Duck Liver Mousse
Seabass Leeks Fondue
Ducky Patty with Beans like a Cassoulet
Duck Breast with Garlic Cream
Chicken Breast with Mushrooms
Sables duo Mousses and Morello
Peach Melba and Sable Assorted Fruits Patissiere
|Owners Michelle and Pierre|
“Best value French restaurant in town,” says my foodie girlfriend. “Sexy, cosy, homey,” smiles my neighbour’s aunty. “Healthy, organic and plain old yummy,” declares my business buddy when they tell me about Café Croisette, a French café hidden in a residential building not far from Bangsar Shopping Centre. French Chef Pierre is the man behind the food and local Michelle is the woman (true to her gender) who takes care of everything else.
Cutting costs by locating themselves in a condominium as opposed to an expensive piece of commercial property, the rumour is that the savings they make through a lower rental in this location are passed onto their customers. With their current business lunch promotion it seems that this just might be one rumour that has more truth to it than fallacy.
|Chocolate Banana Pudding|
Tuesday to Friday from 11:45am– 2:00pm guests can fill their tummies with a choice of one of three starters, one of three mains, one of three desserts and a bottle of water for RM30 nett. We tested out a number of these dishes and were blown away by some and quietly satisfied by others. The knockouts of our trial session are as follows.
Of the starters don’t miss the soups. Both the Pumpkin and the Du Barry (cauliflower) versions are rich and creamy. The Rotissaladiere is also a must. If it doesn’t on appear on the set menu for that day it is worth ordering on its own. The Malaysian version of this Southern French classic is based with roti canai giving a light flaky pastry foundation for the savoury onion, olive and anchovy topping. This interpretation is known as a ‘white’ pizza for its lack of tomato sauce. A fusion type, however, can be found on the regular menu in the form of a Margarita with tomato, pesto and cheese.
|Passion Indulgence Slice|
The principle plates are all valued at around RM30 if you order directly from the menu, yet the portions remain the same as part of this excellent value for money lunch set. The Chicken Breast with Mushrooms is one of the most succulent I’ve sampled. The Ducky Patty with Beans like a Cassoulet more than pleased the French and English (who has fond memories of family summer vacations in the south of France) diners at our table and the Seabass Leeks Fondue was just as much of a hit.
You might have to visit everyday to sample the desserts. Of the set menu the Sables duo Mousses & Morello, Sable Assorted Fruits Patissiere and Passion Indulgence Slice were scooped up in seconds. Also on the regular menu though is the Chocolate Orange Parfait, Blood Orange Chocolate Cake and, the Triple Choc Mousse which justify a visit in themselves.
|Reasonably Price Wine|
The price of wine is quite salient in a post on Croisette Cafe. The exact same bottles found just down the road in eateries in commercial centres selling for well over RM100, are available from RM60 in Croisette Café. A glass begins at RM12.
See this previous post on 19th January, 2012 for a further review of other menu items, ambience and pictures of the famed desserts.
Reason to visit: affordable homey French cuisine (and wine) in a cosy café, excellent value set lunches
Bistro & Pastry Corner
Level 3 (swimming pool area)
28 Jalan Penaga Bukit Bandaraya Bangsar
Michelle 016 330 4477
Pierre 014 665 7944