Emilie

L'Oeuf Mollet @ emilie

Dear fellow tasters,

Happy New Year 2011 or shall I say ‘Bonne Année 2011’.  It’s been a long-time longing for my friends and I to try this French restaurant but we always feel so intimidated by the definitely-not-so-cheap menu, so it feels like a dream come true when we finally decided to celebrate Christmas and also my birthday by living out our French culinary dream.  The imminent rain that day did not do much to dampen our spirit and stepping into the restaurant from the drizzle outside, we were welcomed by the friendly waiting staffs into the minimalist-but-elegant dominantly-white-colored dining area.  Once we were settled into our chairs, we were asked if we were having wine to accompany our lunch.  The waiters then immediately removed the wine glasses after we said no because we’re not really any wine savvy and we didn’t really plan for it.  It was actually a bit daunting for a first impression but we just turned our eyes to the menu which proved to be quite a challenge to decide upon.  Finally we decided that one person will choose from the Les Dejeuners (lunch set) menu and the rest from the Ala Carte menu.  Meanwhile awaiting our orders, hot French baguettes were served with beurre (French for butter) placed in a little fancy cute ceramic container.  Oui  messieurs et mesdemoiselles, obviously it felt like we were no longer in the crowded city of Jakarta but more like somewhere closer to the Eiffel tower and Arc de Triomphe.

Our orders, complete with exact description from the menu and my personal tasting commentaries were as follows:

    Entrees

  • La Crepe – Layered Herb Pancakes with Pork Ham, Emmenthal Cheese & Black Truffle Dressing – beautiful presentation, tasted yummy and a bit salty probably because of the ham
  • L’Oeuf Mollet – Soft Boiled Hen’s Egg, Saffron Risotto, Sautéed Seafood & Vegetables – cute yellow foam (supposedly the saffron emulsion) coming out from the egg, the taste combination from the bland egg, saffron risotto and the rich seafood and veggies was just perfect although the risotto was quite filling as an entree
  • Les Escargots – Baked Snails with Provençale Butter – only got to taste one snail, was delightful and buttery
    Viandes (French for meat)

  • Le Contre Filet – Seared Striploin with Shallot Sauce, Pomme Purée & Sautéed Vegetables – the filet tasted just nice, quite curious about the cone-shaped vegetable which turned out to be romanesco broccoli
  • L’Agneau – Fillet & Rack of Tasmanian Lamb with “Topinambour”, Salsify, Carrots & Brussels Sprouts – don’t be deceived by the appearance that looked like moss-covered lamb racks, not sure what ingredients or herbs used but the moss-like coating offered a unique herby and earthy flavor which wonderfully complemented the tender medium-well lamb
  • Le Bœuf Bourguignon – Braised Wagyu Beef Cheeks “Burgundy Style” with Potato Gratin – the beef was dark and gloomy, very tender but the burgundy was a bit overwhelming to my taste, potato gratin was cheesy and filling
    Desserts

  • La Tarte Tartin – Upside Down Caramelized Apple Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream & Calvados Emulsion – the apple tart was sweet and delectable, decorated nicely with caramelized apple slices, foamy emulsion and edible flower petals
  • Le Chocolat – Warm Valrhona Chocolate Fondant with Mocha Cigar & “Petit Pot de Crème” – if you die and gone to chocolate heaven, this is probably what you’re eating

Deemed as one of the best French restaurants in Jakarta, Emilie doubtlessly stands true to its French culinary heritage.  Service was super excellent, the waiting staffs, with a snobbish French air, were friendly and helpful; we were even offered baguette refills twice.  Dining there might seem to be extravagant and cost me quite a bit on my credit card bill, but I definitely would recommend it if you’re looking for a place to enjoy French fine dining for a truly special occasion.

The taster’s notes:
Favorite dish – L’Agneau and Le Chocolat
What to order next time – willing to try any other menu I haven’t tried 😀
Food rating – 4 star
Price rating – $$$$
Ambiance rating – 3 star
Service rating – 4 star

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