Friday, August 3, 2012

Mediteca Wine Tapas


Many thanks to The Island Group Hospitality for this sneak peek at Mediteca, which is set to officially begin operations on August 13 at Fraser Place.

A cross between an Italian enoteca-style wine shop and a Spanish tapas bar, Mediteca showcases the talents of Manuel Lopez, a chef in his thirties who blends the culinary canon of his southern Spanish homeland with contemporary creativity to satisfy KL's fussy eaters.

Liver lovers will know what to order: seared foie gras with caramelized figs and pureed sultanas.

Also fabulous for foie fans: millefeuille of liver with goat's cheese and caramelized apples.

Salad on a stick: tomatoes, mozzarella and basil foam, a tasty twist on the Caprese salad.

Need more skewers? Try the terrifically tender beef tenderloin with red wine reduction.

What's cooking in Chef Lopez's pot? One of KL's creamiest pumpkin soups, coupled with ginger for a fascinating counterpoint and topped with truffle croutons for a fragrant crunch.

And underneath Lid No. 2: a casserole of stewed beef cheeks and potatoes. Poetry in a pot.

Customers who can't wait to check out Mediteca (ten more days!), fear not: there's always something tempting to try nearby at Nerovivo, owned by the Nero Group of restaurants and managed by Island Group Hospitality.

Folks in the mood for beef shouldn't resist Nerovivo's ravioli, stuffed with remarkably soft braised meat and soaked in a rich Barolo red wine sauce.

Nerovivo's kitchen-made tagliatelle with beef ragout, the most satisfying bolognese pasta we've had in a very long while.

Prosecco and red wine, to make the merriment merrier. We'll be back for more soon at Mediteca and Nerovivo; service at both outlets is a shining example for others.

Mediteca Wine Tapas,
Fraser Place, Jalan Perak, Kuala Lumpur.
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34 comments:

  1. Gimme some good bread with the two pots...I shall gladly polish off their contents...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: it's a very flavorful pumpkin-ginger soup and a very flavorful beef cheek stew :D

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  2. You polish off everything la ulric :P
    Darn Sean, it's in KL...urghh *bad traffic*

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    1. Rebecca: ya, you're right, this place is pretty convenient for folks who work around KLCC, but driving here in the evening can be a real pain for the rest of us, heh =)

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    2. Make haste not waste! :P

      It's abt 5 mins walk from my ofis...hehe =)

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    3. Ulric: not a bad philosophy =) oh yeah, i envy everyone who can easily walk to mediteca! :D

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  3. Ooh, that looks promising.

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    1. The Yum List: i think a lot of customers are gonna be happy with mediteca =)

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  4. Nearby my office! And I saw a lot of foie gras! Yum yum! :D

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    1. CK: heheh, a good place for you to check out for dinner soon this month! and ya, the foie gras here is pretty tasty :D

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  5. Foie gras is lovely but goat cheese..yuck!

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    1. Slee: heh, i guess it's one of those varieties that appeal to fans of strong-tasting cheeses :D

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  6. OMG foie gras with figs is all that's needed to make me happy.

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, i agree! gimme foie gras with figs instead of foie gras with pears! :D

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  7. wah I love the skewers.. I am sure the beef is really juicy and delicious..

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    1. Simple Person: ya, and very flavorful too. served with creamy mashed potatoes for extra oomph =)

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  8. woah...you really know how to look for food huh! :-D

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    1. Melissa: the search must never end =)

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  9. Looks delicious, great photo shots btw!

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    1. Puravida: lotsa nice choices on mediteca's menu! and thanks very much :D

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  10. millefeuille of liver with goat's cheese and caramelized apples!! FAB!

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    1. Ciki: it's one of the highlights here, i think! :D

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  11. Jalan Perak. :(

    Always also jam one... that area

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    1. Michelle: heh, traffic teaches us patience =)

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  12. This is going to be a fabulous addition to the Nero family. I have to say wherever I have eaten of the "Neros" the food has always been fabulous. And anything that purees sultanas with foie gras is worthy of a gold star.

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: oh yeah, the persistent popularity of the nero restaurants is a real testament to the quality of its food! :D i needed to rephrase part of this post though, cos it turns out that mediteca isn't owned by the nero group, but it's owned by the management company that runs the nero restaurants =)

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  13. this is not only delicious looking, it’s beautiful!!

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    1. Love2dine: you're right, there's a lot of artistic craftsmanship displayed in the food here! :D

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  14. loved the food from both neros, so cant wait for this

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    1. Babe_KL: am crossing my fingers that you'll enjoy this one too :D

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  15. did i just spot the olive oil and balsamic in spray bottles?!!

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    1. Eiling: you have very sharp eyes! and yep, you're absolutely correct. i actually didn't notice it at first until my dining companion pointed them out to me :D

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  16. Everything alluring...and very comforting! Gonna check this place out for my belated wedding anniversary celebrations:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: ooh, happy belated anniversary! :D i hope you enjoy your dinner. if it's at mediteca, i think it'll be a very nice one =)

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