Hurrah for a nice new fine dining restaurant within PJ area!
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.
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.
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)
Look, look! Matching hairband.. Heheheh.