Friday, February 21, 2014

Calabrese @ Kepong

A bit off the beaten track, but Calabrese might be worth a visit for fans of European fare who live or work in Kepong.

The selection is both extensive & capably executed; can't complain about the seafood risotto (RM26.90), packed with perhaps more mussels, clams & squid than rice. There's plenty of pasta too on Calabrese's menu, from chorizo farfalle to pork bolognese rigatoni (both RM18.90).

The pizza tastes rather mass-market, with a crust that could be crispier, but Calabrese can be commended for not skimping on ingredients; this one blanketed with wild mushrooms & truffle oil is fragrantly earthy (RM18.90).

We like how the kitchen here is more ambitious than anticipated; mains include salmon wrapped in a thin slice of ham, served with Sicilian-inspired aubergine caponata (RM26.90).

Fair prices, fairly friendly service; what more could we want?

Did someone say wine? Calabrese offers that too, by both the glass & the bottle. This is a simple suburban restaurant, one of those places that won't exactly take its neighbourhood by storm. But for a casual lunch or dinner, customers could do far worse.

Calabrese Cafe & Bistro
1A, Jalan Desa 2/7, Desa Aman Puri, Kepong
Daily, 10am-10pm

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21 comments:

  1. The seafood risotto looks promising.... hope they are able to improve on their pizza though

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    1. Ken: yeah, i think the risotto would probably be my favorite of the three we ordered, followed pretty closely by the salmon =)

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  2. The salmon looks pretty moist!

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    1. Baby Sumo: oh yeah, practically perfectly prepared in that respect :D

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  3. Kepong is too far, need someone to drive us there! *hint*hint* Hehehe.

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    1. CK: heheh, can reach in 20 minutes on a sunday evening using the sprint highway followed by the penchala link la! :D

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  4. The bright sunny atmosphere and colours are very inviting, Sean, and I love that old trolley plaque on the wall! I would definitely want that salmon!

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    1. Linda: oh yes, that wall portrait is very cool :D and i'm glad we ordered that salmon =)

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  5. Wowwww!!!! Salmon wrapped in ham sounds absolutely irresistible!

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    1. Suituapui: it's a recipe that can turn out quite well :)

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  6. Rissotto looks awesome and same goes to the salmon wrapped in ham.

    Wilson
    http://www.placesandfoods.com

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    1. Wilson: heh, yeah, both were worth ordering :D

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  7. i have never tried rissotto! *wails*

    and yes i will order that and the wrapped salmon!! maybe i can try making that at home, with bacon XD

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    1. Constance: ooo, hopefully this will be the year that you'll try risotto! and i hope you'll enjoy it! =) ya, i think bacon-wrapped salmon could be a fun recipe to make at home, and i'm sure your family would love it too :D

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    1. Rebecca: yeah, i didn't meet the chef, but it'd be interesting to hear what his background is =)

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  9. I live/work nearby and you are faster than me, what a shame >.<

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    1. Choi Yen: ooo, hopefully you'll get a chance to check out this place very soon! :)

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  10. Sean! Mad props -- I should really say well done -- for discovering eateries like this one right in in my back yard. I work in Kepong and don't even know this place.

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    1. Ning-geng: hey, thanks for the kind words. I don't venture into Kepong much, but I'm looking forward to more reasons to return! :)

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