Brasserie 25 – The New and Exciting French Restaurant In Kuala Lumpur
During our stay at Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur (full review here), Big Teddy and I managed to check out their featured restaurant, Brasserie 25 for a quick afternoon tea and a lovely dinner. This restaurant located on the ground floor of the hotel is a French-inspired restaurant serving lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
First up – Le Goûter, Afternoon Tea with a French Twist
In France, the French have a very disciplined snacking ritual called “Le Goûter”, sometime after 4pm and before 6pm, as they don’t usually have dinner until late 9pm. This afternoon nibble tradition is now extended to our turf, thanks to Brasserie 25, Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur, from 3pm-6pm daily.
The afternoon tea/high tea here at Brasserie 25 was simple. The waiters took our order for coffee/tea, then they brought out the savoury selections first in a luxurious looking copper box, which were mainly Malaysian inspired snacks such as the curry puffs, mini salmon quiches and risotto balls. My favourite was the risotto balls as they were sinfully delicious and addictive.
Next, we were greeted by a tray full of sweet French pastries. I was spoiled with too many choices to choose from the opera cakes, white chocolate cakes, citrus tarts, blackberry macarons, lemon meringue tarts, caramel éclairs, biscotti, langue de chat (cat’s tongue) and many others. I finally settled with the lemon meringue tarts, caramel éclairs and langue de chat. I always love a tangy lemon tart and the one here was pleasantly sharp. Meanwhile, the caramel éclair was oozing with caramel when I took a bite of it. It was messy to eat but the caramel was so satisfying to savour. Langue de chat, the longish cookies as always were crunchy and addictive to eat.
Since we wanted to save some tummy space for dinner later the night, we didn’t refill any of our orders although I was very tempted to order more food. I’ll definitely make another trip back soon!
For this French Afternoon Tea, it is priced at RM60 per person with unlimited refills of coffee/tea and food. Currently, they have a “buy 1 free 1” promotion for a limited time only.
Next up – Dinner with Quintessential French Dishes
I was looking forward to dinner at Brasserie 25 as I’d heard some rave reviews about the food here. True enough I wasn’t let down in any way by all the dishes we’d ordered that night, even their complimentary bread with lightly salted butter was “parfait” (“perfect” in French). The menu was simple and showcased only the quintessential French dishes. Still, I had some hard time deciding what to order as most of the items looked very tempting (even without picture descriptions).
We started with a bottle of French red wine (RM200) while we waited for the starters to be served. Being greedy, we ordered 3 starters to share between the two of us. The French Onion Soup (RM30) was so full flavour and Big Teddy was slurping every drop of it. The Escargots (RM40) was so fresh and cooked to perfection. I could eat another half a dozen but couldn’t be too greedy at one go. The only cold entree, Paté Et Rillettes (RM40) was a platter of chicken pate, smoked duck breast and duck rillettes, which was bursting with flavours.
When our main courses Joue De Boeuf Braisée/ Braised Beef Cheeks (RM120) and Cabillaud/ Pan Roasted Black Cod Fillet with Ratatouille (RM80) arrived, we were glad to see the generous portions and beautifully assembled plates. My braised beef cheeks were the star of the night, with the tenderly cooked meat glazed with a shining coat of red wine sauce. Every mouthful was a taste of heaven, even Big Teddy agreed with me. His pan roasted black cod was good too although he said it was slightly on the overcooked side. We also had additional sides dishes like sauteed French beans and truffle mash potato for RM15 each.
Last but not least, for our sweet ending, we ordered the Le Soufflé au Grand Marnier (RM30) and Crème Brulée (RM20). The Soufflé was light and fluffy, to the extent even though we were quite full from the entrees and main courses, we still managed to finish it. The Crème Brulée was tasty too, I especially loved the crunchy rice crispies on top of it together with the vanilla ice cream.
Overall, we had a wonderful dining experience at Brasserie 25. This restaurant serves high-quality French cuisines with a good value pricing. I was told by my girlfriend who went there later in the week that they have 2 or 3 courses set lunch menu too with price starting from RM80. I’m glad that I’d discovered this new French restaurant in town and I’m already plotting what to order next when I return to this restaurant soon!
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Address: 25 Jalan Kamunting, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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A big thank you to Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur for hosting this staycation and meals at the hotel. As always, all opinions are my own and I only recommend services that I’d personally use.