Monday, July 9, 2012

Bistro Fiore @ Hartamas

Humbly hidden on one of Plaza Damas' least-traveled corners, Bistro Fiore deserves to draw devoted disciples of Italian comfort cooking or Japanese soul sustenance _ or better still, both.

Patrons can make pilgrimages here for lunch and dinner, but the afternoons are exclusively blessed with a divine deal: set meals that cost slightly north of RM20+, kicking off with crisp salads, pure and simple with vinaigrette dressing.

Come fry with me: snatch a seat at the counter and watch the cooks toil in saintly silence with their pots and pans in Bistro Fiore's open kitchen, plating bite-sized cuts of chicken with potatoes and peppers to whet customers' appetites.

The starters don't stop: soups that runneth over with spoonfuls of mushrooms and veggies.

Each set features one main course: the mentaiko pasta is the most miraculous we've had in many moons. Deeper within, there's sufficient roe to smother every strand of this spaghetti with a precious lusciousness. Like manna from the sky.

Everything else might be less heavenly but remains worth worshiping, like the thick-crust pizza, its tangy tomato base creamily topped with a holy trinity of poached egg, tuna and cheese. Enough for two to share; the calories in this seem too much of a cross for one person to bear. 

Squid-ink risotto, a shrine for seafood but a surefire spark for carb comas.

Bistro Fiore is a pork-positive restaurant; temptation of Biblical proportions lies in the chunky belly curry, savory but not spicy, so satisfying with the soft, omelet-enshrouded rice.

Luckily, we can spell 'steal': these sets come with coffee or tea, hot or cold. Complimentary crusty bread is thrown in too to complete the culinary communion, but changing water into wine requires RM20+ per glass.

 Forgot to confirm whether sets are served on weekends, but let's hope some Good Samaritan will check for us. Note that Bistro Fiore is closed Mondays; if the counter level is full, customers can find salvation in more seating upstairs.

Bistro Fiore,
H-0-11, Plaza Damas, Jalan Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-6211-481
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22 comments:

  1. The mentaiko pasta is calling out my name... hehe!

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    1. Baby Sumo: at first glance, the mentaiko pasta looked OK only, but when we started scooping into it, we realized how much roe was put in there. loved it, really flavorful! there's also mentaiko fried rice, which i wouldn't mind ordering next time :D

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  2. Wow...such awesome set lunches for RM2x...gotta eat it to believe it lar...soooooonnnnn...hehe! =)

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    1. Ulric: it's worth the price, for sure, and fortunately, the food tastes very decent =)

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  3. That does seem like a steal. If only there was anything remotely worth eating near my work place I might just pop out for a set lunch now and then.

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    1. The Yum List: i feel your pain! i usually skip lunch at the workplace ... all the better to have a healthy appetite for dinner! :D

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  4. Squid-ink risotto? Is it tastes like the squid-ink ramen we had last time? :p

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    1. CK: hahah, no lar, this one tastes more like regular risotto. i think customers who enjoy normal seafood risotto will be ok with the squid-ink risotto :D

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  5. The mentaiko pasta looks crazy good! Not the usual pasta you find on the menu =)

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    1. Smitten By Food: i'm a fan of mentaiko! i think it goes really well with almost anything starchy or carbohydratey :D

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  6. the mentaiko pasta really look good. Looks like they have some unique dishes as well.

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    1. Eiling: yeah, they've got the japanese-italian fusion touch going on here, but it tastes like quite a harmonious culinary combination! :D

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  7. I'm willing to bear the calories for that pizza alone. :P

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    1. Bangsar Babe: heheh, you can definitely still afford to consume those calories, but my expanding waistline warns me that i can't! it's a tasty pizza though, very cheesy and savory with the runny yolk :D

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  8. Sigh I've always thought Plaza Damas has food that is too good for the students at the nearby Taylor's College! Why can't they open a "temple" here in KL so I can perform my pilgrimage? haha

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    1. Drops of Contentment: plaza damas sometimes feels like a foodie's nirvana! everything from cheap and cheerful eats to slightly upmarket fare (though i think it's the former that thrives best here!) :D

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  9. I live squid ink risotto... For RM20 set meal, I'm definitely checking this place out!

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    1. Kelly: it's difficult to find squid ink risotto that costs less than RM30 anywhere else! and the one here was quite flavorful, with firm but creamy rice, though the amount of seafood wasn't much more than a few prawns =)

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  10. the mushroom soup looks good...

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    1. Simple Person: a simple clear soup, quite healthy-tasting and not overly salty :D

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  11. I gladly have the quid ink risotto for a carbo comma. It looks worth it!

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    1. Missyblurkit: heheh, hopefully our bosses won't realize we're in carb comas! :D

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