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.

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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

 

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ELITE Review: Cava, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

What’s it like to taste the signature dishes of Cava along Jalan Bangkung, Bangsar? We were recommended to try out Cava and as a result, we came with expectation to try their well-known authentic Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine. How did it turn out? We had more surprises than what we expected!

Located along Jalan Bangkung which is well-known for its lines of notable restaurants, Cava’s exterior setting of stone walls and barrels had immediately drifted us to a cozy Spanish ambiance. The restaurant has a lush interior – candlelit chandeliers illuminating dim yellow light which matches well with the navy-blue glasses and red curtains.  

1. Specialty Arroz Negro Paella    (RM54++)   

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Prawns lined in a circle with their tails centralized towards a good dose of mayonnaise at the center.

The first and also the most eye-catching signature dish for us was the “Specialty Arroz Negro Paella” (my heart actually danced for a second when the dish was brought out). We were all allured by its decoration – on top of the paella, prawns lined in a circle with their tails centralized towards a good dose of mayonnaise at the center – amazing! Not sure if we were too imaginative but it looked like a blossom (a rose, maybe?). A fair amount of squid ink was used to make the black paella which made a huge contrast with theprawns. The Spanish rice soaked up an oceanic flavor from the prawns. No one would want to miss the mild briny flavor of the sea which came from the fresh squid and prawns combined together in one dish. The paella is also made with garlic aioli which helps getting rid of the fishy flavor the dish might have.

The prawns are fresh-catch as your palate will instantly get a feeling of how tender and juicy it is right at the first bite. Give it a try by dipping the prawns into the spicy hot sauce that comes along. To be fair, it might be a bit too spicy but we really love its unique flavor and the heat that heightened our appetite.

2. Spaghetti Aglio Olio Pulpo a la Gallega    (RM38++)

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The tangy yet juicy Spanish octopus tentacles went extremely well with the springy and smooth spaghetti was really soul-satisfying.

Voila! This simple dish quickly became my favorite with merely one bit. The spaghetti appeared as elegant as you can find in many dishes here. To be honest, we did not have high expectation towards it at first due to its not-so-fancy-looking but we were so wrong. Why so? The tangy yet juicy Spanish octopus tentacles went extremely well with the springy and smooth spaghetti was really soul-satisfying. The aglio olio was sprinkled with paprika which gave a lingering mild spicy flavor. It would be a loss if the paprika was not presented. Imagine you are having a bit of spice mixing with the gummy and stretchy texture of the tentacles in the mouth. Hmm…  

Spaghetti Aglio Olio Pulpo a la Gallega is a true burst! I would not add any additional flavor to the dish as it is already extraordinary and unforgettable. The spaghetti went crazily fast into our mouths and not a speck of things left behind.

3. Baked Suckling Lamb   (RM168++)

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The lamb had a satisfying airy light crisp skin.

And finally, all lamb aficionados should keep yourselves calm as here comes the suckling lamb. Presented simply, the dish amazed us (we all wowed) as it was so enormous and it came along with such mouth-watering scent. What a sumptuous feast! The first cut into the lamb was delightful as we all agreed the lamb had a satisfying airy light crisp skin. A tip for anyone who wants to have an enjoyable first cut: start from the edges first as it would come with more meat! About the meat itself? I personally would love it more if the meat was a bit tenderer. Still, the lamb’s juiciness and richness made it scrumptious and irresistible!

What I would love more is a bit of bursting flavor, which would make it even more outstanding. We cannot but notice some creamy mashed potato that radiating an enchanting aroma. We believed the potato was coupled with the flavorful gravy from the lamb juice which made it more flavorsome. The sides did not let us down either. Overall, the dish itself could do all the talking! 

If you love to pay Cava a visit and try these significant dishes, please notice that you can always save your time waiting by make a reservation here.

And good news for all food lovers out here, all of the signature dishes listed above are now available to be redeemed on TABLEAPP ELITE. (and yay, who would not love free food?).

Cava

71 Jalan Bangkung,
Taman Bandaraya,
Kuala Lumpur.

Monday – Saturday: Noon: 12 pm – 3 pm, 6 pm – 12 am
Sunday: 6 pm – 12 am

 

 

 

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ELITE Review: Bobo KL, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

After a long hard-working week, my friends and I decided to get away from it all by exploring Jalan Bangkung – the quieter area of Bangsar. The street has gained reputation for having a long line of notable restaurants. This time, we dropped by Bobo KL – a restaurant with a stand of loyal customers falling in love with its intimate dining experience. We had an ecstatic walk upstairs to the restaurant and were all allured by the works of art hanging on the wall.

