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Monday, June 20, 2011

Food: Ficelle Boulangerie & Patisserie @ Taman Danau Desa

Taman Desa serves as a meeting spot of sorts for Adam and his guy friends. Be it a yumcha session or a game of Left4Dead, Taman Desa has been their trusty go-to place for awhile now. In fact, in our early dating days, I had been subject to a cybercafe or two in Taman Desa. Let's not go there. :p

With their frequency in that area, one would think that they would have had all shops accounted for, but even this one eluded them. Ficelle Boulangerie & Patisserie is rather new, and nicely hidden away in the corner of the Taman Desa square of shoplots (or its other name, as I recently found out, Danau Business Center). Ficelle is an arm of the management behind the hugely successfully Levain at Jalan Delima, and that much is evident when you reach the place.

Dressed in hues of ivory, Ficelle looks very much like Levain, right down to the lighting and the whole feel of it all. The only difference is that only outdoor seating is available here. It doesn't matter however; they've made it comfortable to sit outdoors in the mornings. Shady trees engulf their surroundings and fans are generously situated, making it quite delightful indeed.

Pretty macarons all lined up.

Didn't quite feel like breaking my bank for macarons during brunch, despite how alluring the colours were, so it was all about the bread this visit to Ficelle.

A large array of desserts for some sweet-tooth tingling. Is it just me, or does Ficelle have more desserts than Levain?
The cakes also looked very tempting (especially their Swiss roll slices, which came in some intriguing flavours) but we gave that a miss as well this visit. I guess we were both looking forward to a carb-laden meal.

I am and have always been a fan of chicken floss (especially sandwiched together with bak kwa - dried barbecued meat; but that's a story for another day), but I'm not quite sure it worked in this Ham & Chicken Floss (RM 3.50) bun. The dough was soft enough; the mayo & ham combination tasty enough, but the addition of chicken floss and onions made for a strange combination.

A (greedy) variety of croissants - from left to right, the Cream Cheese Croissant (RM 3.20), a plain Croissant, and a smaller Chocolate Croissant. Ficelle's croissants are flaky and comforting; there's nothing like a good croissant to start your day with. Adam especially liked the last one, topped with a nice smooth crust of semi-sweet chocolate to sink your teeth into.

I didn't quite fancy the Cream Cheese Croissant though. There was a fair amount of cheese, but to me it tasted like it had come straight out of a Philadelphia Cream Cheese box with nothing added; no sugar, no dash of lemon, nothing. As a result, this croissant was more savoury than sweet, which wasn't what I was expecting. Adam liked (gosh, I'm starting to think we have very conflicting tastebuds) the plain, rich taste of the cheese filling though.

We also tried Ficelle's brioches in the form of adorable cubes - a Caramel Brioche (RM 1.50) and a slightly larger Chocolate Broiche (RM 2). A brioche (apparently pronounced bri-yosh) is supposed to be a French bread that is light and buttery due to its content of butter, milk & eggs amongst others. Google Images shows pictures of brioches that are anything but square, so I'm guessing the cubes are a Ficelle-inspired novelty.

Several reviews online complimented the brioches, so we decided to try both. The dough was certainly light and airy, but the fillings weren't all that rave-worthy. The caramel was the better one; it had more flavour and the texture was silky (it oozed out of the dough when we cut it open!) so try this one if you must. Don't bother with the chocolate.

My personal favourite was this monster of a bun - the Maple French Bread (RM 4.80). I loved the thin layers intricately laced with maple syrup. The outside crust was chewy but the insides were soft and moist; high reminiscient of bread and butter pudding. Each bite held a tinge of the fragrant maple syrup flavour. Adam didn't like this as much and it really was too big for me, so this unfortunately went unfinished.

Although quite a fair number of Levain favourites (custard cream donuts, mentaiko buns, caramel danish) are seen here; variety-wise, I still think Levain wins (although since profits go back to the same management anyway, it's all win-win and laugh-to-the-bank for them). However, the serenity at Ficelle is a much welcome change compared to the insane crowds & subpar service at Levain. I certainly prefered not having to fight through queues over here.

The corner lot transformed into a lovely setting.

Ficelle Boulangerie & Patisserie | Facebook
11-0-12, Jalan 3/109F,
Danau Business Center, Taman Danau Desa,
59100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-79830211
Opening Hours: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

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