Signature Dishes Review: Opus Bistro, Jalan Bangkung, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

“Opus” by definition mean a work of art and so goes to this hearty Italian restaurant. Opus Bistro is tucked away in the quieter part of Bangsar in Jalan Bangkung. To date, Opus Bistro has been serving up satisfied customers for almost 16 years and along the way has won many prestigious awards, including being voted as the top 20 restaurants in KL. Who would have thought a restaurant which started out as a hobby among a few friends who shared the similar interest of good food and wine has evolved to the success of 4 other sister restaurants located along the same stretch.

We swung by their subtle yet simplistic restaurant anticipating for a journey of hearty Italian flavours. The ambience of soft music, warm lighting coupled with minimalistic feel of the décor sets the mood for a cosy meal. Seated at an open-air table on their restaurant front somewhat enhance the dining experience as the neighborhood was quiet and we could feel some light breeze.

 

1) Spaghetti ala Opus (RM 40++)

Signature Spaghetti ala Opus with generous portion of fresh and succulent seafood.

The signature dish here are the Spaghetti ala Opus, Roasted Cod and Grilled New Zealand Rack of Lamb. Hearty and warming, just by mentioning these signature dishes is enough to trigger involuntary salivation. First up was the famous Spaghetti ala Opus which is a generous plate of spaghetti coated in a light clean tomato sauce, sweet cherry tomatoes and packed with fresh succulent seafood.

Highlight of this Signature Dish, the fresh and succulent seafood.

For this dish, the seafood is the highlight, as the chef might want customers to taste the freshness in the seafood rather than risk overpowering the flavor. As mentioned, the generous portion of seafood was fresh and almost seemed like a seafood parade on itself, titillating us to eat it. Definitely a dish that should not be missed when dining here at Opus Bistro. 

 

2) Roasted Cod (RM 88++)

Perfectly Roasted Cod laid atop of fresh potatoes, carrots and topped with sweet cherry tomatoes and black olives.

Next up was the Roasted Cod. A generous piece of fresh cod roasted to perfection, laid on top of fresh potatoes, carrots and topped with sweet cherry tomatoes and black olives. What impressed us the most was the aroma that radiated from the dish. Not to exaggerate but, we could pick up a pleasing aroma even before the roasted cod was served to us. Such an irresistible attraction for fish lovers! We believed the tantalizing smell was not only from the fish itself but also from the blend of buttery smell and some dill sprinkled on the plate.

The mouth-watering aroma of the Roasted Cod still lingers in my memory.

This dish had the perfect balance of taste as it was savoury in a non-overpowering manner. The texture of the flaky roasted cod melts in the mouth with a buttery after taste leaving you wanting more. In my opinion, this signature dish is highly recommended for anyone who love a well prepared and fresh fish dish.

 

3) Grilled New Zealand Rack of Lamb (RM 83++)

The Grilled New Zealand Rack of Lamb skillfully seared on the outside whilst maintaining a juicy, pink interior, coupled with a delightful mint sauce.

After the Roasted Cod took us away, we were expecting the next best dish and my, did they deliver with their signature Grilled New Zealand Rack of Lamb. This dish is the icing on the cake as it is the perfect ending to an amazing journey of taste. The Grilled New Zealand Rack of Lamb has three substantial cutlets skillfully seared on the outside whilst maintaining a juicy, pink interior, coupled with a mint sauce which perfectly balances the seasoned meat. In a nutshell, every dish served has exceeded my expectation, delivering a mouth-watering, eyes-closed-in-appreciation kind of feeling.

The Signature Dish that got me mouth-watering, eyes-closed-in-appreciation kind of feeling.

Ultimately, I would personally recommend patrons to tried out the Grilled New Zealand Rack of Lamb which I personally love the most. The Grilled Rack of Lamb truly left its mark and deserve a place in my heart. Coming in the second place would be the Roasted Cod which is suitable for those who prefer fresh and lighter tasting dishes. Lastly, the Spaghetti ala Opus did not disappoint either with its generous portion of fresh succulent seafood.

If you would like to give Opus Bistro a try, you can make a booking for the restaurant here.

You probably wonder how I can savour such dishes for free. Of course I don’t mind to share to you my secret. You can sign up for ELITE Membership and enjoy free dishes at more than 100 participating restaurant. You can read more about the ELITE Membership here.

 

 

Opus Bistro

67, Jalan Bangkung 

Bukit Bandaraya,Bangsar,

59100 Kuala Lumpur.

 

Operating Hours:

Mon – Sat : 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM ; 6:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Sun : 6:00 PM
 – 12:00 AM

 

TABLEAPP ELITE Launches A New 3-Month Membership for Only RM99

TABLEAPP ELITE is launching a new 3-month membership

KUALA LUMPUR, April 3, 2018 – Dining out at premium restaurants have never been so affordable! Yes, it’s the TABLEAPPP ELITE new 3-month membership, a premium dining pass which opens the door to a world of free 5-star quality dishes. This new membership will be officially launched today and is priced at only RM99 for a 3-month subscription to over 300 FREE signature dishes at 100 top restaurants in Klang Valley. The 3-month ELITE membership is a new addition to TABLEAPP current 1-year annual membership which was launched last September 2017.

