Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Chiaroscuro @ Jalan Bedara

Apparently a name of the restaurant says alot about them.

Chiaroscuro other then being an italian word also means a contrast between light and dark.

The contrast between the many flavours that Chiaroscuro had to offer was definitely on my mind as i walked in to the unpretentious humble little restaurant. The extra bleached white clothed tables greeted me and i immediately felt at ease with the dark walls. The timing couldn't have been better as the rain started to pour outside which only made me look forward to some hearty italian cuisine to warm the stomach.


Carol, the owner/maître d' greeted me with a twist. Knowing that my table was under Leo, she greeted me by my name, which i must say was definitely a first. How well informed could one get about their guests? Apparently, our prior discussion on his blog caught her eye, oh well, at least i can safely take out my camera without any starring.

After learning that rustic classic italian food was up for offers, which meant pasta and pizza, the most basic carbohydrates that italians have it in, it would naturally mean pasta and pizza for order? Apparently the "angel" of me, decided to have a protein meal since the night wasn't exactly young no longer and sleep was barely hours away.

Giving the pasta and pizza a miss, only means i am coming back soon judging from the items i had that night.

Still, we had to have at least some freshly baked bread with a refreshing tomato based dip. No butter, no vinegar and olive oil, just plain sun-dried tomatoes. Sweet and sour at the same time, how can you not have some bread?

The bread played devil in this mixed seafood dish cooked with white wine. The prawns and the other variants of seafood were marvelous and fresh but the highlight was the sweetness of the sauce that caused the emptying of the bread basket. A very good first impression.

The Prosciutto with melon needs no introduction as the sweet and savoury flavours play in your mouth. They have an option with pineapple as well, i wonder how it will taste like?

For the mains,

Special of the day; the Mama venison or oops, was it veal? The wholesome sauce made it a perfect home cooking dish that one would want to come home to. Something bursting with taste and that robust sauce that you would want to lick it off the plate. The puff that was stuffed with peppers was a different take as a mere side portion of vegetables. Definitely what you want to call your Mama to cook although you may ask her to skim on the salt (like in this dish) or just serve freshly baked bread with it (like what i did to this dish).

The Mushroom gnocchi was interestingly served in a cream sauce although i was way too busy with my meat. Maybe the next time i go, this definitely looks like something i would try because the plate was swiped up.

The Tiramisu was served in a sweet cone cracker (pardon the lack of remembering the exact words that was flying all over) but the inside was exactly what a Tiramisu should be. Pity the lack of alcohol, but then again blame the wine that was being swirled and served with the meals.

Address and contact details

Ground Floor, 38 Bidara, (Behind Istana Hotel)
30 Jalan Bedara,
50200 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2144 8006

Verdict: 4 stars out of 5 stars. What i like about this place is (well that night) the quiet surroundings and the lack of a commercial feeling you get in cramped and famous places. What you get is a nice humble place that serves decent italian food without people ushering you out of the door when you are done with your food, you don't get busy people walking past the restaurant while you eat and the feeling that you have a special place all to yourself (although i am sure the owners wouldn't want to just have the place to you only, if not, it would not be very sustainable, would it?) Lets hope it stays that way until the next visit.

28 comments:

Terri @ A Daily Obsession said...

The Lucky People Of KL!

Nic (KHKL) said...

i can imagine wiping clean the plate of cream from the gnocchi with the bread...hehehe...gorgeous!

and that tiramisu pic looks so interestingly surreal la...it took me a moment to figure out the construction...

Kenny Mah // Life for Beginners said...

Me, I'm definitely heading back there... Carol's really warm and the food's brilliant! :)

boo_licious said...

u must have caught the chef at a good time, heard that quality can be inconsistent as he can change his mind on whether he cooks or not. they used to own Sassorosso.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

boo: yeah i heard abt the moving from sassorosso, looks like the inconsistency issues has been bought forward from sassorosso hasnt? but yeah andrea was around that night.

kennymah: yeap yeap..give me a call!

nic: apparently it is not easy..the "cracker" like thing softens up easily..

terri: well the lucky people of KK!

ling239 said...

so the mixed seafood is a...?
soup ? salad ? since it is not a main....

Shell (貝殼) said...

Tiramisu looks nice & special^^
I w't miss tiramisu everytime I visit italian restaurant.

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

I loved the food here. Looks like I caught the chef at a good time too since my food was delicious. Must check out their Sunday spread.

- m i c h e l l e - said...

Kor kor Joe, i want the tiramisuuuuuuuuuuuuu!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ling239: err its a mix between a light stew/soup/stir fry i suppose?

shell: me too!

ll: yeah, we were definitely lucky in getting him on good days separately eh?

michelle: when u coming bak? call nicole jia jia, lets go..

leo said...

chiaroscuro...

=) li yen when i get back from bali ok?

zewt said...

ahhh... this is the one i missed. looking at the food they have... i guess i didnt miss much... cos i wont be able to eat most of them anymore :(

Henry Yeo said...

Love the Tiramisu.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

henry: haha who doesnt?

zewt: well, im sure they can fix up something according to ur diet? hows life?

leo: saving money in my piggy bank as we speak haha..

Seaqueen said...

Ooh. I love the prosciutto. Makes my mouth water. Yummy! Yummy!

mimid3vils said...

It's like treasure hunting when u dig into that bowl of seafood .... *wink*

myCoffee said...

The bread and dip reminds me of Prego. The Prosciutto looks so lovely. Good discovery. Must try next time. Thanks for sharing!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mycoffee: well if u dun wan such a formal setting like prego, try here..nearby only mah..

mimi: yeap yeap! remember to go treasure hunting here ok?

seaqueen: hope u didnt wet the table very badly..

- m i c h e l l e - said...

i'm going back TMR NIGHT! hahaha. so if jf jiejie's willing to go, then u're gonna drive us all lah k? =P Or we drag her along for BKT! hahaha!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

michelle: cool! dis wk jf jie jie bz with class right up to sunday nite..nxt wk ok? bkt 1st then go for tiramisu? kekeke

leo said...

I think your seafood was a Venetian style seafood sauteed with white wine with a dash of chilli flakes if I'm not mistaken

Seaqueen said...

Not too bad. Enough only to use the whole toilet roll to wipe the table. Hahhaha!!!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

leo: all i knw it was darn good haha..dun think there was any chilli flakes..either too little to realise!

seaqueen: aiyoyoyo..

tigerfish said...

Now I've really seen tiramisu in all shapes and sizes! There are no barriers, aren't they?

- m i c h e l l e - said...

HAHAHA! Yeah man, that's gonna be sooo cool! But then next week i'll be in penang dining on lots and lots of char kuey teow!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

tigerfish: yeap the most creative as of to date..

michelle: aiyohh..looks like the tiramisu got to wait..

fatboybakes said...

looks good hor, this place. heard about it. yerr, tiramisu no alcohol or not enough alcohol?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

fbb: not enoughhhh...