Hi there hungry peeps!
I am not a huge fan of French food, as much as a foodie as I am, it
takes a lot of flavors and spices to delight my full blown asian palate
and it is quite hard to achieve that ‘umami’ that I’m used to from
French food. The name ‘Avec Moi’ did pique my interest, to me it gives
off a certain approachability and accessibility than other French
restaurants that mostly represent overwhelmingly high-priced fine
dining. Avec Moi , which means ‘With Me’, seems to invite you to join
them in their journey in making a satisfying meal that you might
actually enjoy. So I took my foodie friends along and check the place
The restaurant is nestled inside Thamrin City office park, it is
about two stores down from the famed Tana Mera Coffee shop and parking
is easy to find as they have plenty of space for cars right outside of
the establishments. As you walk in, you will be greeted by friendly
staffs that will seat you right away and embraced by a nice, warm
ambience that settles you right in.
The restaurant is run by a couple, the chef who is also the
husband; named Chef Romano is a Malaysian citizen whom married to an
Indonesian. He used to work in Singapore as a chef for couple of years
and decided to be with his wife in Indonesia and open a French
restaurant here. His passion is French cooking but without having to
sacrifice his Asian palate background (again, who can deny the
full-blown palate most Asians has?). With that in his heart, his style
of cooking became undeniably French with asian fusion, and that makes it
a contemporary French fusion dishes. His dishes are rich in flavors,
staying true to core ingredients (he mentions of always keeping it
simple) without sacrificing the 5 stars food quality
The restaurant is a three storey building, the first floor has
approx of 25 sitting capacity and the second floor is designated for a
private group functions and where the working kitchen is. The third
floor is scheduled in the near future to be the designated wine bar and
lounge area. The interior is clean, contemporary and bunny themed
inspired. The bunny-eared chairs are definitely a scene stealer.
True enough, my gut feeling was right, it was more of a casual
dining more than formal dining with excellent service. The waiters and
waitresses have good knowledge of the menu and could explain in details
any question asked. Let’s move on the food shall we.
Salade Avec Moi ( IDR 65k)
Chef Romano came down from the
kitchen to personally introduced us his restaurant and the menus, he
insisted to let us try the signature salad of the restaurant. True
enough it became our favorite dish; ample amount of chicken breasts, the
freshness from the mesclun (edible leaves), the sweetness from cherry
tomatoes, the sourness from the sesame dressing, the right amount of
saltiness and the crunchiness from the fried onions infused beautifully
together. It is truly a perfect appetizer not to be missed.
The term“SOUS VIDE”, as I
learned from watching a lot of Masterchef TV series, is actually a way
you cook the chicken meat; by putting the chicken in an air-tight
plastic and leave it to steam with an average time that is more than the
typical cooking time (it can go on to about 6 hrs). By this method, it
allows the meat to maintain its moistness. The chicken was then lightly
pan fried to achieve a mouth-watering crispiness that crunch as you
bite. The mashed potato as side dish was cooked to perfection and so
were the fresh grilled vegetables and mustard sauce to complete the
dish. I called that good cooking.
Seabass Grenobloise (IRD 98K)
The presentation of this dish was
irresistible; its colorful greens and perfectly cooked pan-fried sea
bass, the mashed potato and Grenobloise sauce is mouth watering.
‘Grenobloise’ is a French term for sauce that is made of finely chopped
shallots, capers, parsley, browned butter and zesty lemon. It was love
from its first bite and I was already thinking of a second serving.
Bacon carbonara (IDR 78k) and pasta amitriciana( IDR 85k)
pasta dishes are non-halal as it is served mostly with bacon, however
you can request to the waitress to serve halal as the bacon can be
replaced with chicken. When ordering the pasta, you can choose two types
of pastas; the spaghetti or the linguini. The amitriciana pasta was
good and it was made to perfection, but I was not thoroughly impressed.
from the amitriciana, the Bacon Carbonara is by far more delicious. The
aroma itself was mouth-watering. I know for sure that this dish will
pamper my taste bud and it truly did. Do mix the pasta well together
while it is hot to achieve a creamy flavor that melts in your mouth.
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