Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Soprano's Italian-German Restaurant @ Old Klang Road

Chef Sergio E.V. hails from Sicily, but he has both Italian & Austrian blood coursing through his veins, making him a versatile figure who's capable of cooking up a cross-border storm at this new first-floor restaurant in Old Klang Road's NewCom building; the outlet is owned by a food-loving Malaysian couple who operate multiple European & Asian eateries in KL.

 The Soprano's bursts with pride in its kitchen-made pastas, freshly baked bread, oven-hot pizzas & much more. The restaurant's name is meant to refer to the soaring-voiced singers, not the HBO mobster family - a slice of trivia highlighted by the spacious stage in this restaurant where live bands perform late on week-nights & open-mic karaoke amateurs on Sundays.

Thanks to The Soprano's for hosting this meal, which kicked off with an irreproachable bread basket, served with a spicy tomato dip that proved likeable to the last drop, lusciously textured & luxuriously tuned in its sweet-savoury dimensions.

 Chef Sergio seems to be enthusiastic about his seafood; he took command to recommend what we should eat & rolled out a slew of oceanic recipes, from blue mussels sauteed in a creamy-tangy white wine & cherry tomato sauce (RM22 before taxes), served with dense farmer's bread laced with morsels of pork ham & boiled egg white to mop up the gravy ...

 ... to an icy 'Blue Marine' bouncy prawn cocktail in light Aurora sauce (RM24; the chef has a thing for cherry tomatoes too) ...

... to a seafood-splashed 'Mediterranea' pizza potently flavoured with tomato sauce, capers, black olives & oregano (RM30) ...

 ... & tender, parchment-prepared pasta with mixed seafood (more mussels & prawns, plus fish, calamari & clams), sauteed again in a cherry tomato sauce (RM30). Much of the flavours up to this point were variations on a tried-&-tested Italian theme.

 Meat triumphantly takes over for the German portion of The Soprano's repertoire; we enjoyed the restaurant's rendition of 'schweinbraten.' showcasing succulent roast pork in a rich dark beer gravy, partnered with red cabbage & mashed potatoes (RM48). Fleshy & flavourful, this bodes very well for The Soprano's other German pork specialities, such as smoked loin chop, crackling roast belly & oven-baked ribs with maple glazing.

 The Soprano's serves sausages galore; the garlic pork version partnered with sauerkraut proved plump & juicy but was perhaps too sodium-loaded for our preference. Steaks, lamb chops & spinach-stuffed chicken breast are also available.

 It's not impossible to be a vegetarian at The Soprano's. The best bet: An indulgent saffron risotto, powerfully perfumed.

 Desserts span several fan favourites, from vanilla & pistachio ice cream cassata cake with strawberry sauce, inspired by the chef's Sicilian roots, to traditionally familiar Italian choices of tiramisu & panna cotta. Maybe there'll be black forest cakes soon.

 No lack of liquor - Chilean wine by the glass starts at a pleasant RM18 per glass; the classic cocktails are worthwhile too.

The Soprano's Italian-German Restaurant
1st Floor, NewCom Club Building, Batu 5, Old Klang Road, Kuala Lumpur. Sort of opposite Pearl Point Hotel.
Open daily, 12pm through late. Tel: 03-7972-8363


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20 comments:

  1. Open Mic on Sundays huh =P

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    1. Eugene: perfect for people like you who can sing ... summore this place is just a 10-15 minute drive from your place :D

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  2. This is fascinating, Sean. I have never yet known of a restaurant that combines German and Italian cuisine.

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    1. Linda: i enjoyed the experience too ... italian food is one of my all-time favourites, and i don't often have german nowadays, so this was a good treat :)

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  3. Everything looks enticing! The food serving is more than enough for me. :D And the place is so cozy.

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    1. Lux: oh yes, portions here are princely :D

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  4. Wowwww!!! All look so good! Interesting, Greek and Italian plus Austrian, going German. I love German - love the sausages and the pork knuckles. Yummmmmm!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: this could be a perfect place for you to have a german meat feast :D

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  5. House made pasta is always a good sign. :-)

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    1. The Yum List: yup, the extra effort and attention to detail :)

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  6. Interesting spread.... no one singing? :P

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    1. Ken: heh, we left before the performances began :D

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  7. If you didn't tell us about the sodium-load, those pork sausages look mighty fine! ;)

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    1. Contact: ya, there are other sausages on the menu here that might fare better in terms of saltiness and be equally juicy :D

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  8. Indulgent comfort food galore there! It even sounds worth enduring open-mic karaoke for that grub...

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: heheh, i don't quite mind open-mic :D

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  9. Haven't had pasta for long long time. Kitchen-made pastas sound good, oh and the blue-mussels. :D

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    1. CK: ya, and this place is just a 15 minute drive from your place, i think :)

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  11. Jorg KochNovember 29, 2015

    I got so hungry after seeing all those yummy dishes... we went there tonight and were very very disappointed. The Italian Chef is no more and the food was far from what I would authentic and delicious. There are many places which a much better feast ... I guess that this place was good until the Chef left in August ...a pity!

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