Thursday, August 29, 2013

Set Lunch @ Maison Francaise, KL

Understated but elegant. That was my first impression of Maison Franҫaise. We were at this fine dining French restaurant doing one of our favorite things - enjoying a long lunch with great food. 

Maison Franҫaise is located in a quieter part of KL, in a beautiful refurbished bungalow. The main dining area is draped in natural sunlight, a dream come true for me. I also loved the tiny details such as the gorgeous flowers in glass vases on each table, the simplistic but modern furnishings and the eclectic artwork. 

The food here is authentic, classic French with modern twists. The restaurant is under the helm of Executive chef, Franck Lamache, who has worked in many renowned outlets such as 3-Michelin stars Crillion Hotel in Paris, Alain Ducasse and Le taillevent, just to name a few. He has also previously worked as a private chef for the President of Kazakhstan.  They also have an extensive wine list of over 150 premium wines from France, the highest one priced at RM15,000. We were told that all fish used in the restaurant is sourced from France, and the beef from Piedmont Italy and Australia.

Other than the a la carte and degustation menus, they also do a reasonably priced set lunch which is available from Tuesdays to Fridays. They are priced at RM59++ for 2-courses or RM75++ for 3-courses. The menu changes daily, depending on ingredient availability.

Amuse bouche - capsicum mousse with cherry tomato

There is a choice of 2 items per course. For entree, we had the crab meat salad and vegetable terrine. I love the presentation of this dish - beautiful colours and so fresh looking.The vegetable terrine consisted of zucchini and tomato layers, and complimented the crab salad very well.  Love the accompanying ikura too.

The smoked fish platter served for the set lunch is also available on their a la carte menu (RM59). The platter consists of three types of fish, all smoked in-house - seabass, salmon and herring, which should be eaten in this order. The flavour intensity increases with each different fish. It is served with a refreshing cucumber salad with champagne vinegar and caviar.

Homemade smoked fish platter

For mains, we had the seared red snapper with homemade tagliatelle and a saffron sauce. I like the sauce very much with the fresh fish. We also had the seared lamb loin with apricot, garlic and almond crumble, which was cooked to chef's recommendation of medium rare (RM98 on a la carte). The lamb was very tender, and juicy and I wish there was more! The crumble was really delicious with the lamb. Love the plating of this, so arty and colorful.

Red snapper with homemade tagliatelle and a saffron sauce

Seared lamb loin with apricot, garlic and almond crumble

Dessert was a choice between the roasted figs from Provence with vanilla ice cream and meringue or the white chocolate cake with raspberry mousse. I really loved the latter, both beautiful in appearance and flavour.

My lunch date with the rainbow eucalyptus by the pool

Verdict: Food presentation is top notch and the set lunch is excellent value for money.

For full a la carte menu, you can view it here. You can read my afternoon tea review here.

Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday: 11.00am – 11.30pm (last order). Closed on Mondays.

Location: Maison Francaise, 5 Jalan Changkat Kia Peng, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tel: 03-2144 1474


GPS Coordinates: 3.151518,101.715147

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  1. I like their presentation style makes the food looks so unique and appeitising!

  2. Recommended to my hotel guest bout this and all their feedback is good and awesome. Should drop by 1 day and try..

  3. Nice pic, that 1st one. I guess one would have to pay more for a 5-course set lunch - appetiser, entree, main, dessert and coffee or tea?

  4. Classy and elegant! I must try fine dining someday :)

  5. looks great! and not to mention the prices are pretty good for the quality you're getting

  6. ooo, the plating really is top-notch for a set lunch promo. the crab meat salad is gorgeous, the smoked fish platter sounds quite unique, and the arrangement for the sea bass dish is really cool, especially helped by the saffron color. and oh, roasted figs!!! :D

  7. Beautiful photos! The lamb and crab salad looks great!

  8. Gosh what beautiful food! It always tastes better when it looks that good :)

  9. Awesome shots.. ! My favourite is the Red snapper with homemade tagliatelle and a saffron sauce .. love the flavours and textures of the dish:)


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