If you have always enjoyed premium dishes at top restaurants but don’t want to spend a fortune, then this ELITE membership is for you. For just RM99, ELITE members can get a dining membership that allows them access to a long list of 5-star dishes to be redeemed for free at our partnered restaurants. On top of that, members are also entitled to exclusive access to special dining events, private wine pairing events, wine tasting events, invitation-only dining events, and customised gifts.

TABLEAPP ELITE members can expect to enjoy the same benefits from this 3-month membership as to the current 1-year membership. From now onwards, members can dine out more affordably at popular casual dining restaurants like Naughty Nuri’s and ANTE or having luxurious dining experience at award-winning restaurants like enfin by James Won, Babe, Sushi Azabu and Soleil.

Elite members get to dine out at popular casual dining restaurant and enjoy luxurious dining experience at award-winning restaurants

Benson Chang, the founder of TABLEAPP, explains the inspiration behind starting this new 3-month ELITE membership, “I’ve spoken to many customers, one of the common issues facing them is not every customer is open to a 1-year membership programme priced at RM199, before giving it a test drive. Therefore, the new 3-month ELITE membership programme will open the door to welcome customers that would love to experience this amazing dining membership. At just RM99, TABLEAPP ELITE members can experience the same benefits as our 1-year membership programme offer, in other words it provides great value at an amazing price.”

From now until 31st of May, 100 ELITE Members can get a bottle of customized premium champagne.

Speaking of gift, TABLEAPP ELITE members can stand a chance to win their very own limited edition personalize Mini Moët champagne with their favourite photo as the champagne label. From now until 31st May 2018, 100 TABLEAPP ELITE members with the most number of redemptions will be able to customise a bottle of Mini Moët with a picture of their choice which will be delivered to their doorstep in a classy package – easy and fuss-free. Interested members can join this Win-a-Moet contest online and stand a chance to win this Mini Moët, creating the-one-and-only limited version of their own.

To experience an elite dining experience, join TABLEAPP ELITE via TABLEAPP mobile app available on App Store and Google Play, or visit www.tableapp.com/elite. The new 3-month membership is priced at only RM99 per membership and can be used instantly to redeem free dishes upon activation.

 

 

Food Review: Neroteca Bukit Ceylon, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Known as the first authentic Italian restaurant to serve pork in KL, Neroteca Bukit Ceylon has been in operation for over 11 years, tucked away within the Seri Bukit Ceylon Serviced Residence. Its warm and cosy interior accompanied by friendly staffs sets the mood for a laid-back dining experience.

Notice that there are some interesting decorations of pots, garlic and preserved sausages hanging on top the restaurant.

The restaurant decoration featured many Italian products such as pasta, drinks and a vast selection of liquor which they serve. Another highlight are their impressive assortment of deli and cheese imported from Italy that's on display, which is also for sale. Once entered, we can immediately smell the aroma of hearty Italian food lingering in the air drifting from the open kitchen which we appreciate. Judging from our first impression we have already fallen in love with the ambience of the restaurant.

1. La Porchetta    (RM65++)

Beautifully plated La Porchetta drizzled with demi-glace sauce.

Now that we have settled down, we were served by the waiter and he recommended us to try Neroteca’s signature dishes. After a friendly chat with the waiter, we decided to proceed with three of their signature dishes. First up was Neroteca’s La Porchetta, slices of porchetta beautifully plated on a wooden board and drizzle with rich demi-glacé sauce.

On the side are perfectly sautéed baby potatoes and generous slices of house-made bread. The bread is namely, Roman Focaccia and Rustic Bread which are made fresh daily and taste amazing too. Now back to our main character which is the slices of La Porchetta, crispy on the outside and tender in the inside, leaving us speechless while savouring the delicious herbs infused meat. We must say that the first dish itself already leave us wanting more.

2. Homemade Tortellini Pasticciati    (RM48++)

Homemade Tortellini Pasticciati served atop a trail of delicious beef ragu.

Just as we finish up on the La Porchetta, our second dish arrived. Neroteca’s Homemade Tortellini Pasticciati which we were slightly confused by the simplistic plating having seen the nicely decorated La Porchetta beforehand. The Tortellini is served atop of a trail of beef ragu sauce which is a meat-based sauce, in this case, beef was used. The first bite caught us by surprise as we didn’t expect much. This is a good lesson on don’t judge a book by its cover, the tortellini although didn’t look imposing but the taste doesn’t disappoint.

The tortellini was very flavourful with a filling of grounded salami, prosciutto, pepperoni, grated parmesan, grated nutmeg and egg. To balance out the powerful taste of tortellini we recommend eating with the milder beef ragu sauce. Overall, the Tortellini Pasticciati is a well-thought-out dish combining the stronger flavour of tortellini with a milder beef ragu sauce. However, the presentation of the dish could have been a tad better.

