Bistro 42, Bangsar Village II

bistro42 bangsar village

Bistro42 is a quaint little dining place in BVII that has a weird seating arrangement consisting of regular tables and chairs with a plush sofa (complete with comfortable pillows) flanking the side. It also has a quasi al fresco area outside the main restaurant:

bistro42 bvii

You get what I mean when I say “al fresco” right – it’s smack dab in the middle of a shopping mall so it’s not a real open air dining area. That means no smoking, no cooling nighttime breeze (unless you count the central air conditioning) or any other activities you’ll associate with the phrase al fresco.

bistro42 bangsar

However, Bistro 42 does have pretty good food. I’ve been there a couple of times and if the place looks slightly familiar to you, it’s because it used to be T Forty Two. It now comes with a revamped menu and I went there last night with Kim to check it out.

bistro42 kim

Anyway, the story behind dinner with Kim is quite interesting in itself. I met her in 2008 while on a vacation in Miri. There is a funny story somewhere in there but that’s a bit of an #insidejoke. Heh. That was over 3 years ago and she came over to KL sometime last year. I didn’t know that and while hunting for photos from when I got out of rehab, I stumbled upon one of us and put it up. Kim had just started reading blogs again, saw it, and we got in touch and made plans for dinner.

bistro42 bread

…and that, my friends is the totally irrelevant background as to how I had dinner with Kim in Bistro42 last night. smirk

bistro42 waygu beef cheek

Slow Roasted Wagyu Beef Cheek (RM 45.90)
I knew I was going to order this when I saw it on the menu, It’s served with carrots, mushrooms, tomatoes and mashed potatoes. It sounds pedestrian from the description but when the dish came out, it looked (and tasted) wonderful.

wagyu beef cheek slice

The wagyu beef cheek is superb! It’s melt-in-your-mouth tender. The beef cheek literally falls apart when you slice into it – you can even eat it with a spoon! The sauce it’s swimming in complements the juicy slab of beef cheek perfectly. Kim tasted this and says it totally kicked her dishes’ ass.

tiger prawn linguine

Grilled Tiger Prawn Linguine (RM 49.90)
This is in a reduction of lobster bisque and finished with a touch of cream. The size of the tiger prawn is pretty generous and I was amazed to see that Kim can actually peel the shell off the tiger prawn using nothing but a fork and knife:

shelling tiger prawn

peeling tiger prawn

No shit. I’ve never managed to master that.

bistro42 wine

Anyway, I found this pasta dish quite good actually. I like the lobster bisque reduction – it goes well with the seafood based linguine. It’s the perfect pasta sauce. My only complaint is that it only has one tiger prawn. Granted, it is rather large but still…

bistro42 food

Bistro42 has a small but satisfactory wine list. The bottles starts from RM 100 so expect your meal to be in the RM 250 – RM 300 range if you have wine with your dinner. Bistro42 also has a very interesting cocktail called Lemon Meringue Martini. It’s made with vodka, Limoncello, lemon juice, sugar and fresh milk. It’s like a dessert cocktail – check it out if you’re there.

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26 thoughts on “Bistro 42, Bangsar Village II

    • Yeah but then it’s not wagyu beef per se – it’s the cheek. :)

      Wagyu steaks go for about RM 199 per 300 grams here.

      I like the cheek though – very tender stuff. :D

    • Yup, this is the wagyu beef cheek place. It’s very tender stuff.

      They also serve wagyu steaks – marble 7 – at RM 199 per 300 grams. :D

  1. HB, I see this restaurant mixed of French and Italian style cooking new age cooking. I do like how they present the dishes which I always look for in restaurants. Since it called a Bistro food should be made with reasonable price ingredients. But restaurants misuse the word Bistro thinking it upscale and charge upscale price in their business for it.

    French use Bistro for cafes for Country French Cooking not too fancy type but more home cooked style.

    • Yup, it is a fine specimen of tiger prawn indeed! :)

      You’ll be sick if you eat 1 kg of smaller prawns. Haha. I’ve tried eating a lot of cocktail shrimp in a single sitting but I couldn’t do it.

    • Hello Eiling! :)

      Hey, you really know your wines. I just simple chose one from the list. Haha!

      The wagyu beef cheeks are great – it literally falls apart when you cut it. I think you can even eat it with a spoon if you want to.

      It’s that tender. :D

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