Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Ozeki Italian Cuisine @ Cosway

Some spin-offs soar, while others suck; Ozeki Italian Cuisine at Wisma Cosway has sky-high expectations to fulfill, being the pasta-loving offshoot of the long-running, largely respected Ozeki Tokyo Japanese restaurant at Menara TA.

Ozeki Italian's repertoire is impressively inventive, though less staggeringly extensive than its Japanese big brother's; at least one-third of the menu remains unavailable during this restaurant's first week of business.

Expect a mishmash of Italian and Japanese sensibilities, epitomized by the best-of-both-worlds pasta preparation of house-made tagliolini (RM30++) topped with grilled salmon head (!) and tossed with succulent sliced salmon, seaweed and citron pepper in a light cream sauce.

Wagyu beef carpaccio with half-boiled egg, pomelo, grapes, rocket leaves and parmesan (RM45++). Greatly gorgeous in terms of both looks and taste.


Possibly the softest, creamiest and most sumptuously flavorful chicken liver pate (RM18++) commercially available in KL.

Not for the faint-hearted: a hearty hot-pot stew of pork knuckle (insanely tender!) with pork liver, stomach, intestines, heart and tail, braised with beans, spicy sausage and rosemary in a tomato-based broth (RM68++).


Wine, cocktails, hard liquor, all available here. Oh, and sake too, of course.


Godfather (whiskey, amaretto) and Vodka Lemon Martini.


Folks who must complain, here's your chance: free water seems to be unavailable here, so a RM10+ bottle of mineral water might be the only option.





Ozeki Italian Cuisine,
Ground Floor, Wisma Cosway, Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2148-9390
Open daily for lunch and dinner, with last orders by 10:30pm
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40 comments:

  1. Hahaha! U went! =) But so few dishes?...hmmmmm...

    Guess u will be revisiting once their full menu is available...hehe :)

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    1. Ulric: oops, i've updated the entry to add an extra few dishes and drinks. missed them out while drafting the post earlier :D the scary part is that many of the other dishes are somewhat on the pricey side, including a RM98++ suckling pig =)

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    2. Hey...all I c are 4 photos of food and 4 photos of drinks...50:50 ratio lar...haha :P

      So I take it tat u won't be revisiting?...hehe =)

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    3. Ulric: heh, the pork innard stew was gigantic enough to count as two dishes. Or even three :D will be good to revisit, though the manager said he's not sure when the other dishes will be available. But even if not soon, it's ok, there are other outlets coming up on the horizon in the city this month =)

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    4. Haha...looking forward to more reviews! Hopefully got good stuff...hehe =)

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    5. Ulric: i forecast both good and bad, heh =)

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  2. Wahh.. RM98++ for a suckling pig?
    Hmm... no quite a lunch budget friendly place huh..

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    1. Rebecca: oooh, maybe they'll offer set lunches eventually. Though business seems to be quite sturdy already, with more than a dozen occupied tables on a weeknight dinner recently...

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  3. Oh this one just nearby my office, hope they offer set lunch soon!

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    1. CK: ya, hope so. then you can walk here from your office for a nice new lunch place! :D

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  4. I wouldn't be able to resist the wagyu carpaccio for sure!

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    1. Baby Sumo: the runny egg was a nice touch, making it almost seem like beef tartare. and the addition of the pomelo and grapes gave it a nice fruity sweetness to balance the protein savoriness :D

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  5. When I read the title I was trying to make sense out of it. Afterall Ozeki has been the name for Japanese at Menara TA as log as I could remember when my office shifted to KL.

    Now they have Italian too. Walking distance. I should be able to check that out soon!

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    1. Missyblurkit: heh, true, it's definitely strange that ozeki has branched out into italian food. though everything here still retains a very strong japanese influence. in fact, i noticed at least three tables that comprised japanese customers! i hope you enjoy ozeki italian. and i hope it endures for as long as ozeki japanese too! :D

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  6. Since the big salmon head is place on the pasta, do you actually eat the Salmon head? =p

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    1. Melissa: oh yeah, definitely! some of the most succulent flesh came from the salmon's cheeks. really juicy, heh. oh, and i love eating fish eyes too :D

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    2. ohh ya..fish's cheek has the smoothest flesh!!
      fish eyes? then u must b having a good eye sight...ppl tend to say that =p

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    3. Melissa: heh, unfortunately I've had to wear glasses and/or contact lenses since I was eight years old. But yeah, I'd happily eat fish eyes even if they're not beneficial for my eyesight, heh :D

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  7. i can never understand why a place cant serve free water and/or bread..i guess bread less so in msia but paying 10++ for water..thats just plain greed.

    back to the food; salmon head and pasta? wow thats a first for me!

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    1. Joe: ya, i agree. at least the bread, butter and olive oil here were free, but it was somewhat unfair not to allow us free water. or at least offer a mineral water that costs a couple of ringgit at the most, instead of a RM10++ one =) oh yeah, salmon head and spaghetti totally worked as a combo! :D

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  8. Argh I don't like to pay for water too.. Especially when they're charging RM10+! I'd rather use the money for say, another plate of chicken liver pate! hehe

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    1. Iamthewitch: true, considering that the price of the food here is fairly high (though reasonable), the restaurant really should consider making water free as a gesture of goodwill to customers =)

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  9. wah this is the first time i see hot-pot stew of pork knuckle...
    it has the pork intestines.. best le..

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    1. Simple Person: heheh, the pork organs/innards were quite good. no strange smell or taste, so i guess they were well-cleaned. there were lots of intestines, and quite big pieces of heart and liver and stomach :D

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  10. Pork offals in a stew. I want!

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    1. Michelle: it's a hearty heap of pork heart! :D

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    1. Carol: italian's my favorite =)

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  12. Wagyu beef carpaccio with half-boiled egg, pomelo, grapes, rocket leaves and parmesan! - I like fruity salads - this one looks great!

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    1. The Yum List: oh yeah, i really like salads where they throw in a whole bunch of stuff _ veggies, fruits and some meat or fish or eggs _ and it all tastes terrific together! :D

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  13. OMG that hotpot pork stew looks damn sinful, man! And i like the look of that beef carpaccio salad too - all my fave stuff in there!

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    1. Pureglutton: oh yeah, the pork stew should be shared by four people, i think! it was humongous :D heh, i liked the carpaccio preparation ... it was different from the usual carpaccio recipes at other italian outlets =)

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  14. just went there for lunch, awesome!

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    1. KY: phew! positive word of mouth, heheh =)

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  15. Next time u can let me know when u r here for lunch. I can juz hop over and join ur yummy feast. =D

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    1. Smitten By Food: heh, it'd probably be a dinner, but sure, if it's lunch, i'll drop you a message on your blog :D

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  16. no to carpccio but yes to the grilled salmon head pasta...is the pasta cream light enough??as salmon with super thick cream will be too much..

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    1. Cindy: the salmon head pasta should probably be shared by two people. you're right, it might be too much for one person :D

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  17. I guess in Malaysia, you can't really don't offer a plain water option. RM10 for a bottle of water can seem like a ripoff. At least provide some cheaper alternatives like Spritzer mineral water for RM5 or something.

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    1. Eiling: yeah, that's true, i was at another restaurant today where plain water is served for RM1 per glass, and mineral water for RM4 and premium mineral water for RM8 =)

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