Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Chef Andrea @ il Lido

Il Lido's new chef Andrea Zanella's complete a la carte menu is finally ready for scrutiny, revealing a diverse selection that spotlights the recipes of numerous Italian regions, from the cliffs of Amalfi to the shores of Sicily.

Asparagus Milanese, given a contemporary twist with organic egg & porcini mushroom pesto. The ancient version of this recipe was reputedly Julius Caesar's favorite dish. We bow to Caesar's wisdom; this was comfort food back in 62 BC, it's still comfort food now in 2011 AD.

Ancona tomato-based seafood soup, prepared in the style of the Italian port of Marche. Tangy, mildly spicy and overflowing with fish, clams, squid & shrimp that tasted like they leaped out of the Adriatic Sea into chef Andrea's cooking pot.

Risotto & pasta have long been il Lido's forte, a tradition that remains unsullied. This risotto with crayfish uses carnaroli rice instead of arborio, resulting in a creamier, more concentrated bite that explains carnaroli's nickname: "the king of rice."

Ewe's milk ravioli with truffle & honey sauce. Close your eyes, chew on this and let your senses slowly absorb its multidimensional flavors _ a sturdy savoriness, mingling with warm, earthy notes & a sugary sweep of nectar.

Gnocchi with basil & garlic pesto, zucchini & pine nuts. Excellently executed, with herbaceous overtones that seemed to come straight out of someone's homegrown garden.

Pumpkin tortelli with goose liver & aged balsamic sauce. This sounded so spectacular on paper, it couldn't have lived up to expectations. We were hoping for silky pasta topped with a luscious slice of liver, but this was essentially lumpy dumplings with morsels of liver instead.

Zucchini flower & mozzarella fritter with vegetable caponata. A rustic snack, something that Diane Lane might have enjoyed nibbling on in "Under The Tuscan Sun" while contemplating whether to flirt with Raoul Bova.

Crab salad with watermelon & Elisir tomato. A vivid showcase of bright hues that stands out as a summer salad. The crab meat was sweet and succulent, with its handpicked feel complemented by a zesty zip from the melon-tomato synergy.

Grilled Tomino cheese with wild mushrooms. A thinly crusted, gooey cheese, made from the milk of cows from Piedmontese stables. Alluringly aromatic on its own, but slap it together with some mushrooms, and its fragrance is multiplied to lip-smacking proportions.

Angus beef short ribs braised in Barolo red wine, ranked among the world's top vintages. This is meat at its most luscious, brimming with flavor and luxuriously textured.

Sogrape Mateus, a beautifully bottled Portuguese rose.

il Lido,
Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2161-2291


  1. I can hear d milk ravioli calling out to me...*drools*

    And the egg, the egg, the egg...awesome :D

  2. Ulric: ewe's cheese has an interesting taste ... not as musky as goat cheese, but still rather pungent :D and ya, I keep thinking the asparagus Milanese is something that can be replicated at home, but it just won't taste as good. Sigh =)

  3. Man, this looks better than the fares before chef andrea!

  4. As pungent as blue cheese? Cose I can't stand blue cheese :(

    As for the Asparagus Milanese...veni vidi vici :D

  5. The food looks so GOOD! Especially the Asparagus Milanese.. I didn't have that good an experience in my previous visit to Il Lido, perhaps I should give the new chef a try!! :)

  6. That seafood soup looked decadently good ;)

  7. I also prefer carnaroli over arborio. Man, how did you manage to eat so much and stay so slim! :P

  8. Gnocchi with basil & garlic pesto, zucchini & pine nuts.. have not had a good one in ages! I make Cumi order it, then i pinch some.. mwuahaha!

  9. The pastas look and sound fantastic!

  10. I'm hungry already lah! You ate almost all that's on my personal to-eat list. No prizes for guessing correctly where I'll be eating for lunch AND dinner today ;)

  11. With Raoul Bova, one would hope to do more than merely flirt! Devil's heading to il Lido on Friday for lunch - unfortunately I have a lunch appointment elsewhere... *weeps*

  12. michelle: i miss some of the old favorites though ... like pappardelle with goose liver, duck confit & truffle sauce :D
    ulric: oh, not as stinky, but much more savory and flavorsome than mozzarella :D and i commend you on your mastery of latin, heheh =)
    iamthewitch: hope you enjoy your next visit! so far, il lido hasn't failed me, but yeah, i've heard from a few people who weren't fully satisfied (mostly customers who tried the lunch sets though)...

  13. pureglutton: yep, and that was only part of the portion, since they split the soup into separate servings for us to share :D
    baby sumo: heheh, i'm afraid the effects of my sins have started creeping up on me, since my waistline is also creeping up! =)
    ciki: yeah, a good gnocchi is nearly as hard to find as a good man! anyway the portion here looked not-too-big, but it was very filling! :D

  14. hungry female: and there's still more on the menu! sicilian maccheroni & little neck clam linguine! :D
    lyla: heheh, i haven't finished my to-eat list yet. still wanna try all the fish dishes (yellow tail, barramundi & cod) =)
    lfb: aiya, flirtation is the first step to whatever else you hope to do lah :D maybe this is your chance to practice your persuasive skills and redirect your lunch appointment mates to il lido! =)

  15. your description makes me wanna eat all those except the green coloured dish. That's too green and doesn't look appetising.

  16. eiling: heheh, it has a very strong veggie-ish flavor. good for those who are bored of cheese-laden pastas :D

  17. "a good gnocchi is nearly as hard to find as a good man!"
    Wrong Sean, a good man is harder to find! :P
    Oh man, looks like we wont be missing the swine after all eh?
    And yes, I did love that papardellE!

  18. @Rebecca: We made sure that no one has any reason to miss the hogs with our new menu. Haha!

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  20. Tng: heh, and a good man who can cook a good gnocchi would be the hardest to find! :D ya, I guess we gotta get used to the lack of porky Italian outlets in KL. Missing chiaroscuro already =)
    Lyla: interestingly though, I'm wondering what il lido's signature dish might be now, since it's not the suckling pig anymore :D
    Ken: tnx for the info :D

  21. Mmm might have to bookmark this place!

  22. If Raoul Bova turns up there on Friday, then I'll be there for sure! :D

  23. hungry female: when the craving for pasta strikes you, you know where to go! :D
    lfb: hehe, can't promise that, but perhaps there'll be a raoul bova-lookalike! :D

  24. Sean, how to I invite you to my friend restaurant and recommend to all the beloved friend?

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