Saturday, December 03, 2011

La Vie En Rose @ Jalan Raja Chulan, KL

I read about a new place to dine in town - La Vie En Rose from one of the blogs that I religiously follow at Eat Drink KL. Check out all his posts on this place here. My friend and I decide to check it out yesterday after our dinner at Muar Restaurant on Tengkat Tong Shin. We were there not to dine but rather to have a drink and check out the place which I've been telling him about but he didn't believe me that there's a new place to dine on Jalan Raja Chulan.

This place might be easily missed as it is a bungalow located on a slightly higher grounds, on a small hill slope which connects to Changkat Bukit Bintang. If you're coming from Jalan Raja Chulan where The Weld Shopping Centre is located on the right at the traffic light junction, you just need to go straight for 300m and you'll see a Shell petrol station on your left. Right after Shell, there's a slope going uphill adjacent to the road and it's quite tricky as you'll need to do a sharp U-turn to the left to go up to the restaurant. For convenience, you can just park opposite the restaurant at the open car park on the other side of the road.

The space is too tight for the big cars to be parked uphill and it takes my friend's driver quite sometime to turn his car around to exit the place. I prefer walking up the slope anytime rather than put a dent to my car.

This place has an open concept and it's wonderful if you happened to be there on a rainy day where it's cool and breezy. The chef of this place is none other than Chef Jean Michel Fraisse from Toulouse. He is one of the chefs whom teaches at HTC, the French Culinary School in Menara IMC. The chef has been helping many restauranteurs and hoteliers alike to realise their culinary potential and he has been an executive chef when he was just 23 years old.

It's a pity that I didn't get to try his culinary skills that night as we were there just to drink after dinner. However, I did manage to check out the menu and it seemed that they have a pretty nice French menu with some of the dishes that were not served in many of the French restaurants in KL. For the drinks menu, it's somehow very limited and I'm very disappointed with some of the selection.

To be honest, the wines that I deem drinkable are way too expensive and overpriced at RM550-900 a bottle and the medium-priced wines range from RM120-290. I ordered a bottle of Gingondas, Les Conventines 2008 which is at RM200. The single malt whisky available was only Macallan and the champagne were NV Louis de Sacy, a boutique champagne which is not agreeable to my palate. Hmm... I had a tough time choosing my drinks.

The Gigondas appeared to be a disappointment. Initially, the wine was too cold and we let the wine rest a while. The first sip was tight and closed. After half an hour to 1 hour later, I found that the wine didn't really open up and it lacks a finish. A wine from Rhone Valley usually has lots of ripe fruit together with earthy and leathery notes but this one here just didn't tickle my palate. They should have offered the E.Guigal Gigondas on the list.

At the same time, my friend offered me the aged Por Larranaga petit corona which I couldn't resist. It's so good to be smoking a Por Larranaga as it offers a sweet, full of honey and some spicy flavours with a medium-bodied smoke. Very balanced and complex.

I had an enjoyable night chatting with Alex, whom is also from Toulouse and is one of the chefs there and thanks to him, I got to know more about this restaurant and the bakery which is just next to the dining area. This is also a perfect place for a small event which can accomodate from 50-120 pax. Although I told him that I didn't really enjoy the drinks menu, I'lkl definitely come back to check out the food!

From whisky to dinner at Muar Restaurant, and then La Vie En Rose, Elixir Club, my last stop was at Bar Italia having a night cap of sparkling rose. Haha... what a Friday night!

la vie en rose
restaurant francais-bar-bakery-shop

39, Jalan Raja Chulan
50200 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: +6 012-2905 342 (vicki)
+6012-2907 645 (alex)
+603 2078 3883



Sean said...

looks like it was a pretty busy friday night for la vie en rose! and it sounds like a liquor-filled night for you, heheh :D

Huai Bin said...

Yeah, I was looking at the photo of the glass and wondered why they chilled the red wine that much until it left condensation on the glass.

It looks like a nice place to relax and smoke a cigar though. :)

eiling lim said...

Sean: Yes it is! 3 rounds of drinking.

Huai Bin: at the same time it's raining and cold that night. According to them, some people like their red wine chilled. Weird.

mef said...

G'day Eiling,

Por Larranaga petite corona is one of best for its size. If this PLPC is from this year, it should be good. However the one you're smoking looks dry. Did you have problems with the wrapper?

eiling lim said...

Mef: hello! Yeah the PLPC was from my friend and he took it out from the humidor a week earlier and forgot to refill the water into the bag that was keeping the cigars and thus the dryness. Very nice cigar nevertheless.

suituapui said...

Love the song - sensuous, sexy! Like you... Wink! Wink!

lifestyle_kl said...

nice food n pic there

Anonymous said...

having sampled several of their wines I am actually very happy with the wine list. red wine traditionally should be served at cellar temperature, roughly 13 degrees, I would be surprised if it was cooler than this!

hans said...

PL PC's are one of my favourite fast smokes. Nice blog, holler at me if you drop by Melbourne or Jakarta and I'll be happy to open up my cigar cabinet for you.

eiling lim said...

STP: Thanks! Wink wink!

Lifestyle_KL: Thanks!

Anon: Ok, maybe they changed their wine list and i probably need to make another visit soon.

Hans: Ooh... that's very kind of you. I will be in Jakarta in a few weeks time

Anonymous said...

Maybe you should check the room temperature for France ....... and really enjoy red wine after that.

Anonymous said...

Red wines should be served at room temperature as adviced by wine maker.Room temperature( Cellar) in Europe which is much more colder than Air-conditioned restaurant in M'sia.

Thus it is advisable to serve wines chilled in our tropical weather.


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