LVER Chulan & LDG Bangsar
November 15, 2011
In which we return to La Vie En Rose @ Raja Chulan for more French savories & head also to Les Deux Garcons @ Bangsar for French sweets.
Earlier entry on LVER: November 14.
La Vie En Rose's long list of starters is suffused with seductive creations, such as salmon pate topped with Champagne jelly & red berries (RM26++). A pairing of opposites can work wonders; here, the jelly supplies a supple lightness to pierce through the salmon's cloying mushiness.
Foie gras mousse (RM28++). The most sinful spread of all; break the caramelized top of this creme brulee-like mousse & slather some on the brioche. Buttery, savory bliss.
Mama Paulette's gratinated French onion soup with AOC Abondance cheese & sourdough bread (RM26++). Credited to Chef Jean Michel Fraisse's mother, this feels like rustic, home-cooked comfort food, nourishing for both body & soul. Any family would be blessed to be fed this.
For a sweet finish, try the Peach Melba (RM22++); this chilled confection was concocted in Europe 120 years ago, but it's perfect for muggy Malaysian nights.
Profiteroles with chocolate & caramel sauce (RM22++). As good as it looks.
Can't get enough of French desserts? Sugar specialists Les Deux Garcons have launched a new branch in Bangsar, selling their much-coveted range of cakes & macarons.
Truffle macarons might be Les Deux Garcons' trademark, imbued with an unearthly earthiness. Don't eat them immediately after buying; the thick ganache needs a couple of hours out of the chiller before it turns soft enough to fully savor.
Other varieties include Earl Grey, wasabi, sesame, caramel, mango, cassis, rose, pistachio, raspberry & dark choc. Creamier than expected (some might prefer it like this, others won't), but prices are similar enough to most top-flight macarons in KL.
Macaron haters, try the truffle-rific "Le Palladio" (RM22) _ a crisp almond tart layered with joconde sponge cake, vanilla ganache & white truffle mascarpone. Amid this Alba truffle season, here's one way to get our fix without breaking the bank.
Le Duchesse (RM14). For the closeted tea lover in us: Earl Grey biscuit, luxuriously topped with the silkiest Earl Grey mousseline & milk chocolate ganache.
Les Deux Garcons opens daily; business hours are between 1 pm through 8 pm for now.
Wrapping up with more shots of La Vie En Rose.
La Vie En Rose,
39, Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur.
Les Deux Garcons Patisserie,
36, Jalan Telawi, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur.