg (RM10++). Devilishly creamy, the Holy Grail for yolk enthusiasts; cholesterol can't get better than this.

 Beouf bourguignon (RM48++), slow-braised shin topped with beef bacon lardon, since this is a no-pork outlet. Note that reservations are fervently encouraged; the restaurant imposes a limit on the number of walk-in customers each evening.

Seeking flavor-soaked steak? Brasserie Enfin's 180-gram grilled Wagyu flat iron steak (RM98++), a sacrament of supreme succulence, fits that bill perfectly.

 Don't miss the restaurant's own-made macarons (RM5++ each), which come in fun flavors like elderberry, apple with green tea, rose with elderflower, dark chocolate with chili & white chocolate with cardamom.

 Macaron platters are served with a side of chocolate, caramel & basil flower meant to be eaten in a sweeping flourish. Brasserie Enfin's philosophy: nothing on the plate is simply decorative; every component delivers a delicious purpose.

 Drink to the brasserie's health: Wine starts at RM16++ by the glass, RM70++ by the bottle.

Brasserie Enfin has ambitious plans: By next year, another Enfin may open in KL's city center, housed with an Italian eatery & a champagne bar. This is one brand to watch.

Brasserie Enfin,
Lot R-07, 1st Floor, Central Piazza, Oasis Square, Ara Damansara.
Tel: 03-7832-2969
Open for dinner, except Mondays. Located above Bad Boy Cooks.