Saturday, May 19, 2012

Say Cheese @ Delucca

Delucca has seen its ups and downs through the years, but it's cultivated a faithful following to help keep it afloat. This stylishly cozy, irrepressibly inviting Italian restaurant recently reinvented its menu, promising new recipes worth savoring on a Friday night with friends.

We tried to work a cheese theme into this visit, kicking off with a fascinatingly constructed salad, comprising thick slices of Parmesan cheese layered with Belgian endives and fennel, slicked up with what seemed like balsamic vinegar for a tart pungency.

 Burratina Pugliese cheese has become a firm favorite in KL over the past eight months, surfacing repeatedly in restaurants from Trattoria Il Porcellino (where we first had it in September) to Bistro a Table, Acme at The Troika to Estate at The Intermark. Delucca places divine dollops of this soft cheese on crostini, pleasurably partnered with brown butter and asparagus.

Ricotta cheese with corzetti pasta and aubergines in tomato sauce, a creamy-tangy treat. Fans of freshly made pasta, take note: Delucca began offering everything from tagliatelle to maltagliati for takeaway purchases starting May 7, besides incorporating these into its a la carte menu.

Pizza lovers might want to check out Delucca for its new wood-fire grill and use of Caputo flour to create pizzas that seem simultaneously crispy and fluffy. Keeping our meat-free streak here intact, this one is topped with mascarpone cheese and asparagus.

A complimentary pizza (thanks!), richly topped with buffalo mozzarella, tomato and basil.

Cheese platter, comprising scarmoza, gorgonzola, pecorino and parmesan, with toast and candied fruit mostarda. Proving there's no such thing as too much cheese if it's all good cheese, we managed to finish everything on this board.

Thanks to its mascarpone content, we managed to try this tiramisu while still ensuring all our food featured cheese. As good as a non-alcoholic version gets, but a boozy one would be better.

No cheesy beverages (now there's a thought!), but there's fruity juices.

Caipirinha and Tequila Sunrise cocktails.

Earlier entries on Delucca: March 5, 2009 and August 2, 2009.

Wait, we're not finished! A wise man once said, "without the cow, there can be no cheese." Contemplating these profound words, we traveled to Acme Bar and Coffee to have a cow (or at least part of it) to complement all this cheese.

Acme has added a RM69++ posh burger to its menu, bristling with sliced tenderloin, rib-eye and Wagyu cheeks. It's a brilliant beef burger, built with real meat to assuage masculine appetites.

Beef bourguignon, braised with red wine, makes for a hearty, robust-tasting supper.

A full-flavored French recipe like beef bourguignon warrants a flirty French Martini (Hendrick's, framboise, fresh muddled pineapple).

Blood and Sand cocktail (whiskey, martini bianco, cherry brandy, orange).
Earlier entries on Acme: Dec. 2, 2011, Dec. 5, Dec. 7, Dec. 15, Dec. 18 and Feb. 11.

Delucca @ One Residency,
Jalan Nagasari, Off Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2144-6545
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27 comments:

  1. I really wonder how you can eat so much and keep so slim! Nice that they've put burrata on the menu here.. expensive? (someone asked me if burrata was always so exp in KL after I posted my Estate post)

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    1. Baby Sumo: eep, i think 'slim' might have been a suitable description for me five years ago, but not anymore, heh. thanks though =) ya, the two pieces of burrata crostini here cost RM32++ in total. pricier than the usual mozzarella, i guess :D

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  2. I can't believe u had fruit juices! :P

    Burratina cheese on crostini plus brown butter and asparagus...I like this combo :)

    Crisp n fluffy pizza? I m so trying this place out =)

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    1. Ulric: heh, my non-drinking friends had the juices :D heheh, the burratina cheese crostini was my favorite! not sure if you'd love the pizza, but i'm betting you'd love the crostini :D

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  3. sigh, tiramisu is never tiramisu without booze!

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    1. Michelle: ooh, some of the booze-free tiramisu i've had over the years have been really good. i really like the one at favola at le meridien kl :D

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    2. But Michelle, the traditional tiramisu doesnt contain alcohol.

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  4. yup i agree with baby sumo ...
    so much of food n u still so slim..... high metabolisme? envy...
    without the cow there will be no cheese .. really a wise man
    my wedding best man told me...
    no need to buy a whole cow if u need to drink milk.. lol ..
    have a great weekend ya...

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    1. Simple Person: heh, i should still try to lose at least 10 pounds :D your best man sounds like a wise man also, but i'm not sure most women will agree with him, heheh =) hope you're having a good weekend too :D

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  5. I was dreaming about a cheese platter yesterday! With a crusty fig and walnut bread..... (been watching too much Masterchef Aus!)
    What's that sprinkled over the crostini? Looks like pistachio and hazelnuts!

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    1. Vien: oooh, now you've got me craving some bread and cheese. sigh, there goes my dieting plans, heh =) good question about the crostini topping. errrr, i thought it was toasted breadcrumbs, but there could be some chopped nuts in there too :D

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    2. ohhh! I could try sprinkling breadcrumbs and nuts on my poached eggs and see how that go! :D

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    3. Vien: if it's a smashing success, let us know! heh :D

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  6. I went to Delucca long time ago and the experience wasn't very pleasant. I remember the spaghetti was really hard.

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    1. Smitten By Food: oh, delucca had a long period of mediocre food several years back, but it's now pretty good. try it and you might be pleasantly surprised :D

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  7. My faves are the Parmesan-endives-fennel salad, ricotta-aubergine corzetti pasta and the mascarpone-asparagus pizza.

    What a cheesy evening it was, for sure! :P

    P.S. Plus points to the service for being so patient and all-smiles despite the crowd and being under-staffed that night. Good job!

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    1. Kenny: since even the fennel-disliking devil enjoyed that salad, i'd say the chef and the kitchen deserve lots of points for that recipe! :D cheesy evenings are my favorite sort of evenings :P
      p.s. ahem, delucca's management, if you're reading, your service team deserves a raise. heh =)

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  8. It's been a long while since I last had Delucca's meal. But by looks of it, they are still doing quite well despite being located off the main hot spot area.

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    1. Chong: oh yeah, i actually kinda like their location. close enough to walk to and from changkat, but far away enough to feel more peaceful and intimate :D

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  9. i dont really like pizza nowadays, but i love the tiramisu. it would be better if they have some alcohol in it to boost the taste. :) delicious!

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    1. Fish: oh ya, when I was younger, in my teenage years and 20s, I looooooved pizza! But now I don't love it so much anymore, heheh :D

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  10. Cheese galore! Mama Mia! I would love to be able to down that much cheese. Good cheese in place and its definitely never too much cheese when its good ones before you.

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    1. Missyblurkit: a variety of cheese is the spice of life! that's my new motto (at least for this week, heh) :D

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  11. didn't you have a cheese overload with these dishes?!! but the wine goes very well with it.

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    1. Eiling: heheh, the cheese was not really the main ingredient in some of the dishes, so it turned out to be just enough cheese for one dinner. and yeah, wine and cheese are so good together :D

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  12. Heads up to you Sean - there is also going to be some development for their coffee over the next month. ;)

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    1. Jaui: thanks for that, sounds like it's worth waiting for :D

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