Casual French dining at Topshelf, Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI)

Topshelf, Taman Tun Dr Ismail - restaurant Apparently I’d told my sister about this place but I don’t remember it. She went there once, twice and asked me to come along during her third visit.

Topshelf is in the Lorong Rahim Kajai area, along the row behind Sid’s. If you’d google for news of it, the owner mentioned that he’d wanted a place where diners can enjoy casual French fare without paying through their noses, or falling all over themselves trying to pronounce the dish names to a snobby, judgmental waiter. I might have paraphrased.

The set up is clean and modern, if not a tad industrialised. The menu isn’t large but they consist of basic French fare which seems well-prepared. To quote someone, “they don’t have a lot of things, but they do every thing relatively well.”

Loved the Crispy Aromatic Duck which is actually Peking Duck in disguise. Make a mini pancake out of it with shredded cucumber and hoisin sauce. Really gets the appetite going. Loved the Soup of the Day, it was tomato cream and heavenly.

Liked the Pesto Capellini: angel hair pasta, fresh pesto, toasted pine nuts, truffle oil and shaved parmesan. Could be a main if you want but best to share it as a starter.

Loved the Monster Meatballs Spaghetti, an item on the kids’ menu but in fact serves an adult. Really moist, juicy giant meatballs with chopped tomatoes and herbs. I might go back just for this one. Loved the Bouillabaisse with Spicy Rouille: seafood stew cooked in white wine and saffron served with toasted bread. Tasted like ocean’s essence… in a good way. Light and rich, amazing combination.

Loved loved loved the Steak Au Poivre: 220gm of black angus fillet mignon, done medium rare. I can’t give it enough accolades, you’ll see the photos later.

We also had: mussels in white wine broth. Wasn’t rich enough for me. The other pastas were meh, pasta itself was overcooked but that’s apparently a Malaysian thing. Why you Malaysians like to eat overcooked pasta, why you tell me why??!!?!?! Desserts were more than decent, the Apple Tarte Tatin (upside down apple pie with vanilla ice-cream) is highly recommended.

Topshelf is at:
61 Lorong Rahim Kajai 13, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, KL (*Google Map link*)
Tel: +603-7727.7277
Opens 12pm โ€“ 12am daily

Nah, photos.

Topshelf, Taman Tun Dr Ismail - starters
Crispy Aromatic Duck (RM??) Pesto capellini (RM20)

Topshelf, Taman Tun Dr Ismail - starters and kid's pasta
Moules mariniere (RM29), Soup of the day (RM15) and Monster meatballs spaghetti (RM20)

Topshelf, Taman Tun Dr Ismail - main courses
Linguini alle vongole (RM28), Linguini ai frutti di mare (RM36), Bouillabaisse (RM43) and Classic steak au poivre (RM89)

Topshelf, Taman Tun Dr Ismail - steak
You need another photo of the steak

Topshelf, Taman Tun Dr Ismail - dessert
Creme brulee (RM18) and Apple Tarte Tatin (RM18)



  1. Hey the prices seemed reasonable. And yeah i have to agree with you. I hate overcooked pasta. Not many places knows how to do it al dente!

  2. Cheryl Yee says:

    Chotto Matte – did you say this place is French Casual Dining? But Pasta is Italian right?? Curious do they do breakfast? Do they serve nice Croque Monsieur too…ada website kah?

  3. Eiling: It’s all pretty decent! ๐Ÿ˜€ Yeah you have to request for al dente padahal it should be served as such ๐Ÿ™ Oh well ..

    Cheryl: Some sprinkling of Italian lor, heheheh ๐Ÿ˜› Don’t think they do breakfast as they open from 12pm onwards. Don’t think got website ๐Ÿ˜› I think you might like it, go try lah! Nice environment.

  4. Oh yah, they have duck confit, coq au vin etc. All classic French fare… and beef bourguignon.

  5. I know right?! I don’t like overcooked pasta too! Just like I don’t like overcooked maggi mee!

    Would love to check this out. I tried out Natalie’s Gourmet at Publika and loved the place. Am gonna be all atas and try out all the French places around town hahaha.

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