Sunday, August 15, 2010

Il Lido @ Yap Kwan Seng, Kuala Lumpur


Not content to rest on its laurels, Il Lido recently spruced up its menu, adding new recipes that pulled us inexorably back here.


Champagne risotto with truffles. We couldn't quite detect the effect of the champagne in this (except for its nearly golden color), but the generous serving of shaved truffles was obviously unmissable. Earthy-tasting, but in a subtle manner.


Sicilian-style blue fin tuna rolls with confit tomato coulis. Firm, fleshy fish that could be mistaken for chicken. We loved it with the thick, mildly sweet gravy.


Baked rigatoni, stuffed with suckling pig & truffles. Nearly overwhelming in its richness; this should be shared by two people. We lapped up every bit of the succulent pork, which went perfectly with the pasta and porcini mushroom cream.


Duo of grilled duck & goose liver with duck leg confit timbale. The duck breast was tender and tasty enough, but the other half of this recipe was divinely decadent: A massive chunk of foie gras paired with melt-in-the-mouth duck meat.


With a chef from Milan helming the kitchen here, it would have been remiss of us to skip the Milanese breaded veal chop. A fairly thin but very hearty serving of tender veal. The rucola & cherry tomatoes even made it taste healthy.


A sweet finish. Complimentary chocolates & tiny biscuits.


Click for earlier entries on il Lido: June 2, June 4, June 8, June 18 & July 8.


Il Lido,
Jalan Mayang, Off Jalan Yap Kwan Seng,
Kuala Lumpur.
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29 comments:

  1. Never tasted these refined food before.. but hoping to.. :)

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  2. Reanaclaire: hope u manage to soon. Italian food is my favorite, and Il lido is my favorite place in KL that serves it right now!

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  3. Bald Eagle ate the rigatoni all by himself. He has a hearty appetite, just like you, Sean. I'm surprised this post is coming out on a Sunday.

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  4. Lemongrass: Wah, that's impressive! I'm not sure I'd be able to finish the rigatoni on my own (unless I wasn't eating anything else)! :D oh, too many posts for weekdays already .... have to push some to the weekends...

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  5. all these looks so hearty and heart clogging!! but after cooking myself for the last 2 weeks, this kind of evil stuffing meals is all i dream of

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  6. Michelle: a nice-sized chunk of it!
    Joe: hearty but not healthy, yeah! But hey, u can still cook sinful meals at home, if u buy the ingredients yourself!

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  7. Oh my, was at the timeout KL event, and was fed the most bland food.
    Chatted with the staff downstairs, the lamb ragout with fava bean & pecorino cheese is taken off the menu di ;(
    But yes the staff did recom their new items! Cant wait to go again!

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  8. Tng: heheh, maybe bland is preferable to being too salty? :D they did make a lot of changes in the pasta sections of their menu ... But now I'm already wondering when the's next time they plan to revamp their menu! =)

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  9. Ooh did any of these new items make its way into the set menus? That baked rigatoni is one regal looking beauty!

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  10. Even if you didn't state it there, it's very clear that this is your fave Italian restaurant :-P Considering the no. of times you have been there these 2 months, I'm sure you are their fave customer too!
    Oh yeah, that rigatoni looked really good.

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  11. Minchow: alas, all of the above are only on the a la carte menu ... I loved the rigatoni, but it's so terrifyingly creamy, carbohydratey and meaty that I might never ever eat it again!
    Pureglutton: heheh, if there's an il lido fan club, sign me up as a lifetime member! But i hear that there still isn't much of a dinner crowd here though, which is a shame...

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  12. Risotto's are generally not very photogenic don't you think?

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  13. shaun: hey, i thot they are! or are u mocking my photography here?!? heheh :P

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  14. Err, beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder?

    Sorry man, as much as I like how the truffles are sprinkled generously over the risotto, I still think the risotto looks a little bit like puke. Just a little bit! Lol.

    Sorry!

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  15. I should add, it's really not you. It's the risotto!

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  16. shaun: heh, no worries! i can see what u mean actually. a better camera would definitely be able to make it look better though, cos it was gorgeous in real life! i also often have trouble photographing beef, cos it generally looks all brown and disgusting in my pictures :D

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  17. Hey your pics look fine! Seriously!!

    All this talk about steaks and risottos at this hour's really making me hungry.

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  18. shaun: hahah, it's ok, i wasn't trying to fish for compliments lah! :D hmmm, i can't imagine having a steak at 12.30 a.m.! maybe a ramly burger at the most. but luckily, we can talk about food all nite and i won't get hungry, cos i'm seriously stuffed right now from a buka puasa buffet...

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  19. I'm too lazy to go out of the house now. So I'm gonna make myself two packets of tomyam flavoured instant noodles whilst I leave you with a question:

    In your opinion, where is the best place for steaks in Malaysia?

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  20. shaun: two packets? don't forget to throw in a boiled egg or two! hmmmm, i think that mandarin grill at the mandarin oriental is a safe bet, though it's also a splurge, unfortunately.

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  21. thanks for sharing that my dining sifu! i have walked by that place but have yet to try it out yet. i am easily intimidated you see.

    oddly enough, i've been told that the chicken rice there's really good!

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  22. shaun: u're welcome, my young padawan! yeah, sometimes these places seem really intimidating from outside, but the best ones should make u feel welcome and comfortable _ both physically and mentally _ as soon as u step in. but actually, i think u might mean the chicken rice at the mandarin oriental in singapore. it's apparently fantastic, but i've never managed to try it...

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  23. Sean: Lol. Yeah, I might be wrong. Let me check with my friend and come back to you.

    The two packets of noodles are getting to my eyes. They are really heavy right now. Goodnight sifu!

    Yours,
    Padawan

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  24. shaun: those two noodle packets are gonna get to your waistline too! pls schedule an extra hour of lightsaber training tomorrow to burn off those calories, yeah :P

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  25. everything looks great here! I'll definitely revisit really soon!
    yeah i have no doubt they find it difficult to get dinner crowds as the place is well hidden.

    mm.. maybe they should start a privileges card, and sign you up. At least we know they will have one loyal frequents! hehehe...:)

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  26. augustdiners: i hope the lunch crowd is better, since they're so close to the aussie high comm and other offices. and they have a more reasonably priced lunch set too! :D

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  27. The pork here would go well with my riesling.

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  28. lemongrass: u're a wine-pairing magician! :D

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