Monday, January 21, 2008

Bijou @ Mont Kiara

The brightly lit atmosphere along with the orange and red cushions, the sparkling white washed walls and the smiling waitresses greet us as we walked into Bijou.

The paper to greet you and remind that you are B.I.J.O.U.

The good use of pink, orange and white gives the whole place a feminine touch but who are you kidding when you open a cafe right smack of 6-7 blocks of condominiums targeted at ex-pats? Clearly a favourite for young mothers with playground facilities and plentiful of magazines and newspapers, one can read a book while their kid play the swing till they are sore.

Pomegranate Soda, tasted quite tangy and enjoyable. Something to take caffeine of my mind (RM12)

Other then mothers, it is also a good place for anyone who is looking to chill on a Saturday afternoon. In fact other then Neroteca, this is about one of my firm recommendations if you want to drop your blood pressure and of course raise your sugar levels, you will see very soon.


Their menu consists of light meals such as your sandwiches, salads and pasta but for those looking for a heavier bite, you can dig into some of their main courses like fish, poultry or steak.

A Nicoise Salad that cost me RM25. Now the only complaint about the salad was the rather "raw" potatoes. Being a baby in the fancy salad world, i wasnt sure if vegans or health freaks prefer their potatoes raw but i was pretty sure the other Nicoise salads i ordered did not contain potatoes though. The tuna pieces were a joy to enjoy and so was the string beans. The sauce tasted like what i could do, a mustard like mayo with some thickened balsamic vinegar.

One more thing, how in the world do you pronounce Nicoise??? I got two different waiters from two different places pronouncing it differently and correcting me as if i am an alien!

My girlfriend ordered their Bijou burger at RM28. I was rather shocked to be told that their tomato relish (the one on the right) would cost me another RM3 for another bowl. It tasted awesome but definitely not enough for my rather shocking thick burger. Grilled to perfection, with bacon and cheese, it was a sinfully delicious meal to enjoy. God, my saliva was dripping as i saw her chew on that burger.

The rather oily chorizo risotto was next up (RM25). Rather creamy till the verge of gelling everything together but still tasting rather comforting, the cream did not hide away my eye sight! I saw burnt chorizos! Then again, in that rather comforting and de-stressing atmosphere, i just ate up and kept quiet, nothing was going to spoil my Saturday and raising my voice. All in all, been there and done that with this risotto, it was nice knowing but not worth keeping.

You guessed it by now. The peanut butter cup cake below is from Bijou and so is this walnut chocolate brownie. There were rather forgettable but i still eyed a few others i would want to put in my glutton self. Then again, if you are in a bright cafe sipping a coffee, these desserts will definitely be a very hard test for you to pass.

Address and contact details:

Ground Floor, Damai Sari,
Mont Kiara Damai,
3 Jalan Kiara 2, Mont Kiara,
50480 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-62012131

Opening hours: Tues-Frid (12 noon till late) and Sat, Sun and PH (9am till late)
Closed on Mondays

Ratings: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. The food was alright and so were the desserts, really loved the ambience and the charming decor but i would dread if there were a few more crying babies the next time i jump over.

32 comments:

alexander said...

The food sure look very nice.
I wish I could taste it.

Alexander
Alex's World! - http://www.kakinan.com/alex

Lilia Edlina said...

couldn't help it but to notice there are one too many "rathers" in this post! hehehe.. word of the day? :P

Kok said...

joe,
The burger is really tempting!

mh said...

I had lunch there once and ordered a risotto, don't remember the name dy, something with herbs, asparagus and lemon peel...a little on the bland side ....

Then we had a post-audit dinner there...and found out they have quite an extensive selection of wine....had cod fish which was way too salty.

But from your blog, the burger looks really good...makes me hungry again..sigh!

mh said...

I had lunch there once and ordered a risotto, don't remember the name dy, something with herbs, asparagus and lemon peel...a little on the bland side ....

Then we had a post-audit dinner there...and found out they have quite an extensive selection of wine....had cod fish which was way too salty.

But from your blog, the burger looks really good...makes me hungry again..sigh!

Big Boys Oven said...

Looks so cool to have dine there!

Jun said...

come to spore!!! we go for wagyu burger! ;)

crys Violette said...

They look absolutely gorgeous.. I wish I could reach into my screen right now ;)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

alex: im sure u will get the chance soon..

lilia: haha i went n word search and yes!! shucks..rather is rather common..

kok: more tempting if it is front of u and u arent having any!

mh: quite forgettable la i guess..

bbo: well its not so much trendy cool..its more comfortable..

jun: grrr...

crys: haha tried?

daphne said...

