Sunday, May 10, 2015

Topshelf: Affordable French Cuisine in TTDI

After a late afternoon walk at TTDI Hills, we were sweaty and had an appetite for some good food. I whipped up my phone and searched for some of the new restaurants in the neighborhood and ended up with Topshelf. Thanks to the internet, we get to discover new restaurants easily!

Despite being a weeknight, it was NOT easy to find parking at TTDI neighborhood and after 2 rounds going around the area, we told ourselves we will do one last round before we just give up and head home to make our own dinner.

Luckily, hubby found a spot, albeit far from the restaurant. Well, we were in our sports attire so it shouldn't be a problem.

We reached the unassuming, cozy restaurant, unsure of what to expect. To my surprise, they had Cassoulet in the menu! I rarely see this in Malaysia. In fact, this is the 2nd restaurant that has Cassoulet which I have encountered after living here for 9 years!

I obviously chose that immediately, while hubby went for a simple carbonara (with pork). We were not dressed for French dining, luckily this place is a simple & casual place with a modern feel. We sat in higher stool chairs that had higher tables, since it's just us adults, without the little ones in tow.

Prior to the main dishes, we had some soup to start off. My lobster bisque was okay -- definitely the affordable bisque, which I don't mind to have from time to time. Hubby had the soup of the day -- Carrot Ginger soup -- yummy!

Hubby's real carbonara was great. No comments -- just your comfort food carbonara done the right way. However, I had a bit of a problem with my Cassoulet -- the beans were pretty hard. I asked hbby to try and taste it and he did confirm it is too hard. I informed the waiter, who wasn't too sure how to address my question. The chef himself came out to explain that he did stints in France for many years and the Cassoulet always had mushy beans -- so he made his version -- the crunchier type so the teeth has more to chew. Hmmm... that wasn't what I had in mind, and I guess I was over expecting to have something which I missed for so long (the last Cassoulet was indeed in France). If only the beans were softer...

The chef did nicely offer to cook the beans some more -- however I was in the middle of the meal and would probably lose my appetite if I stopped mid way. For a dish that you don't find easily in Malaysia -- sans the beans incident, this is pretty good.

Next visit, I would make sure to tell them about my mushy preference ;)

Meantime, this place is definitely a French experience without the high price tag of most restaurants. Highly recommended and I would tend to visit again soon.

Quaint signage which is typical in France


Not bad for a week night

Hubby in his running gear, outside the restaurant

My bisque -- affordable and I will come back for it!

Soup of the day -- Carrot Ginger

Cassoulet and the non-mushy beans

True blue Carbonara
Bill for 2 -- weeknight (no GST yet perhaps bec they are a new restaurant)
61, Lorong Rahim Kajai 13, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +60 3-7727 7277

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