Baz Luhrmann would approve of this new French diner in Bukit Bintang.
There’s a new French restaurant in town and it’s unapologetically metropolitan—no clichéd roses on tables or instrumental orchestra wafting through the air here, instead it prides on its tall windows and French food done global. The no-frills Brasserie Fritz is a French oasis at the heart of Kuala Lumpur and it takes its role seriously.
The latest dining experience by chefs extraordinaire Christian Bauer and Eddie Chew, the faces behind Troika Sky Dining and Mr Chew’s Chino Latino Bar, the two-floor Brasserie Fritz is located on the intersection of two of the city’s busiest streets, yet is calm and cosy inside. Walking into the restaurant one would immediately feel transported into the roaring 20s, sans the top hats and long cigarette holders—or any indoor smoking for that matter.
Similar to the Empress Dowager Cixi’s painting upstairs at Mr Chew’s, the entire space is a tied together by a centrepiece, an art deco wall installation that looks straight out of the movies. Aptly, the food served is just as ambitious as the décor too.
Fusing traditional French cuisine with global influences, the menu features well-known dishes that are presented with a twist; case in point: Fish & Chips fried in thosai batter and served with cucumber raita. The taste of the thosai was as authentic as it gets, a familiar prelude before revealing the juicy cod fish underneath.
At Brasserie Fritz, guests can enjoy an upscale culinary escape with reasonable prices. From the contemporary terrazzo floors to the all-day three-course Plat du Jour set menu available for RM65++, the restaurant offers a relaxed and friendly dining atmosphere.
Starting at 7am, Brasserie Fritz opens its doors with an Australian-style breakfast menu filled with hearty options, like the Deep Fried Three-Minute Eggs with cauliflower, cashews, tamarind dressing and dried chillies, which can be paired perfectly with a ‘Boozy Breakfast’ Bloody Mary or a cup of coffee made with Melbourne’s famous Vittoria beans.
From 11am until 1am, the kitchen stays open to serve a wide range of dishes: whether it’s from the Little Plates menu or the seafood counter, these sharing-style dishes are ideal for large groups, while for mains there’s the Mussels à la Fritz, prepared with choucroute, mustard, tarragon and potatoes; and the Confit Lamb Shoulder.
Speaking of seafood, Fritz also boasts a decadent seafood bar called The Seafood Counter, which displays the freshest seasonal delicacies flow in from around the world. From here, you either order the beautifully presented Fritz Platter (RM135++) or the Grand Fritz Platter (RM210++) for an introduction with an assortment of lobster, crab, mussels, clams, whelks, prawns, oysters and scallops, which are all available to be served fresh or in a variety of preparations.
And of course, what’s a metropolitan eatery without a well-equipped bar. Have a drink on the pewter bar top fitted by Royal Selangor where customers can enjoy an ice-cold beer or one of Fritz’s many indulgent hot chocolates, made entirely from single origin chocolate sourced from Brazil, Ecuador, Tanzania and Malaysia.
The special 70% Cocoa chocolate uses beans from Pahang that are fermented for six days in used Glenfiddich whiskey barrels, producing a truly unique and well-rounded cup of hot chocolate. All the hot and cold chocolates are made without any added cocoa powder, sugar or additives and are also available dairy free.
At 4pm, the mezzanine bar comes alive as the first guests stroll in for “L’Apéro”, Fritz’s Happy Hour that lasts until 8:00pm, offering a selection of beer and wine, as well as Gin & Tonic variations. Happy Hour is available for RM15++, including complimentary bar bites. A must-try cocktail is Alexander The Great, a creamy concoction that combines both cacao and coffee.
For dessert, indulge with a deep-fried Banana Split or the upside-down Pineapple Tarte Tatin with Star Anise Ice Cream. Or pick something from Boulangerie Fritz, the in-house bakery stocked up with an assortment of freshly baked croissants, pain au chocolat, pastries, pies and most importantly the Baby Cakes.
WOLO Hotel, Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur.
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