Thursday, February 7, 2013

Blu Med @ Mid Valley

Back to Blu Med, which is now officially open. Entry on Blu Med's preview: Jan. 17, 2013.

Sparks of creativity should help this restaurant remain afloat in KL's sea of Italian eateries. For a lovely introduction to Blu Med's capabilities, try the salmon tartare in chilled cherry tomato soup with burrata cheese & almonds (RM45++).

House-made ravioli of vanilla with lamb ragu, pistachios & red pepper ink (RM32++). Plus point: Blu Med's offerings are as intriguingly inventive as those of hotel-based Italian eateries, but prices here are mercifully suitable for a shopping mall instead of the Sheraton.

Still, with a menu that's a work in progress, there might be both hits & misses. The risotto with mussels, marjoram & coffee powder (RM32++) could teeter near blandness for some customers.

Paccheri sauteed with smoked goose strips & pear (RM30++). Starchy, with too little protein; the tube pasta could require several more seconds of cooking too.

Watermelon bavarese (RM16++). Fruity fun, refreshing finish for a muggy evening.

Drinking is made generously affordable at Blu Med. This RM68++ Chianti Ruffino is only one of several wines attractively priced by both the bottle & glass.

Plenty of potential; Blu Med's not a total success yet, but it could easily get there soon.

Looks-wise, the final product's one of Mid Valley's prettiest, a nice place for both lunch & dinner.

Blu Med's last orders are at 10:30 pm (well, on weekends at the very least), so shoppers can have suppers here after the mall closes.

Blu Med,
The Boulevard, Mid Valley City, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2201-5081
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39 comments:

  1. i can see this meal at least cost rm500~ >.<

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    1. Mr Lonely: oh, well actually, it's a little less than half that amount =)

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  2. Goodie...it's finally officially open...I would pay for d ravioli of vanilla and the unique Watermelon bavarese =)

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    1. Ulric: yeah, some interesting flavor profiles here. the complete menu doesn't seem to have been finalized yet, but hopefully after chinese new year =)

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    2. I will order anything with d hirame...hehe :P

      Btw how's d casual dining menu? =)

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    3. Ulric: this is actually a (small) selection of the current a la carte menu for the casual dining downstairs =)

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    4. Oic...thanx for d info...I still wan my hirame though :p

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  3. Thanks for the awesome review Sean! :)

    Midvalley is a place I frequent when my friends from Sibu come to town - good to hear about a new place opening.

    The dish looks great though (risotto with coffee powder) but blandness is not something I like in my food. ;)

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    1. Huai Bin: thanks for the kind words :D ya, I don't often eat at mid valley. Even though there are so many restaurants in this mall, the choices here have gotten a bit tired. So it's nice when places like Blu med pop up to spice things up =) ya, I think the risotto needs an extra one or two more ingredients, then it'd be pretty enjoyable :D

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  4. Nice! hehe learnt a new word today- bavarese!!! :D hmm.. considering that they just open, I hope that they continue tweaking their food and improve over time cause the dishes looks really interesting!! :D

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    1. Vien: oh yeah, maybe you could try making some home-made bavarese sometime. i think you'd be able to whip up a fabulous one :D ya, there's definitely a lot of thought put into these recipes. just need to tinker with the execution =)

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  5. must be good.. since you've been back again. and I have yet to go.. still! haha

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    1. Ciki: it's worth checking out if you're looking for something fresh in kl's italian food scene :D

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  6. Blu Med sounds like club med to me. The interior looks impressive but how come Kl doesn't have good risotto?!!

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    1. Eiling: heheh, ya, it sounds like a place of retreat. definitely makes me think of the mediterranean. and i like the decor too, with the bottle chandelier and wall of candles. btw, i think you can get really good risotto at il lido on jln yap kwan seng if you have a craving :D

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  7. Looks like things are picking up for Blu Med. Food looks quite good, especially the ravioli with lamb ragu. :)

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    1. Bangsar Babe: yeah, gold star for food presentation here. and i hear this place is packed for weekday lunches! :D

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  8. Glad to know that there's a new F&B outlet in Mid Valley!

    The mussels with risotto looks lovely; so does the pasta dish. The risotto looks good just like that, with the mussels infusing it with the juicy sweetness. I just hope they'll omit the coffee powder permanently....

    Anyway, good job on the review, Sean! I'm being tempted to head there now. =D

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    1. Waverly: ooh, i actually was quite curious to see whether the coffee powder would go well with risotto, but it didn't really leave much impact. thanks for the kind words, and if you do drop by blu med, i hope you'll have a good meal. i hear their set lunches and set dinners are a decent deal =)

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  9. Somewhere stylish amid the sea of wipe-clean chain restaurants in MidValley - rejoice!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: heheh, yeah, mid valley can sometimes seem like a triumph of quantity over quality, so it's always nice to see a place that values quality open here =)

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  10. What a gem, you’re lucky to have so many places to discover.

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    1. Cquek: it's a good time to be dining out in KL these days :D

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  11. Opened in time for CNY and perhaps more for valentine's Day. We'll be checking them pout during our weeklong break:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, some good pasta and pizza, to get a break from the yee sang and braised pork trotters & sea cucumber, etc, heh :D

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  12. That ravioli looks so alluring.... Bet that tasted like heaven!

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    1. Suituapui: my favorite kinds of ravioli are soft and smooth, with very thin skin enveloping a creamy-sultry stuffing. those types of ravioli are truly heavenly :D

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  13. The risotto reminds me of porridge, coffee powder is a strange addition hmmm, did it work? Looks like a very pretty place.

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    1. Kelly: yeah, the risotto kinda reminded me of Chinese braised rice, almost, heh :D well, the coffee powder had minimal effect. Very subtle, maybe too subtle =) but ya, definite A for the interior design here :D

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  14. I'll probably wait it out and let them iron out any kinks before visiting as prices sure aren't low.

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    1. Baby sumo: heheh, thankfully the prices are lower than, say, favola's (since I don't have a Starwood card!) :D

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    2. I got a Starwood card...so far its unutilised n expires in 6 months time...oops =)

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    3. Ulric: it's a very useful card! back when i had one (a supplementary card, thanks to someone else), i'd use it quite often at le meridien, sheraton, westin =)

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    4. Anytime...if u wanna make use of it...I just wanna go Prime for their oyster blade n d weekend dimsum brunch at Five Sen5es in Westin...hehe =)

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    5. Ulric: okie, thanks, will bear in mind until mid-2013 :D

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  15. I find the interior deco quite interesting !

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    1. Wong: yeah, there's a chandelier made of bottles! :D

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  16. We have eaten here twice, as I always like to give a restaurant a second try to be sure. I must say no doubt the overall environment was perfect.
    But, I must also say they will need to improve a lot more on the food & services quality. The entire experience was a miss.

    P/s: The waitress & Manager on duty doesn't look interested to serve the customer, until the Chef has to point to them.

    Honestly, we don't recommend anyone who come here, poor value for money.

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