Soleil Restaurant & Wine Bar, SS17

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Hurrah for a nice new fine dining restaurant within PJ area!

The bread came steaming hot, along with butter and charcoal & salt crystals. A nice change from the usual olive oil and vinegar.

Lightly Smoked Ocean Trout with Marinated Enoki Mushrooms, Fennel Salad and Black Caviar (RM50)
I’m not too fond of the fennel salad but the smoked trout, golden mushrooms and caviar on top made the perfect starter for me.

 

Marinated Crabmeat with Avocado, Momotaro Tomato and Basil Sorbet (RM40)
Momotaro Tomatoes are sweeter than our local tomatoes. It balances out the savoury marinated crabmeat.

Duck Consomme with Braised Duck Leg Dumplings (RM30)
Comforting, heart warming duck consomme (Almost like chicken essence, but replaced with duck.) The dumplings were delicious too, aromatic braised duck leg wrapped with smooth dumpling skin.

  

Angel Hair Pasta Aglio Olio with Tiger Prawns (RM50)
Hot pasta indeed! For an aglio olio, it isn’t as oily, instead, you have more chili in it. The tiger prawns are huge, fresh and sweet.

Herbs & Tempeh Crusted Baramundi in Clear Lobster Broth with Shimeji Mushrooms (RM95)
You probably would have noticed that there’s a lot of Asian influences.. They use a lot of Japanese ingredients too.

Pan fried Sea Bass with Sauteed Fennel, Seaweed Butter & Lotus Root Vegetable (RM95)
From what you can see here, the fish looks very dry. But Chef Evert did not disappoint us at all. He was on a winning streak (winning our hearts) as each dish comes out.
It was the juiciest and sweetest pan fried sea bass with the crispiest skin I’ve ever eaten. The seaweed butter adds in a lot of flavour to the fish, although personally I would just gobble the fish down with minimal sauce. Besides, the presentation of the dish just looks amazing. The fried lotus root (super crispy) looked like pretty flowers!

Oven Baked Rack of Lamb with Sauteed Green Vegetables, Herbs Crumble & Tarragon Sauce (RM90)
This plate looks like a pretty garden, doesn’t it? The herb crumbs looked like moss, don’t you think? Che Evert is pretty creative, I must say.
The lamb is fabulous, no doubt. Slightly on the salty side for me but it’s just perfect. It wasn’t too cooked nor too rare, it was just nice. Combined with the tarragon sauce, it leaves you wanting more and more.

Blackforest Tart ‘New Style’ with Lime, Yogurt and Blackberry Sorbet (RM26)
We realized that Chef Evert’s desserts aren’t overly sweet. Mum and I are quite fond of his desserts because of that. This tart is a lil’ bitter (Like dark chocolate) and a lil’ sour because of the sorbet. Delicious.

Pandan Crepe with Banana & Gula Melaka and Coconut Sorbet (RM26)
I’m not a fan of the coconut sorbet. Mum, Aunty Alice and Uncle Ching loves it though! They said it was really refreshing and delicious. I liked the crepe a lot. They made it look like the Chinese dish – Money Bags. This sweet money bag is filled with wonders! It’s mind blasting. 😛

Milk Chocolate, Raisin & Caramel Parfait with Crispy Praline & Hazelnut Mousse (RM26)
This was my least favourite dessert. It’s delicious, no doubt, but I’d choose the other two. Probably because if I had this all to myself, it’ll be too rich for me.

 Chef Evert Onderbeke

He was previously from High Tide (Closed down now), a fine dine restaurant in KL. His specialty is in seafood and European cuisine. Since he has been living here for almost 4 years now, he has adapted to the local cuisine (He can eat hot food! Curries and all!), he has infused a lot of Asian techniques, ingredients and etc into his menu at Soleil.

Soleil Restaurant & Wine Bar

22A, Jalan 17/54,
Section 17, Petaling Jaya
(Behind Gastro Project)

Tel: 03-7932-5989
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Look, look! Matching hairband.. Heheheh.

 

Mezze Bar & Restaurant, Medan Damansara

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So you and your partner are deciding, hmm . Where to go for dinner? Let’s try something new, she says. And he says, how about we go to Mezze ! Yes, let’s . It’s a casual place , a lil’ fine dine feeling, but comfortable enough for her to dress down a little. No need of those fancy dresses with 5 karat bling blings . Okay, enough with my story telling wannabee moment, back in reality . My first impression towards Mezze was .. Okay, it’s an Italian restaurant , let’s see what it has to offer . But as I looked through the menu , I saw a few items that are inspired from different cultures. You’ll know what I mean when I tell you about the dishes !

Charcuterie Platter (Small : RM44 ; Large : RM69)
The meat loaves, pate and pickled vegetables are all homemade ! The platter is seasonal, so you might get different items each time you order it .

Artichoke Dip (RM25)
I could live with just the dip alone .. So cheesy and creamy but it’s not enough to make you ‘jelak’ , you know ? It’s extremely salty without the crostini but I just love it . It’s simply divine .

Momofuku Pork Belly Rolls (RM21.90)
The name’s cute, it’s served looking like cute stuffed mantaos as well .  A slice of spiced pork belly with pickled cucumber with spring onion sandwiched in steamed flower roll buns and served in a dim sum basket . This restaurant keeps surprising me .. This momo dish is pretty awesome , it’s worth a try, but if you’re not into fusion/Chinese food in a western restaurant, then .. I suggest you skip this . (:

Fried Zucchini
Perfect healthy snack to nibble on ! They’re so addictive, really. . And it keeps you thinking, is it healthy? It’s.. zucchini ! But it’s fried. But it taste so good . So I’m warning ya, it’ll mess with your brain. In a good way . (;

Asian-style Spicy Buffalo Wings (Small : RM26 (1-2pax) ; Big : RM49 (3-4pax))
Chili honey sauce with LOTS of sesame .  They’re tasty, perfect finger food while chatting away with your best girlfriends and bros .(:

Mac & Cheese (RM15)
This is what you call a real Mac & Cheese composing of 4 types of different cheese ! Unlike the uber cheapo way where the sauce is boring orange in colour that taste like cream and cream only .

Chargrilled Spatchcock Chicken (RM36)
When it comes to Western food, I seldom, almost never order chicken. It’s probably because I consume chicken on a daily basis .__. But anyway, I’m in love with their beautifully baked provencal potatoes. The spring chicken taste really good, but I’m not too fond of it.

Lamb Cutlets (RM82)
Served chargrilled and accompanied with lovely cous cous salad and smoked eggplant puree. Although it doesn’t have any unique taste, it’s nice to have good lamb cutlets once in a while, especially during sudden cravings ! 😀

Pavlova of the week (RM25)

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