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We spent some time admiring all the surrounding pictures.

One small tip: the number of tables is limited so reservation in advance is advisable. We found ourselves sitting comfortably at the balcony where we could have a good view of the quiet street and enjoy the peaceful ambience.

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Make sure to check out the collection of paintings owned by the owner himself.

Grilled Black Angus Ribeye    RM118++

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Our first dish was a visually appealing Grilled Black Angus Ribeye.

“Colorful!” was the first word that came out of my mouth! Slices of beef deliciously were flecked with pepper on top and embellished with a lovely edible pansy, along with dauphinoise (classic layered potato in garlic-scented cream), asparagus, au jus sauce and of course, roasted garlic. What’s better than some garlic to mingle with beef? The dauphinoise is an impressive and interesting side dish. The potatoes soaked up the cream so it was wonderfully creamy. I would have to say the texture made the potatoes more authentic than slicing or crushing it.

The garlic setting aside looked like a pretty flower plating on the dish that we thought it was just merely for decoration. When we recognized that it is edible, it is such a mistake if you do not mingle it with the beef! The roasted garlic was soft, despite its tough look, which added a bit of excitement for all of us. Of course with its powerful strong flavor, it accentuated the beefiest of the meat. And the beef itself? Did not let us down at any time as a premium quality beef – the Black Angus! Pink and juicy, tasty and fragrant.  I relish everything about the dish.

Duck Confit    RM48++  

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Another impressive dish with a delicate decoration.

Here comes my favorite dish of the day! The dish caught my attention with its eye-catching color, it did excite us with the decoration. Again, a lovely and colorful edible pansy was beautifully dressed, along with mashed potato underneath rosemary and some roasted zucchini. The half-circled cranberry sauce really caught my attention for its vibrant color with a hint of sweetness. What an embellishment this sauce made along with interesting dots of balsamic vinegar and olive oil! After all, it will always be soul-satisfying for foodies like us to not only taste the food but to enjoy the art of decoration.

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The duck skin was airy crispy but the meat amazed us by its moisture.

Through a glance, the duck’s skin looked airy crispy but at the same time we were a bit concerned whether the meat inside would be dry. And when we got our first cut into the duck, we immediately knew that we were wrong. The meat was surprisingly soft and tender as it could be clearly ripped off from the bone. We could see every shred of the duck meat! The duck was well marinated and was further enhanced with the appetising cranberry sauce. Mashed potato? As smooth and creamy as always. Thrilled by its visual look and taste, there is no doubt why it quickly baited me!

Herb Crusted New Zealand Rack of Lamb    RM79++

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Racks of lamb were well-plated with a highlight of an edible pansy.

The dish was, again, equally ornate compared to other dishes. 3 nicely-seared racks of lamb were put on a piece of dauphinoise. Right underneath the lamb was the mint-chili sauce which did a good job on radiating the freshness of mint leaves and the spiciness of dried crushed red pepper. It mixed well with balsamic vinegar and highlighted the colorful pansy on top. To start off, I decided to take a bite on the pansy and I believe you should give it a try: mild and fresh with a sweet green grassy flavor.  The first cut of the lamb was smooth and so juicy as we could see some drops of juice came off whilst cutting.

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The skin looked crispy and appetizing. The dish emanated a fragrant smell.

Oh, I should not forget to mention the Au Jus Sauce. The sauce is a reduction of meat’s natural juice combining all the drippings and additional stock added. I loved to challenge my palate a bit by having the other cut of lamb mixed with dauphinoise and swiped all through the mint chili sauce. It was a delight as the juiciness of the lamb combined with the potato’s creaminess and tangy flavor. The classic mint sauce did an exciting twist for the flavor as it brought a strong yet fresh and bright flavor. I personally think it would be an extraordinary combination with a bottle of wine like a ripe, fruity Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon.

If you want to pay a visit to Bobo KL, you can save your time by reserving a table here

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Bobo KL

65-1, Jalan Bangkung, Bangsar

59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Daily: 10AM – 12AM

 

 

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ELITE Review: Leonardo’s Dining Room & Wine Loft, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Last week we paid a visit to Leonardo’s Dining Room & Wine Loft at Jalan Bangkung, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. Building its name on its uniquely out-of-the-ordinary concept, inspired by the spirit of the Renaissance of Leonardo Da Vinci, the restaurant immediately captured our hearts with its opulent décor. We did not know we were about to walk in an invigorating experience with a magnificent “meat-ilicious” feast. Btw, we have some surprises for you at the end of this review! 

