Wednesday, November 16, 2016

SALT @ Menara Amplewest

SALT may be smack in the heart of the city, but it succeeds in being a welcome sanctuary from the cosmopolitan bustle, furnishing a slice of serenity for the frazzled urban soul. For extra reassurance, the venue is helmed by seasoned professionals - SALT heralds a new collaboration between the show-runners of Ciao & Ciccio (two of KL's most enduring Italian restaurants) & chef Andrea Zanella, formerly of Chiaroscuro, il Lido & Zenzero (our three favourite destinations of the past decade for a taste of la dolce vita). This isn't an Italian establishment though; the focus is on casual eats that encompass global influences - Spanish anchovies on garlic bread share the menu with Levantine baba ghanoush & Thai spicy basil beef.

 
 Bread & bentos rank among the attractions: House-baked rustic loaves, focaccia & baguettes energe fresh from the oven each morning, for takeaway or to savour as sandwiches, such as with turkey ham & buffalo mozzarella (warm, thick & tasty). Bento-style lunch sets are offered from noon through 3pm, not with sushi & tempura but with a daily-changing international selection that may include terrific gnocchi with tomato sauce, salmon & orange salad, mushroom beef stew & sauteed vegetables, together with broccoli soup, a chef's dessert & iced lemon tea - satisfyingly hearty at a value-for-money RM28++.

There's pretty much a meal to tempt everyone, from onion frittatas (RM14) to rigatoni with meat sauce (RM26) & veal sausages, smooth, chunky & flavourful, with sauerkraut (RM22) - each dish conveys a clear attention to quality ingredients & capable execution. Save space for dessert; the ricotta cake proves a lovely, textured treat (RM12). All in all, this is a promising start for a very pleasant place, with more to come - brunches every second Sunday of the month, with optional free flow of Sangria; plus, the team plans to unveil Anita Laguna, a modern European restaurant, next door in December - we can't wait. 

SALT et al
A-G-1, Menara Amplewest, Jalan Puncak, Off Jalan P. Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 9am-7pm. Tel: 03-2022-2173

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11 comments:

  1. Gotta take less of that - salt! :D

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    1. Suituapui: that sounds like a good plan that any physician would approve of! ;)

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  2. I'd love to sink my teeth into some of those crusty bread slices.

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    1. The Yum List: it's a pretty satisfying feeling! ;)

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  3. When I see the name, a movie comes to mind. A good lunch place for white-collared workers in the area I'd presume...especially the bentos :) I love a good onion frittata....nothing like our local onion omelette...haha....it's in the onions! :D

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    1. Contact.ewew: ooo i'd forgotten about that Angelina Jolie movie ;) ya, hopefully the white collars will be spotted here :) I'm more of a garlic fan than an onion, actually! ;)

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  4. I like cheese and I'll be a happy girl if I can have that sandwich with generous amount of buffalo mozzarella. ^__^

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, you can be a happy girl here! :D

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  5. Can I just have the buffalo mozzarella without bread? Less carb, hehehehe.

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    1. CK: haha, yes, i hope the kitchen will entertain your request! :D

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  6. Lovely restaurant, good food, service and atmosphere. Will be back!

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