Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Insider @ Telawi, Bangsar

This fresh face in Telawi tries to tackle contemporary European fare, with a special interest in Italian & French cooking.

The Insider's soft-launch menu proved intriguing for us to order four offerings; our favourite was the fedelini pasta immersed in a robustly briny, kitchen-made crab sauce, topped with oven-roasted freshwater prawns & buffalo mozzarella (RM38; a respectable illustration of why Italian remains our favourite cuisine), though the risotto in seaweed sauce with grilled Hokkaido scallops, tiger prawns & clams (RM58), potato gnocchi with slow-braised beef ragout, sauteed wild mushrooms & grated parmesan (RM28) & sliced duck breast with pan-seared foie gras, poached daikon & pickled kyuri in red wine sauce (RM68) all showcased sufficient merits too, each competently prepared enough to stamp this place as one with reasonable potential. 

Drinking is encouraged - the house pour of Italian Mantellassi Cabernet Sauvignon starts at RM16 per glass; alternatively, check out the Wine Kick cocktail, blending a splash of red with cherry brandy, creme de casis & foamy pineapple juice (RM23).

The Insider
31 Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. Tues-Sun, 5pm through late.

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12 comments:

  1. risotto in seaweed sauce with grilled Hokkaido scallops - that would be my order! :D

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    1. Rebecca: it was rather pricey at RM58 but i knew i really wanted to order it when i saw it on the menu! :)

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  2. We love Italian food, glad to know we have more choices now. :D

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    1. CK: heheh, yeah, i could happily eat good italian food a few times a week if possible :D

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  3. those dishes look good! I do have a feeling I know who is behind it. :) can't wait to try!
    -Aipeng-

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    1. Ai Peng: i'm actually not too sure who's behind the food here, but i hope you enjoy the dishes! ;)

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  4. Looks like the gathering place for bird lovers - I wonder if there are any around these days. No prize for guessing which one I would pick. Duck!!!

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, the cage decor does pretty much suit this place ... i met a few bird-watching enthusiasts recently, but they were a relatively older couple :) heheh, yes, i'd pick the duck for you! :D

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  5. I just passed by this restaurant the other day and pointed to my wife... Looks like it's worth checking out

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    1. Leo: i like the name of the restaurant ... it's catchy :D

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  6. I love everything I see here....coz it's got all the ingredients I love! :D Foie gras, scallops, gnocchi, daikon...but if there's one thing I've yet to try...it's risotto! ;)

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    1. Contact: heheh, i agree with your list of ingredients ... i think you'll enjoy risotto ... i love risotto when it's done well! it's gotta have a good balance of firmness, creaminess, stickiness ... complemented by quality ingredients! :)

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