Followed by our most recent review of Whimsy, we were lucky to have been invited to review Le Petit Chef, or as it referred to across the world, ‘The World’s Smallest Chef’. Located on the first floor of Elements bar and restaurant, on TREC, Le Petit Chef did not disappoint.
For those of you who have never been to TREC before, it is Malaysia’s newest entertainment hub, with Zouk KL as a main tenant and dozens of smaller clubs and eateries in one central location. Spanning over 28,000 square meters, this dining and nightlife hub is set along Jalan Tun Razak, with expansive views of the Royal Selangor Golf Club, Petronas Twin Towers and Menara KL Tower.
Le Petit Chef is an innovative dining experience that tells the story of a small animated chef, who is brought to life using 3D projection technology. For the first time Malaysian diners will be able to indulge in this immersive experience.
Le Petit Chef tells the story of a thumb size Frenchman, who prepares the dishes in front of the diners and right onto their plates. But of course, the chef isn’t real, the actual food aspect of the experience is inspired and taken care of by chef Steve Ariffin. Diners can expect the highest standard of French fine dining, in their signature dishes: ‘Ootoro Tartare’, ‘Bouillabaisse’, ‘Tail Spin’ and ‘Le Boeuf’.
For the night, diners have a choice of four menus details of which you can find on their website; Chef De Partie (RM299) standard four course menu, which could be upgraded to Sous Chef Menu (RM499) which gets you an additional glass of cocktail/mocktail by World Class Country Winner Osmund Bernard upon arrival at the lounge and RM50 voucher for all Elements outlets; while the five-course Le Grand Chef Menu (RM999) comes with an add-on of a glass of Champagne, a welcome platter of three canapes, a RM100 voucher and a Tropical Colada Experience. There is also a Junior Chef Menu (RM99) for kids aged between 6-12 years old.
As unique and fascinating Le Petit Chef experience is, we are here for food after all. Without any further delay let me proceed with a food experience we had, which was right on par with our expectations!
First Course – Bouillabaisse
Le Petit Chef meal begins with a short video presentation and well-trained waiters adjusting the pure white plates on each table to ensure the projections can be seen clearly. Soon after that, diners get their first glimpse of the little chef. You can’t help but laugh at his antics. His seaside adventure involves very realistic movements, sounds and details, including getting on board a jet-ski and fighting off an octopus tentacle.
Before long, the aroma of prawn and crab bisque begins to fill the room and a piping hot meal, Bouillabaisse, brought to us replacing the animation. Filled to the brim with Koji Seabream, Hokkaido Scallop, Japanese Surf Clam and Saffron Aioli, this course instantly makes us crave for more! They have done a great job reconstructing an animated meal as well as measuring up to our taste expectations.
Second Course – Tail Spin
As the meal progresses, Le Petit Chef gets more and more entertaining. We have a variety of videos and pictures trying to capture the atmosphere and quality of dining experience, but we highly recommend for diners to experience it themselves, as you need to immerse in the atmosphere to fully enjoy this dining experience.
The second course – ‘Tail Spin’, consisted of Butter Roasted Fresh Water Jumbo Prawn (featured in both animation and the dish itself) with Black Truffles, accompanied by Avruga Caviar, Foie Gras Reduction, classic Sabayon sauce and Polenta Cake. Prawn was packed with flavours and polenta cake, together with a caviar as its sidekick produced a wonderful dish.
Main Course – Le Boeuf
As I personally went along with their standard menu, it is important to note that Le Petit Chef is very accommodating to diners unable to consume beef or various other dietary requirements. For those of you unable to eat beef, you can opt for a tender, slow cooked, confit chicken breast with a truffle chicken jus. My partner opted for a chicken and vouched for its creamy and delightful flavours.
Tenderloin Beef not only complements the animation but the Bordelaise Sauce comes together so well with this thick and juicy cut that it certainly was my highlight of the evening. Cooked to perfection as medium-rare and accompanied with Charred Broccoli and Konbu Butter Glazed Carrot this 150gm of tender steak was lying on a bed of Pommes al a Robuchon (Joel Robuchon won his Michelin stars with his famous pommes puree). Surprisingly, even with a perfect tenderloin, the real revelation in this meal was mashed potato.
It is impossible to describe Le Petits dessert in one word, except maybe to use the same one Le Petit Chef himself uses in the animated video: “Tadaaaa!”. Malted Vanilla Ice Cream, accompanied by a Dehydrated Meringue, Strawberry Orange Blossom Sauce, Caramelized White Chocolate Bavarois; multiple Raspberries, Blueberries and Strawberries.
Just when you think it’s done and you can immerse yourself into this spectacular spectacle of a dessert, the crew of Le Petit comes out to scoop smoking aerated Valrhona 70% Dark Chocolate onto your plate!
One can’t help but smile at the end of a such a unique, immersive dining experience! We have really enjoyed this innovative journey of exploration and discovery. They showed an interesting interplay of 3D animation and gastronomy in the same package. Certainly a one off and unique experience I would highly recommend to everyone. And trust me, even if you find faults with the dining side or the innovation side of the experience, post it on your Instagram videos and it would make even your most skeptical friends a bit jealous!
Elements – Le Petit Chef
HIVE Unit H-G-11
TREC, 438, Jalan Tun Razak
Kelab Golf di Raja Selangor, 50400 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +60 32282 6413
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