Monday, March 19, 2012

Bakini @ St Kilda Road

The few things I found lacking on St Kilda Road were food and a supermarket until I realised down the street, there was a mini market for those urgent items and a beautiful Italian restaurant downstairs!

Unfortunately, the restaurant downstairs is not exactly a place that serves $10 pastas / pizzas. 

Bakini is quite the opposite, a fancy Italian restaurant with an open kitchen. It is the kind of restaurant that you feel obliged to dress a little. With the dim lighting in the dining area and the spot lights towards the end where the kitchen is, the kitchen is where the show is. Unfortunately or fortunately, there is no Gordon Ramsay in the house and the small team operates quietly and efficiently. 

The menu is not overly huge, a few pasta items, no pizzas sighted and a couple of meat dishes. After having a couple of beers with a old uni friend across at the Belgian Beer Garden, we skipped straight into the mains, a gnocchi with ragu, half a duck and a veal dish. 

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I was quite surprised that they served us an oyster as an amuse bouche. Quite generous of them.

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After a failed attempt to make gnocchi a long time ago, I decided that I would order gnocchi in an Italian restaurant whenever I get the chance. This did not disappoint. Soft and fluffy, it matched well with the rich ragu, well simmered and reduced.  

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The Wife not detered by the fact that the dish said half a duck, ordered with confidence. It was technically half a duck, a duck breast and a duck leg. This is what happens when you don't have a copy of the menu with you, you can't remember what the dish was all about. Poor memory strikes me as I only had a bite and was happily drinking red wine that night too. I do remember it was really tasty but slightly over seasoned. 

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Our friend was checking out the pastry chef and decided to be cheeky by asking the waiter to get the pastry chef to whip up or decide a dessert for him. I decided to give the good old tiramisu a go. Maybe I should have been like him because he got a really good dessert, I remember praline, chocolate ganache, fruit pop rocks, etc. I got a really disproportionate portion of cream vs. soaked lady finger. The consolation was they served us another kind in a shot glass for us to compare and let them know which we preferred. The alternative was much better, a balanced proportion of cream, lady fingers, coffee and liquor. 

Overall, despite being tipsy, we loved our meals. The service was good and attentive. I liked how I got to witness the cooking as well. 

The place isn't overly crowded, having just opened for dinner. The only problem is I can't afford $50-$60 Italian meals on a frequent basis, if not, I will certainly be coming much more often. 

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Verdict: 4 stars out of 5 stars. It can't get more convenient than this. The next time friends want to catch up with us, we are certainly going to suggest this place, after all, it is just a lift ride down to the lobby.

8 comments:

Baby Sumo said...

Your friend's dessert looks really nice! It reminds me of a pretty looking and delicious chocolate dessert I had in KL just last Fri.

Sean said...

or the next time you go, you could ask the chef to whip up an off-the-menu starter or main course for you! it could turn out to be as elaborate as the dessert that your friend got :D

Michelle Chin said...

get the chef to recommend whatever = you respect him = nicer dessert. ;D

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mchin: in this case it was a she.. it wasnt so much of a respect but a joke amongst ourselves and more of a dare..anyways it turned out good!

sean: hmmm maybe maybe!

babysumo: u live the life, having good food all the time!

Bangsar-bAbE said...

That's one good-looking gnocchi! But ya...a bit steep la the prices.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

bbabe: if you dont convert rm50-60 meals for me used to be a once a week kinda event but ever since i got to pay rent, 50-60 is more like once a fortnight then still, theres so many places yet to try!

missyblurkit said...

not easy to find good gnocchis and that looks delightfully good.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

missyblurkit: well with the recent mushroom of italian restaurants in KL, i would think it b much easier!