Brunch @ La Vie En Rose
January 11, 2012
Wakey wakey! La Vie En Rose opens bright & early, serving lunch Tuesdays through Fridays & brunch on weekends.
Croque tartiflette _ comfort food in a sandwich, plumped up with potatoes, onions & Reblochon, a cow's milk cheese from the French Alps region of Haute-Savoie. Hot & hearty, this might be the ultimate carb-laden nightmare for an Atkins dieter.
The creamiest, most aromatic scrambled eggs we've had in ages, temptingly laced with truffles. Decadence need not wait till nightfall. Served with La Vie En Rose's own pumpkin jam _ a homemade spread that we initially thought was produced from apricot & persimmon.
Two perfectly poached eggs with Hollandaise sauce in a hollowed-out bread. A Gallic twist to Eggs Benedict, every bit as sinfully brilliant. Note: most of La Vie En Rose's egg dishes are available only on weekends.
La Vie En Rose is run by the same folks who operate Urban Picnic at Menara IMC, where customers can also look for lunch on weekdays. Roasted pumpkin, grana padano cheese, rocket, grilled nuts & balsamic vinegar _ many of our favorite salad ingredients in one bowl.
Connetable sardines in extra virgin olive oil & lemon. These sardines from Brittany are a treat, with flesh that's flakier & less stinky than supermarket varieties.
La Vie En Rose's foie gras terrine, filled with apple compote, is absolutely as good as liver gets. Not on the a la carte menu, but ask if it's available.
This photo-edited-till-golden, grouper-only version of bouillabaisse brims with the rich brininess that only something from the sea can supply. Chickens, cows & pigs need not apply.
Don't move our cheese: La Vie En Rose serves nice ones. For cow's milk cheese, try the silky-soft Saint-Marcellin or the firmer Salers from the volcanic mountains of Auvergne.
Abondance, Ossau Iraty & Blue Stilton. Wish we were more of cheese connoisseurs, so that we could appreciate these better. Still, they tasted terrific to us.
Vanilla ice cream, the purest of pleasures with Lodovico Campari's highly honored, sweetly sourish 15-year-aged balsamic vinegar of Modena.
Time for tarts: lemon tart with strawberry sorbet.
Guanaja chocolate tart, boasting a bittersweet intensity.
Anise-flavored Mauresque (Ricard & Orgeat) & Perroquet (Ricard & mint).
Kir Royale (champagne, creme de cassis).
Red, red wine, stay close to me....
Got vinegar? La Vie En Rose's store sells it! This is simply a sample though.
La Vie En Rose,
39, Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur.