I have a preferance for restaurants that offers something out of the ordinary, regardless of the size of their dining space.

Any business; and I think this applies even more for F & B businesses, should attempt to differentiate themselves from the hundreds of other similar establishments.

Often, it’s these unconventional items that kept the customers coming back; not to mention to being the crowd puller at the initial stage.

For Petite Millie, I would return for their “Poutine“; a Canadian dish of comforting fries drowned in brown sauce and with cheese curds. Nothing beats the feel-good buzz in the head when one chews on these fries, soaked with the delicious savoury gravy.

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The glamour-tized versions of Poutine can be found here, one of which I had recently, The Beef Cheek Poutine; a bowl of incredibly tender cheeks and fragrant from the truffle oil. I love the gelatinous texture of the meat and the crispy fries smothered in brown gravy. The dish came added with my favourite button and shimeji mushrooms.

6 Hours Braised Beef Cheek, Freshly Ground Pepper and Truffle Oil. RM26.00.

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Another specialty here is the Tarte Flambee, a thin pizza from Alsace. Tarte Flambee is to northern Alsace what pizza is to southern Italy. So no worries if you’re inclined to refer to this as “thin crust pizza” for technically, you’re not far off the mark.

Avocado and Crab … c’est une bonne vie! RM19.50.
Fragrant Thyme – Lemon Oil, Chive – Crab Meat Salad with Avocado.

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Making this starts with bread dough which was rolled out as thin as a crepe. Where this differs from your common pizza is that the dough is spread with creme fraiche, a sour cream mixed with white cheese called fromage blanc.

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As expected of a bread-whore, I loved this, especially the cream base. The thin crust lessen some of the guilt that comes with eating too much carbs but seriously, it was the base that makes it so good!
The pliable dough is crisp at the edges and the cream added moisture while the fresh crabmeat went very well with its bed of sweet, caramelized onions.
The next item you absolutely have to try is the Tartine. Again it’s one of Petite Mille specialty, though not as complicated to make. Tartine is of French origins and is essentially an open-faced sandwich, preferably using country or whole grain breads. So no, your open face sandwich on top of a slice of Gardenia bread doesn’t qualify!

Luv a Duck. RM23.50.
Peppered Duck Breast & Fresh Rocket Leaves, Orange – Dill Aioli.

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Dill Aioli and a good slice of country bread would make me a happy girl, what more with savory smoked duck!

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This came with toasted bread sticks that were originally from the sides of the tart flambee. Much healthier than fries for sure! :)

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Frankly, I’m still of the opinion that though the food was good, prices are still a little on the high side considering the portions served. For some, the quality of ingredients used and the effort that goes into the preparation justified the cost. For me, the mains were generous enough, but the starters could have been bigger.

Anyhow, the mains didn’t wow me as much as the starters and salads.

White Truffle Oil Fish Pie, one of that’s their signatures – RM36.50.
The Magnificent White Truffle Oil Baked Fish Pie with Shiitake Mushroom.

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Basil Oil Tossed Spaghettini, RM28.00. 
Seared Rare Tuna Loin a la Plancha, Tomato Beurre Blanc and Zucchini. 

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I find both palatable, but they wouldn’t be my choice of order if I re-visit Petite Mille.
The soup was something else. Thick and satisfyingly hearty, this wasn’t coyingly creamy but instead intensified with flavours of potatoes and leek. Thumbs up for this!

Roasted Leek and Potato Veloute. RM12.50.
Chive – Ricotta Smoked Fish Tartare and Avocado Oil.

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Portabello Sandwich. RM 18.50.
Comte Cheese, Toasted Walnuts & Bell Pepper Relish.

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I had the Petite Mille Salad before this and I loved it. The dehydrated vegetables (carrots, corn and another which I can’t recall) retained its flavours though it was dehydrated, and these added texture to an otherwise plain salad.

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I’m just as in love with The Portobello Salad. The mushrooms were huge, sweet and juicy. The greens were a bit overdressed so it was quite oily but that’s just me. Do keep in mind that I have a tendency to avoid anything oily.
Below: Salads starts from RM14.50.

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Petite Mille offers a good selection of desserts. I had the Apple Crumble back on my first visit in February and the same again last week. I must say the taste was consistent.

February 2012.

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May 2012.

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Cinnamon Crusty Napolean RM14.50.
with Seasonal Fruit and Berries, Mango Sherbet.

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I’m not a fan of sorbet but this was good! Unlike the usual face contorting sour ones, this one was sweet with a pleasant tinge of tang.

You can’t go wrong with the smoothies here. On both visits I ordered smoothies and it was satisfyingly thick with the perfect ratio of fruit juices to ice.

Juicy Dreams (Strawberry, Melon & Lychee). RM14.

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I can’t remember what exactly this was.

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My dining partner then was contented with her tea, but this time round, Andrew complained that the coffee gave him too much of a buzz.

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Hot Cappucino. RM7.

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This Tartine was from a previous trip, complimentary due to a promotion that was running at that time.

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Below: Complimentary bread to start our meal.
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Spreads: Garlic, Olive tapenade and good old butter.

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Each table comes with a black soft box that lets you store your belongings/handbag at the bottom of the table. A thoughtful touch I’ll say.

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Petite Millie  (pork free)
Lot LG146, Ground Floor, 1 Utama Shopping Centre,
Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 03-7732 0395.

For more of my EATS in 1 Utama:

1. Putien opens in Malaysia- serving authentic Heng Hwa (or Xing Hua) cuisine from China
2. Moo Cow, my favourite froyo is in 1 Utama! Current new flavours for CNY is Mandarin Orange & Dragonfruit!
3. AK Noodles House for a economical meal
4. The Soup Restaurant – nourishing soups and dishes originating from treasured family recipes that are distinctive and traditional
5. Yong Tau Foo Eat and Happy – Cheap & tasty La Mian! Recommended!
6. Recommended! Opika Restaurant – Wholesome organic food – Love the Nasi Ulam!
7. Not recommended: Noodle Shack – Traditional Mian Fen Guo – small portions, lacking in taste!
8. Petite MilliePoutine, Tartine and Tart Flambee!  

Comments

  1. says

    Been meaning to give this a try every time we walk past it in 1U – especially that poutine! :D It does seem to be filling up quite nicely, was rather quiet in its first week or so. You’re right, it looks like a lot of effort went into the dishes. Does the food take long to arrive then?

  2. ulric says

    Too bad I dislike soggy fries :(

    The Tarte Flambee I like…wonder how many I can polish off at one go…hehe =)

    Max is superb with his soups n desserts…no qualms for me in ordering them here :)

    • says

      Ah so u like the soups and desserts (same like me!)
      The 3 signatures are good, just pricey fr the portion, mains are ok but worthy for the serving sizes. Aiyo, so how, I like the starters but I find it pricey.. hahaha
      but i’ll pay fr the poutine! So yummmy! :D

  3. ulric says

    Haha…skip the starters lar…go for soup, a poutine (a tarte flambee or two for myself), and maybe a dessert or two…hehe :P

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