Niçoise salad is a french salad typically with potatoes =) But I have never seen one that was drenched with dressing like the one you had! Might have to consult a French for its pronunciation though. LOL

Too bad about the risotto but the burger certainly looks juicy. Perhaps it is a place for a re-freshing drink + dessert rather than a meal.

Nic (KHKL) said...

nicoise is pronounced as "ni sua". i think the mayo+mustard is dijonnaise....

ya lor, like what jun said, come over lar..hehe...i'm looking for ppl to have wagyu beef burger at four seasons hotel! :)

Imbi & Itchy said...

raw potatoes! eewww yucksss! I don't think its norm leh .. especially if there's sprout growing out of it after a while and they still use it to cook .. it can be poisonous i heard. i had bad experience in terms of $$$ too, they wanted to charge extra for our Haagen Daz ice cream although they made a boo-boo in our dessert dish (summer fruit crumble) and they can only replace them with sorbet as it was cheap. :-( and we were like ... wtf, we paid a lot for our meal, what is a scoop ... don't know lah, they seem very unfriendly in that department.

ling239 said...

i like the pasta they served.... ^_^

Carrie said...

OMG i love your foodie posts. The burger here got me drooling so bad. I can't wait to check the place out.

Kudos!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

daphne: any french reading my blog?? harlo??

nic: grrr but wait i might b dropping by in mid-end feb for a course..hmmmm

i&i: well yeah its just something that they should give happily..instead of being so picky on small lil things..

ling239: isit? ok i might try that

carrie: do you? wow..thanks

Precious Pea said...

Salad looks good but sadly spoilt by raw potatoes. The burger looks good, so i don't blame you for salivating as your gf munching away. Hahaha..no share-share ar?

wenching & esiong said...

The risotto looks good but too bad we don't like food too oily. But we are still interested to check this restaurant out!

The Cooking Ninja said...

Wow! That's a very expensive plate of Nicoise Salad you had there.

sc said...

gosh, the risotto looks so oily..erm, not sure if i'll ever try that. i had couple of meals there before, find the portion a tad small for me..hehe

Xiu Long Bao said...

bijou...bijan..bisou...why on earth do these ppl wanna name their restaurants so similar to each other leh. The risotto looks scary to me.

Seaqueen said...

Ooh. I'm attracted to the brownie. Yummy!!!

zewt said...

i tot this place is an indon restaurant? hmmmmm.....

tigerfish said...

For some reason, I still prefer Chinese/Asian food. But I do enjoy a big fat juicy burger anytime. This one looks kinda mini and tiny though.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

pp: abit but not enuf haha..

w&e: well look forward to ur review then!

cooking ninja: well yeah salads with abit of tuna can cost u a bomb!

sc: haha well can do lar..tryin to eat light meals now if not my waist die during CNY!

xlb: haha live off each other reputation and stay under the same brand name?

seaqueen: guess wat? same here!

zewt: well i think u r talking abt bijan which serves malay cuisine..

tigerfish: haha well the patty definitely wasnt tiny bcoz it was way thick!

MeiyeN said...

raw potatoes?? hmmmm that sounds uncool! i remember da best nicoise salad i had before was from alexis.. yummy!

AnGeLiC PrInCeSs SeReNa said...

the risotto kind of looks absolutely ghastly... not sure if it looks just as oily in the flice (combo of flesh and rice) but yucks! hahaha!

p.s. I paid a visit to Angus Steakhouse, the Steak tastes super duper yummy!

mama bok said...

The food looked awesome.. but extra $$ for the tomato relish..?? wow..!! really money face hor.. :(

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

meiyen: i know which 1..its damn good

serena: is it? my friend told me its nothing special for that price..

mama bok: its as money face as it can get..

AnGeLiC PrInCeSs SeReNa said...

it is a little expensive la... but other than the steak coming out medium when i asked for medium rare... (my friend insists it's medium rare still and that she saw blood, but i didn't) its got this taste to it that makes up for the price... the meat was tender and juicy even though i was eating really really slowly and ate the last piece nearly cold... other steaks would have been tough and hard and slightly tasteless by then...

Alexandra said...

Nicoise = Nee-swhaz

I love this salad but it's not supposed to be topped with that much creamy dressing...and usually the potatoes should be cooked...but not overcooked...there are many variations though...but it's the perfect summer salad...filling and yet light and fresh...

Rasa Malaysia said...

Wah, I think you really like western kinds of food. ;)

dragunus said...

Yehh, you just have to watch out for the RM9.00 bread ..