Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Basil Pasta House @ Kuchai Lama

Three brothers, one restaurant: The gastronomically gifted Tan siblings - Alven, Seven & Louis - opened their own outlet in Kuchai Lama this week, offering a wide range of East-meets-West pasta recipes at some of the Klang Valley's best prices.

Basil Pasta House has a homey, welcoming feel; its creators have made lovely use of the space here, with soothing colours, floral flourishes & other thoughtful touches. A Godfather movie poster underscores how the restaurant is making customers a culinary offer they can't refuse, spanning everything from pork bacon gnocchi to Japanese lamb curry fettuccine.

We focused on seafood for this visit: Love the crab farfalle, comprising bow-tie pasta with crab meat, curried butternut squash sauce, walnut cream & parmesan. The food here is hearty, rich & savoury. Prices won't pinch the wallet; this one clocks in at RM14.90, probably half of what it would cost in a KL mall cafe.

Cappellini 'wafu'-style, with angel hair pasta topped with baby octopus, plus yuzu shoyu dressing, truffle paste & mushrooms (RM14.90). Rest assured, patrons are in experienced hands here; head chef Alven has honed his craft over the past four years at establishments like il Primo, Tanzini & Renoma Cafe Gallery.

 Brother Seven specialises in Oriental cooking, so his influence might be clearest in this Chinese take on mac-&-cheese, featuring macaroni with a golden egg yolk sauce, curry leaves, cili padi & deep-fried baby squid (RM14.90). All the pasta dishes are very capably prepared, resulting in satisfying textures.

 Louis is the pastry chef here, so he tackles desserts such as the sabayon, a delicious custard with berries & grapes (RM8.90). With tasty food, fair prices & friendly people, Basil Pasta House seems worth the trek to Kuchai Lama (note that parking on this restaurant's street is easier in the evening); it deserves to draw pasta fans from near & far.

Basil Pasta House
21, Jalan Kuchai Maju 6, Off Jalan Kuchai Lama, Kuala Lumpur
Currently daily, 1130am-1030pm (will determine day off later). Tel: 03-7972-8884

Check out the latest edition of Eat Drink KL: 100 Favourites, featuring 100 recommended restaurants for July-September 2014, including more than 20 new entries for this quarter. 
This eBook is available to read or download at this link: http://eatdrinkkl.publ.com/2014C 
Link expires Sept 30, 2014; see blog entries after that date for new link.

Stay up to date: The Eat Drink KL newsletter is sent by email to subscribers every Monday; it's the Klang Valley's foremost weekly round-up of new restaurant openings (even before they're featured on this blog), F&B promotions & other tasty tidbits.
Subscribe to Eat Drink KL Weekly for free via this following link: 
Note to subscribers on Gmail: The newsletter will be in the Promotions folder of your inbox.

Sausages to sambal. Muffins to marshmallows. Peanut butter to mango chutney. Cornflake ice cream to honey aloe yogurt. Lavender-laced lemonades to lychee-&-guava juices.
Eat Drink KL: Small Businesses, Huge Flavours is the first eBook to help customers navigate the diversity of independent F&B entrepreneurs who bake & boil in their own kitchens, offering some of Malaysia's finest, most fascinating food products.
This resource will be continuously updated with new listings: www.eatdrinkkl.publ.com/businesses 
Check out EAT DRINK, a new F&B website jointly run by The Expat Group (TEG) & Eat Drink KL. This website features all of our up-to-date reviews, plus exclusive weekly articles & a searchable database on restaurants in KL & Selangor: EatDrink.my

28 comments:

  1. That's an odd-looking couple. The girl looks like the kind men take for their wives, real decent, sweet and gentle. :D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Suituapui: what a very odd comment :)

      Delete
  2. Replies
    1. The Yum List: definitely satisfactory portions :D

      Delete
  3. The pastas looks good...gonna pop by tonite after badminton! :D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ulric: ooo, enjoy! i think you'll like this place. i wanted to try the japanese lamb curry pasta but didn't have stomach space :)

      Delete
    2. I m thinking abt ordering the capellini 'wafu-style' cose it's light n has yuzu! =)

      Will revisit for d heavier fare another time...hehe =)

      Delete
    3. Ulric: ooo, it's light but it still feels a bit rich cos it's salty with the shoyu ... but no worries, you'll have plenty of choices. more than 20 pasta options here ... there's also a spaghetti aglio olio with 64-degree whole grilled chicken leg for RM16.90, or shell pasta in home-made pork soup with bacon & veggies (RM12.90), or orechiette with smoked duck breast & truffle paste (RM14.90) that all sound like something suitable after an exercise session :)

      Delete
    4. Wow...maybe I'll be tempted to go for a heavier fare...lolz! =)

      Delete
    5. Ulric: haha, ya, it'll be interesting to see what mood you'll be in tonight .. and how long it'll take you to choose your pasta from the long menu :D

      Delete
  4. Love the look of the seafood bowtie pasta! And such reasonable prices indeed!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Iamthewitch: yeah, every bite of that creamy crab pasta was delicious. and yeah, it's easy to have a very good meal here for a lower-than-expected price :)

      Delete
  5. Love the food, and the friendly place. Would go back again if I can remember how to get there

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Footfringe: waze your way to kuchai lama! :D

      Delete
  6. well, i would support it although I'm not a pasta lover~ =D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Happy walker: heheh, okie, i'm a pasta lover, so i'm glad it opened :)

      Delete
  7. Super good price! But I hardly go kuchai lama.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Jean: it's worth visiting this outlet on a weekend :D

      Delete
  8. What would the Italians say?! But I think the fusion pasta dishes look great

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. YouHadYourLunch: heheh, yeah, i like the asian twists here .. they work well while respecting the italian fundamentals :D

      Delete
  9. Love every single dish there Sean! It's not easy to find Sabayon here in Penang, with only one restaurant offering currently...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ken: true, we don't see sabayon that much in kl either ... it's definitely worth ordering whenever it's on the menu :)

      Delete
  10. Macaroni with chili padi & deep-fried baby squid sounds good, I want that. :P

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. CK: heheh, maybe the next time you're back in kl ... this place is quite near your home :D

      Delete
  11. The food looks really enticing, so does the dessert!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Choi Yen: yeah, good food in kuchai lama! :)

      Delete
  12. May i know if it serve halal meat? Tq in advance

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ecahnuar: no, the meat here is not halal

      Delete