Sunday, May 20, 2012

Il Lido & Vineria


Returning to two top Italian outlets _ Il Lido and Vineria _ to see what's cooking these days.
Il Lido's earlier entries: June 2, 2010, June 4, June 18, July 8, Aug. 15, July 17, 2011 & Aug. 3.
Vineria's earlier entries: Jan. 18, 2010 & Jan. 26, 2010 (oh how the years go by!).


Chef Andrea recently revamped Il Lido's menu (again). A should-try is the crayfish salad, strikingly assembled, with meaty flesh served in shells atop of subtly spicy beans.


House-smoked tuna with beetroot and horseradish. Think of this for a few seconds, imagining the combination of tastes and textures. Pretty interesting recipe.


Burrata cheese finally finds a place in pasta, complementing the burrata salads and crostini that have become popular at KL's other Italian eateries. Stuffed into agnolotti with mushroom ragu, this works as hearty, heartwarming fare.


Gnocchi, also a surprise, presented almost dry on a long plate, not in a sauce-smothered bowl. Constructed of smoked ricotta cheese, partnered with crisply thin duck ham & sweet pea puree. Perfect for sharing & nibbling.


Meat-lovers can indulge in boneless roast quail stuffed with foie gras terrine, enhanced by truffle and confit celeriac. Exemplary.


The verdict: Il Lido is still the city's top spot for an Italian meal.


Meanwhile, at Vineria, there's often something seemingly intriguing to try, particularly in the meat and cold-cuts section.


Air-dried salted venison with blueberry reduction & fontina cheese. Similar to beef bresaola, sharing the same lean tenderness and savory mustiness.


Truffle-stuffed "mezzelune" egg pasta sauteed with 24-month aged Parmigiano cheese. Alas, the taste of truffles was reduced to scarcely a scent of earthiness _ unfortunate because this cost north of RM50.


The menu called this "schiacciata," a classic flat bread recipe, but it seemed like regular pizza, topped with ham, rocket salad and maybe stracchino cheese.


Skipping to dessert: a mix of espresso, gianduja ice cream, chantilly cream & the faintest flavor of what's listed on the menu as 23-year-old rum.


Grappa-poached pear covered in chocolate sauce and nuts. We prefer the wine-poached version at Casa Del Cocco for its more honeyed softness.


Peach & vanilla chilled soup with caramelized berries & tarts. A tad too tart.


What saved the evening: amaretti & apple cake, a creamy concoction with balsamic berries.


Alcohol helped: Prosecco Brut Nino Franco and Erbaluce Arneis Miranda Del Centovigne 2010.


Vechhia Romagna 10-year-old wine brandy & Liola Lemon Cream from the island of Capri.


Il Lido,
Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, Kuala Lumpur.

Vineria. It @ Bangsar Shopping Center,
Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 2287-7889


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22 comments:

  1. Tried Vineria once. Kinda liked their food. Can't wait to go back there again.

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    1. Chong: i wonder if they do a sunday brunch here. their website says there's one, but i'm not sure if it's outdated :D

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  2. I just learnt how to make gnocchi the other day, surprisingly quite simple. Next is learning what to serve it with.

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    1. Baby Sumo: oooh, if you're taking requests, i'd like to suggest gnocchi in an avocado cream sauce topped with oysters!!! :D

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  3. I had not tried all d dishes above.....
    I m not sure whether I like it.....
    D burata cheese seems ok for me...

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    1. Simple Person: oh yeah, if you enjoy very soft cheeses, with a light, creamy flavor, then the burrata cheese is quite suitable! i like it very much =)

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  4. Wow, that's 4 desserts for the meal at vineria. Please tell me that it was a meal for four!

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    1. Michelle: heh, nopes, i nearly never have meals for four! :D

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  5. Ooh, I know where to take Devil for a post-surgery reward meal... at his fave Italian restaurant il Lido! :D

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    1. Kenny: give the devil his due, i say! :D

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    2. Actually 2 friends will come and visit us this week, can bring them to Il Lido too! :D

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    3. CK: ooo, very fortunate friends! heheh :D

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  6. I like the presentation of the gnocchi. It seems that you might be able to appreciate the flavour of the gnocchi itself if it's not drenched in sauce.

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    1. The Yum List: true, it's always fun and refreshing to experience a familiar recipe in a not-so-familiar way! =)

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  7. the prawn looks ALIVE

    sedap... tis are new stuffs ! colorfool beans! simple but foolfilling

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    1. Edi: oh yeah, fresh seafood is always very enjoyable =)

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  8. I never did like Il Lido. They served me cold food and it was so exspensive.

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    1. Smitten by Food: yikes! wonder what went wrong, hmmm...

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  9. looks like the new menu at il lido is promising. makes me hungry!

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    1. Eiling: i'm always looking forward to il lido's next change of menu to see what they whip up :D

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  10. The gnocchi looks interesting. Never had it dry before...

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    1. Missyblurkit: oh yeah, even though it's dry, it's still soft enough to enjoy (but not mushy, heh), and the pea puree helps :D

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