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Leonardo’s interior. Make sure to check out their fascinating artwork on the way up.

If you come to this restaurant, which named after Leonardo Da Vinci, you would possibly fall in love with all the artwork that are carefully placed on the brick walls once you entered. 

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Leonardo’s bar with a modern decoration.

Dim light and tranquil ambience, we immediately sank ourselves into a relaxing mode and drifted back to the Renaissance. Unsurprisingly, the restaurant did not let us down with their food art.

Leo’s Famous Spanish Iberico Pork Tenderloin    RM92++   

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Our first dish was a visually appealing dish of Leo’s Famous Spanish Iberico Pork Tenderloin. (RM92++)

Lying were 5 pieces of well-cut pork tenderloin atop a bed of mashed potato, sided with all-natural garden vegetable and Au Jus Sauce. Wait! It has not finished yet. The dish came along with two other sauces that presented nicely on the corner of the plate and its yellow and green color blended well with each other:  Hollandaise and Chimichurri – an Argentinian parsley-based sauce.

We could not resist ourselves from getting the first piece of pork dipped into the mixture of Hollandaise and Chimichurri. The lightly-seasoned meat was moist and tender. Both sauces did well on its job: Hollandaise – one of the French “mother sauces”, provided a rich, creamy and lemony buttery taste. It was an elegant touch to freshen the meat itself. Chimichurri, on the other hand, was a bit tart yet it worked wonder on the pork. It not only heightened the flavor of the meat but also played off the heavy nature of the food itself.

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A close-up shot to show how moist the pork looked like.

It was not there that the dish stopped astounding us. The mashed potato was a true joy of flavor: smooth and silky, fluffy with tangy sour cream and…a secret flavor-boosting weapon: truffle oil! (Oops, I guess I cannot keep a secret!). The truffle oil was added adequately so it did a good job on complementing the creamy mashed potato. The dish is really enjoyable!

Grilled New Zealand Lamb Rack    RM75++

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Nicely presented Grilled New Zealand Lamb Racks

We had a quick glance at the dish: The lamb was grilled with its sides burnt but its flesh was totally a satisfying contrast – a soft pink color. The lamb was made with blackened marinade, which gave it such an outlook and kept it moisturized inside. The mint-chili sauce – which is a combination of fresh mint leaves and a pinch of dried crushed red pepper, was aromatic and it provided a tart yet fresh feeling.
We loved how nice it was when all the side vegetables were given attention as much as the mains by the chef. If you are to enjoy this dish, do not forget to take a bite into the crunchy broccoli or fresh juicy tomatoes.

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The lamb racks got a pink flesh and slightly burnt sides.

Another interesting part for me is what lies underneath the lamb racks! Guess what? It was a simple sweet potato mash! I personally think this is a good alternative choice for potato mash as it not only came with a smooth and creamy soft texture but also provided a tangy and sour flavor which blended well with the rich lamb racks.

Leo’s Famous Pork Knuckle Platter     RM108++    

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The pork was hidden under crispy pieces of pork skin. Side salad was skillfully added on to balance the visual look and taste.

The pork knuckle was a big wow for us as it was something totally out of our imagination. Setting beside wedges of potato and a dose of salad was something special: it was golden brown and it had a crispy look! Turned out the pork skin – lying on top of the pork knuckle, was puffed up into startling little bits of crisp. It created a fascinating look for us and we, as curious as always, took a bite without any thought. You might prepare for a bit of forceful bite because the crispy skin was a bit thick, yet still incredibly interesting.

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The dish was served along with 4 types of sauces which brought about interesting experience.

Not only amazed us by the special pork skin, the dish came with 4 types of sauces: apple cinnamon, mustard, au jus and red plum sauce. Wait, what? 4 sauces?. Yes, we were baffling with the same question: why would it need so many sauces? We believe these variation is created for the intention of creating not just a flavorful meal but also for a joyful adventure in the mouth. We are mostly impressed with the apple cinnamon sauce – which was tangy and interesting. The plum sauce also proved to be a good choice for some sweet and sour on the palate. We all agreed that this entrée would show its best when paired with a bottle of red wine.

You can now reserve a table at Leonardo’s Dining Room & Wine Loft here

And more delightful news to come: if you are interested in any of the dishes above, you probably should not miss a chance of getting these 3 signature dishes for FREE along with other 300 signature dishes with TABLEAPP ELITE

 

Leonardo’s Dining Room and Wine Loft

61, Jalan Bangkung,
Taman Bandaraya,
59100 Kuala Lumpur,
Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia.

Daily: 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM

 

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