Saturday, May 21, 2011

Savory and Sweet at Levain boulangerie & patisserie, Jalan Delima, KL

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Levain boulangerie & patisserie (French words for bread bakery and pastry/sweets bakery respectively, for us Malaysians :P) has opened for a while now in the heart of KL. They've been making quite a name for themselves for their bread, pastries, cakes and desserts, with a special imported stone oven that supposedly makes everything just taste better. They also do food, though, so we head over for dinner and dessert - emphasis on the dessert, of course :)

Like many of the eateries around the area, Levain has been converted from a residential bungalow, which makes it actually pretty inviting from the outside.

Once you step into their doors, the bakery is on the left where there are a selection of bread and pastries. Quality over quantity/variety seems to be their selling point.

Since we're here to eat in, we place our orders at the cashier and adjourn to the dining area which, thanks to the high ceiling, feels very open and bright.

Enough about the place though - on to the food! Creamy Mushroom Chicken Soup (MYR5.40) was nice and creamy, with enough bits of mushroom to give an interesting texture. Not too salty, too!

Moving on to the Seafood Aglio Olio (MYR12.50), which comes loaded with seafood - prawns, fish chunks and sotong. Taste-wise I have to say it was just par for the course, though, and the pasta itself could perhaps be a tad bit more al dente.

Moving on to desserts, we pick out a Bartlett Strawberry Tart (MYR4.90) from the bakery section. Interesting combination of flavors as the 'base' of the tart was very similar to banana bread.

Our Beryl's Chocolate Truffle Cake turned out to be above my expectations. Mostly because I don't like Beryl's Chocolate - but the chefs at Levain have managed to conjure up a cake that doesn't overpower the palette by being too sweet or too 'sticky.'

Finishing off our dessert run with some Macarons (MYR3.60 per piece for 1-5 pieces, MYR3.30 per piece for 6-9 pieces, MYR3.00 per piece for more than 10). These were pretty good, if perhaps lacking a little 'chewiness.' I especially liked the blueberry flavored one. Macarons are only really enjoyable if you've got a sweet tooth though, cos they tend to be *very* sweet.

Overall, the breads, pastries and desserts were good. Food isn't anything to shout about, but if you need to feed your sweet tooth then the food's good enough to act as tummy filler.

Levain Boulangerie & Patisserie
No. 7, Jalan Delima,
Kuala Lumpur.
+603 2142 6611


  1. Sounds like a good place for fine dining!

  2. The desserts/pastries/bread are nice utt the food is only just "OK." (or at least, the one soup and pasta that we tried).