Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Lavinier @ Solaris Dutamas

Replacing The Pink Sage at Solaris Dutamas (farewell, fluffy pancakes!), Lavinier promises a staggering selection of intriguing Yugoslav recipes. But some pledges are not so easily fulfilled, since not everything on this outlet's multiple-page menu is always available.

Polenta with extra virgin olive oil, cheese, fried egg & boiled spinach. It's honest cooking here, with few frills & no pretensions. That might not necessarily translate into wholly satisfying food, but we imagine it's what we'd find if we ever roam Croatia & Slovenia.

Burek _ a meaty Bosnian pie stuffed with minced lamb, onions & spices. Prices are low compared to KL's other Croatian eatery, the more elegant Dubrovnik nearby at Solaris Mont Kiara. This pie cost under RM10, but even Lavanier's most expensive items barely surpass RM30.

Scampi & mussels in Buzara sauce (a Croatian blend of wine, garlic & tomato paste). Business at Lavinier is rarely bustling, which means that food might end up being stored for too long. Nearly all the seafood in this bowl tasted a few days past their prime.

Double lamb patties with feta cheese in Sarajevo flat bread. A nice change from regular burgers; the thin bread, softer & lighter than pita, is much tastier than buns. Served with ajvar _ a thick but delicately flavored sauce made of paprika, peppers & olive oil that's superior to ketchup.

Dalmatina Pizza, topped with lamb bacon, smoked salmon, olives, fresh tomatoes & mozzarella. Lamb & salmon in one pizza? Sounds like something special, but the ingredients overwhelm each other with intense savoriness. A hearty pizza, nevertheless, for the hopelessly hungry.

Turkish coffee & chai tea latte.

Margarita & Bailey's. Lavinier's cocktail list looks impressive, but barely 10 percent of the beverages seems to be actually available.

Wine is nevertheless offered by both the bottle & the glass.

Lavinier Coffee & Bistro @ Solaris Dutamas,
A4-UG1-1, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Last orders at 10:30pm daily.
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32 comments:

  1. Ah. Didn't exactly titillate your tastebuds, did this? *hugs*

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    1. Kenny: oh, these taste buds of mine might be getting tired. i think i'm gonna designate March as the Month of Munching Less (don't call it a diet!) :D

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    2. How about the next time we go out, we just have drinks? No makan? It'd be a nice change. Less food, more conversation. :)

      And why March? February oredi fully booked with makan sessions ar? Aiyo...

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    3. Kenny: with more drinks, more conversation is certain (though what twists & turns that conversation might take, i can't guarantee!) :D hahah, no lah, barely booked. but i think i can't slow down eating this month just yet. too much momentum =)

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    4. Fainted. I am thinking of places we can take you - with or without food. Or maybe we'll just have drinks and watch you eat. That would be kinder on our waistlines. :P

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  2. How's the Turkish coffee tastes? It looks bold.

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    1. CK: it was strong & pretty aromatic, but in the end, all the good coffees taste the same to me =)

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  3. This cuisine is very new to me too. I would have no idea what to order.

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    1. Baby Sumo: there were actually quite a few other interesting dishes that we wanted to order, including an octopus salad & some bosnian pasta recipes, but unfortunately, even though they were listed on the menu, they were not available...

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  4. Recommended this to a mutual fren...she din like wat she ordered...d Mostar Lamb burger...so this might be a no go for me :(

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    1. Ulric: ya, i think you can skip this place (for now). it needs to fix quite a few things before i'd recommend it. sad to say that, since the proprietors & service team are quite friendly & enthusiastic to please.

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    2. That would be ME!
      It's was errmmm.. disappointing! Hehe.. Good plc to chill in the afternoon though. I finished 2 blog posts in one afternoon!

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    3. Rebecca: ooh, yikes! i guess the concept is commendable, but they need to work on making the recipes more palatable! :D

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  5. a new flavour and adventure in town. Is there any Yugoslav food outlets thus far?

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    1. Missyblurkit: my geography & history are a bit wonky, but i think croatian food is part of yugoslav food. so i think Dubrovnik at solaris mont kiara would kind of qualify as serving yugoslav cuisine, but it seems like there's more to yugoslav than just croatian. i can bet someone's gonna explain this better and/or correct me eventually, heheh :D

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  6. too weird for me ..
    do lamb n salmon rhythms?
    how does it taste?

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    1. Simple person: i think both the salmon & the lamb had very strong tastes, and combined with the cheese on the pizza, the flavors were too strong and maybe too salty...

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    1. Michelle: yikes, can't recall if it was on the menu...

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  8. Yum - Polenta! Is this a chain? The logo looks suspiciously chainyish...

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    1. The Yum List: i think they're not a chain, but you're right ... whoever designed their logo sure made them look like one! :D

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  9. the food does look very unique and at the same time the ingredients should be something that malaysians should be able to accept. haha who doesn't love a mata kerbau? hheheh

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    1. Eiling: heheh, i guess people all over the world love a nice fried egg! :D

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  10. Seafood that doesn't taste fresh is a big turn off. i'm actually quite worried about the eateries at solaris dutamas, it seems like the area is not generating enough foot traffic.

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    1. Smitten by Food: ya, i had a not-so-fresh mussel earlier today, and it made me feel psychologically queasy (not physically, thankfully!). i think 50 percent of solaris dutamas' outlets are doing quite well, but the other 50 percent might be struggling...

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  11. Lamb and salmon sounds wrong! :P

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    1. Bangsar-babe: heheh, thankfully it wasn't beef and salmon! :D

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  12. I honestly did not find the general look of the dishes interesting. Like the look of the pie, I found it quite off as the pie looked over burnt even though it wasn't.

    The bread also. The cooked veggie doesnt look fresh

    No no I'm not trying to be bossy or judgey hehehe... I just didn't know what else to say hehehe :p

    I hope you enjoyed the dishes, Sean! They are always welcome in my stomach :p :p

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    1. Rad: oh, no worries, rad, that's your honest opinion, and i do thank you for it. please feel free to voice out what you really feel. and thanks for saying it in a very kind & considerate way! :D

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    2. But if I was a professional or certified cook or food presenter my comments would be more appropriate ... I need to take a cooking class then ahaha :p or maybe not now

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  13. Turkish coffee seems an acquired taste, tried many times when having lunch with my students buy never got used to it.

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    1. Wong: i guess it's one of those interesting beverages that some people love but others dislike, heh :D

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