Thursday, January 24, 2008

Sassorosso @ Lorong Yap Kwan Seng

I think i am getting old. Aging till i dont realise that i am not blogging in the same order as food being eaten. If this was to be a meal, i must say this has already been digested and given new life to other sorts of future meals i would have.

Sassorosso, is probably one of the few names that i feel funny after pronouncing it. Firstly, because it is so long that when you finish the last syllable, the person cant remember and second, people will ask you how you spell it and then it hits you because; you realise you dont know how to.

That aside, the entrance has the KLCC twin towers as its background and everything seem to fall in place. The relaxing ambience and an italian face to give you that warm welcome.

The first time i had it, without a camera in me, i realised i found the place with the near perfect risotto. I thought i had achieved what i wanted all this while, to find a simple hearty filling risotto. I was so confident of the chef's skills that i recruited another risotto fanatic on board for the second time. Until i realised it was the squid ink risotto that was the good one because the fresh mushrooms were to be honest;

Uncooked with an overwhelming aroma of fresh mushrooms that smells and tastes earthy i suppose. To make matters worse, i kindly told the captain that the risotto was undercooked but he snobbishly replied; "It is because it is al dente". In which my words were "That day was al dente, today isnt and i know what is al dente". (RM34)

Ahead of my self, the assorted bread basket was generous but i rather have it toasted before being served. Maybe because it didnt taste fresh out of the oven.

The Mixed Antipasti was probably a wise choice for RM68. Filled with samples of their appetisers, we were given a tiny bite of what we would get if we ordered their individual portions. I sincerely apologise with the photo, because the lighting now was rather dim, well dark.

The Duck was generous having done it two styles for RM35 thereabouts. The right side was done in a confit meaning deep fried in its fats. The meat was on the dry side but the crispy skin was something you would rather die for; just like roast pork skin. The left side was grilled and served with a brown thyme sauce that tasted rather bland but was forgiven due to the mast amount of protein i could get from the meal.

From the first visit, my friend told me their wood oven pizza was another thing that bought him back time after time. Named after their name of the restaurant, served with escargots and prawns, i thought this would be an absolute winner. Though as moody as the sky which was pouring and thundering, this came out pretty soggy and the taste didnt seem to gel. (RM34)

Not seen in the picture was two bottles of red reasonably priced wines at RM108 and RM128, pinot noir and merlot from Italy which was smooth and light; lingered in my mouth before sliding down my throat. If something was to pull my ratings up, it was their selections of wine.

Address and contact details:

(No pork but alcohol = dont know whether halal or not)

9 Lorong Yap Kwan Seng
50450 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 603 21 666 428

Ratings: 3 stars out of 5 stars. The first time, it was great. I had found a perfectly made dish and the antipasti was like a degustation menu of their appetizers. Then somehow on that second rainy night, expectations were sky high, when everything seem to crumble except the wine. Still contemplating whether i would return, i just might, i just might.


Imbi & Itchy said...

Great viewww, and good food .. I never knew this place existed until you blog it here. Thanks! Will find time to go try out this place .. especially the escargot and prawn pizza! loveee escargot ...

team bsg said...

cannot be 3 lah shud be at least 4.2 as the double towers already shud have taken 2.0 + 2.2 points.

but other than the ducksticks the rest really look like a 3( not standing )
hahaha !

Tummythoz said...

Passed it & thot name kinda tongue twister-like. It holds any meaning?

wmw said...

Oooh....haha, join the club, I still have lots of sitting in my folder!

Simon Seow said...

It's not Halal if they serve alcohol but our Muslim friends still can dine there as long as they don't order any alcoholic drinks. Great shot on the signage with the Petronas Twin Towers as the background.

zewt said...

been there a few times and i think that place is bit expensive...

Precious Pea said...

Aaarrrggghhh!!!! *PULLING MY HAIR*

I have been craving for pizzas lately. Escargot pizza!! Slurps...I got a feeling that I will love it A LOT!

kennymah said...

O but I love a good, hearty risotto myself! (Dislikes snotty head waiters muchly though. Hmmph.)

So. Might you return for a third, perhaps final, review? You might, mightn't you? ;)

Nic (KHKL) said...

the name sassorosso reminds me of a strip club in amsterdam. a tasteful one, at that. hehe...anyway, i thought the antipasti looked good..a bit of everything. and that!

daphne said...

a pity abt the mushroom risotto!

For such a highly priced place, you would expect better food than that. =) the antipasti looks like a good selection though and so is the pizza!

kampungboycitygal said...

at first glance i thought that the food was good..but after i read on..bahhhhh dun bother to give it a try

Jason said...

Escargot pizza?? O.o
I think Nigel blogged about this place before... but that's last year.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

i&i: its really quite easy to find this place..fingers crossed!..and yes the 1st picture is priceless isnt?

team bsg: yeah forgot the 2 pointy towers..

tummythoz: i dont tell me? haha

wmw: haha i have resorted to slowing dwn my food intake liao

simon: yeah i know..its kind of teasing some of my muslim friends..

zewt: haha nowadays nothing comes cheap my friend

pp: haha they dont do delivery orders..u might need to drive dwn though..

kenny: wan to go?

nic: whats with u and amsterdam strip clubs?

daphne: i know..sigh

kbcg: well theres some certain stuff i dunno whether to order again or not..but their pastas are good so i heard..

jason: yeah escargots! is it?

Seaqueen said...

ooh. The antipasti!!! So yummy but really pricey. Looks scrumptious!

Crunchasarus Rex said...

I donch like wait staff to talk like that.. !! if it was I.. i sure.. bitch slapped them already.. muahahahhaha!!

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"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

seaqueen: do giv the antipasti a try..!

rex: i was tempted too..just that i not exactly a bitch

bryan: would be interested..

SuLee said...

joe, do you wanna meet up? email me your number

Big Boys Oven said...

salivating now..... will go for the duck! looks gorgeous!

~Christine~Leng said...

the food looks good!
and.. I really love your first pic! ;)

JOjo said...

Agree with Christine, your first pic is jaw-dropping gorgeous! It looks like a postcard!!!
The risotto looks like...Hmm...Rice in mud water? Sorry,no offence here =p

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sulee: heyy!..will love to..

bbo: haha make sure u dun wet the keyboard..

christine: thanks! i reckon could do better..but it is really a very nice background..

jojo: hahah rice in mud water? not that bad lar..

ling239 said...

oh dear... undercook porridge ah... how can that happen when they are charging so much =.="
chef went on leave ka ?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ling239: yeah lorr..haha must be must be

teckiee said...

Did the chef try the 'al dante' risotto before he commented? If it was good the first time, bad the second.. you just have to give it a a third.

Anonymous said...

Sassorosso means Red Rock :) Have a look at the impressive painting inside and you'll understand.
The chef might just as well have been away that night, seems xtremly hard to get good local staff to keep up the standard.
Too bad with the snobby waiter!
Like your blog :)