Maison FrancaiseRestaurant, $$$, French, Kuala Lumpur City Centre
- Opens at: 11:30keyboard_arrow_down
- Mon - Sun 1130-1500
- Mon - Sun 1130-1500
- +603 2144 1474
- 5 Changkat Kia Peng, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
- Private RoomYes
- Accept Credit CardYes
- Dress CodeSmart Casual
- Bring Your Own BottleNo
- Car ValetYes
Maison Francaise is located in a bungalow in the heart of town which has been beautifully restored and converted into a restaurant and venue space. High ceilings, wooden parquet flooring, a cosy bar area and even a swimming pool which is located on the lower level adds to the idyllic and old-world charm of this restaurant. Decorated in dual-tone shades of classic black and white, the main dining area is both elegant and spacious, with – surprise, surprise – French windows opening out to an outdoor seating area on a covered balcony which overlooks the pool. Discreet and romantic, this gem of a place is an ideal place to make a marriage proposal or to impress your first date.
At Maison Francaise, diners can choose from the tempting gourmand and degustation menus or from the a la carte menu. Divided into cold and warm starters, fish and meat main courses, caviar, cheese and desserts, what Maison Francaise’s menu lacks in terms of variety, they certainly make up for in tastes and flavours. Beginning with the chef’s amuse bouche of barley risotto with artichoke on gratis, the lobster bisque is frothy and perfectly balanced, its taste neither too salty nor piquant. Next, the grilled octopus leg, spongy to the bite and paired with seared scallops whet the appetite for the main course.
After the satisfying lobster bisque, the bread crust seared sea bass is a light and easy main course. Crusty to the cut, underneath the breaded surface lies the moist and tender sea bass fillet. The accompanying cider butter sauce brings out the fish’s flavours while the mashed buttered leeks give a contrasting sensual texture. Another noteworthy main is the seared French mallard duck breast with Penja black pepper sauce and crispy confit of leg. Seared with a deft touch, the natural flavour of the duck breast is enhanced with the black pepper sauce while the confit of leg gives a nice crispy texture to the entire dish.
End the meal with the piece de resistance dessert – Grand Marnier liquor soufflé. It’s light and fluffy with a melt-in-your-mouth texture. Valrhona dark chocolate and pistachio lava cake served with black sesame ice cream is another winner. When cut open, the dark, delicious and mouth-watering Valrhona chocolate oozes from the core. Warm to the senses and rich to the taste, it is a passage straight to cloud nine for any chocoholic.
Oenophiles and Francophiles alike will revel in the exclusively French wine menu. From the majestic Chateau Lafite Rothschild to the popular Sancerre Les Fondettes Sauvion and everything in between, be prepared to be overwhelmed by the sheer choice available, including a list of champagnes, rosés and dessert wines.
Efficient and professional, the service at Maison Francaise is on par with any five-star establishment. Knowledgeable on the menu, waiters are able to describe the ingredients used as well as the cooking techniques employed. Recommending house specialities and popular dishes, the excellent choices made for this review is partly due to the serving staff’s suggestions.
With a cocktail and a glass of champagne, a three-course dinner for two amounted to RM780. If this is slightly over your dining out budget, do consider the Gourmand Menu which costs RM240 per person for two starters, a main course and dessert.