Brulee Brasserie @ Casa Tropicana

June 10, 2015

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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