3. Neroteca’s Classic Tiramisu    (RM29++)

Neroteca's refreshing Classic Tiramisu topped with fresh strawberry, blueberry, mint leaves and a slice of dried orange.

After a roller coaster taste adventure, what better way to finish off our meal than with dessert, Neroteca’s Classic Tiramisu. Upon serving we notice that the tiramisu is served in a small glass jar which is cute and is topped with fresh strawberry, blueberry and a slice of dried orange. The Classic Tiramisu is well-balanced of sweet and bitter, which is refreshing and the ideal way to end a meal.

To conclude, we are a strong believer that a good restaurant not only need to serve good food, but it should have a conducive dining environment, good music and of course great services. Having said that, Neroteca has fulfilled those requirements and we are happy to have dined here.

If you would love to experience dining at Neroteca, you can reserve a table here.

You can also redeem these signature dishes for free by joining TABLEAPP ELITE Membership! Sign up here.

Already an ELITE member? Here's how you could win a limited edition Mini Moët. From now till 31 March 2018, TOP 100 TABLEAPP ELITE members with the Most Dish Redemptions will stand a chance to win a personalised Mini Moët.

 

NEROTECA BUKIT CEYLON
Unit G-1, Seri Bukit Ceylon,
No 8, Lorong Ceylon,
50250 Kuala Lumpur.

 

Daily:
11:00am – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 11:00pm

 

 

 

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Valentine’s Day Checklist – 5 things to do before Valentine’s Day

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“Love is in the air, Love is in the air” by John Paul Young. It’s time of the year again, where love is in the air everywhere you look. Couples, roses, gifts and candlelit dinner are all the synonyms on this festive day. The day of romance, love and appreciating our loved one for all they have done for us every single day.

If you haven’t notice yet, Valentine’s Day is one week away and have you done all the necessary preparation yet? If your answer is “NO” don’t worry because we have got your back. Here are the 5 things you’ll need to do in order to have a great Valentine’s Day with your loved ones.

1. Make Dinner Reservation

Click here to view imageLet’s start by quoting “the way to someone heart is through his or her stomach”, so what’s better than dining out at some of the best restaurants in Kuala Lumpur.

Before that, we would recommend you to make an early reservation as restaurants are usually fully booked or do not accept walk-in customer on Valentine’s Day. As obvious as it seems, many people make the mistake of not booking or booking late prior to a date. So, to avoid this from happening and spoiling this special day, do your booking NOW!

Better yet, now you can simply book a restaurant online and skip the hassle of calling the restaurant. By using TABLEAPP, your table reservation can be done within a few clicks. Just head on to TABLEAPP or download our app on Google Play or App Store. TABLEAPP has over 300 top restaurants under its belt. Namely, Atmosphere360 Revolving Restaurant KL Tower, Black Market, Babe, Soleil and Ploy in which many of the restaurants offer special Valentine’s Day menus.

2. Have your gifts ready

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It’s easy to forget when we are busy hustling and doing our work day in, day out. Nevertheless, this doesn’t give us the excuse to forget buying a gift. Therefore, be wise and buy your loved ones gifts early so that you don’t have to rush at the last minute.

If you have a problem choosing a gift let us give you some ideas. First, gifts don’t necessarily need to be expensive to mean something because at the end of the day it’s the thought that counts. Why not try something DIY? Making a card, love letters, or maybe an album can mean a lot rather than buying some meaningless objects. However, if you are not a DIY person opt for something that has sentimental value to your loved ones.

>> Check out more ideas from our "Best 5 Gifts this Valentine's Day" blog.

3. Show your effort

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In preparation for Valentine’s Day keep in mind that everything you do is truly from your heart and not simply to impress your other half on that specific day. One of the simplest ways to show you effort is by planning ahead and not last minute. However, everyone will interpret effort differently, like being on time to a dinner or dressing up, can mean a lot too.

4. Dress to Impress

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Elaborating on what was mention earlier, dressing up nicely for the occasion can mean the world to your loved ones as it shows that you take this occasion seriously. But not to confuse dress to impress doesn’t mean you will have to wear a suit to the dinner like Mr James Bond, it can simply mean dressing comfortably but don’t dress like a slob. One extra tip here is taking care of your personal hygiene because there is no point dressing up nicely but you still look like a caveman. For example, shave your facial hair, style your hair or even use a deodorant if possible.

5. Give them all the attention

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Many of us are guilty of using our phone during a conversation over dinner or in general as the mobile phone dominate out daily lifestyle. Therefore, on this special Valentine’s Day switch off your phone if possible and give all your attention to your loved ones. Make them feel they are the only thing that matters because you’ll still have the rest of 364 days for your phone. With that said, the following are the 5 things you need to check on before Valentine’s Day and we wish you all the best!

>> Click here to view the full list of restaurants offering Valentine’s Day Menu.