Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Madisons @ Bangkung

Madisons: Round Two. Earlier entry: June 4, 2012.

One of the highlights of Chef Kelly Delaney's menu at Madisons is the risotto of the day. Fortunate souls will find sumptuous plates of pork belly risotto, smack-your-lips creamy and finger-lickin'-good meaty.

Pork makes its presence pronounced in Madisons' scallop starter as well, seared with horseradish and apple cream and served with candied speck ham and crispy cauliflower.

Stack 'em high: slick pappardelle sheets, overlapping braised oxtail, blood orange, baby carrots and tarragon leaves. Leave it to Delaney to ensure that Madisons' pastas hit lofty heights, the evidence of her experience as the former head chef of Adelaide's Auge Italian restaurant.

Savory-smoky succulence: slivers of pork shoulder loin and salchichon sausage.

Tufted duck and chicken liver parfait, with Chianti jelly and baby pears. Yum, liver.

OP rib eye, prepared sous-vide (that explains the beauty of this beef) and partnered with sprouts, cherry tomatoes, baby onions and pea cream. Perfect for Paleolithic appetites.

A side dish of cauliflower "agrodolce" _ the Italian sweet-sour recipe _ pickled and paired with pine nuts, sultanas and mint.

Crisp white wine clashes with nothing in particular.

Shooters and such, flaming or not.

Observation: by 9pm on a recent weekday, every table at Madisons was taken, as was the case for Opus Bistro next door. Reservations are recommended.


Madisons,
Jalan Bangkung, Bangsar.
Tel: 03-2092-1222
Closed Sundays.
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26 comments:

  1. after so many rounds of trying to get a recipe going for this place, it looks like this formula works!

    that beef looks like the bomb!

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    1. Joe: I wondered if there was some Feng shui thing that kept Four Seas from doing well enough. But ya, hopefully the crowds will keep coming and keep Madisons alive! That was a nice slab of beef, enough for two to happily dig into :D

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  2. Wooooo pork belly risotto! I want to try that!
    And I think I will order the scallop as well. :P

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    1. CK: good risotto here, in terms of texture. Firm and thick. Scallops also nice, especially with the salty pieces of ham =)

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  3. I must admit I have been down to Jalan Bangkung in a while. Madisons has certainly brought Jalan Bangkung onto my makan radar again :)

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    1. Unka: yeah, I try to head to bangkung once every few weeks. Parking is still fine, and the street feels safe and sleaze-free. I think Madisons would make a nice night out. Same owners as cava, Leonardo's and opus bistro, so you know you'd be in good hands =)

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  4. Oh the beef does look beautifully cooked, the beauty of sous vide!

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    1. Baby Sumo: oh yeah, it does make me wish that more eateries would offer sous-vide meat as an option on their menu :D

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  5. Agrodolce sounds like something i would like to have with roast lamb!

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    1. Michelle: i like the mere sound of the word! ahhhh, i guess italian really is just a gorgeous language :D

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  6. Just discovered this strip! Must return.

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    1. The Yum List: it's absolutely one of my favorite streets for eating in KL! :D

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  7. At 9pm on weekday all tables were taken...
    Wow...I m sure it is very nice ..

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    1. Simple Person: ya, but unfortunately, my friend and i didn't make a reservation, so we couldn't get a table that night, heheh =)

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  8. I love broad pasta especially pappardelle and tagliatelle. The last time I had was at Prego. But this looks good too!

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    1. Chong: i agree, there's something about broad pastas that soak up the sauces better. i know some folks don't fancy them cos they lack the firmness of linguine and spaghetti, but i guess each type has its plus points :D

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  9. Anything to do with pork is yummy in my book....just discovered the row of restaurants at Bangkung (shock, horror) but both times went to J&R (because of circumstances) but will definitely try out this place.

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    1. Dr Bahma: oh yes, this is one of those rare streets where EVERY restaurant on it is worth eating at. J&R is very good, but since you enjoy pork, i think you'll also enjoy Madisons, as well as its sister restaurant, Leonardo's :D

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    2. Bro goes on about Leonardo's and is holding me to ransom to take him there. Will do so now. Thanks, Sean (Secret: J&R on Bangkung is lousy....their spag carbonara is great, tho)

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    3. Dr Bahma: heh, so far, i think it's safe to estimate that leonardo's manages to please at least 90 percent of its customers! :D

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  10. I was there last night and the night of the opening.
    The food is delicious, not too pretentious.

    Please try the pork belly as well as the duck.
    The venison lollipop is pretty good as well.
    Oh not to forget the beef carpacio.

    I think the list is neverending.

    Had the exact same wine. 3 bottles later, i woke up to a not so great start.

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    1. Michelle: thanks for the recommendations! i haven't had the duck or the beef carpaccio yet, but i hope to sometime :D heh, the perils of wine. but it was worth it, i hope =)

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  11. I hope Madisons stays on...it is such a gem in Bangkung Row. Love the ribeye...had it couple of nights back:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: am really happy to hear that madisons is making customers happy! :D

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  12. Sean, going there tomorrow night. :D

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    1. Dr Bahma: here's wishing u a marvelous meal :D

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