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Classic French Food in KL or Authentic French Food in KL? Where do you find them? There is one actually, hidden right in the heart of TTDI. A hidden gem in the area. Brasserie Leon at Green Terrace, TTDI is one of the place that you might want to hunt for. Indeed, this is one of my favourite restaurant for French Food. Was introduce by Yukiko 2 years ago as she was so into it that she is telling the whole world about it.

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The place might look posh, with high glass setting that brings in all natural light. Fine dining settings that makes you feel it is going to break your bank. Wait till you flip through their menu, then you will be suprise.

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Not your usual fine dining place, as the chef want the diners to expereince the setting and ambiance without digging in too deep into your wallet, yet enjoying homestyle classic French Cuisine.

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starting off with their starters.

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Bread are made fresh daily and one of the first item to reach onto the table. Cripsy on the skin ages, inside is soft and fluffy.

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Deep fried beef cromesquis – Minced beef is dipped in batter and deep fried, and served with smoked paprika mayo

Made fresh, and the meatball is not too dence. Fried to perfection on the meatball and must dip with chef special sauce.

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Flamed cured mackerel @ RM 13.90

for the starters, this would be my highly recommended dish. A simple dish that had some slight tweak in it. Makareal cured to perfection. Nice flavour from the blow tourch on the skin, hint of salty, hint of sweetness aftertaste and the right balance of ingredient flavour. A perfect pairing for their house white wine too.

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Escargots with garlic butter @ RM 16.90 – one of the chef signature item which is also one of his best seller. Escargo is fresh, and peel off from the shell. Easy dining for many of us. Punch with flavour as the garlic butter is strong. I put it ontop on the bread and paired it with wine. Loving it!

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For cheese lover, the chef is using different cheese for this and you will enjoy every bite of it. Each bite is flavourful by itself and the jam at the side is to give a pairing of sweet note on it. Depending on yourself, as I do dip on it to give me a better dimension of flavour. Deep fried brie cheese @ RM 15.90

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One of the latest edition into the outlet which is quite high in demand is this  Traditional Raclette @ RM 32.90 , A slab of cheese being place and burt, then melted raclette cheese is scraped over steamed potatoes, onion pickles and gherkins. Simple and hit the right note. The trick is you have to eat it fast!

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So much food, just have to start some where

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Next is the singature mains.

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Grilled Australian grain-fed beef striploins are the signature from the chef. A 180-gram portions and of course to choose medium-rare, and drench with Léon’s signature sauce,.

Angus @ RM 79.90 or regular beef @ RM 49.90

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I quite like the Léon’s roasted spring chicken @ RM 19.90 for a half-bird. An effort for inserting herbs into the chicken to get the meat juicy and punch with flavour. Juicy inside out and a classic dish. Some of you might not used to the saltiness of it, but I find it alright.

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Roasted salmon served with a beurre blanc sauce, with hints of smoked paprika.

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I love their nother  Le Poulet Frites @ RM19.90. Crispy inside out, cut of fries is perfect and it does have a hint of sweeetness after taste. First time enjoying fries paired with white. and taste pretty good. .

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As for the endingg, we end with a sweet satisfaction. Those of you love pungent flavour, their dessert is for you to knock off.

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Creme Brulee @ RM 9.90. Density of cream is just nice, hint of vanilla and I like the slight egg’y after taste. The torch burnt top is just nice.

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Tiramisu Verrine @ RM 10.90 Not the usual tiramisu I have. Creamy, yet the sponge cake soak with nice espresso coffee shot which is not too bitter but goes well with the cream.

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Chocolate Mousse @ RM 10.90. I believe this would be girl’s best friend. Dense and pack with flavour.

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Why is this place one of my recommended place. Rather simple. Price, ambiance and food. A place I have visited couple of times over the years.

Psst, also this place was previously known as Cocott.

Location:
Leon TTDI
1-1, Greens Terrace,
Jalan Wan Kadir 3,
Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.

Operating Hours:
Wednesday-Monday: 12pm-3pm/ 630pm-10pm.
Closed Tuesdays

Tel: 03-2712-4481

I love hidden eateries. It is like a hidden gem when you discover it. The floup of it is will the business grow? Well, Chez Gaston KL by Rendez-Vous is indeed a hidden gem in Bangsar if you are looking for authentic home-cook style French food in KL.

I have not been to France as did not really know what the original authentic is like but over the years of learning, this is quite good!

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Those who love greens, this is one of my top recommendation. Salade de crottin de chevre @ RM 24 (s). Tossed salad with vinaigrette, pork bacon bits,  and baked with matured goat cheese on baguette stick topped with honey and black pepper.

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One of the simplest salad that I come across. Love the sourness of vinaigrette, smokey taste of pork bacon , and the matured goat cheese is amazing. Creamy, light and pack with punch. Loving it.

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Next is Soup de poissons @ RM 17 – Flo’s father’s recipe of sea fish soup,  blended with fennel, tomato, and serve with rouille sauce, croutons and emmental cheese.

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Indeed one of a very unique soup that I come across. Slight strong on the fish taste yet it gives you a nice after taste. The unique thing is you need to add on the 2 ingredient into the soup base on your taste bud then the soup character changed.

More fragrant, slightly creamy and after taste of it is nicely balance out with freshness of fish and mild saltiness to my liking. Recommended dish.

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Wild boar Pate

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This is rabbit pate, as among both if it, I like this more. The texture of the blended pate, herbs added in, the ingredient in between gives you the air for a nice mouth bite.

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My style of eating pate is, spread with a slice of butter at the bottom, add any of the condiments provided then one full mouth bite to give you the flavour of explosion in your mouth.

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I was one given a classic French style cooking food when I was in Melbourne. This instantly remind me of that taste and I must say, It is spot on as it looks!

Rouget en papillote a la creme de ciboulette @ RM 36. Whole deboned red mullet baked in “papillote” with vegetable julienne and creamy chive sauce. A dish that cook to perfection that I just finish it in minutes. – recommended.

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Confit de canard – duck leg in sea salt, cooked slowly and serve in creamy brandy sauce

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Slow Cooked ribs with blue cheese sauce. A unique combination but I wish the blue cheese sauce to be slightly stronger.

 

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Each of the mains is serve with sides of the day. It changes according to chef’s menu or ingredient of the day.

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When desserts is served, we are all excited over it.

Tart aus pommes @ RM 12 – French traditional apple tart, made with a cinnamon and green apple compote and served with whipped cream.

Mousse au chocolat  @ RM 12 – 62% ghana dark chocolate mousse. I am not a chocolate fan but this glass might look plain. It had me finish the whole glass by myself. thick in flavour, slight bitterness to my liking airy and sligh foamy as it should be in the best texture. – highly recommended for dessert!

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I read some food article before and realise that this is one of a classic type of French dessert Ile Flottante @ RM 11 – soft meringue floating island on an egg and vanilla custard. Love the custard mix as it is done to perfection. Best to share as some of you might find the meringue too heavy.

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Enjoying my French food with Chef Florian himself. Friendly and humble that he keep walking out to ensure our food is alright and explain the food personally himself to us too.

If you are not sure what to get on the menu: here is my recommended 4 items to start off with.

  1. Salade de crottin de chevre – with goat cheese
  2. Soup de poissons
  3. Rouget en papillote a la creme de ciboulette
  4. Mousse au chocolat

Location:
Chez Gaston KL by Rendez-Vous
12, Jalan Bangsar Utama 9,
Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur

Operating Hours:
12pm – 2.30pm / 6pm – 10.30pm

Tel: 011-3993 0036

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