Monday, June 25, 2012

Midi 57 @ Bangsar

The Bangkung Row has been heating up this month, thanks to the entry of two Italian eateries that take their business seriously _ first, Madisons, spearheaded by an Australian chef, and now, Midi 57, whose kitchen is energized by an Italian.

Run by the folks behind Bangsar Shopping Center's Le Midi Mediterranean restaurant, Midi 57 takes over the corner lot previously occupied by D'Ceilo. Like Madisons, it's a pork-loving outlet.

Midi 57 features a relaxed feel that works for both romantic dates and family dinners; kick back, put yourselves in the hands of the friendly service team and enjoy some rustic bread, served with rosemary olive oil within a minute or two of placing your order.

The single-page soft-launch menu contains no real surprises, but customers craving simple Italian fare would probably have no problem with this leaf-loaded salad of herb-roasted piglet with tomatoes (RM27++).

Spaghetti carbonara (RM30++), brimming with bacon and black pepper, enhanced with an egg-and-parmesan sauce. Other pastas here include the familiar vongole, pesto and aglio olio varieties, alongside house-made fettuccine, tagliolini and ravioli with pork ragout and what-not.

Midi 57's Campagnola wood-fire pizza (RM33++) is well-executed enough, topped with plenty of pork sausages, a sunny-side-up egg, tomatoes, mushrooms and mozzarella. If it's pizza with panache and pasta with a porky punch that you want, Midi 57 might be worth considering.

With a nice red to pair with the food, the minutes turn into hours before we can notice.

Needing more to munch, we walked over to Madisons, where the crowd was easing up at 10pm.
Earlier entries on Madisons: June 4 and June 20.

Madisons' fritto misto (RM27++) comes in a snack-sized serving that's much easier to manage compared to most other Italian restaurants' sharing-for-two battered seafood platters.

Slow-cooked pork belly croquettes (RM20++), moist, meaty and marvelous with corn puree.

A nice surprise: complimentary sous-vide OP rib-eye. Unfortunately, we couldn't really do justice to this humongous portion of brawny beefiness, since we were too stuffed by now.

Madisons' cocktails are less extensive than Leonardo's next door, but the classics are present.

From Mojitos to Margaritas, everything's fairly priced and fairly potent.

Comparisons between Madisons and Midi 57 might not be warranted; both are different enough to thrive on the same street, though we hope Midi 57 will install more powerful air-conditioning (the temperature seems a little too warm) and perhaps add more adventure into its menu.


Midi 57 and Madisons,
Jalan Bangkung, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.
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42 comments:

  1. did u try midi57 ravioli?i missed the one i taste in Italy, any restaurant in Malaysia that serve on tasty ravioli?

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    1. Cindy: ooh, i didn't try the ravioli here at midi57, but i think i'd recommend the ravioli at places like prego in westin hotel, sassorosso at jalan yap kwan seng, il lido (also at yap kwan seng), ciccio at changkat bukit bintang, garibaldi at bangsar village and verona trattoria at section 17 PJ :D

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    2. so many to choose...erm prego is more convenient to me...will drop by sometime..

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    3. Cindy: hope you enjoy it. if possible, try to go with a friend who has a starwood privilege card, which would give you good discounts at prego. otherwise, it can be very expensive there (around RM50 for some pastas) =)

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    4. the head chef @ Lemidi & Midi57 is an italian, he cooks authentic italian cuisine. i've tried the ravioli at Lemidi BSC, it was the best i ever eaten.

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    5. Unknown: that's a strong vote of endorsement =)

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  2. Ah they managed to open on time afterall!

