Rendez-Vous @ Bangsar
When you combined the words “Quality” with “French Cuisine”, it will usually points to the word “Expensive”.
Well, surprise! You can actually get quality authentic French cuisine in Malaysia at a value-for-money price range. At Rendez-vouz, you will be served with delicious honest food coupled with the relaxed ambiance that exude in the interior decor of the restaurant.
Located somewhere relatively quieter from the buzz of Jalan Telawi, Bangsar, Rendez-Vous houses on this eye catching 2 storey building along Jalan Maroof.
The restaurant boasts an open, breezy space, with both indoor and al-fresco seating. The place is rustically designed with red and black walls completed with wooden tables and chairs.
The first floor of Rendez-Vous on the other hand featuring a different scene from the restaurant. Upstage Lounge is an exclusive and private venue that offers gourmet pork free international tapas and a large selection of whiskeys, cocktails, wines as well as a range of internationally renowned cigar brands. Upstage Lounge also bringing in world class artists and international music performances occasionally, please refer to their Facebook or website for ticketing and more information.
We was there for their new Sunday Brunch last couple of weeks and surprisingly find out that they also have kids menu affordably priced at RM 32.00++. There is a little kid’s corner filled with assorted board games and activities to keep the children busy while the parents can enjoy their food relaxedly.
The menu featuring a choices of Stuffed Crepes with Creamy Ham Croque Monsieur and Mash or Fish Fingers with Fries, a Mocktail, a dessert of Chocolate Mousse and a surprise gift pack.
A good selection of wines, cocktails and mocktails to go with your meal.
Our Sunday Brunch Special kick started with beautiful basket Viennoiserie and Bread served with condiments.
Another option of Starter Assortment served in a plank is screaming for attention too. Arranged aesthetically, there are a few elements such as small balls of crispy Gribiche, mini Onion Mushroom Tart, Tuna Rillettes, Pork Liver Pate, Comte cheese, gherkin pickle and a soft and creamy Baked Egg with crispy toasted soldiers.
With a bottom deal price of RM69++, diners can have a 3-course menu which included a starter, followed by an option of main course of Meat of the Day or Seafood of the Day and your choice of dessert from the dessert menu.
Main Course – Filet de Loup de Mer
The Seabass fillets were pan fried fragrantly rendering a nice crispy skin with tender, flaky flesh. Served with a light citrus sauce that brilliant complement the fish and brought out the sweetness of it. The side dishes of colourful sauteed vegetables completed the dish.
Main Course – Poulet Facon Cocotte
Meat of The Day option that day was in form of chicken roulade with stuffing served with sauteed vegetables. Prepared by using sous-vide method, the chicken was superbly tender and I like the stuffing which provided a multitude of flavors and textures to the overall bite.
Dessert – Tarte au Citron Meringue
Brimming with anticipation, this dessert that highly recommended by the waiter was not disappoint indeed. The lemon tart was tangy with pleasant citrusy flavor without any artificial acidic taste. The tart was speckled with torched meringue, studded with thin apple slices, dragon fruit bits as well as the lime sorbet. A dessert that truly knocked my socks off.
If you are not into their Sunday Brunch menu, Rendez-Vous’s ala carte menu looks impressive too filled with delectable range of French cuisines.
Foie Gras de Canard (RM48.00)
The dish had a visually stunning presentation to attract the eyes even before it is savoured. The morsels of Foie Gras terrine with a layer of port wine jelly served with creamy puree and mushroom jus. The duck liver was dense with a butter-like consistency, it possessed a powerful evocative flavors. Bits of mushrooms, herbs and crisps prettied up the whole dish.
Poitrine de Porc Fondante (RM49.00)
A slab of achingly tender pork belly appeared in beautiful golden hue accompanied with crispy balls of Gribiche, mushroom cannelloni, baby corn, asparagus, snow peas, cherry tomatoes and baby corns. The flavors of the meat was minimal, the pairing sauce ws delicate and boosted more flavors for it. Simply pièce de résistance of that afternoon.
Tranche D’Agneau au Jus (RM62.00)
It was a lamb dish comprises of a few components , pan seared lamb racks, and smoked herring cream. Seared to a perfect doneness, the lamb was tender and the juiciness was remained. I like the smoked herring cream, it had a delightful saltiness with discernible smoky aroma. While the pissaladière which originated from Nice in Southern France to me is an incarnation of mini pizza. It is actually a bread dough with topping consists of caramelised onions, olives, garlic and anchovies.
Paris Brest (RM20.00)
Definitely an artist’s masterpiece that you don’t want to destroy the food arrangement. The petite choux pastry filled with hazelnut cream were really decadent. One bite and oh boy I’m on cloud nine! The crusty top choux pastry, rich and nutty hazelnut cream, dollops of chocolate sauce as well as the fruit cubes which literally had us licked the plate clean.
Delice au Chocolat et Caramel (RM22.00)
Sandwiched in between two nutty chocolate “biscuits” was a luscious and creamy dark chocolate mousse with salted almond and peanut praline hidden within. The flavors was alluring and poise a comforting balance between sweet and bitter. The fruits element successfully cut through the richness of the chocolate mousse. The salted caramel ice cream served aside also had me singing for joy as it is my favourite ice cream flavor!
Last but no least, a cuppa to end the scrumptious meal.
Maestro behind the lovely dishes served that afternoon, the young and talented (good looking too eh :P) Chef Chef Benjamin Reilhes from Toulouse in the South of France. Trained in both Toulouse and Paris, Benjamin has worked in many noteworthy and highly regarded restaurants and hotels, including three Michelin star rated Le Prè Catelan in Paris.
Verdict: Each dish is brilliantly crafted beautifully not only for visual impact, but a contrast and complimentary flavours to impress the palate. Paired with impeccable service and the affordable pricing, Rendez-Vous unquestionably a place that well worth checking out. As the French say, bon appetit!
100 Lorong Maarof, 59000 Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: +603-2202 0206
Operating Hours: Daily, 12.00pm to 3.00pm & 6.00pm to 12am