Thursday, September 24, 2009

Le Bouchon. Changkat Bukit Bintang, KL. Return Visit, Mixed Feelings.

(no pork served)

Le Bouchon has 2 "gourmet" set menus. During the previous visit here, I tried the RM148 menu and for this visit, I chose the RM 88 menu. The frontage of the restaurant has undergone a change and it now houses a pub called l'armitage at the entrance.

For starters I was served with Escargot de Bourgogne which was Burgundy Snails baked with fresh herbs. garlic and pastis butter. Not particularly remarkable, it was bland and the anise based pastis did not glimmer through the oily, buttery sauce. The herbs were slightly discordant and garlic overpowered the whole dish.

Next was the Terrine the legumés provençal au basilic or Provencal Vegetables Terrine, scented with Basil served with a raosted tomato vinigeraitte. This was fresh and lively sourish dish and filled with the right cadences to make this a lovely summer dish. Their terrine was a cold terrine, not baked and the dressing was a refreshing change.

I tried their chicken which was poulette grillé aux morilles, risotto aux herbs fraische et carottes caramélisées. The chicken was freshly succulent and well grilled with lovely mushrooms, and the carrots divine. But the Risotto was not of the correct consistency and overpoweringly salty and the chef was a bit heavy handed with the herbs. The taste is not unlike salty mushroom soup mixed with partially cooked rice.

Desserts was Tarte aux fraises et glaice à la cannelle, or fresh strawberry tart with cinnamon ice cream. Desserts heve never been a forte at Le Bouchon. The Pastry was slightly taut through still crunchy but the cinnamon was overpowering.

Overall dining experience was good, with attentive service. Maybe I caught them on an "off" day as the cooking lacked enthusiasm and the chef lent too heavy a hand in the herbs and salt. I would recommend the RM148 menu over the RM88 based on today's experience.

Le Bouchon
14 and 16 Changkat Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
+603 2142 7633

Chef: Jerome Carrouee


Sean said...

i love the ambience at le bouchon but am sometimes flustered by the snooty service. maybe they're just trying to preserve the authentic french experience, but still... :D

Paranoid Android said...

Hmmm... Never got the snooty treatment there, but hey learn a phrase a day. If they piss you off, or mess up your order, just say "Vous avez le cervau d'un sandwich au fromage" to the waiting staff. It means "You have the brain of a cheese sandwich".

Ha ha!

550ml jar of faith @minchow said...

How do you say that properly?? I must learn this! Watching all that Godard's done nothing for my French, or appropriate one-liners to deal with crappy service!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

hmm no foie? i remember the time when we have that boula blastomy or something or seafood stew tat i licked clean..

looks like its not tat great now isit?

thule a.k.a leo said...

and even I have to repeat this... I still haven't gone to Changkat Bukit Bintang area :P

Paranoid Android said...

@550mls: Get me an obnoxious french, and I'll do a demo for you! :p
Godard fan! French new wave fills you with misery. Go watch Les parapluies de Cherbough by Demy instead. Beautiful. Did not know you love French New wave... So rare to find in KL. We MUST meet up.

@Joe: Yar lo, still have Foie la, but I opted for the Miser's menu.

@Thule: Come lar. At least for the Thai food. You'll love it.

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