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The menu is wide-ranging here, and the crew have put together a whole host of options for those wanting to dip their toes in gently. Case in point: the fantastic value-for-money set lunches (RM 19+ for a two-course meal and RM 26+ for a three-course), the 2-pax sharing set (RM 190+ for smoked salmon, foie gras terrine, prawn moscato, beef bourguignon, cheese platter and dessert), and upcoming weekend brunches amongst others. We went a la carte to try as many dishes as possible, and left knowing we'd need to return to try the remainder of the menu. But more on that in the upcoming blog post. For now, here are some of the highlights:

The fish soup (RM 15) was excellent. Sticky, jammy, intensely fishy. So so good, and very reminiscent of a powerful ramen both. Apparently it's Chef Florian's mum's recipe! Equally good were the escargots (RM 22) - more garlicky than creamy, with an understated, muted preparation that highlights the wonderful texture. The beef bourguignon (RM 48) lived up to expectations too, thankfully. Rustic and homey with a thick, concentrated stew, this was a lovely dish that reminded one of our writers of Canadian winters and slow-cooker dinners. Though the beef check came out quite a bit better here.

Naturally, we tried a lot of other dishes (foie gras terrine, big mix platter, Charolaise grilled ribeye, boudin noir, salmon, prawn moscato etc) but we'll leave that for blog-day. For now, we'll wrap up by highlighting the desserts: the floating island, in particular. Incredibly airy and fluffy, to an almost ridiculous degree, it's like scooping into an aerated egg-white version of cotton candy. Loved it. And it's a fantastic representation of Chez Gaston in its entirety - it's affordable without breaking the bank, it showcases the kitchen's attention to technique, and it's served up without frills and fanfare. Good, honest food in a very pretty-looking spot: what else can you ask for? A terrace? That's coming soon.

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