Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Osteria Real Blue @ Solaris Dutamas, KL

Cosy Italian restaurant in Solaris Dutamas :) ....

This interesting little Italian restaurant, Osteria Real Blue, has been open for about a year now in Solaris Dutamas... but remains fairly unknown as it's located on the 1st floor (sort of on top of Electrolux) and does not benefit from much/any walk through traffic:
Outside Osteria....

Still, I had heard from friends that the food there tastes wholesome and authentic so I made a beeline for it. :)

The restaurant is run by a friendly husband and wife team from Bologna, Italy and you can almost see their personality in the decor - unpretentious, simple yet cosy and homey:
Inside the restaurant....

We were welcomed with a complimentary bruschetta - just a morsel really, but what a tasty morsel it was!:
Mouthful of bread and yummy chopped tomatoes....

As for our meal, we started with a platter of cold cuts, ranging from ham, venison salami, beef bresaola and goose salami, all specially flown in from Italy:
Platter of meats....

Overall, the flavors of the different meats were interesting but became a bit repetitive.
(Would recommend sharing this between at least 3 people so that your palates don't get bored)

Anyway, moving on: What is the perfect risotto?

Some people just outright dislike it, and amongst the people who do like it, it is divided between those who prefer the texture to be drier vs wetter, more tender vs al dente, light vs creamy....
:)

As I like rice (in general), I am therefore ok with risotto whatever the texture but I found that I really liked the Pancetta Risotto with added Truffles at Osteria:
Carby bliss....

The serving was small but felt just right (as it was rather rich)...

Texturewise, the rice was a bit past al dente, and with a relatively wet texture - an interesting contrast to the flavorful (although slightly dry) cubes of cured pork, pancetta, and shavings of fragrant but not overpowering truffle layered on top.
(All in all, satisfying savoury - perfect comfort food especially on a rainy day)

We also had the Steak Fiorentine (T-bone steak, prepared in the traditional Florentine style):
What a delicious hunk (of meat)!....

The steak was MASSIVE (About 900gms?) and while parts of it (near the edges) were a bit overcooked, for the most part, the meat was tender and tasty... :D

Here's a look at the one of the yummier, tender parts:
(It looks bloody, but trust me, it tasted good! - didn't have any of that yucky metallic taste)
Cross section of the juicy meat....

Some of the other dishes didn't impress me very much though - for example the Warm polenta with mushrooms:
Wholesome Polenta....

The flavor was interesting (wheat-y, in a good way) but kinda bland at the same time, with the mushy texture maybe not appealing to most.
(Still, I think this would be an interesting accompanying side dish, let's say, instead of mash potatoes)

The Homemade tagliatelle with 12-year aged balsamic and smoked duck was also just ok:
Fresh, hand made pasta....

The pasta was al dente, but I just didn't like the sweet-ish sauce that it came with. :(
(I do want to go back there and try a tomato based sauce next though. Am curious how that would turn out...)

To end the night, we had Tiramisu (with added Armagnac)....
Cupful of tiramisu....

... as well as Profiteroles with chocolate sauce & brandy:
Choclolatey dessert....

Of the 2 desserts, I preferred the Tiramisu as it was really creamy yet not too sweet, and balanced with the slight bitterness of the added alcohol.

Sorry that I don't have the exact prices for each dish (My bad)....
... but a very sweet person would not let me get close to the bill at the end of dinner.
(You know who you are! *hugs*)


So it's: Simple yet cosy ambience, very friendly service, fairly wide range of authentic Italian food BUT nothing bad really - just that while I LOVED certain dishes, I didn't like everything we ate that night (Could just be my tastebuds though). :).....


Restaurant Review
Summary Sheet:


Osteria Real Blue @ Solaris Dutamas, KL
A3-UG-06, Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur

Taste: 7
Ambience : 6
Service : 7
Price** : RM 60++ per person?
Parking: OK

** Approximation - 3 course meal, excluding drinks
Telephone No.: 03-6207 9799
Opening Hours: 12noon - 2.30pm, 6pm - 10pm (Closed on Mondays)

NOT HALAL



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13 comments:

  1. i see that risotto remains the highlight of many who has reviewed the place..

    so far the best risotto around here is still the one i make hahaha.

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  2. Ooh the risotto looks really good. Everyone's who's been has been raving about it. Time to make a pilgrimage here... ;)

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  3. can only afford to eat here once in 3 months. not talking price. talking girth:p MWUAHAHA!

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  4. to Joe who is constantly craving:
    I dont believe u - cook for me to try? :P
    LOL

    to Life for Beginners:
    Hope u like it. :)

    to Ciki:
    Nonsense! You can comfortably eat there as often as u want and still be slim n GORGEOUS. :P

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  5. Oh I have to! Been reading one review after the other. This place sounds like a good place for weekend treat.

    Aitelyu... I'll be dreaming of their risotto soon if I don't get me some! :P

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  6. to Life for Beginners:
    It's ok if you are hungry at home/ in bed - you can nibble on bananas and siew mai and har gao and what not. LOL. :P

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  7. Looks like this must be on my list since so many raves on this place

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  8. to babe_kl:
    The menu is not faultless so far, but definitely there are a afew dishes which are rave worthy. :)
    (Hope you enjoy it!)

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  9. nais finding! never tried anything at dutamas solaris~ always turn into solaris itself for dinnertime :D

    i'm eager to checkout this italian diner soon! then again time to stay away from carbs sniff sniff

    random blogwalking...
    stellar
    xoxo

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  10. to stellarvixen:
    Oh, well hi! :) *waves*
    (Nice of you to drop by, even if just thru random blogwalking)

    Hope you will enjoy the food when you go to this restaurant.... I know I really liked the porky truflle risotto - very yums.

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  11. I heard abt the prices ;p
    But yea, the location works against them really. The outerior of the shop doesnt help either. Not catchy hor?

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  12. to the nomadGourmand:
    Well, they've been quietly surviving/thriving(?) for about a year now so I guess they must be doing something right? :)
    (But yeah, it's so quiet on that level of Solaris Dutamas!)

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  13. This place is fantastic! The only Italian restaurant in Malaysia that took me and my wife back to real deal Italy. We have a really hands on Italian chef cooking food that really made an impression on us. Had the rissoto with truffels, beef cappacio, ravioli fish with saffron, and day specials prawn prosiutto, semifreddo dessert. Wine was also good. Mille Grazie Osteria Real Blue.

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