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January 24, 2011

Valentine’s Dinner Menu @ il Lido Italian Dining + Lounge Bar, KL

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, il Lido created a special 5-Course Dinner Menu which I got to try recently. Since my Sunday brunch at il Lido, I’ve become a fan of the food, ambiance and service. Read on, and you will see why.

Lambrusco Rosato

Focaccia

Amuse bouche – salmon with dill cream and caviar

Grilled Hokkaido scallops came over a bed of Beetroot Sabayon and topped with caviar. The scallop was accurately cooked resulting in its succulent texture.I was rather excited when I saw goose liver terrine on the menu. Anything with foie gras makes me swoon (ok…I feel slightly guilty too). il Lido’s goose liver terrine was silky, rich and lusty – I almost didn’t want to share this.

Homemade Mint Tagliatelle with Lobster and Light Saffron Champagne Sauce


I didn’t taste the mint in the Tagliatelle, but the lobster was of a decent size. While the champagne sauce complemented the dish well, I preferred my tagliatelle to have a more intense flavour. My dining companions enjoyed this.
Grilled Atlantic cod was moist and flaky with a nice touch from the oyster broth. The accompanying ratatouille boasted lively flavours which reminded me of summer in Nice, France.

The problem with sharing this cod dish is that one might not get to eat its beautifully crisp skin. I was the unfortunate one who watched as my lucky dining companion bit into that bit of crispy perfection. Oh well…you can’t always have your cake and eat it too. I immediately forgot about my earlier woe when I saw the other main course – Master Kobe with Barolo Reduction and Porcini Mushroom Soufflé. Oh hello, gorgeous! Such delicate marbling can only come from the best, pure bred Wagyu. Insanely addictive, I tell you. The Barolo reduction wasn’t necessary as the Kobe was good on its own.

Baked Eggplant & Mozzarella Cheese Cake with Tomato and Basil Parmigiana

Lyla ordered a few ala carte dishes for us to try — Parma Ham with Rock Melon and Balsamic Sauce (RM39), Baked Eggplant & Mozzarella Cheese Cake with Tomato and Basil Parmigiana (RM36), Champagne Risotto with Truffle (RM55) and Sardinian Roasted Suckling Pig with Plum Sauce (RM98). All were delicious in their own ways.The saltiness of the Parma ham was nicely balanced with the sweet rock melon while the Parmigiana was as good as I remembered it to be. If there was one dish I could eat over and over again, it was the champagne risotto with truffle. Perfectly creamy with a little resistance only the best risottos maintain, I finished the last bit of this. The suckling pig tasted as delicious as it looked, with its crisp, decadent skin and flavourful fat. In Sardinia, this is called porceddu, and you get a whole pig to devour. Back to the Valentine’s Day Menu. Dessert was a chocolate tart with golden leaf and strawberry coulisse. Presentation was lovely; the tart was dark and delicious with a buttery base. The Crème Brulee Symphony with Vanilla, Coffee, Pistachio and Strawberry (RM29) and Vanilla Pannacotta with Fresh Berries Basket (RM29) were ala carte orders. The pannacotta was stunning, and the berries gave it tang and texture. Between the four crème brulee flavours, I liked the vanilla best. The pistachio flavour was an acquired taste which didn’t grow on me. My other companions enjoyed the strawberry and coffee better. Service was down-to-earth (I was here incognito yesterday and still received the same attentive, friendly service)– dirty plates and cutleries were swiftly replaced and water glasses refilled. I was stuffed and happy. Thank you Lyla, for having us over! *il Lido’s Valentine’s Day 5-Course Dinner Menu is priced at RM250 per person, inclusive of coffee or tea. For my review on il Lido’s Sunday brunch, click HERE. il Lido Italian Dining + Lounge Bar (NON HALAL)
Lot 183 Jalan Mayang

Off Jalan Yap Kwan Seng
50450 Kuala Lumpur.
03 2161 2291
http://www.il-lido.com.my/

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3 Responses

  1. KY

    scallop n parma ham, just two of my fav!

    but adoi, CNY belum sampai already have to think about valentine's.. pening

  2. thule a.k.a leo

    Valentine's menu?? gosh.. they are surely fast!

  3. "Joe" who is constantly craving

    i just realise dollar for dollar, fine dining in malaysia is freaking expensive! haha

    the food does look good, maybe time to revisit when i go back.

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