For a true French dining experience, look no further than Maison Francaise. Nestled in the heart of KL along Changkat Kia Peng just a stone’s throw away from the KLCC, Maison Francaise’s lace curtains, wood paneling and chandeliers in an old colonial bungalow will transport you briefly to France for an exceptional, intimate and unforgettable meal.
Brittany-born Thierry Le Baut is more than a chef – he’s also a teacher, lecturer, consultant and baker – and more importantly, the maestro of the kitchen. He strives to achieve perfection and goes the extra mile to source essential and premium ingredients imported from France to ensure his dishes’ authenticity and quality.
Chef Thierry is also committed to changing his menu regularly to keep the customers coming back for something new, fresh and seasonal every now and then. We liked that he was engaging with good humor, and meeting him was no doubt one of the highlights of the day – it really added a personal touch to the whole experience.
A glimpse of the numerous awards and accolades accumulated by the restaurant.
The unassuming homemade bread was a pleasure all of its own – warm, crispy light crust with a dense and chewy middle. So good it’s almost addictive.
After an enticing amuse-bouche of a creamy mushroom croquette, we had a cold and hot appetizer; one for each of us. The the half-cooked Foie gras, smoked eel, green apple mille-feuille served with beetroot jelly @ RM68 boasts a symmetrical beauty that will have you rhapsodizing over its decadent flavor.
The Yellow onions cream @ RM118 has a steep price, but understandable considering the soup is made entirely from imported top quality Brittany yellow onions. Inherently simple yet satisfyingly rich with an almost creamy consistency, the contrasting textures of grilled bread, cheese and silky seared tofu play off each other, so you get something different in every bite.
My chosen main was the Beef Fillet Mignon @ RM138 served in a poivrade sauce accompanied by dollops of chestnut and sweet potato puree. The filet mignon was cooked perfectly to a medium rare, incredibly tender and cuts through like butter.
The beef flavor present in the filet mignon was milder than usual, but compensated by a well made sauce that elevates the steak and added layers of flavor. Not to mention the paper-thin onion rings were delicious as well, and represented more than a decorative addition.
SL’s choice was a chef’s recommendation – Gratinated Golden Snapper with Black Sesame @ RM148. Most of the flavor came from the crumbly black sesame crust, lifted by a cleverly made Yuzu Hollandaise.
The citrus notes in the Hollandaise was delightful and provided the dish with a light twist of acidity. And as witnessed from the start of the meal, every dish was presented exquisitely with no exception to this one either.
How can a French meal end without desserts? For something to share, the Soufflé @ RM50 (chocolate, vanilla or Cointreau) will fit the bill for its towering portion. The warm and pillowy soufflé’s top is crispy and the sweet eggy centre is airy, runny and melts in your mouth.
If you prefer something more conventional, opt for the awe-inspiring Chocolate Square in all flavors @ RM36. Meticulous presentation and divine chocolate aside, the raspberry sorbet was ridiculously refreshing and zesty. In my opinion, it seemed like quite a steal for the price given the restaurant’s setting. Even more so considering the chef’s pedigree.
To enjoy a better value for your money, you could indulge in their specially designed 5-course Gourmand menu, or 7-course Degustation menu priced at RM220++ and RM380++ respectively. Their Sunday brunch has a reputation for being one of the best in KL and features a menu that changes weekly for continuous surprises.
5, Jalan Changkat Kia Peng
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2144 1474 / 019-243 1200
Mon – Fri (12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm)
Sat (12pm – 3pm for lunch, 2pm – 5pm for afternoon tea, 6pm – 11pm for dinner)
Sun (11.30am – 3.30pm for Sunday brunch, 6pm – 11pm for dinner, no lunch served)