Last weekend, me and my now fiance celebrated a friend’s birthday at a French restaurant hidden in Jalan Maharajalela called Cafe Cafe. To be honest, the only French restaurant I’ve been and know is Lafitte in Shangri-la hotel. That was my birthday with my family several years ago – yes, it was shockingly very expensive.
So anyway, Cafe Cafe looked pretty easy to find based on Google Maps.
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And I wasn’t really wrong. It took me a small circle to find the turn-in to the row where the restaurant was located. However, it was weird having to walk to a certain corner of the building to enter this French restaurant.
I’m not going to describe how beautiful the interior was but just let you have a look around the place for yourself.
It’s a very romantic and quiet dining environment, even when we were there on a weekend. There were only a few couples sitting inside as we walked in – definitely a good place to put on your ‘paktor’ list.
I already knew what to order after browsing the Cafe Cafe website. They have their full menu online which includes the drinks and even sets. So you won’t have to get a heart attack or hide that sad face when you pay later. Lol.
The primary reason we wanted to celebrate at a French restaurant was to try the cuisine called; foie gras. Better known as, duck liver or fat liver as interpreted by Wikipedia. This delicacy is nothing like eating your chicken or beef liver. The outer layer was very soft and crisp to give it a very light crunch while the meat, if you could call it that, was so soft it melts in your mouth. It ain’t like chocolate but the exploding taste and melting feeling in your mouth easily made it my favorite of the night.
Having the set that night, my meal started with the chef’s special which was a slice of salmon, cucumber and carrot wrapped together. Then came my order of escargots – snails, if you didn’t know. In a basic butter with garlic preparation, the escargots were quite satisfying but I still prefer the ones at Lobsterman.
The next course was a mushroom soup which tasted a little diluted to me. Then came my main course – lamb shank.
Truthfully, I didn’t want to put any expectations on the lamb shank once I read VKeong’s experience. But with an open mind, its taste definitely wasn’t the usual preparation of lamb shank. The sauce used isn’t your typical western preparation – brown and a little salty. This was a little sour but had a very full taste.
Being foodies, we cut bite sized pieces of whatever we ordered and barter trade to compare our dishes. Between the group, I had a piece of chicken and cod fish. Again, the fish wasn’t prepared in its usual manner. It had this sea taste but not fishy.
After the mains, I still had a raspberry sherbet to most likely clean the palette. My last dish of the night was the mango mousse dessert which completed my meal rather nicely. I wasn’t overly full but just nice.
So to say the least, it was a good frenching experience and I wouldn’t mind coming back again.