29 March, 2015

Franco Malaysia @ 1 Utama Shopping Centre

Formerly known as Miam Miam, the renamed Franco Malaysia has gained much popularity since its first opening in 1 Utama shopping mall and people are willing to queue for 2 whole hours just to have a try on its signature French-Japanese fusion cuisine. Now the queue is very much lesser as Franco has opened many outlets around The Curve, IOI City Mall, Penang and more to come. 

Due to the massive crowd on a Saturday evening, the restaurant gets quite stuffy and I don't quite like the noisy atmosphere that disrupts the conversation at every table. I understand why service gets slow at this hour, so be early and wait patiently for the food to be served :) 

Hot Matcha Latte @ RM10.80 / Iced Matcha Latte @ RM11.80

Even the mineral water / sparkling water here comes with a price tag of RM9.80, so we may as well opt for some self-claimed superior quality green tea beverages. It uses stone grinded top grade Japanese green tea. I love my Matcha latte; so full-bodied, aromatic and delicately steamed with milk. 

Franco's Spaghetti Yumeina @ RM26.90

For something warm and comforting, tuck into the all-time favourite plate of spaghetti prepared in Japanese style. What makes it a standout is Franco's secret broth, Japanese shoyu that alleviates the dry pasta and brings extra flavour to the dish!

Tossed with French butter, the pasta is cooked al dente and pairs well with sauteed frankfurters, tomatoes, baby spinach and smoked turkey ham. Not forgetting to mention the Onsen egg that oozes out its golden goodness when stirred with the ingredients. 

Famous French Toast @ RM16.80

My curiosity arises from the description on the menu: "An absolute must-have! Don't ask, just order." Well, almost every table orders this, so I, too, must give it a try. Served with a big dollop of chilled whipped cream and maple syrup, the legendary toast is soft, fluffy and melts in the mouth with eggy and buttery aroma! Definitely a crowd pleaser! 

Be sure to savour the thickly-sliced toast with generous amount of whipped cream. otherwise it may be tad dry and tasteless. Being a dish loaded with carbs and sugar, it may get heavy on the palate and one can't possibly finish all 6 pieces of toast by oneself, therefore sharing is recommended. 

Matcha Souffle @ RM16.80

Another must-have dessert is the perfectly baked souffle, which rises above the brim and forms a firm crust on top. A gentle poke into the souffle then reveals an incredibly smooth interior made of homemade vanilla custard and light, airy meringue. 

With a touch of top grade Matcha powder, green tea souffle is more aromatic and less sweet for my liking. Definitely a must-have for green tea lovers!

1. Taste wise, it is acceptable for me but I find it overrated and does not worth the queue.
2. Since it is dubbed as a "fine casual dining" restaurant, the service needs plenty of improvement.
3. Revisit? Probably not. I'd rather go for plenty of good desserts at much affordable price out there.

Franco Malaysia
Lot 146, Ground Floor,
Old Wing,
1 Utama Shopping Centre,
47800 Bandar Utama,
Petaling Jaya,
Facebook: fb.com/FrancoMalaysia
Business Hours: 10am - 10pm daily

More outlets:
The Curve: Lot G49, Ground Floor, The Street
IOI City Mall: LG-80C, LG-80D


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