Restaurant review: Chez Gaston – French immersion in Bangsar

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If you have wondered what happened to the French restaurant Rendezvous in Bangsar, you’ll be happy to hear that Chef Flo is now steering Chez Gaston bistro in another location in the same neighbourhood. Here too, the fare is authentic French, with dishes like you’d find in France, at reasonable prices.

Just looking at the raw wall with plants lining the cobblestreet-esque sidewalk gave me visions of the Old World. The food is top notch and Chef Flo was accommodating to our children and to make suggestions. He even shared the history of some dishes that date back to his grandfather’s kitchen. We definitely felt the warm welcome like we had just stepped into Chef Flo’s home.

The adults enjoyed the refreshing sangria, while the kids were treated to Oasis Tropical, straight out of Chef Flo’s childhood and his favorite drink.

We had a wonderful assortment of entrees, especially if you like pâté. Our kids tried it for the first time, bonus points for that! The cold cuts were wonderful as was the tender smoked duck. 

Of the mains, the beef bourguignon was amazing – and was the winning choice of our 7-year-old. The husband preferred the sea bass with saffron-cream sauce. I definitely would recommend anything with the unique honey-glazed goat cheese, like the salad or the grilled chicken, which was the favorite of two of the four of us. 

I can also see the tomato-based fish soup being a hit with those who love seafood. The recipe is from Chef Flo’s father’s restaurant, where customers apparently order the soup to takeaway by the litre.

All the dessert were hits. The obvious winner was the chocolate mouse, with honorable mentions for the floating meringue island and the superb crème brule.

Our kids tried dishes they have never before tried, and entertained themselves with games and French board books stored in an antique armoire. There is some outdoor space that could occupy them for a longer time, especially when the patio is finished being renovated – hopefully they can add pétanque!

While we look forward to the physical upgrades, the biggest obstacle is that it’s hidden off Jalan Abdullah in Bangsar, and parking is not so easy (we found our spot just a 5-minute walk away) – so you have to be up for a bit of an adventure. But if you can Grab, or don’t mind the short stroll, it’s worth checking out! You have your choice of specialized cultural food, or amazing versions of favorites for the whole family- all prepared to perfection. If French is your cuisine of choice, you should give Chez Gaston a try.

Coming soon:

  • Air-conditioning (April)
  • French-inspired mural
  • Terrace plus kid-friendly patio
  • Other spatial upgrades

Lazy Sunday Promos every Sunday 12pm to 3pm including:

  • Ricard RM9+ per glass
  • Red/white/rose House wine RM15+ per glass/RM75+ per bottle
  • Thierry Grandin Champagne RM220+ per bottle
  • Red Sangria RM32 + buy 1 free 1

Address:
12 Jalan Bangsar Utama 9
Phone: 011-3993 0036

We were hosted by Chez Gaston for this review, but as always, opinions are our own and honest.

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