Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Zenzero @ St Mary Place

Remember Andrea Zanella? The temperamental but terrific Italian chef who founded Chiaroscuro & later took charge at il Lido is back in action, now commanding the kitchen at the freshly unveiled Zenzero.
 
This understated, unfussy outlet seems set to nurture a placid presence at St Mary Residences; it's casually elegant, maintaining the spotlight on enjoyable food served by a hardworking team.
 
 With a chef like Zanella, everything's worth eating, but our top pick's the Ancona-style brodetto, a seafood soup that brims with fresher-than-expected octopus, mussels, clams, fish & shrimp. Beautifully satisfying.
 
At RM22+, it's the ideal illustration of how Zenzero's prices might be the fairest of them all. 
 
Baked spinach & gorgonzola cheese pie (RM24+). Crispy-creamy textures, mild-&-light flavours. Another pleasant starter that two can share.
 
Hearty, house-made fettuccine with a thick truffle sauce (RM38+). Pasta that provides pure pleasure & compelling comfort.
 
Baked gnocchi sorrentina (RM42+), carbs made cheesy with mozzarella, tangy with tomato sauce & buoyant with basil leaves.
 
Ravioli filled with Piedmontese beef (RM28+), robustly savoury.
 
 
Warm apple phyllo strudels with a stuffing of pine nuts, a thin coat of grappa sauce & a cool companion of raisin ice cream. RM18+.
 
Sicily's sweet pride, ricotta-choked cannoli fried pastries, to wrap up this feel-good lunch. 
 
Carte Rouge Bordeaux, Calvet (RM78+ by the bottle). Zenzero's cheapest wine is a well-chosen, earthy one. 
 
All in all, Zenzero's another fine F&B find at St Mary Residences; will we hear more about this outlet in 2014? Count on it.
 
Zenzero Restaurant & Wine Bar
A-0-9, St Mary Place, Jalan Tengah, Kuala Lumpur. Beside Delicious.
Currently open for lunch & dinner, Tuesdays through Sundays. Tel: 03-2022-3883
 
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30 comments:

  1. That seafood soup looks great! Must find a weekend to visit this place! :D

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    1. CK: ya, we haven't had a lot of new Italian restaurants opening this past year, so it's nice to see one open :D

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  2. RM22+ for the Ancona-style seafood brodetto...tats a steal =)

    The desserts looks mighty interesting...especially the ricotta-choked cannoli and the apple phyllo strudel. :D

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    1. Ulric: yeah, at first glance, it looks like a small serving, but the bowl's full of seafood, so it's a lot, really :D and yup, the cannoli was complimentary actually, it's not on the official menu :)

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    1. Rebecca: yeah, it's too bad, cos chef andrea used to serve a pork-delicious menu at chiaroscuro :D

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  4. Oooo...should be really good! Greek, eh?

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    1. Suituapui: ya, mostly Italian, with maybe one or two greek-influenced recipes ... thinking they're going for a European feel in general :D

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  5. The baked spinach pie looks soooo good, Sean!

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    1. Linda: yeah, it wasn't exactly the sort of pie I was expecting, but I think it turned out even better than expected :D

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  6. Wow, that generous amount of seafood in that soup! Rm22+ is definitely a steal! The ricotta-dessert looks intriguing too!

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    1. Ken: ya, it does put thin, poorly stocked soups to shame! :D and was grateful for that complimentary cannoli dessert at the end :D

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  7. can I have this soup for breakfast in the morning? also, do you call that a soup-pot? or do we still refer to them as teapot?

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    1. KY: you can have it for supper at night! :D haha, I guess we can call it whatever we want, as long as we use it right! :)

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  8. Seems to be a lot of good restaurants at St Mary's Place - gotta check it out. And the colour of that brodetto is tantalizing!

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    1. Baby Sumo: ya, there's sushi hinata, black market, niu taste, delicious, and now, zenzero. can definitely do a food crawl of all sorts of interesting fare there (and start with the brodetto!) :D

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  9. Wow that is really good..
    Shall bring my Italian boss there

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    1. Simple Person: yay! I hope you and your boss both enjoy the meal! :D

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  10. huhu, crab dish is the one i like most! =D

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    1. Mr Lonely: seafood success!

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  11. this is really impressive. damn i need to find out where is this St Mary place!!!

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    1. Eiling: heh, ya, it's a bit hidden, but it's just off jalan raja chulan! :D

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  12. Brilliant dishes and the prices are quite justified especially in that part of town.

    Fettucine and truffle sounds so hearty and delightful. Good idea for some good carbo loading:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: ya, the final bill was a pleasant surprise, and it was also a nice surprise to see chef andrea here, I had no idea where he went after il lido :D loved the fettuccine with truffles. terrific pairing :D

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  13. The Ancona-style brodetta looks beautiful and delicious :)

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    1. Kate: I fell in love in it and wish there had been even more of it :D

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  14. Yum yum yum! Wow. These look amazing, and yes, worth every single step!

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    1. Cquek: that's basically how i felt too, heheh :D

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  15. Dear Sean

    I am contacting you from the KL Map, a free tourist publication which produces 100,000 copies and is distributed in KL four times a year. I am currently working on the April-June issue of the map and I am including a small write up about Zenzero restaurant for our Wining & Dining section.

    I was therefore contacting you to see if you have any high resolution (300 dpi) images we could use in the publication to support the listing. Any additional information about the venue would also be great.

    Unfortunately we close at the end of this week so a quick response either way would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance,

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  16. Just had lunch at Zenzero....very nice...serving is not too much, just nice for lunch, and tastes excellent too. I will surely come back for more. Reasonable Price too ! , Highly recommended....I would give a 9 out of 10 !

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