Compared to coffee or brunch spots — which easily draw hipsters and caffeine connoisseurs alike — French restaurants aren’t as abundant in Kuala Lumpur. But that doesn’t mean our city is lacking in quality options. If you know where to look, KL plays host to a number of French fancies ranging from fine dining restaurants to casual Parisian-style bistros.
The French are heralded for their cooking techniques and excellent produce, so much so that they are synonymous with the idea of gastronomy. Luckily for us, chefs here have gone the extra mile to source French produce the likes of escargots, duck breast, foie gras and oysters, as well as even farming their own vegetables for maximum freshness.
Here are our top 5 French restaurants, which are the crème de la crème of Kuala Lumpur.
(Featured image: Café Café)
Tucked away along a quiet street, Café Café offers a taste of fine French cuisine, in a setting that evokes contemporary Parisian chic with traditional touches. The menu features quintessential French dishes executed with traditional techniques, such as buttered escargots, stewed beef cheek, and cheese platters. Guests will be delighted to know that the duck breast, foie gras, oyster, porcini and morel mushrooms are all sourced from France.
Café Café, 175, Jalan Maharajalela, 50150 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2141 8141
With an elegant setting that matches the grandeur of its menu, Lafite offers a journey into modern, French haute cuisine that gives an element of surprise. Dishes showcase the best seasonal produce from Europe, such as the delicately smoked mackerel fillet, which is served with trout roe, quince compote and avocado cream. Pair your meal with Lafite’s extensive wine list that offers a variety of rare vintages such as the the 1928 Chateau Latour.
Lafite, Lobby Level, Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur, +603 2074 3900
According to the head chef Darren Chin, guests can expect a blend of experimental French cuisine and classic cooking techniques, which showcases the produce at its best. Menus come in three, five and seven courses, which change monthly depending on seasonal produce and what chef Chin has up his sleeve. Examples include seared sea bass from Brittany, France with uni emulsion and vegetables from the DC farm.
DC Restaurant, No. 44 Persiaran Zaaba, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, +603 7731 0502
Helmed by award winning chef Nathalie Arbefeuille, this restaurant offers casual dining and French classics, often with an Asian twist. While the menu gets refreshed every month, you can expect dishes made with French finesse: Duck confit that melts in your mouth, hearty beef stews, and Chef Arbefeuille’s popular macarons.
Nathalie’s Gourmet Studio, Block A4, Unit A4-1-5, Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas, 50480, Kuala Lumpur, +603 6207 9572
Step into this charming bistro and bar, and you’ll feel transported into a Parisian café — the setting is relaxed and comfortable, service is friendly, and the menu has all the French classics to keep you satisfied. Try the braised oxtail meatballs with mustard mashed potatoes, and indulge in the wide variety of reds, whites and bubblies.
2Ox, 54, Jalan Doraisamy, Chow Kit, 50300 Wilayah Persekutuan, Kuala Lumpur, +603 2692 2233