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RestaurantGarvy's French Dining

Garvy's French Dining

Restaurant, $$$, French, Ipoh
A fine slice of French is to be found in idyllic Ipoh, for this restaurant oozes exquisite French cuisine and service par excellence.
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  • ReservationYes
  • Accept Credit CardYes
  • Dress CodeCasual
  • Bring Your Own BottleNo
  • BuffetNo
  • Car ValetYes

Review

SETTING

From the outside, the restaurant looks like a tourist attraction in a French amusement park with glazed glass windows covered in huge print pictures of the Eiffel tower and other French attractions. Garvy’s bright orange logo stands out; inside, the interior is a fine dining layout with big comfortable chairs and nicely spread out tables. One of the interesting aspects about the interior is that the building is constructed around several trees which are enclosed in glass. Some of the tables have privacy curtains which are perfect for a romantic date.

FOOD

Lunch hours consist of only one menu, and that is a six-course degustation menu with or without wine pairing.

Starter highlights include the signature foie gra which is cooked to perfection. The Pernod slow-cooked octopus with berries and beetroot and lemon sand is interesting, particularly the seaweed aioli sauce. The instant smoked chicken, crusted ‘black truffle’ with lobster bisque and poutargue is excellent as the chicken is cooked to a tenderness that’s hard to replicate, complemented with the tasty black truffle crust and the flavour-enhancing lobster bisque. For the fourth course, a blue shell New Zealand abalone is cooked meunière style with mandarin foam. This dish is served in the shell with the abalone cooked just right, topped with three-inches of delicious Mandarin foam. Certainly, a unique dish with a creative plating that pays off for the chef.

The main course is a deconstructed baked potato with parmesan-crusted, slow-cooked fish of the day with saffron beurre blanc sauce. The deconstructed baked potato is a unique take on a simple provincial dish that is creative and tasty with a piece of duck bacon, topped by a dollop of sour cream and a hollowed-out baby potato filled with mashed potato covered in melted cheese. On this visit, grouper is the fish of the day, and its cut is thick and the texture, meaty, making it a hardy main course. The parmesan crust adds a nice flavour with the butter sauce.

Dessert is a pistachio parfait with honey citrus jackfruit filling and intense chocolate ice cream. The jackfruit filling is very inventive and is the star of the dessert.

DRINKS

Sans a wine menu, the restaurant has a wine pairing menu in its place, consisting of a mix of French and Australian wines. There are four different wines that come with the six courses, all of which are decent wines.

SERVICE

The service is top notch. The waiter is familiar with all of the dishes and wines alike. We were attended to at every need with no exception. Even the chef came out after the meal and introduced himself and told us about his inspiration for some of the dishes. Overall, a great experience with the service and food quality being an unexpected surprise.

PRICE

This restaurant is great value. Given the high quality of the food and service, to pay only RM188 for a 6-course meal and RM288 with wine pairing is a bargain. The venue is perfect for dates and special occasions with the family.

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