Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Mado & Moussandra

Bukit Bintang's new and old share the spotlight in this entry. Returning to current crowd magnet Mado and revisiting former favorite Moussandra.
Earlier entry on Mado's ice cream platters: April 27, 2012.

There's more to Mado than Turkish ice cream; savories here include "borek" _ traditional Ottoman pastries, like this baked one layered with cheese. Softer than lasagna sheets, as smooth as slippery spaghetti and subtly salty like buffalo mozzarella.

A fried, spinach-filled version of "burek." Works as finger food, fun to nibble on among friends.

Omelets here are stuffed with Turkish cheeses too, making them milkier and creamier.

"Turk Kahvesi" _ freshly brewed coffee, nicely presented with a cone of "dondurma," Mado's signature goat's milk ice cream, coated in white chocolate.

"Cay" _ Turkish black tea, supposedly produced with special kettles.

A five-minute walk from Mado, some might be surprised to see that Moussandra is still in business, following a management change sometime before KL Plaza turned into Fahrenheit 88.

Despite the complete absence of any other customers on a recent weeknight, Moussandra's food tasted fresh and as fulfilling as before. Tapas are a treat here; try the hard-boiled eggs with anchovies and pimento mayonnaise.

Rib-eye beef braised in red wine. Prices remain reasonable, substantially lower than La Bodega's and not much higher than Moussandra's circa-2000 heyday.

Chicory leaves in balsamic vinegar. Heartier recipes _ paella to bacalao _ are also available.

Hot and cold: lemon tea and Sangria, pretty much as good as any other in KL.

Mado Ice Cream Cafe and Moussandra Mediterranean Restaurant,
Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.
(Mado is at the intersection of Bukit Bintang and Sultan Ismail, at Sg Wang's corner)
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26 comments:

  1. Goat's milk ice cream..... that sounds interesting!

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    1. Baby Sumo: oh yeah, it's definitely interesting. sticky-chewy texture, but with an almost yogurt-like taste =)

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    1. Edi: milk is good (i guess!) :D

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  3. Chicory... now that is something i haven't really investigate into before...

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    1. Michelle: not one of my favorite veggies though. a bit on the bitter side :D

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  4. Ooohhh that cheese pastry looks like a Middle Eastern version of mac & cheese!!:D hmm.. the spinach burek looks like it's baked not fried (I could be wrong :P)

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    1. Vien: heh, i'm not a fan of mac & cheese, so i prefer this baked cheese pastry. it kinda reminds me of lasagna, without the bechamel sauce =) oops, you're right about the spinach burek being baked. now why did i type 'fried.' i think i wrote this entry under the influence of sangria :D

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  5. Soon u b expert in Turkish language....
    D hard boil egg looks good n I know tat u an egg fan....

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    1. Simple Person: hahah, i'll try to be more well-versed in turkish food, but not the language :D yaaa, you're right, that egg was the first thing i ordered. and i was satisfied with it =)

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  6. How the goat's milk ice cream tastes like? Very goatie? :P

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    1. CK: it reminds of yogurt's taste! but the texture is very sticky and also harder than normal ice cream =)

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  7. turkey cheese seem grear!

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    1. Nikel: the one in the omelet here seems quite mild in flavor, maybe similar to mozzarella cheese :D

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  8. Chicory leaves look interesting! Never tried this before - how's the taste?

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    1. Pureglutton: thick and quite crunchy, with a mild bitterness :D

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  9. Oh my, Moussandras is still open? It's been there for years!

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    1. The Yum List: oh yeah, it's definitely been around since even before you came to KL! cheers to one of KL's great survivors, still serving very good food :D

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  10. Saw Mado Icecream the other day.. not time check out. It's no our list!

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    1. Ciki: good to hear it's on your list! Have it on a hot day when you need some cold comfort ;D

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  11. wow the food here is too adventurous for me!

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    1. Eiling: oooh, can have it when you're feeling adventurous! :D

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  12. yes! finally there's authentic dondurma in M'sia!
    gonna choose to dine in the cafe coz don't wanna waste my energy on turkish hottie *ahem* fooling around with my dondurma :P
    is the coffee nice & aromatic enough?

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    1. Xu Xu Moi: oh the coffee was OK. it was aromatic, but still similar to a nice espresso =)

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  13. Good ol Moussandra! Definitely something tha many eateries have to learn from for quality and consistency.

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, i don't know how much longer moussandra can hold out, but i hope customers will still give it a chance, cos it deserves it =)

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