In the midst battle of French fine dining place, a new haven for French cuisine lovers has finally come to the rescue. Situated at Ginger Li Kemang’s old spot, the new restaurant, Elysee, will take your taste buds to the next level – without leaving you penniless. I just got invited there by my good friend, Haseena (yes, the wine lady), Laura Hasjim, and Marsha Hasjim (owner of Elysee), and here’s what I found. Beforehand, I would like to apologize for the photo. I used up my iPhone instead of my usual camera, as I left my memory card at home. But I do hope that these images can give you all an insight on the food.We started off by trying some cocktails – and I mean lots of cocktails. The first one up is the Elysee French Martini. Despite its feminine name, you’ll find this drink surprisingly deadly. Based with peach vodka, raspberry liquer, red grape, and pineapple juice, this cocktail is the perfect drink after a productive day! The drink above, is called the Green Summer. FIlled with peach, vodka, melon liquer, honeydew melon juice, and kiwi syrup, this drink is not as strong as the french martini. However, this drink comes with its own little surprises – see the small bubbles? It pops when you take a bite of them. Hence, it creates that great crunchy sensation. Try asking to get more vodka on the side – perhaps it’ll charm your taste more. Last but not the least, we have the Nat’s Fizz. (I’m sorry, I got carried away on guessing the ingredients that I sip it all!) But it’s red in colour – this is one of the most unique cocktail that I have encountered in the city. Mixed with blended scotch whisky (yes, whisky!), home made strawberry mint, and soda, this drink is also worth trying – especially if you’re a big fan of Jack Daniels, and his other friends. Now for the food, here are some of the major dish that you should try!
Start off with Tea Smoked Salmon Corn Chowder. It’s a must try! I didn’t managed to get a photo cause its quiet hard to get a great soup photo. Anyway, the soup is cream based – but the best thing is that the texture is not too creamy, which you usually found on the ordinary mushroom soup. It has a perfect texture which doesn’t create a sticky after taste in your mouth. Plus, the soup is spruced up with some chill – creating a more subtle spicy taste. And you can find the corn is deliciously crispy – as Chef Patrick Farjas, Executive Chef of Elysee – puts it at the very end – to prevent the corn from getting mushy. A must try! Meanwhile, the dish above is the Escargot Baked in Bite Size Potato Burgundian Style. What’s interesting about this dish is the escargot is placed on top of a potato, which brings out the escargot taste perfectly. This is one of the city’s great escargot! The Marinated Salmon in Lemon Juice, Shallot, X-Tra Virgin Olive Oil, Toast & Sweet Butter is my favourite dish of the night! Yes, the salmon is raw – but it’s marinated in lemon juice, to balance the taste of the salmon. And overall, the salmon is sliced up in thin proportion – making it easier to digest with bread and butter. We paired up this dish with some white wine. Ask for their wine menu – they stocked their bar pretty nice. I’ll definitely come back and have more! Then on, we have the Seared U.S Sea Scallops, Pistcahio Nut, Sauteed Fennel, Fork Mashed Potato & Cured Lemon. It was pretty hard for me to get a great view of the dish. But don’t you worry about the taste. The scallops is extremely chunky – and crispy. I do think that this dish may come as a little bit salty to anyone. So if you’re not a big fan of salty food, better ask the waiter to tell the Chef to ease up on the sauce. Lastly, we have the Grilled Marianated Beef Flank Steak, with Chimichurri Sauce. I was extremely stuffed when I had this dish. Thank goodness for all the wine to help us digest everything. What I like about all of the dish in Elysee is that they are well presented, with a generous proportion, and plenty sauce, as well condiments on every dish. I find this beef however a little flat in taste, but I think it has a major potential to be a great dish – as they use a very promising quality beef. Perhaps it’s my stuffiness that made me unable to digest this dish clearly. This dish is accompanied by accompanied by a great Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile, called the Ventisquero!
Wait! Don’t you dare to walk out before you have their Apple Tart! It may look ordinary, but looks may be deceiving. Upon the first bite of this tart, you can literally feel the crispy sugar at the top, and plenty of apple fillings inside. Extremely rich in flavour!
Plus, if you have more rooms for more dessert, you should have the New York Style Cheesecake. The crust is made with almond, and sugar dough – with is accompanied with plentiful of mascarpone cheese, egg, sugar, vanilla, cream cheese in the ingredients of the cheesecake. You may find this cheesecake a little bit sweet – which is a good thing, as many people use starch within this dish. Our dessert is accompanied with a fantastic dessert wine, make sure you ask the staff for recommended pair. It’s divine.As an overall, it’s the aim of the owners and the Chef to make a memorable French dining restaurant. And you’ll be suprised with the price they place at this haven. What I can say is it ranges from IDR 38.000 – IDR 135.000. Oh and don’t forget, you can grab some fine cheese, and homemade bread to go! It’s display upon your entry. As the ambience, it’s a great place to have a quiet dinner with your love ones – especially when it starts to rain. Truly, a memorable place.
Elysee Restaurant & Wine Bar
Gedung Kemang 37 (Celebrity Fitness, Forme) – Jl. Kemang Raya 37.
RSVP: +6221 7179 1220