Taman Tun Dr. Ismail in Damansara, Kuala Lumpur is fast becoming a food hub with more and more specialty restaurants taking residence there. This was not always the case as I grew up in this neighbourhood and recall how in the 80’s and 90’s there were only a couple of Chinese coffeeshops and mamak restaurants. Fast food joints such as McDonalds, Grandy’s and White Castle did open their outlets there when the very first Jusco in the country opened in TTDI but they didn’t last very long and only KFC remained until McDonalds recently made a comeback to the neighbourhood.
Anyway tucked away near the end of Lorong Rahim Kajai 13 and behind the row of shophouses which houses Sid’s Pub and 42 East is the unassuming little French restaurant Topshelf which has actually been around serving up French fare at affordable prices since March 2012.
Not the usual style which is drenched in cream and cheese but delicious nonetheless. Went well with the rustic bread. Good start to the meal (couldn’t kiss my partner in crime without having some breathmints first though thanks to the garlic).
A very refreshing salad with apricots and nuts. Not the most common ingredients in salads but very welcome as the combination of flavours and textures really complemented the greens.
Quail with an orange glaze which imparted a bright and perky sweetness to the bird which was beautifully cooked. However the star of this dish to me was the deliciously addictive bacon hash that I simply couldn’t get enough of especially after we broke the egg and let the gooey yolk run all over it.
Confit is a cooking term for when food is cooked in oil or fat at a lower temperature than deep frying. This seals in the flavours and tenderness of the meat which is then finished off in the oven giving it a nice crispy skin! We finished up the silky smooth potato puree with the chicken jus which was full of flavour! I ended eating most of this as my partner in crime wasn’t really one for fried (or in this case confit) chicken.
This was a rustic and very hearty dish! The tender beef went well with the broth which didn’t taste too green (much to my relief). Ask for some bread to mop up the remainder of the broth!
Beautifully torched caramel crust on top which we gleefully tapped with our spoons until it shattered! Do share this one as it is quite creamy! A delightful little dessert!
DECADENT! Terribly decadent! The mixture of textures and flavours was good. The rich chocolate creneux was balanced out by the acidity of the strawberries, and oddly enough the olive oil and sea salt added an extra dimension which prevented you from getting too overwhelmed by the richness.
Topshelf is a restaurant that charges decent prices for pretty delicious fare, and this restaurant is a great addition to the food scene in TTDI. Who says you need to break the bank to enjoy French food?
Topshelf is located at:
61, Lorong Rahim Kajai 13,
Taman Tun Dr. Ismail,
60000 Kuala Lumpur,
Telephone: 03-7727 7277
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/topshelf.kl
*prices shown above excludes the government and service tax