The dinner at Bourgogne’s Maison Lameloise was a pilgrimage trip that struck the heart of French culinary experience. It is the epitome of what French cuisine has stood for centuries- its paragon of technique, presentation, and most importantly, taste.
We booked a table at 7.00...pm. We were shown directly to the table at the corner of the room. The room was well spaced and fitted with many colourful abstract paintings which effectively contrast with solid coloured brown chairs and wavy grey carpet floor. The restaurant was well lit. Instead of candle light, Lameloise opted for LED lighting that mimicked the effect of wavy candle light minus the afterlight mess. The wine glass was thin and crisp. It is aesthetically pleasing just by looking at it. The glass even has a slight bulge in the bowl which provides more contact with air to the wine when the glass is swirled.
The restaurant has extensive wine in its vault. The list is so massive that it is more ecologically friendly to store the list on a tablet rather than in a hardcopy.
After selecting an aperitif, tiny bites of Hors d'oeuvre are served. The food is immaculate and artistically beautiful. It is as though we are sitting in a theatre enjoying the show. Rather than light projecting onto the silk screen, the show manifested on the plate waiting for you to taste.
I began the course with crab & mullet with creamy foie gras and black currant oil dressed up with microgreen (9/10). The taste of foie gras in the crispy transparent pancake goes well with the mango and mullet. The pollack with artichoke is also cooked to perfection with onion broth gravy (10/10).
The highlight of these courses is the suckling veal. The veal is well cooked but a bit bland for my taste but the taste and the texture of perfectly cooked sweetbread is out of this world. The chef technique is first class. It seemed that as the meal progressed, the chef was showing off his skill through the art of the plate and the palate on my tongue. The cheese plate is just divine. You can pick any of the cheese on the tray and it will be as good as you can imagine.
Overall, it was a wonderful epicurious experience, the food, ambience, wine and its services. However, I felt that this restaurant has very little human touch. Don't get me wrong, Maison Lameloise is a great restaurant but there are a few nuances that prevent Lameloise from attaining perfection. Even though the service is faultless, the personnel are a bit too uptight. Every word that each personnel converse felt like regurgitation from preemptive text. It is not at all bad to have some protocols but too much of it seems out of touch.More