Friday, September 3, 2010

iL Primo @ Kia Peng KL


Il Primo, Part Two. Click here for previous entry on this restaurant (Sept. 1).


Pan-fried foie gras with brioche. Decadently buttery, impeccably prepared.


Orechiette with stewed rabbit. A rustic recipe, brimming with comforting carbs and tender chunks of meat in a thick, savory gravy that tasted lovingly home-cooked.


Sixty-day grain-fed Tasmanian Aurora lamb chops. Die-hard carnivores might kill for these succulent slabs _ exactly medium-rare as requested.


Beef cheek agnolotti, made in-house with porcini mushrooms. Similar to a recipe at Il Lido, but not as sublime. The minced beef was coarse and grainy, while the pasta skin was a tad too thick and the sauce seemed one-dimensionally salty.


Pistachio & bacio gelati. Topped with more adornments than any gelato elsewhere. Kinda distracting, but the gelato was sufficiently smooth and sweet to recommend.


Lemon tart. Not too sour, thankfully. Moist and fresh-tasting.


Tiramisu with marsala wine. Not the best in town, but rich and creamy enough .


Chocolate pralines, to end on a satisfyingly sugary note.


Gran Feudo Crianza (Spain). A very pleasant blend of 70 percent Tempranillo, 25 percent Garnacha and 5 percent Cabernet Sauvignon.








iL Primo Restolounge,
Jalan Kia Peng, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 2143-2798
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31 comments:

  1. Wow, red meat galore! Have you covered the entire menu yet? :-)

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  2. Oh the orechiette with stewed rabbit looks good good good. I love hearty, rustic food! :D

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  3. lemongrass: notchetttttt ... still got more than half the menu remaining!
    lfb: but no sympathy for the cute widdle wabbit that had to die for that dish? have a heart, man :P

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  4. j: since i'm born in the year of the rabbit, eating that makes me a cannibal rabbit! well, at least in spirit :D

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  5. I rather have the wabbit's heart. LOL

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  6. lfb: very elmer fudd of u. btw, i read an article recently that bugs is the favorite looney tunes character of most children, but if people revisit the cartoon as adults, many feel more for daffy instead, now that they're older and wiser :D

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  7. I actually like Elmer Fudd more than either Bugs or Daffy... He got the right idea, hunting down them to cook them ... not that he had any success with that... :P

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  8. lfb: ahhh, maybe u have a soft spot for the perpetual losers. elmer fudd, wile e coyote and sylvester j pussycat :D

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  9. I do, I do, I really really DO! :P

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  10. lfb: u sound as enthusiastic as a cousin of mine when she was saying her wedding vows :D
    i'm sure we idolize/identify with different characters as we age. i used to be amused by bugs, but i kinda think of him as this annoying, arrogant jerk now...

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  11. quite a cool looking place. Am intrigued by this Orechiette with stewed rabbit. How does it taste? exotic enough?

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  12. eiling: oh, not exotic actually. the rabbit tastes kinda like chicken as usual, heheh. but it works because it's just one of those robust, well-made dishes that feel very traditional and unpretentious. :D

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  13. Well, if one is in love and about to embark on a lifetime together with another, enthusiasm certainly helps! :)

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  14. lfb: if someone is that enthusiastic at the altar, imagine how high the emotions must run on the wedding night bed :D

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  15. You could always ask your cousin... ;)

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  16. lfb: discretion is the best part of my nature :P

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  17. Didnt really fancy rabbit meat aft the meal we had at El Meson.
    It was rubbery and gamey no?

    Anyhow, all Italian places stil fail in the tiramisu dept.
    The tiramisu I had at IL Lido ws kinda sad.

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  18. tng: ohh, i guess it ranges from outlet to outlet. i find rabbit a bit too bony sometimes (but luckily this one was deboned). just like chicken ... some places serve it tender, some places serve it too dry :D heheh, maybe all of us are too fussy when it comes to tiramisu. ya, it's been too long since i've really, really loved any tiramisu anywhere...

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  19. The best tiramisu is still in Italy; in Venice according to Devil, Milan if you ask me.

    :D

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  20. lfb: alas, i don't think i had any memorable tiramisu during my venice & rome sojourn. and italy's not on my horizon this year. but strange hor, considering how many italian chefs are cooking in kl, they should be able to replicate the tiramisu from back home...

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  21. Eeww - i can't eat rabbits - i hv visions of cute fluffy bunnies hopping in my mind, just at the mere thought of it!
    Ahh...but those Lamb Chops look sooo divine - medium rare somemore - bliss.

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  22. pureglutton: heheh, i guess maybe if u've ever had rabbits as beloved pets, then it might be difficult... and yeah, usually i'm not a major fan of lamb, but this was gooood :D

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  23. Maybe it's the ingredients... need fresher, maybe?

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  24. lfb: but all the ingredients in a tiramisu can be freshly whipped up in a malaysian restaurant, rite. unlike, say, fish flown from japan or imported meat ... i guess u should ask the next italian chef u meet :D

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  25. This conversation is actually helpful cos after sharing this with my friend in Bath (can guess who already hor?), she said she'll make some tiramisu for me the next time I'm in town. Apparently she went on a tiramisu taste-test when she was travelling in Italy; basically making sure she ordered tiramisu at every restaurant she dined at.

    I love foodie friends who can cook! :D

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  26. lfb: the next time u're in town?! ergkh, u make it sound like bath is as nearby as penang! hmmmm, that's quite an interesting taste voyage she went on. but hold on ... she might know what the best tiramisus taste like, but can she make 'em that way? :D

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  27. Oh. Oh. You just insulted the Lady from Bath. You shall get a pixie jinx on you tonite. A leprechaun curse or some nasty fairy dust working its ill magic upon ya...

    But yes. She's a superb chef and baker. We've had many lovely meals together. So there.

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  28. lfb: heheh, i didn't know mah. i thought she could be just like me ... only can cook maggi mee (and even that sometimes ends in a mushy diaster) :D hey, i'll be near her (sort of) in a couple of weeks. how come she never offer to bring ME tiramisu in london :D

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  29. how come she never offer to bring ME tiramisu in london

    I cuter and nicer than you ma. Easy, that one. :P

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  30. lfb: bah. and here i thought of bringing back a keychain from lisbon for u. now forget it :P

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