Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Ozeki Italian @ Cosway

Ozeki Italian: Round Two. Earlier entry: July 11, 2012.

Returning to Ozeki Japanese's Italian offshoot at Wisma Cosway for more fusion fun; there's never been a Caesar salad like this in KL, laced with wasabi, blended with brilliantly creamy, basil-infused scrambled eggs and topped with marinated raw salmon.

Is it Italian polpette or Japanese hamburg? A bit of both, probably: protein-packed minced duck with half-boiled egg, sauteed spinach, raisins and pine nuts.

Spaghetti with (deep breath!) house-made corn marigold paste, garlic, olive oil, grilled black cod, Japanese chili pepper and soy sauce. Can't ask for fish that's more plump and juicy, but the pasta tastes blander than a pesto preparation.

That's a wrap! Succulent slices of lardo _ cured pig fat _ blanketing tender, charcoal-cooked salmon with Japanese pickles and vinegar-marinated capsicum.

Shiny happy piglets: oven-baked crispy suckling pig, intriguingly marinated with Japanese fermented rice and salt, served with a dipping sauce of Japanese mustard and pumpkin puree. Tasty, but a little too steeply priced at RM98++, since we had nothing but the head.


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

  1. interesting fushion! Wasabi in the caesar salad is brilliant! That would pack a nice punch!

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    1. Vien: oh yeah, i know fusion often has a bad reputation, but it's always good to keep an open mind =) and yup, even though the wasabi wasn't the dominant flavor in the salad, it still added a nice zing! :D

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  2. That certainly is an interesting twist on the Caesar Salad. I'm not so good though seeing the piglet's faces. It's the same with fish. It makes it harder to eat when the eyes are looking at you. ;-)

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    1. The Yum List: i'd recommend that salad, definitely :D oh, i can understand your sentiments. though i have to admit, i absolutely adore fish head. i especially love munching on the gelatinous eyes, cos i find them irresistibly delicious! =)

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  3. Caesar salad sounds interesting, maybe can have that for my lunch! :D

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    1. CK: it's a very big portion! i think two people can share the salad :D

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  4. suckling pig but all u got was the heads??

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    1. TNG: yeah, it was rather strange and rather annoying too! =)

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  5. Am I seeing the photo right? Ordering suckling pig only gives you the head and not the rest of the piglet?

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    1. Timing: yeps, though i wonder whether some other customers might have gotten part of the body and not the head. maybe we were the unfortunate ones who were allocated the head, heh =)

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  6. yeah what happened to the pig's body?!!

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    1. Eiling: i suspect the body went to other customers! so must make sure to inform the waiter while ordering that we want the body and not the head, heh =)

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  7. This reminds of Pasta Zanmai, a fusion of Japanese and Italian. But this one right here is a porky version. Haha.

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    1. Chong: ooh, true, this could be the pork-loving cousin of pasta zanmai! and the inclusion of pork does make the menu more tantalizing for those of us who can consume it =)

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  8. 98++ for 2 heads! That's the most expensive pig head I've seen I think..haha. Did you pick it up and eat with your fingers? =D

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    1. Dropsofcontentment: yeah, i'm sorta thinking that since they only gave us the head, they should have charged us maybe RM60++ or so instead =) heh, i think i did end up using my fingers in the end. definitely not for the squeamish :D

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  9. the piglets certainly look happy... to be eaten.

    creative dishes.

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    1. Michelle: we were happy to have them :D ya, the chef(s) who created this menu here definitely put a lot of work into it =)

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  10. OMG! That 2 pig heads! LOL!!!!
    but head got what to eat wor?

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    1. Melissa: heheh, they were relatively big heads, i think. most of the meat seemed to be under the cheeks, though you're definitely right, we would have gotten more out of the body :D

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  11. The Caesar Salad sure sounds interesting! Laced with wasabi! That's something I haven't tried before.. hehe I wonder if the wasabi is fiery enough to make you eat more! :)

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    1. Iamthewitch: it's definitely a one-of-a-kind caesar salad! but nopes, the wasabi is very mild, though it's discernible :D

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  12. RM98++ for the head?! That's way too steep.

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    1. Bangsar-Babe: yeah, here's hoping they'll decide to increase the portion eventually! :D

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  13. Do you like lardo? I havent personally tried it, but many ppl have been raving about it to me.

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    1. Baby Sumo: i think it mainly adds texture, but not much flavor. it's useful for adding to dishes where you want something soft and fatty as a topping (similar in a sense to, say, parma ham, but without the savoriness) :D

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  14. Good lord.. what's better than a head? TWO heads! LOL :P

    The food actually looks gross - as in reconstituted out the other end (Sorry!) but I'm guessing it tastes really good. Which goes to show, use both heads and don't judge a meal by its cover:P

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    1. Ciki: heheh, wise words from a wise woman; two heads ARE better than one! :D oh, i like the vivid colors in the recipes here. i think the dishes might look better in real life instead of my photos. they're quite appetizing when presented on the table, heh =)

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  15. already went there twice myself, for lunch. :D

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    1. KY: maybe i'll bump into you there someday! =)

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  16. the piggies seem expensive...but they certainly look good. not tried any suckling pig with pumpkin puree...this is a must check out:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: the pumpkin puree is an interesting touch! i thought it could be eaten on its own, but it has a lot of mustard infused into it, so it's almost like wasabi-laced puree :D

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  17. lol the whole head of the piglet..
    they only serve the head? yup the price is a bit pricy..
    I remember that ppl always pass the head to me during suckling pig dish...

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    1. Simple Person: heheh, ya, i was surprised when they only served us the head. it's usually not the part that i target whenever i eat suckling pig! but luckily it tasted OK :D

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  18. I think I will just visit for the ducky polpette/hamburg thingy...it looks good lar...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: oh yeah, the minced duck-egg yolk combo works well! :D

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  19. minced duck egg yolk.....special...

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    1. Cindy: yups, i like the meaty flavor of the duck and the creaminess of the egg yolk =)

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