Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Frangipani Restaurant & Bar @ Changkat Bukit Bintang

When I first heard about Frangipani several years ago, it was known for being a gay bar at Changkat area. Eventually, I read numerous reviews on the restaurant which were mostly positive. After so long, I finally had a chance to suggest this fine dining spot for a friend’s birthday dinner!

Although its located along the bustling street of Changkat, Frangipani does not lose its elegance. Once we stepped in, we were immediately greeted by the awe of tall pillars surrounding a pond in the middle of the restaurant which emphasized the tranquility of the dining area.

Frangipani’s Tasting Menu is priced at RM295++ each which is pretty reasonable for a French dining standard. Inclusive of wine it would be RM495++ but we opted to pick our own wine in fear of being served inferior house wine.

From the Tasting Menu, we get to taste a variety of Amuse Bouche which made me really happy because I always like my food in a variety.

Freshly Shucked Tasmanian Oyster served with condiments. Tasting Menu serves 2 oysters but we added 2 more for RM12 each. Those oysters were fresh. Sadly by the time we decided to order more, the kitchen was closed :(

Petuna Ocean Trout (tea smoked) served with confit potatoes, horseradish and salmon roe. That’s what it said on the menu, but ehmm, I don’t see the potatoes? Anyhow, the smoked trout tasted great.

Hokkaido Scallop (pan roasted) served with potato sliced, king oyster mushrooms and mushroom ragu. The scallop and huge piece of king oyster mushrooms went really well with the ragu.

Foei Gras (pan seared) served with apple “rendang”. I always prefer my foei gras served with something else to make it less “jelak”. In this case, the apple “rending” foei gras was quite a good combination.

For main, we had the option to choose either Organic Duck Breast or Black Angus Tenderloin which we picked the latter.  Medium rare tenderness with red oozing juice.

Ordered another main course – Organic Duck Leg Confit with mashed potatoes, grain mustard, smoke plum and potato crisps. I always dread ordering poultry as sometimes they could be cooked rather dry. I suppose this was quite alright.

Dessert served was Milk Waffles with yoghurt ice-cream, wild berry and caramel sauce which was the least of the highlight that night.

Overall, it was a pleasant dining experience. Quite satisfied with the food served that night and no doubt, the remarkable ambience.

We adjourned to their bar after dinner. Quite a chilled place unlike the other noisy bars on that street.

Frangipani Restaurant & Bar
Address: 25, Changkat Bukit Bintang,
Wilayah Persekutuan 50200, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03 – 2144 3001
Website: http://www.frangipani.com.my/dining.php
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FrangipaniRestaurantBar

p/s: As of 15th June 2015, Frangipani has stopped operating. I am glad to have experienced it once right before it was closed. It was a wonderful dining spot, if only we could visit again.

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