There seems to be a certain kind of magic in Seksyen 17 Petaling Jaya where the area had burst up with new establishments that include The Little Heritage House, The Gastro Project and more. Amid a sea of jewels, Soleil which means “sun” in French stands proudly in the area bringing you the delicious cuisine.
Serving mostly modern European cuisine with subtle Asian influence, the restaurant boasts a plethora of fresh imported and local seafood options as well as other delectable items including a small selection of meats and pastas on its menu. The restaurant layout is split into two floors with the ground floor catering comfortably for up to 45 persons. The second floor houses the restaurant’s wine cellar as well as the cigar lounge and private room. Upstairs has a maximum seating capacity of 35 persons.
Helming the kitchen with the Belgium Chef Evert Onderbake who is well known name in local dining scene as well as scene with the seafood flair. The area’s fine dining quota may be exhausted by Isadora Chai’s Bistro à Table, but Chef Evert steers from French tradition with touches of Asian influence. The focus is seafood, whipped up into dishes like marinated crab meat with avocado and tomato (pictured), alongside fresh catches of fish and scallop. Upping the restaurant’s clout is Yuhei Teraoka, an established sommelier formerly of Cilantro.
We started off with the Marinated Crabmeat with Avocado, Momotoro Tomato and Basil Sorbet (RM 45.00) where the dish was made with the freshest ingredients made everything taste divine. The crab meat went well with the sorbet, butit was the avocado that stole the show with its slick texture and silky mouthfeel.
Serving next is the Smoked and Glazed Dutch Eel with Foie Grass Mousse, Beetroot and Citrus (RM 50). I love the way it is served with the creamy and fragrant blend of taste and each mouthful was sinfully addictive. The eel remains moist and made a great match with the foie gras mousse.
The Open Ravioli with Poached Canadian Lobster, Fine Vegetables and Seafood Emilsion (RM 70) won my heart after the first bite. This dish brings up the overall taste where the bites of bouncy Canadian Lobster served with the cubes pumpkin with it. The seafood emulsion is well paired with the whole dish concept, and I loved how it is done with the flavourful blend of taste in it.
The Homemade Tagliatelle with Cod Roe Butter and Pan Seared Hokkaido Scallops (RM 50) was a good one. Al-dente made on the pasta, with the huge Hokkaido Scallops had made my tummy drolling when it was served. Every monthful brings us with the creaminess in it with the hint of light saltiness from the cod roe. And what’s more was the huge scallops; it’s so juici-licious!
Our mains consisited of a beautifully-presented Oven Roasted Rack of Lamb with Turnip, Sweet Potato. “Ras el Honout” and Fried Lamb Nam (RM 125) and a Oven Baked Duck Breast with Onion-Lefe Compote, Sauteed Baby Carrots and Duck Leg- Orange Cannelloni (RM 70)
The presented Oven Roasted Rack of Lamb with Turnip, Sweet Potato. “Ras el Honout” and Fried Lamb Nam (RM 125) had brings to our surprise where Chef Ondervaje who is known to do marvelous things with fish, had made the lamb a bigger impression. When Paired with the turnip, sweet Potato. “Ras el Honout” and Fried Lamb Nam where the tender juicy meat came alive, bursting with flavours.
The Oven Baked Duck Breast with Onion-Lefe Compote, Sauteed Baby Carrots and Duck Leg- Orange Cannelloni (RM 70) did not disappoint me either. The baked duck breast came awesomely good with the zesty taste from orange cannelloni itself. As for the duck breast, all were well made with the tender and moist without any greesy taste in it.
We were indeed fully indulged with their mains, and nonetheless we persevered and finished the meal with a bold interpretation of the Malay Classic, The Pandan Crepe with Banana and Gula Melaka (RM 26) and also the Valhorna Araguani Chocolate and Hazelnut Fondant with the Espresso Ice Cream and Bergamot Sorbet (RM 28)
The Pandan Crepe with Banana and Gula Melaka (RM 26) presented uniquely on the table with the Asian Influenced . Cutting into the green parcel shapped like a moneybag, you will be instantly greeyed with the banana scent with the plam sugar and the bonus of the coconut sorbet. I am amazed with the dessert itself and it is indeed a double thumbs up to the dish which had captured my heart.
As for the Valhorna Araguani Chocolate and Hazelnut Fondant with the Espresso Ice Cream and Bergamot Sorbet (RM 28); it melted my heart with the premium chocolate which was being used in the preparation. I love the chocolate mousse which is added with pop rocks in it as well as the creamy ice cream. It is such an indulgence.
Overall, the restaurant gave me double thumbs up with the freshest of the ingridients as well as the clever combination of flavours.
Address: Jalan 17/54, Seksyen 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Hours: Open today • 12:00 – 10:30 pm