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    1. Baby Sumo: congrats to the owners for managing to stick to their schedule! there are still some teething troubles with the availability of various items on the menu, but overall, not bad for a first-week outlet :D

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  3. I'll wait for them to get up to speed before visiting...hehe :)

    The egg doesn't look runny in the Campagnola pizza lar...if it was then it's a definite order for me...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: yeah, i think they might be up to speed by the middle of next month =) true, the egg yolk could definitely be runnier and better, though we could still smear a bit of it over the pizza. maybe you could request for them to make sure it's runny if you order it :D

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    2. Haha...good idea...another good Italian option for us...hehe :)

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    3. Ulric: enjoy! june-july this year are very packed months for restaurant openings =)

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    4. Oh is it? Any unique ones opening in tat u know of?...hehe =)

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    5. Ulric: more of outlets that are expected to serve very, very good food =)

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    6. Good to hear and I'm sure we will be reading abt them first from u...haha :P

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    7. Ulric: keep reading, at least until ramadan starts next month and things slow down =)

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  4. Haven't been to Jalan Bangkung for quite some time. By the looks of it, there are plenty of restaurants now.

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    1. Chong: ooh, i'll do a headcount _ madisons, midi 57, leonardo's, u japanese restaurant, cava spanish restaurant, opus bistro and jarrod & rawlins. that's seven. plus one bakery-cafe, suanson's, which closes early in the evening =)

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  5. I just hop over Bangsar just now..
    It shall be my next new explore eating place...

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    1. Simple Person: there's a lot of good food in bangsar (but oh ya, a lot of bad food too!). it's a convenient area for italian food though. there are at least five decent italian restaurants in this neighborhood :D

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  6. another porky place which i'd love! :) the pork belly croquette must have tasted heavenly!

    Latest: Pretty Whitesoot

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    1. Fish: oh yeah, jalan bangkung in bangsar is a good place for pork-laden western food. there's leonardo's, madison's and now midi 57 :D

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  7. Do they serve seafood ravioli? Or just pork?
    I miss the lobster and crab ravioli that I had in Spore...

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    1. CK: oh, so far there are only two types of ravioli here: pork or eggplant-mozzarella. but lobster ravioli sounds very yummy ... maybe the chef can consider that if we suggest it :D

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  8. Madisons! Must remember to check it out! Le Midi in BSC was halal right? nice to have the porky version on Bangkung I expect!

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    1. Ciki: oh yeah, i hope (and i think) you'll like madisons :D yup, le midi in BSC was and still is halal. this porky cousin is a nice addition to the midi family =)

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  9. I was at Madision last Thursday. The croquettes was yummy. =D

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    1. Smitten By Food: glad to hear you enjoyed madisons! too bad we've not bumped into each other here. oh yeah, i think they make the best meaty croquettes in bangsar :D

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    2. Maybe I'll catch you at Midi 57 the next time =)

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    3. Smitten By Food: catch you there! :D

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  10. oh wow complimentary rib eye?? I need to give you my number so you know who to call when you can't finish such treats! =D

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    1. Drops Of Contentment: heh, please do, really! :D it crossed my mind to ask them to pack the rib-eye for us to take away, but i figured it might seem a bit too rude of me, heheh :D

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  11. Another one of that strip. Le Midi is one of my favourites. I will definitely have to give this one a whirl.

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    1. The Yum List: there's a very different vibe here compared to le midi (i actually wouldn't have guessed they were affiliated), but it's nice and cozy and unpretentious here. a worthwhile addition to this strip :D

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  12. how's the pricing like in Midi57? Comparable to Leornado's?

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    1. Eiling: yeah, it's safe to budget below RM80 per person for food alone =)

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  13. Will definitely try this one. Looks like Leonardo's got competition. :P

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    1. Bangsar Babe: heh, actually i'm thinking there are enough customers to go around for all the outlets on this row. since leonardo's can seem too packed sometimes, midi 57 could handle the overflow :D

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  14. Reckon I should give Midi57 a chance. Was very turned off by a spam SMS that they sent out some weeks ago:P

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    1. Missyblurkit: yikes, that sounds bad. i didn't hear about or receive the SMS, so i was spared. but ya, the food is decent, so i would give midi57 a positive opinion (for now!) :D

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  15. Hi all ... should try Marinis On 57 at Tower 3, KLCC. The view, Service and food are among the best so far.

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  16. Hi all ... should try Marinis On 57 at Tower 3, KLCC. The view, Service and food are among the best so far.

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