Thursday, March 3, 2011

5 Excellent Risottos in KL.

Girolle Mushrooms Risotto
with Foie Gras and Sauce Périgueux from Sage
Friends come in different shapes and sizes. Sometimes, it take ages for me to warm myself up to another person. But when somebody shouts "Love!" when William Blake is mentioned and simultaneously scream "Yucks!" at the Robert Burns and Wordsworth. That is the moment of kinship. An Epiphanic moment of discovering a fellow weirdo who is probably a slightly more perfect image of myself.

Likewise, traipsing along Italy with a very very limited budget meant that meals would have to be spent inevitably at humble restaurants, where meals are made from simple ingredients and a lot of heart. Hence, the discovery of Risotto, which I warmed up to immediately. Thick, rich and filling, and made from some glorious stock, it was the perfect dish for keeping an insatiable glutton filled up for the day.

Pancetta Risotto from Osteria Real Blue (Non Halal)
Risotto is deceptively simple to make. The choice of rice is important, as it must be made from starchy strains and the common varieties used is Arborio, Carnaroli and Vialone Nano. The tostatura involves toasting of onions and rice without browning and subsequent steps are the most time consuming. The addition of stock ladle by ladle and constant stirring of rice to milk the starch out of them until it is al dente. Almost like haveing a tiny bit of uncooked portion in the centre to give it a bite.

The last step will be the mantecatura, which is the blending of Parmesan, butter or olive oil to the blend. The richer blend of classical Risotto which had a firmer consistency and allows a punged spoon to stand erect in the risotto has given way to the lighter all'onda. All'onda risotto gives ripples on the surface when scooped and has a softer and looser texture.

Truffle Risotto from Osteria Real Blue. Both Risotti were all'onda
The best place to sample the best Risotto prepared in the more modern all'onda styled Risotto will be at Osteria Real Blue, located directly above Papa Rich Cafe at Solaris Dutamas. Beautifully light with starch lovingly coaxed from the rice, blended with lovely stock and aroma of lovely soffiritto onions make both Risotti a carnal delight. The rice was almost translucent and the heady aroma of both the Truffles and Pancetta made me swoon deliriously. And as all things carnal, they are hidden and hence off menu. Do ask Mirko, the Chef and Sherry, his wife for advice. This lovely little place deserves a full post, and I will do so after I snap out of my Risotto coma.

Mushroom Risotto from Diet Cafe
For those who prefer a denser, creamier and hence a more classical Risotto style, Diet Cafe serves a wonderful textbook perfect Mushroom Risotto. Another gem of place that deserves it's own post, it is located in Cheras and priced at RM20 thereabouts, the cheapest among the risotto featured here. Served with some Parmesan Crackers this was the richest tasting, heavy and the most al dente of the lot.

Wild Mushroom Risotto served with Shirako Beignet from Cilantro
The Risotto served from Cilantro was probably the most luxurious. The stock was balanced and the Beautifuly Tempuraed Shirako (Cod Sperm Sac) enhanced the creaminess of the dish with the and crunchiness of the batter was an interesting textural contrast. Another carnal dish to lust after since it is only seasonal, with the excitement of encountering some DNA from Male Cod Y.

Konbujime of Hamachi with Ebi and Soy Truffle
The Risotto from Sage was lovely and Richly flavoured with chunky bits of Chanterelle and Madeira infused Périgueux Sauce and topped with some perfect Foie. This is avaible only this week for lunch. Other items for this week's lunch is the beautiful Hamachi and the Fresh Fig tartlet (with some coconut and sago) with Ricotta Ice Cream. Absolutely divine, and for Sage Virgins waiting to get deflowered, this week will be the perfect week.

Baked Fresh Figs Tartlet with Ricotta Ice Cream
Five excellent Risottos in two weeks while in KL, the most unlikely place to find Risotto and somebody who loves Blake.

Osteria RealBlue
A3-UG-06, Solaris Dutamas
Jalan Dutamas 1.
Tel: +6.03.62.07.97.99

DIET Cafe
27, Jalan 3/101C
Cheras Business Centre
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +6.03.91.30.17.00

Sage
The Gardens Residences Level 6,
The Gardens, Mid Valley City,
Lingkaran Syed Putra,
59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +6.03.22.68.13.28

Cilantro Restaurant & Wine Bar
MiCasa All Suite Hotel,
368-B, Jalan Tun Razak,
50400 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel: +6.03.21.79.80.82

18 comments:

J said...

OOh. What shape/ size of a friend am I defined as? *curious*

(Mmmm. Just ate the Osteria risotto last night - Want. More. Now)

cina.fong said...

Wow thanks for this. I have been looking for a good risotto in a while. The 1st a definite 'must visit'

Michelle Chin said...

Speaking about William Blake reminds me of those awkward college moments. I was told to read The Tiger in the class and was asked about the meaning behind the lines.

So embarassing. Anyway, this is some good risotto porn!

"Absolutely divine and for Sage Virgins waiting to get deflowered, this week will be the perfect week."

- my favorite line from this post!

GFAD said...

The Osteria RealBlue's risotti look excellent, especially the truffle one with the rice having just the bare minimum flavor in order not to distract from the truffles.

I never realised how difficult it was to make sofrito until I tried. It's not as easy as you'd think to get the onions soft, sweet and translucent without browning them! I'm always too impatient and my onions always have a tinge of brown on them. Does not look good on the pale rice! :P

minchow said...

An education in the delicate art of risotto - but when are words ever enough? I shall have to eat my way through all five to truly become enlightened!

babe_kl said...

gosh all so creamy yummy... I think I wanna head to DIET soon

Baby Sumo said...

Sage's risotto this week was excellent... paired with the foie, it was heavenly :)

Paranoid Android said...

@J: Hehehe. A lovable one who does not like Blake or Proust? LMAO

@cina.fong: Thanks for dropping by again. Yes, do visit Osteria.

@Michelle: The wonderful thing about literature is there is no correct answer. I am sure you did well in that class. Tyger was a very powerful poem and is to be read with The Lamb.

@GFAD: Oh no! I never tried making them. Apparently the onion cannot be browned at all. If not, the taste rosak la..... Hahahaha. Heavens. I don't know what mess the rice will turn out to be if I tried making some.

Paranoid Android said...

@min: I shall be glad to be your companion and revisit all of the Risottos.

@babe: LOL. Tha is the creamiest of the lot.

@BabySumo: Yes, it was hor?

CUMI & CIKI said...

Chis should have asked you to do this post for me.. 5 things:P


Hungerrrrrs

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

i would say that would b an absurd title if this was written 2-3 years ago..how times has changed for KL, theres actually good risottos!

Pureglutton said...

Wow u r truly a true-blue Risotto Fan! What an illuminating post :)

thenomadGourmand said...

One day all 5 risottos at one go?
Can? ;p

Thailand Club said...

i love risottos, all kind (good one only i mean) of risottos, more than CN steamed rice or baked rice in clay pot

in the sea said...

This makes me very hungry. I like risotto a lot, especially those with truffle and nice mushroom. No need to put any meat. So good!

eiling lim said...

dropped by through Cumi & ciki's post. Wow your pictures are just beautiful!

eiling lim said...

dropped by from Cumi & Ciki's post. your pictures are just beautiful!!!

Life for Beginners said...

I think Michelle puts it perfectly when she refers to this as risotto porn. (And what do you know? It's true - the Italians are the best at everything culinary and pornographic, truly.)

This feels like you are taking us along with you on your more intimate dates around town. We feel like stalkers, almost unnoticed. Almost...

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