Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Ristretto @ 10 Mont Kiara, KL

New cafe serving delicious coffees, conveniently in the heart of Mont Kiara :) ....

Ristretto** has only been open about 6 months, and has already become a firm favourite lazy weekend brunch spot for my friends Jackham and Nini.
(** It is actually named after a particular coffee serving style/recipe)

I can totally understand why.
Outside Ristretto....

First of all, they love coffee, and the coffee here tastes nice. :)
(The owner/ chief barista has many years of experience in this field, and has brought all he learnt when he was in Sydney and applied it here)

Also, it is conveninently located at the base of the 10 Mont Kiara (10 MK) condo and the ambience is simple but feels very cosy and comfortable - lots of natural lighting streaming in though the ceiling to floor glass panels but it did not feel warm.
Nice, sunny seating area inside....

On top of that, they have a decent range of light eats and some Asian food there which tastes pretty good and is reasonably priced.

Oh, and lastly, the parking is free (Yay).

I had a really enjoyable lunch there, and I can see how it's also gonna quickly become one of my favourite places to hang out when I want a dose of delicious caffeine.

Review on the Food and Coffee:

- Potato with Ham Salad (RM 9+)
Carby, comforting food....

A mix of moist potato cubes, pickles, olives and chicken ham tossed in a creamy (but not too heavy) dressing - simple but tasted nice.

- Homemade Chicken Balls (RM 10+)
Moist mouthfuls....

Tender and moist texture but flavourwise, these were just ok.. Loved that they tasted freshly made though.

- Mexican Cottage Pie, choice of chicken or beef (RM 15+)
Sort of like Shephard's Pie....

I was expecting the Cottage Pie to be spicy (as described in the menu) but it wasn't. Otherwise, the mix of moist meat and vegetables with the smooth mash potato and melted cheese was quite nice.

- Beef Burger (RM 18+)
Messy to eat! :)....

Delicious but so messy to eat. The patty was fairly tender and went well with the juicy slices of mushroom and slightly piquant BBQ/ Worchestershire(?) sauce. Also, the french fries at the side were too addictive - crunchy on the outside yet moist on the inside, just the way I like it.

- Apple Pie with Ice Cream (RM 8+)
Tart apple crumble....

I liked that the lovingly stewed slices of apple were moist and with a slight sour edge (vs. some other apple pie fillings which are just too sweet) and topped with crisp puff pastry.
(Some may find it the apples too soft though - depends on how you like it)

- Latte Macchiato (RM 5+)
Smooth, flavourful coffee....

- Flat White (RM 5+)
Not too bitter :)....

I liked both coffees, as they were smooth and flavourful without being too bitter. It was also really nice how they served it at just the right temperature - you can drink it straight away without worrying about burning your tongue and throat.

So it's: Casual cosy ambience, friendly service, nice coffee, decent range of light eats and a few Asian dishes for reasonable prices, free parking! BUT nothing bad really, just don't expect the food to knock your socks off - tastes good but it won't change your life......

Restaurant Review
Summary Sheet:

Ristretto @ 10 Mont Kiara, KL

S-B5-3A, The Fare @ 10 Mont Kiara, Jalan Kiara 1, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur

Taste: 6
Ambience : 6
Service : 7
Price** : RM 35+ per person
Parking: OK

** Approximation - 3 course meal, excluding drinks
Telephone No.: 03-6211 1183
Opening Hours: Everyday, including public holidays, 8.30am to 11.30pm
Official Website: CLICK HERE



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  1. I feel that the coffee culture is growing in kl!

  2. served at the right temperature, i like what i hear!

  3. i hv been hearing them serving very good coffee but has yet to visit.

  4. the beef burger looks super-juicy, just the way i like it too! wonder if they'll ever have booze-laced coffees here :D

  5. It's 10 Mont Kiara or One Mont Kiara? :P

  6. to Michelle Chin:
    It is, it is! :) And it's great to have the increased variety rather than just Coffee Bean and Starbucks...

    to "Joe" who is constantly craving:
    Haha.. Yeah. You gotta try this place when you get back. I'm not sure if it's better than the place you took me in David Jones and Seven Seeds but it's definitely good for KL standards. :)

    to babe_kl:
    Well, it's never too late. You can always drop by during the weekend...

    to Sean:
    Actually,... I thought I saw 1 alcoholic coffee on the menu - I'll double check the next time I'm there.

    to choi yen:
    It's 10 MK (condo). One Mont Kiara is the new shopping centre/etc opposite Plaza Sunrise/ next to the police station. :)

  7. My bestie has been raving about their cheap and good coffee. I have to drag my lazy ass there soon. :P

  8. Hello!! its been so long!

    sorry i just checked my blog for the first time in months, been busy with work x_x

    cryptic r.. cos' there are certain posts that i want to keep it to myself but i want to remember it as well...


  9. to Bangsar-bAbE:
    Haha.. Hey, it's not that far from Bangsar leh. Go! And hope you enjoy it. :)

    to jOO yEE!:
    (It's ok,... I understand - real life gets in the way of blogging sometimes)

    ... and hope your cryptic posts means that there are many happy days in your life. :)

  10. The chicken balls looks too little lah! It's good that parking's free though!

  11. oppss, sorry :P Thanks for the info :)

  12. to jason:
    Greedy boy! :P

    to choi yen:
    No problem - there are so many new developments in Mont Kiara now that it is easy to get mixed up anyway. :)

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  14. Ristretto 10 mont Kiara KL is a good review. You have described it truly well


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