Eastern’s Brasserie @ IpohAugust 1, 2010 | 12,551 views
Panfried Cod Fillet Mango (RM24/USD7.30) – A slab of thick, succulent and sweet cod fillet served atop the bed of irresistibly yummy mashed potatoes, garden vegetables and a refreshingly fruity coulis of mango.
The premise previously occupied by Rendezvous Cafe at the corner of Brewster Road (Jalan Sultan Idris Shah) and Cockman Street (Jalan Dato Onn Jaafar) has been given a new shot of life recently. Eastern’s Brasserie is owned by the same management team of Eastern Hotel (soon to be opened in November 2010 tentatively; a projected spanking new boutique hotel as opposed to the previously disdain, dilapidated outlook).
A relaxed, spacious and classy ambience defines Eastern’s Brasserie; with a surprisingly satisfactory level of customer service.
I came to know about Eastern’s Brasserie from the All About Ipoh Facebook page, whereby one of the admin posted the pictures of aesthetically pleasant dishes resembling European cuisine, and subsequently generated a positive vibe circulating around this new addition to the upmarket dining scene in Ipoh. Read on for the insights into the dishes, prices and location ….
A generous portion of Soup of the Day; Potage of Broccoli and Potato (vegetarian). That’s the famous blogger of Ipoh Mali Talak Sombong digging in into the creamy soup.
The menu at Eastern’s Brasserie thankfully does not include 101 items. For you know how some restaurants tend to be slightly too ambitious and chuck in every single cuisine, fusion, and combination ever existed on the face of this Earth. Only to get confused and lost in the mix – a perfect case of Jack of all Trades, Master of None.
Here’s a brief rundown on what they offer :
Four types of salads – Smoked Salmon (RM12), and Salmon Pate with Salad (RM10) sound fabulous.
Three types of soups – Crabby Cream of Corn, Potage of Broccoli and Potato and a cold Puree of Carrot Orange (all for RM8 each)
Four types of pasta (RM14 – RM16 each) – Fisherman’s Carbonara, the typical Bolognese and even one with Mushroom Ragout (vegetarian)
Ten main courses (RM18 – RM35) – Grilled Lobster (RM75 for a 300-450g crustacean), Seafood Trio Platter, Eastern’s Lamb Stew, Cod Fillet with Mango, Flame Grilled Beef Tenderloin, Grilled Lamb Cuts etc.
The Grilled Chicken with Mushroom Ragout that comes with the Set Lunch (RM24/USD7.30), inclusive of a soup and a drink.
They do offer three varieties of mains for the lunch and dinner sets, the difference lies in the drink (for the lunch set) and dessert (for the dinner set) included for the price. The sets are priced from RM22/USD6.70 onwards, a steal considering that the price is nett, without service charges or government tax.
(In comparison, both Citrus and Brewster’s serve lunch sets at RM18++ each, but Brewster’s did not provide any drinks, while Citrus’s set includes a drink, a soup AND a dessert. Just for comparison sake.)
Iced lemon tea with sour plum – Included in the Lunch Set
The Grilled Chicken had a really strong whiff of charred, smokey aroma (in a positive manner), rendering every bite of the juicy, flame-grilled boneless cut a joy to savour. The earthy tone of the mushroom ragout provided a nice foil to the creamy bed of mashed potatoes (not polenta, really!), and the sticks of blanched (or boiled?) French beans and carrots completed the hearty ensemble.
The cod fillet was good, accentuated by the citrus-y coulis of mango – A sweetish thickened slurry of fresh mango pulp, sugar and cornstarch (a recipe HERE, in case you’re interested).
The first thing that came to mind was how painstakingly detailed they emphasized on the presentation of the dishes; and the sheer delight of having the staff attending to our requests with much glee.
Usually a new outlet (as Jason would say, give them 3 months before justifying their worth) is doomed by the bane of under-staffing, poor PR skills, lack of training, etc. But at Eastern’s Brasserie, the level of service was almost faultless, except from a few hiccups due to language barrier.
All the staff on duty that afternoon were Malays, in case you’re curious to know. But they really pushed their limits and tried to attend to every table with a smile, and in a positive manner. Kudos to them, for good service will naturally lead to customer satisfaction; ensuring repeated visits.
Poached Guava (RM10/USD3) – Half a guava tenderly poached in a ginger and rose syrup, served with a scoop of ice-cream
If you had noticed, the portions were not exactly mind-shatteringly humongous, except for the soup maybe. The desserts (four choices) looked to be promising on paper – Poached Guava, Baked Apples, Apple Pie ala Mode, and Grilled Pineapple (all for RM10/USD3 each).
I chose the Poached Guava, for this is a rarity when it comes to desserts in Ipoh. Seldom do we see pears and apples poached/baked served by the common cafes in Ipoh, let alone guavas and pineapples!
Minor gripe here : They could have asked what flavour of ice-cream I wanted, as I saw the other table ordering the same dessert and served with a different flavour instead. Chocolate-flavoured ice-cream does not exactly match the fruity, delicate flavours of the poached guava and puree of dragonfruit reduction; even to the point of being slightly overwhelming.
The restaurant is located on the ground floor of Eastern Hotel. No signboard yet for the time being.
Eastern’s Brasserie is in the process of being granted with the HALAL certification from JAKIM soon enough. Hence this is good news for the Muslim diners who are craving for a decent Western diner in Ipoh, but yet felt disappointed from the below average quality of most, or pork-free outlets that still serve alcohol.
The team running Eastern’s Brasserie were well-trained in the F&B department; claiming to have worked in a five-stars hotel in Kuala Lumpur prior to this. That may explain the above average quality of service, in comparison to say …. Cocooon Cafe in Greentown where I waited a good 40 minutes for my food, and the under-informed staff.
If you have run out of ideas on where to bring your loved ones for a pleasant meal, try Eastern’s Brasserie for a change. The place had been renovated thoroughly, hence you get a brighter ambience unlike Rendezvous’s of previous years. Do share your dining experience here, either in a positive or negative light.
EASTERN’S BRASSERIE (*HALAL – in the midst of applying)
No 118, Jalan Sultan Idris Shah,
30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Telephone : 605-254 9847, 6012-471 9847 (KK Loke)
Business hours : Lunch (12.00pm – 2.30pm), Dinner (7.00pm – 10.00pm)
Closed on Sundays.
Here’s a GOOGLE MAP to Eastern’s Brasserie
* Customers can park at the Eastern Hotel’s parking lot, entering from the lane behind*