Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Osteria RealBlue @ Solaris Dutamas

Run by a chef from Bologna and his wife, this restaurant might be hard to find, hidden on the first floor of Solaris Dutamas (a five-minute drive from Solaris Mont Kiara).

Osteria RealBlue prides itself on offering several rustic Italian recipes that can't be enjoyed anywhere else in KL. The menu is impressive, though not all the items are always available.

Platter of foie gras and duck meat. The bread topped with pate was unremarkable on its own, but it became satisfyingly scrumptious once we heaped the liver and meat on it.

Forgot the name for this, since it wasn't on the official menu, but it was like a cross between polenta and bread, with a tasty egg-and-pepper flavour. Thankfully, it never turned soggy despite being soaked in a meat broth.

Crespelle stuffed with cheese and truffles. Supposed to be the Italian equivalent of crepes, but more reminiscent of a savory casserole. Best eaten while still sizzling.

Handmade tortellini filled with meat in chicken soup. Not quite wantan soup, but close!

Ravioli stuffed with ricotta cheese and spinach in sage, butter and parmesan sauce. An aromatic treat that proves the kitchen knows what it's doing.

Gnocchi with cheese, speck ham and nuts. Somewhat on the stodgy side, but there's no denying that it packs a real cheese-and-meat flavour punch.

Cotoletta alla bolognese. Breaded pork covered with ham and Italian cheese. Akin to pork cordon bleu, but much better than food court versions, thanks to the tender, juicy cutlet.

Panna cotta (vanilla white cream topped with fruits). Creamier and denser than the panna cotta that's found at other Italian outlets. Almost like a cheese cake.

Cassata (sweet ricotta cheese with candied fruits and almond cream). Also very different from the ice cream versions sold elsewhere. Yummy stuff; customers shouldn't leave this place without sampling desserts.

Some kinda lightly battered cakes. Nice and warm, not too sweet.

Alas, wine is not yet available here, but at least there's beer.

Osteria RealBlue,
A3-UG-06, Solaris Dutamas,
Jalan Dutamas 1.
Tel/Fax: 6207-9799
Closed on Mondays.
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  1. Rustic nails it on the head! I love how the presentation's homey at best, nary a sprig of parsley in sight! And that bread basket doile's a total charm!

  2. so farnee.. it tasted good when we heaped liver meat onto it! .. as with most things eh.. must be the cholestrol -it's an instant taste booster! nice one:D

  3. food for 2? thats heaps..hows the pricing like? something i wouldnt mind dropping by definitely

  4. I didn't know that Solaris Dutamas is opened!! still look unoccupied from the outside!
    I read PORK :P

  5. the presentation of food here is really unique. The platter of foie gras and duck meat looked like a little of everything all splattered onto the plate.

  6. min: yeah, it almost seems like the type of food that we'd get if we walked into an italian countryside home. definitely not fine dining, but recipes to feed the soul :D
    ciki: that also applies for butter! slather plenty of butter over plain bread, and voila, immediate improvement!
    joe: yep, we might have over-ordered. prices are slightly high for the pastas, coz the ingredients are imported or freshly made at the restaurant. the meal above cost about RM300.
    leo: yeah, several other outlets have opened here, including pappa rich, but this italian one might be the only non-halal place so far :D
    eiling: yep, it really is a breath of fresh air compared to the other italian outlets in town...

  7. wow!
    such a find!
    i think that area is actually Segambut but developers wants it branded as part of Solaris & mt kiara. LOL. for the prices per sq feet varies so much if its Segambut!

    Somehw all gnocchi u ordered so far is labelled stodgy. any good ones to recom?

  8. tng: ooh, i didn't even know segambut is next to mt kiara. always thought it's some distant area! yep, got ... nero fico does less stodgy gnocchi :D

  9. I love their homemade pastas - obviously made with a lot of care and love. Viva Italia.

  10. boo: yeah, am very tempted to return to check out their roast pork leg! :D

  11. my, that liver platter looks fabulous. haha, pork chop cordon bleu better than food court versions? which food court you go ah, that got pork chop cordon bleu?

  12. fbb: eh got wat, non-halal food courts. just that we see chicken cordon bleu more often :D

  13. Thanks for posting this! I was there on Sat nite and their Ravioli with Monkfish and Scallop was excellent :) Will definitely go back again on days I need to carbo load ;)

  14. yin: glad u liked the place! that ravioli sounds terrific; i'm definitely hoping to revisit this place too :D

  15. i love the pasta & tiramisu from this restaurant..reli fantastic!

  16. 33y33y: i need to make a return trip here one of these days! :D

  17. What a fantastic place. The only Italian restaurant in Malaysia that took me and my wife back to real deal Italy. A hands on Italian chef makes all the difference and made a great impression on us. Had the rissotto truffel, ravioli monkfish scallop, beef cappacio, off menu prawn and prosciutto and semifreddo dessert. Good tasting wine was the cherry on the cake. Mille Grazie osteria Real Blue.