Saturday, January 11, 2014

The best kouign amman in Asia, and a long, relaxing dinner at Brasserie Cicou



This evening, I had a long and relaxing dinner at Brasserie Cicou in Greenhills, with an ambassador and his wife, who I see as often as possible, when two sets of very busy lives (complicated by a never-ending Travelife!) are involved.

We sat down to dinner at 7 PM.

Time must've flown because when we got out of the restaurant, it was 1130 PM. For four-and-a-half hours, all we did was talk about the world at large.

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REMEMBERING A GOOD MEAL

When the ambassador's wife and I were discussing where to go for dinner several days ago, I'd suggested Brasserie Cicou because I remembered we'd had a very nice meal here sometime back as well.

And I knew the ambassador was keen to eat here again.

So was I.

TALK ABOUT DEJA VU



We ended up having almost the exact same menu.

I love oysters, and I usually prefer them fresh and raw, with a drizzle of lemon.

But I think the oysters Rockefeller at Brasserie Cicou are just heavenly.

THE BEST IN THIS PART OF THE WORLD




The other thing Brasserie Cicou makes so well is the kouign-amman, which is a delicate and flaky sweet pastry from Brittany.

This is my absolute favorite in the world, and so few places make it very well.

FEW AND FAR BETWEEN.
EVEN IN PARIS.



In Paris, for instance, many bakeries have it but so few serve one that I would turn my world upside down for.

The best place I've found is the Park Hyatt Place Vendome, which serves kouign-amman for breakfast in their buffet and via their room service.



SO NICE TO HAVE IT AGAIN

Outside of France, I've never really found a proper kouign-amman until I had it for dessert at a lovely home in Forbes Park some years back.

Brasserie Cicou was catering for two tables of guests, and Cyrille Soenen served this kouign-amman for dessert with salted caramel ice cream.

It was the best I've ever had outside of France, and I was in raptures.

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GOOD CONVERSATION

Fortunately, he also serves it at Brasserie Cicou -- and this alone is good enough reason for me to head to this part of the city every once in a while, in between a Travelife.

And over dinner, we talked about history, culture, the economy, politics and a whole lot of other things besides -- all wonderful topics that are always part and parcel of my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife. 

Which is, incidentally, starting again very soon...



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