I've seen Madeleine Bistro's reviews on other blogs: Gastro Afficionado, JenzCorner and GoodFoodGoodLife. The reviews were positive and the photos looked really inviting, so I told myself that I just had to try it someday. Alas, the opportunity presented itself when I saw the promotion disdus.com, it was such an awesome deal, that I hit the "buy" button without further ado!
Madeleine Bistro, as the name suggests, is a French-dining establishment. It is comparatively new, but it's rapidly gaining popularity among both locals and foreigners. At the time of my visit, it was slightly late for lunch, so the bistro was quite idle. But the leftover patrons were from different walks of life, from expats to local celebrity (Sari Nila was there with her group of friends when I visited). I was so happy as it was just the perfect setting for taking photos of the fancy & romantic French-style interior as you can see below.
First things first, I requested permission to take photos and told them that I'm a blogger. I think that was partly why, the crew took great care in serving me, a solo & random diner that came armed with a pocket digital camera and an invisible sign on my forehead screaming "ya better serve me well, or I will bitch about ya"...LOL! But, who can resist attentive & warm service, right? ;)
A complimentary bread basket came first with Madeleine's home-made herbed butter. Oh dear, I fell in LOVE with the butter, I even asked if it's sold separately! It is the best herbed butter I've ever had in my entire gastronomic life!
From the selection of entrées, I opted for the curious one: Potage de Potiron et Rillettes de Celeri, which is simply a yellow pumpkin soup with celery bits and topped with cinnamon foam. Oh, FYI: entrée has different meanings, depending on which part of the world you're at. Curious? Find more info here. What about the soup? It was savoury, but tends to be sweet, it is pumpkin after all. The cinnamon foam made the soup seem even sweeter. The soup was finely done, but perhaps it didn't suit my palate at that time.
|Potage de Potiron et Rillettes de Celeri IDR 40,000|
In the French dining culture, a sherbet is served to neutralize your taste buds after the entrée and before le plat principal (main course). Madeleine served this refreshing & lightly sweetened pineapple sherbet.
|Pineapple Sherbet (complimentary)|
And next, came the main course: Faux Filet de Boeuf Sauté. I had one scoop and immediately understood why such a fine dish was one of the popular dishes here. The sauteed striploin mixed perfectly with the rich creamy mushroom gravy. And ah, the scent of the white truffle oil was addictive! (I'm a mushroom fan through & through =P) The entire ensemble was a real treat to the senses!
|Faux Filet de Boeuf Sauté IDR 175,000|
The Warm Cherries Jubilee was another popular item here. Can you see the dark cherries confit under the thin biscuit (actually the proper name is tuile in French, which means thin & crisp cookie)? Yes, that is the main star of this whole ensemble.
|Warm Cherries Jubilee IDR 40,000|
Having paid for my voucher in advance, I only ended up paying for my bottle of Equil Natural Mineral Water. Hey, it's bottled right at the source in Europe, so of course the jet fuel needed to fly it all the way to Indonesia didn't come cheap, right? ;)
|Equil Natural Mieral Water IDR 20,000|
For the attentive staff, pleasant ambiance, delish cuisine and laudable effort to French-ize even the toilets, Madeleine's earned 4.5 of 5. Felicitations Madeleine! =)
JL. Kemang Raya 89 (Gedung Kemang 89)