Bonjour monsieur, madame, mademoiselle. Ça va?
I went out for lunch again with the ex-colleague. The same ex-colleague who shared me that flowery road photo. Usually either one of us would pick the other up, today I was the passenger. As usual, we would make plans to have lunch, but when both of us are in the car, the first question would be: “要吃什么？(What we gonna eat?)”
So today, we rather spontaneously decided to check out the row of shops at the newly opened Summerton, a condominium/shop-lots property close to Queensbay Mall. When I said new, it is actually not that new. Shops there have opened for business as early as a few months ago, but we have never set foot to this row of shops before. Time to break the duck, so to speak.
We spotted this cafe/restaurant when we arrived,
Cool! A French restaurant. The last time I had French cuisine was like a few years ago. So, C’est La Vie it is!
The cafe looked somewhat promising. I mean, the moment you enter the cafe, you will be greeted by this,
And when you get past this stand, you will see this,
The place is actually quite nicely decorated. It is a cafe, one does not expect expensive and over the top decorations here.
Yeah, I think that Wall of Fame is fake though. I mean, I think the staff wrote all those sticky messages by themselves. Lovely as decorations though.
So far, so good… and it got even better when we saw the price for Set Lunch.
RM 12.90 for a French set lunch sounds too good to be true, no?
Well, yeah, that is because it is really too good to be true. Look, look closely at the menu. Click it and enlarge to see more clearly! Are you able to spot any food item that sounds even remotely French?
My mood basically plummeted the moment I saw the set lunch menu. Bloody hell. They gave the cafe a French name, placed some Eiffel Towers in the cafe, but they’re selling chicken chops and pork chops. I checked their ala carte menu as well and it is basically the same things. WTF?! Can I call this, intentionally misleading gullible potential customers?
We placed our orders anyway. Like the Cantonese saying: 洗湿咗个头 the head (hair) is already drenched with water (it is too late to back off). But I was beginning to re-calibrate my expectations while waiting for my food to be served.
Let’s show you the food..
For the drink, I got myself an iced lemon tea. The soup… well, maybe the soup is a French dish, I don’t know. To me it tasted just like a watered down canned tomato soup. Not necessarily a bad thing when you set the right expectations. The price is cheap, remember?
When we tasted our main course, we became confused. The taste was actually très bien! Maybe we were expecting the worst, but the food turned out quite tasty! Both of us thoroughly enjoyed our main courses. The portions were quite small though.
I’m not going to tell you whether you should or should not give this place a chance. I’ll just list down what I like and what I dislike about this place.
Likes: Nice decor, quite cheap, delicious main course.
Dislikes: Small portions, misleading cafe name, BLOODY NOT FRENCH CUISINE.
Well, actually, if you are Penangite, I think you can give this place a try. After all, there are so many small little cafes that you are willing to try, so why not this one? Just don’t assume that it is a French restaurant, then I think you might possibly enjoy the food here.
If you are interested to check this place out for yourself, here’s the address and contact, and they also have a Facebook page:
C’est La Vie Cafe & Restaurant
110-1-18, Summerton Persiaran Bayan Indah, Bayan Lepas, Penang
Appendix A: Amateur French lesson
C’est La Vie! – That’s life!
 Bonjour monsieur, madame, mademoiselle. Ça va? – Hello sir, madam, milady. How’s it going?
 très bien! – excellent!
If on any remote chance that you are reading this post, Mr/Mrs Owner:
Please lah, I know you did not specifically claim to be a French restaurant, so I should not say that you are misleading us, but, I mean, seriously, C’est La Vie? And those Eiffel Tower decor? Come on man. At least add escargots as one of your available appetizers lah. At least one French dish would be nice. That would be my sincere suggestion 😉
I think your food is nice though. Much nicer than most of other small little cafes that I’ve been to in Penang. Keep it up, yeah? 😉