[Penang] Authentic French bistro fare at Two Frenchies, Bishop Street


(Peter) #1

The newly-opened, 2-week-old Two Frenchies on Bishop Street (the street itself is named after the 18th-century Toulouse-born French Bishop Arnaud-Antoine Garnault who settled here in 1781) offers perhaps the most authentic French bistro fare in Penang. Owned by two long-time French expatriates in Penang, Bruno Guillon and Cedric Delmotte, Two Frenchies is an oasis for good Gallic home-cooked fare on a little street which used to be Penang’s High Street a century ago.

Fronted by Diana Delmotte, the amiable Penang-born, French-speaking hostess (and wife of Monsieur Delmotte), Two Frenchies provides the perfect break for travellers who want a respite from Penang’s assertive Chinese-Indian-Muslim street fare, relax over a glass of wine & indulge in good French bistro classics like a soupe à l’oignon, boeuf Bourguignon or blanquette de saumon.

Two Frenchies took great pains to ensure 100% authenticity in its dishes, a departure from the usual practice in Penang of localising its Western fare, be they American, Italian, Spanish or any other European cuisine, to suit the local/native palate.

What we tried so far:

  1. Soupe à l’oignon (French onion soup).

  1. Escargots à la Bourguignonne (snails in garlic–herb butter).

  1. Croque-Madame (French toasted sandwich with gruyère, béchamel sauce, topped with a perfectly fried egg).

  1. Quiche Lorraine.

Mains
5. Confit de canard (duck confit from the South-west region of France). The rendition here was perfect: fall-off-the-bone tender duck-meat, on rich but not too creamy mashed potatoes.

  1. Blanquette de saumon - my fave dish there so far, the rich creamy sauce was exquisite, and the fish was perfectly-cooked.

  1. Boeuf bourguignon - utterly delicious here. The chef made sure cured pork was used to impart the rich, salty tang atop the deep, mellow flavours of the stew.

Desserts
7. Profiteroles - the ones here were filled with ice-cream instead my fave filling: whipped sweet cream.

  1. Vacherin with mango coulis (meringue with whipped cream & mango sauce).

  1. Mousse au chocolat - very rich, chocolatey flavours. Perfect textures.

  1. Pancakes with caramel - this item is available on Two Frenchies breakfast menu: very tasty as I polished off both pancakes despite having had two heavy courses earlier.

Two Frenchies continues to add to its menu as its kitchen settles in. Really looking forward to the new items it plans to add to its current repertoire.

Address
Two Frenchies Cafe Bistro
36, Lebuh Bishop
10200 George Town, Penang
Tel: +604-261 2000
Opening hours: 11.30am to 10.30pm daily, except Monday (closed).


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#2

Wait! They used pork for a beef dish?!

Those are really classic French dishes that serve in a brasserie. I love profiteroles.


(John Hartley) #3

Everything looks “right”, Peter - except the pancakes. Maybe just the photo, but they look like thick, American style ones, rather than the thin ones that the French (and Americans) call crepes.

FWIW, we always put bacon in boeuf bourguigon. I always thought a bit of pig was traditional but happy to be corrected by naf.


#4

I was gardening all day today, my head was spinning in all direction and couldn’t think correctly. You are right, there are always some bacon.


#5

I don’t think they try to do a French pancake at all. It is chantilly and caramel that is French in the dish. You eat crêpes and galettes in a crêperie, you see them rarely in a normal restaurant.


(John Hartley) #6

I’m impressed you’ve had good enough weather to garden. I managed an hour, in between the heavy rain, a couple of days ago, but that’s been it. I’m still trying to catch up on jobs from the autumn when I couldnt do anything after my knee operation


#7

Today it was exceptional, grey sky but no rain, warm 14ºC. I spent the whole day picking up dead leaves and doing karcher. Unfortunately I didn’t finish the job, light was gone around 5pm, but I insisted an hour more with a lamp, difficult to know what I had done. Tomorrow announced a storm, so I will be cooking.


#8

To judge from your report and photos (especially of the duck confit), you’d be hard-pressed to find many Stateside bistro that would elicit a similar review.


(Peter) #9

You’re right, Harters - I’d also have preferred crepes to pancakes. But this is actually a (more substantial) dish on their breakfast menu which we wanted to try, and not really on the dessert menu - but they were happy to oblige. :joy::joy:


(Peter) #10

naf, Harters
Actually, purists would have recommended cured pork or bust, since bacon would give the dish a different flavour.


(Peter) #11

Back for lunch yesterday - the poulet rôti with gratin dauphinois was really worth a return trip.


(Jimmy ) #12

Two thumbs up for this review!


(Peter) #13

Thanks. :joy::+1: