Brasserie 25, French Restaurant KL

Brasserie 25, French Restaurant, Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur

Words: Aisling Cullin    Photos: Monica Tindall

One of the most stylish new destinations in KL arguably has to be the Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur. And their super chic restaurant, Brasserie 25, is a gem in this stunning old building. It is located on the ground floor of six shophouses that have been converted into a boutique hotel and the design is thoughtful as it is inventive.

The space at Brasserie 25 feels more like New York than KL, with its lofty high ceilings, brass modernist chandeliers, exposed brick walls and tan leather chairs. Indeed, the Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur itself is part of the Autograph Collection, an ensemble of strikingly designed boutique hotels around the world.

Monica, Caning and I were ushered to our seats by a smartly dressed waiter. Before dinner, we were recommended to try a cocktail. Why not? In such beautiful surroundings, we felt compelled to try the selection of French style cocktails.

Cocktails at Brasserie 25

La Bicyclette (RM30) had an Italian twist, combining Campari, white wine, soda and lemon zest. Perfect for a warm Malaysian evening. We also tried The Harrier (RM30), refreshing mix of gin, lavender and grapefruit. I loved the bitterness of the grapefruit juice topped with the herby-torched rosemary.

rasserie 25, French Restaurant KL
Cocktails
Starters

The menu consists of classic French dishes and one that we couldn’t miss was the Bouillabaisse (RM50). For those not familiar with a bouillabaisse, it’s a traditional provincial French fish soup. This dish was light but flavorful, with large chunks of fish in it. We also had the Soupe a L’Oignon (RM30), a delicious onion soup topped with toasted croutons and melting cheese. The Camembert Roti au Four (RM40) melted in my mouth, and the distinct taste of truffles came through nicely. I felt like I was transported back to my summer in Paris with each bite.

Brasserie 25, French Restaurant KL
Bouillabaisse
Brasserie 25, French Restaurant KL
French Onion Soup
Brasserie 25, French Restaurant KL
Baked Brie

As we waited for our mains, Monica and I discussed how Brasserie 25 would be perfect for a business lunch or dinner, especially if you were trying to impress a client.

Mains at Brasserie 25

As the mains were delivered, we were all impressed by the portion size of each dish. The Poulet Roti (RM60) was exceptionally large, and the meat of the chicken fell effortlessly off the bone. It was served with creamy mash and a selection of vegetables.

Brasserie 25, French Restaurant KL
Poulet Roti

Caning thought that the L’Entrecote de Boeuf (RM120) was just perfect and cooked exactly the way it should be. It came with a dense brandy cream sauce and crispy fries. The beef itself is 200 days grain fed Angus rib eye and was an excellent quality.

Brasserie 25, French Restaurant KL
L’Entrecote de Boeuf

A lighter but equally as tasty a dish is the Cabillaud (RM80), pan roasted cod fillet served with a flavorful ratatouille. The cod was flakey and cooked to perfection.

Brasserie 25, French Restaurant KL
Cabillaud

Another fish dish we enjoyed was the Poisson En Papillote (RM60), which is red snapper cooked in a parchment packet with root vegetables. The parchment packet seals in the moistness and flavour of the fish.

Brasserie 25, French Restaurant KL
Poisson En Papillote

Vegetarians, don’t despair if you don’t see anything suited to you on the menu. The chef cooked us a dish off-menu, a delicious Pasta Pappardelle (RM45) with Mediterranean vegetables and a tomato sauce.

Brasserie 25
Pasta Pappardelle

Although we were quite full from the large portions of the main courses, we couldn’t help but order a dessert or two as we spotted a few of our favourites.

Dessert at Brasserie 25

My all-time favourite dessert has to be a soufflé, and at Brasserie 25 they serve Le Soufflé au Grand Marnier (RM30). What a great combination: my favourite liqueur with my favourite dessert! Like all great soufflés, it takes about 20 minutes to cook so be ready to order in advance if you don’t want to wait.

Brasserie 25, French Restaurant KL
Le Soufflé au Grand Marnier

A close second favourite of mine when it comes to dessert is Crepes Suzettes (RM30). The spiced flavour of the orange sauce goes perfectly with the vanilla bean ice cream and thin warm crepes.

Brasserie 25, French Restaurant KL
Crepes Suzettes

We also tried the Crème Brulée (RM20), which was rich and creamy, served with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. Toasted rice crispies were sprinkled onto the top of this dessert – perhaps a modern touch?

Brasserie 25, French Restaurant KL
Crème Brulée

Brasserie 25’s menu is rich and satisfying, and with the gorgeous décor it feels like a place that is set to be noticed on an international stage.

Reasons to visit: stylish décor, smart waiter service, classic French cuisine, delicious cocktails, Le Soufflé au Grand Marnier.

Brasserie 25
Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur
25, Jalan Kamunting, Chow Kit,
50300 Kuala Lumpur,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
+60 3-2038 0000
www.stripeskl.com

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40 Comments

  1. Love those arches, looks kind of Spanish.

  2. It all looks delicious and the setting is lovely.

  3. Hi Monica
    Now you could line them all up in front of me – starting tonight 8.30 pm
    and I could eat and drink whilst watching the tennis from SW1 – ie Wimbledon!
    Getting them to my abode may be a bit difficult but I am sure you could find the
    way and the means.
    I suppose my mate, El Canning Cordobes, Jnr. is all prepared and you have on
    your blinkers and ear plugs – ha ha!
    Cheers
    El Colin Cordobes
    Ps: The sun is out here today but precious little warmth in it

  4. Been thinking about making or going some place to have crepes.
    Coffee is on

  5. Toasted rice crisp on creme brulee sounds like brilliant move!

  6. This place has such a charming personality (including the smartly dressed staff) and I hope to visit one day. I tried to come for their Afternoon Tea but was unsuccessful (T_T) as they were fully booked (why wouldn’t they be with such a fantastic promo price)!

  7. Wow, what beautiful and tasty looking dishes! I love Brie, but I have never tried it baked. And I absolutely love French onion soup!

    • Monica Tindall

      Ooh, I recommend you pop some in your oven tonight and give it a try. You might never go back to chilled brie again.

  8. A mouth watering post. Yums! Have a beautiful day!

  9. Baked brie for me!

  10. All looks tasty.

  11. The setting is very stylish.

  12. Interesting spot for a French restaurant.

  13. Nice looking food.

  14. I read your afternoon tea review and wanted to try it. Now I have even more reason to check it out.

  15. Such a good looking place, and food looks enticing as well.

  16. Hello, everything looks delicious, from the cocktails to the dessert. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

  17. After reading your blog post I have got hungry. Very delicious dishes.

  18. Yum yum yum.

  19. Very nice.

  20. As usual amazing post! Thanks a lot for sharing)

  21. Nice food, oh that Baked Brie and L’Entrecote de Boeuf 🙂

  22. Classy!

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