Friday, February 20, 2015

Franco at IOI City Mall

Driving back home over the Chinese New Year holidays, we decided to stop over at the newly opened IOI City Mall at Putrajaya. This mall was opened only a few months back and looked very impressive from the outside. As soon as  we parked and got out to the Lower Ground Floor, we were stopped at our tracks..Literally. TOO many people on this we could hardly move. Lower Ground was packed with food joints of all sorts. We decided to walk a bit to a uncrowded area before getting a bite but the stretch is really long. Never realized how long this mall was until then :-)

Finally we found a restaurant at a non busy area of the Lower Ground Floor. Great location , its and advantage for us. Franco! Its a French Japanese Fine Casual Dining Retaurant.

 The place was really nice. It was situated at the Parkson end of IOI City Mall. Crowds in this area was comparatively lesser but it was still quite packed at Franco's. Now, what would you expect from a French Japanese fusion restaurant. We spoke to the manager of this outlet, who was very helpful in explaining what they had on the menu and what was recommended. Their highlight is actually the Franco French Toast. But our luck, it was out of stock. All toast was out, so we had no chance to try it. But this is how it looks on the menu. Next time , we got to come again. It looked really good.

Ragu ordered Franco Ice Coffee, that came in a really cool bronze tumbler. Coffee was ok. He wasn't jumping up and down. It came with milk and sugar separately.. The kids had a ball mixing it.

I ordered a Peanut Butter and Banana Shake ( RM13.80). It was recommended and true to its word, it was wonderfull. We could feel the smoooth banana flavor and it blended so well with the crunchy peanuts. Its basically a drink that you can munch on :-)
But make sure you share the drink, cause towards the end , it can get a bit "jelak" .

The kids ordered Nuttela Pancake ( RM16.80) and Berries Cheesecake Parfait ( RM14.80 ) .

The Berries Cheesecake was perfect - and it was recommended too. Its not like the ordinary cheesecake you get, its actually layers of strawberry compote, cream cheese, shorbet -type ice cream, drizzled with strawberry sauce and fresh strawberries and blueberries. It tasted awesome. Cream cheese had the perfect taste. It took no less than 3 minutes for the kids to wipe it clean. Definite worth it to see the happiness on their faces. No regrets!

The Nutella pancake however wasn't much to shout about. It took ages to come, although justified that the pancakes are whipped upon order to ensure the freshness. The pancake was light , fluffy but slightly dry, even with the nutella inside. For the price of the dish, we expected more nutella, but very little cane. The presentation was pleasant, with a big star in the middle. We'll have to try other pancakes next time.

They have other items on the menu, pastas ( one vegetarian spaghetti option)  , Souffles , Souffle Pancakes and Toasts.. Definitely worth a stop over guys when you see this shop.

They have 3 outlets so far, with the IOI City Mall outlet being the latest, just opened on the 19th of Feb 2015.

Other outlets are at
FRANCO @ 1 Utama. Lot 146, G Floor (Old wing), 1 Utama Shopping Centre, 48200 Petaling Jaya. Tel:
+603-7731 8923 FRANCO @ The Curve. Lot G49, Ground Floor, the Curve, No. 6, Jalan PJU 7/3, Mutiara Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

FRANCO @  IOI City Mall LG-80C & 80D, Lower Ground Floor, IOI City Mall, Lebuh IRC, IOI Resort City, 62502 Putrajaya, Sepang. Tel:
+603 8959 3928

Bon Appetit !

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