Sunday, December 23, 2007

Le-Bouchon @ Changkat Bukit Bintang

In my glorious confident voice, I told her, it has been all planned. The day's itinerary has been confirmed and all she had to do was to seat down, relax and let the day passed. She seemed unperturbed although she could definitely expect something, for it was her grand day, her birthday.

With a job title; consultant for almost two years, the first thing you learn is that you dont really consult all the time but rather you are a con-sul-tant. The convincing voice had always been part of the plan and it didnt fail me even at the most crucial of times.

I originally thought that with a deadline of 1 month, we ought to try Cilantro with all the various posts on multiple orgasms happening in that place. After all, it was a no-brainer answer to where i would take her for dinner? But so it was, until i was told they dont open on Sundays. Ouch.

Plan B.

Where can one take their loved one to a romantic place without breaking the piggie bank? I can safely say LeBouchon is one of them. For starters, the menu is posted on their website. So with careful calculation, you should comfortably estimate how big a hole, your wallet will suffer at the end of the night. I digress.

She had a long day with class, and the last thing i wanted to do was to give her more stress, especially on her birthday especially on a moody drizzling Sunday evening. To add more drama to give it a twist, we arrived rather early as they dont open till 7, and we hopped over to the Fish and Chips Bar for a Kilkenny. We almost ordered Fish n Chips and wanted to call it a night, thankfully not.

Walking inside LeBouchon gives you that rather cozy feeling. The warm orange light which is horrible for pictures, the rather simple decor and the french music that seemed to be on "repeat" mode was all it needed to sooth you into that comfortable seat next to a sealed "fireplace".

Taking charge of the night, i had to indulge in some foie gras despite the 5 minute video where i saw geese getting stuffed food through the beak, and livers getting bloated to 10 times the usual size. It was almost as if i had to go down the sin highway one more time, before i convert myself to an angel.

Being french, they had to be different, some assorted bread and pastry was served first. The light fluffy pastry was bland but was crisp. We were identifying what spread it was on the bread until i saw another basket of bread being served.

Wholemeal mini baguettes, served with good o butter. I think i shall leave vinegar and olive oil in the cupboard for awhile and start buying butter instead.

Now if you thought French food was all petty and dainty, think twice because i was in awe when the salad came.

Dordogne Salad with Goose Liver Terrine, Gizzards Confit, Smoked Magret of Duck and Marinated Sultanas in Cognac Vinaigrette

Available under their Gourmet Menu RM 148. With generous portions of terrine and duck breast pieces, this was not what i expected of a dainty salad. It was a muscular and filling salad and definitely could be a meal for a lady. The pieces of confit, was like pork lard to me, crunchy and absolutely gave the salad a crunch, just like croutons.

Burgundy Snails individually prepared, gently cooked in Creamy Spinach Sauce

The snails didnt give me the crunch that i was looking for, it was instead abit on the soft side. Nevertheless, the sauce was so good as it was rationed between the pieces of bread given to me earlier. Then again, it was meant to be for the lady of the night, and i took 2 pieces with a memory of the sauce and not really the snails.

By here, my girlfriend wished the mains wouldnt come, she was stuffed. While me? I waited with glee for the creamy melt-in-your-mouth foie gras.

Seabass, Salmon and Prawn Soup with Pernod served with Garlic Rouille Croutons and Grated Cheese

This soup/stew is the richest i ever had. The amount of seafood that was probably used to come up with the food and the pieces of creamy salmon was wonderful. If anything, my girlfriend couldnt stand the rich broth because it was simply too rich. For me? Nothing is ever rich as i slurped up to the last drop which got a comment from the waiter "You really do like the dish, eh?" All i can say is, a very good testimony and probably the best compliment that one can get eh?

Le Confit De Canard Et Ses Pommes Fondantes
Duck Leg Confit served with Fondantes Potatoes topped with a slice of Pan Fried Goose Liver

The duck confit was slightly on the dry side but the goose liver was the star despite the cameo role it was made to play. The roast potatoes was crunchy with a bite, and the vegetables mask the saltiness of the meat. It was a perfect combination except for the tenderness that was maybe missing somewhere. For RM78, i would order this again though.

French Apple Tart flamed with Calvados and topped with Vanilla Ice Cream

The alcohol was flaming away and totally masked what was on the plate. To be honest, i rather have a non-alcoholic version even though i love a good glass of wine. The apple was stewed till mush which was nice but the tart was rather drenched. The ice-cream was the only saviour to get everything to taste sweet. Just like a dessert and a make do birthday cake for the lovely lady.

Originally i wanted to get the staff to arrange for a slice of cake but i was told that if i ever pull such a trick from my sleeve, she would walk away from me.

So there was no need for Plan C.

The flexibility of a CON-sultant.

Address and contact details:

Jalan Changkat Bukit Bintang
50450, Kuala Lumpur
WY, West malaysia
Tel:+603 2142 7633
Fax:+603 2142 7633
Mobile No: +6019 2200200 or 012 2864860

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars. To be honest, either i am not well educated to enjoy french food but there were certain items i loved but some were abit of a love and hate affair (according to my girlfriend). Then again, for only RM78 you can get a nice slice of foie gras though. The ambience is lovely so if it is a romantic candlelight dinner you are thinking of, please drop by for a visit. Total damage? RM272 if i am not mistaken, definitely not priceless but a worth while visit.


Nic (KHKL) said...

oohhh...foie gras galore! from the pic, i thought the confit dish was quite well-balanced, in terms of taste and texture. eh, more like "your" bday celebration instead leh...haha!

MamaBoK said...

Yer're very thoughtful. :)
I hope the g/f gave you lots of brownie points. :)

MeiyeN said...

yummmmy!!!! wanna try this place.. maybe da next special occasion then ;) wishing you and your loved ones a happy christmas! :)

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

I like the food here. Not overly expensive and delicious!
Merry Christmas, Joe!

SuLee said...

french food, they are all about the quality (not the quantity)


Kenny Mah said...

I like how considerate (or shall I say CONsiderate?) you were to your gf and all the planning (and backup planning) you did. Job well done, Romeo! ;)

Honey Star said...

Hey, Happy Belated Birthday to you lovely lady!


Wishing you & your family a xmas filled with a Ho-Ho-Whole lotta happiness, cheer,love and good food :)

Merry Xmas & a Happy New Year

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

nic: oops! haha was it my celebration ar?

mamabok: well lets just say it was good enuf ;)

meiyen: happy christmas to you too and i shall be looking forward to ur trip there..

ll: merry christmas..well it can get quite expensive lar..

sulee: apparently i got both!

kenny: yes i was very CONsiderate hahah..

honeystar: and to you too, cheers to a very merry christmas

Bernsy said...


u liked the foie gras better or the duck better ?

wenching & esiong said...

Wow, this restaurant looks good. The presentation of the food is really pretty.

Anyway, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Big Boys Oven said...

visited this place recently, tiramisu was good n unique taste!

we wish you a jolly good christmas and a fantastic new year!

CRIZ LAI said...

I don't know why I am always feeling hungry in here...haha. I guessed it must have been the food intro and the nice clear shots of whatever you have eaten. Keep up the good job Joe.

Merry X’mas and a Happy New Year 2008. May this year and many years to come be filled with peace, love, joy, health and wealth :)

Cynthia said...

Happy Christmas Joe to you and the lovely lady and your family!

SuLee said...

merry xmas joe!!! *hugz*

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

bernsy: obvious answer haha..foie gras..

w&e: well can give it a try!

bbo: really? unique in what sense?

criz: haha on the contrary if you do feel full after visiting, i also have done my job too!

cynthia: same to you too!

sulee: hugs!

Precious Pea said...

Pls convey my belated birthday wishes to your special lady. Food looks really sure she was impressed. Good job Mr Con-sul-tant!!

AnGeLiC PrInCeSs SeReNa said...

joe boy,

thanks for the timely review cause I was just thinking of paying Le Bouchon a visit. Now I have a vague idea as to what to try teehee!

p.s. I tried Pampas (further up the road from LB). Simple decor, beef and ostrich tasted great, nice presentation too, limited selection of wines by the glass though.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

pp: wahaha..yes will do..

serena: good good..foie gras yeah? okok nxt to try..just went fish n chips tat day..n yes..i think i found a very good risotto..secret..

sQuall... said...

yummy...will try!!!