Friday, 28 September 2012

Pressroom Bistro, Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Pressroom Bistro, Pavilion, French, where to eat in KL, best restaurant
Mixed Platter of Cheese, Cold Cuts and Pate with a basket of Poilane RM65
Pressroom Bistro, Pavilion, French, best restaurant, where to eat in KL
Part of the Mixed Platter - Duck Rillettes
Pressroom Bistro, Pavilion, where to eat in Kuala Lumpur, best restaurant, French
Lasagne of Mushroom Duxelle RM35
Pressroom Bistro, Pavilion, French, best restaurant, casual, wine
Red Tuna from the Josper Oven RM44
Pressroom Bistro, Kuala Lumpur, Pavilion, French, steak, Josper Oven
Tenderloin from the Josper Oven (200g) RM88
Roasted Vegetables RM12
Pressroom Bistro, Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur, French, dessert
Classic Tarte Tatin with fresh cream RM18
Profiteroles with Vanilla Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce RM18

Pressroom Bistro, Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Paul Jaboulet Crozes-Hermitage
Le Jalets North Rhone 2010
Bottle RM175
Location, location, location! Only opened for three weeks, Pressroom Bistro at Pavilion is already pumping with a diverse clientele. Office workers, shoppers, gym goers, tourists, locals and expats can all be found in the inviting open space. Featuring prominent use of timber, polished cement floors and giant chalkboards, you can walk in with your board shorts, office wear or party dress and still feel comfortable

Apple and Vanilla
Puree RM12
The Pressroom Bistro is a toned down version of its popular Bangsar brother, The Pressroom at Bangsar Shopping Centre. With a more relaxed feel comes robust earthy food. Aside a varied array of sandwiches, soups and salads, the real focus here is the Josper Oven and French Poilane.

Good enough all on its own, or as a lead up to something from the grill, the toasted Poilane is a highlight from the Pressroom Bistro menu. This French artisan sourdough is made from stone-ground flour and baked in a wood fired oven. Imported directly from France, slices of the two kilogram country loaf are flawless dipped in oil or as a base for cold cuts, cheese and pate.

We tried the Mixed Platter of Cheese, Cold Cuts and Pate. For this order, two cheeses, two cold cuts and one pate can be chosen from the refrigerated display. Roquefort, Camembert, Beef Cecina, Turkey Chorizo and Duck Rillettes were all to our liking. Unlike so many places throughout the city where these delicacies are not stored properly and hence pick up the taste of the fridge, all specimens sampled were at the perfect temperature fetching maximum flavour. Macadamia shavings, tomato jam, slivers of dried fruits and nuts and a tomato thyme and garlic olive oil brought out the unique qualities of each item. Adding RM30 to the platter will furnish you with two glasses of house red or white wine setting yourself up for a wonderful afternoon intermission. 

Pressroom Bistro, Pavilion, steak, seafood
Josper Oven
The Josper Oven is a traditional, European closed barbecue. It uses only the highest quality wood for charcoal and has precision temperature control offering an authentic barbeque taste indoors. Elect fish, meat or poultry to fire up with your choice of sauce and side dish. We tried the succulent 200g Tenderloin with two sauces - a fabulously rich Marchand de Vin (red wine) and a fresh Porcini Mushroom blend. Worth every cent, it was a race to get to the last bite. Our Red Tuna came served with herbed oil and was gently browned on the outside and pink within. Roasted Vegetables, Apple Vanilla Puree and Ratatouille were praise deserving side orders. The indoor charcoal barbecue produces an authentic taste that could otherwise only be achieved using natural wood and the great outdoors. For whispers of smoke and the perfect crust, don’t leave Pressroom Bistro without ordering at least one dish from the grill.

Pressroom Bistro, Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur, dessert wine
Vignerons de Caractere,
Muscat de Beaumes de Venise,
France NV RM30 per glass
From the limited al carte menu, the Lasagne of Mushroom Duxelle with white truffle oil had us swooning. Fresh mushrooms layered with sheets of pasta and doused with a sensuously creamy sauce brought thoughts of angels caressing our tongues. 

With a cheese platter and fish on our table, and wanting refreshment to end a particularly hot day, we chose the 2010 Paul Jaboulet Crozes-Hermitage Le Jalets North Rhone to go with our meal.  The drinks menu includes a French biased extensive wine list featuring no less than 10 organic wines. House wines start from RM22 and an impressive near 20 different varieties are available by the glass. The usual spirits and bottled beers are a staple and the recently introduced Little Creatures brand from a boutique brewery in Australia and Somersby Red Apple Cider bring added interest. A full range of Illy coffee, designer tea from Ronnefeldt and mixed drinks complete the line up. Happy Hours are from 4 – 8pm brandishing net prices for house pouring wine and beers on tap.

Pressroom Bistro, Pavilion, dessert, Kuala Lumpur
Carrot Cake with
Cream Cheese RM18
Having an enthusiastic sweet tooth, it’s almost impossible for me to end a night out without a treat. The two desserts we scraped clean from our plates were the Classic Tarte Tatin with fresh cream and, the moist round individual serving of Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese. Paired with a French dessert wine, Vignerons de Caractere, Muscat de Beaumes de Venise only made the ending better. Impressed to hear that desserts are all made in house, Pressroom Bistro could easily make a lovely afternoon tea spot, just as easily it could an after cinema treat hangout too.

Pressroom Bistro, Pavilion, digestivo, wine, booze, KL
Luxardo Maraschino RM22
Luxardo Limoncello RM22
Poire Williams RM30  
Not wanting to end such a splendid evening we dragged it out a little longer by tasting three digestives.  The Luxardo Maraschino and Luxardo Limoncello are sweet cherry and lemon flavoured liqueurs respectively. The Poire Williams Eau de Vie or water of life is for more seasoned palates. Viscous, it clings to the glass and provides a good balance between sweet and tart with distinctive, rose, pear and sour plum notes gently surfacing.

Impressed with our dinner experience we are keen to return to discover what they have on offer for breakfast and lunch.

Reason to visit:  Tenderloin from the Josper oven with Marchand de Vin sauce, Lasagne of Mushroom Duxelle with white truffle oil, excellent selection of wines including at least 10 organic options, Mixed Platter with Toasted Poilane, Classic Tarte Tatin and Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese

The Press Room Bistro @ Pavilion KL
Lot C3.10.02 Level 3, Connection, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel no.: 03 2148 3889
Fax no.: 03 2143 5889

Opening Hours:
Monday - Sunday & Public Holidays: 9.00am - 2.00am


  1. Oooo...that tenderloin's a killer! So juicy, so alluring!!!

    1. Sharing the tenderloin turned out to be a bit of a competition. I had to almost wrestle hubby to get a second bite. :-)

  2. omg!! the tuna! and the tenderloin! now THAT's a steak! LOL

    1. I think the Josper oven makes a big difference in the taste. Slightly charred on the outside and juicy within.

  3. Yeah the tenderloin looks sooooo damn inviting! I want it TOO!

  4. Ten out of ten on your photos - everything looks amazing! Why is looking a pictures of food so enjoyable? Of course eating it afterwards would be even better :)

    1. I'm a sucker for pics of food too. Not always the best idea when I'm hungry though. :-)

  5. The tenderloin is so thick or I just deceived by the photo?

    1. No deception here - it's a hunk of meat!

  6. Yum, I would like to try the Tuna!

    1. The Josper oven made it 'just right'.