Thursday, July 7, 2011

Set Lunch @ il Lido Italian Dining + Lounge Bar, Kuala Lumpur

The in-laws are fond of Italian food, so we headed to il Lido for lunch. Although my first dining experience here was just average, I decided to give the restaurant another chance. I'm glad I did because the food that afternoon was outstanding.

For lunch, you can order from the a la carte menu or go for their set lunch. The 3-course set lunch is priced at RM49.90++ , which includes an amuse bouche, appetizer/soup, main course, dessert, petit fours and coffee/tea. Really great value for money.

Our guests were impressed with the decor of the restaurant, very classy indeed.

Restaurant interior

We were served complimentary focaccia while waiting for our food to arrive. Compared to our last visit, the bread was not so oily.. in fact we enjoyed it so much, we had more than a couple of pieces each.

Focaccia with olive oil/balsamic vinegar

Amuse bouche

The set lunch menu changes daily here. To start, you can choose between a soup or appetizer. One of our guests had the asparagus soup which was good according to him; rich, creamy and wholesome.

The rest of us had the seafood salad. It was one of those salads with minimal greens and lots of everything else. Brimming with fresh seafood such as squid, mussels, clams and juicy prawns, this was easily one of the best salads I've eaten this year.

For the main course, you can choose from 3 dishes. The herb crusted salmon with lemon butter saffron sauce was well prepared and delicious, though it was possibly outshone by the other two mains that was served that afternoon.

One of our guests had the gnocchi in a goat's cheese sauce with air dried beef strips. Goat's cheese can be rather pungent for some, but if you don't mind the smell and strong taste, you will love this dish. The gnocchi had a wonderful texture; delicate, pillowy soft while the sauce was rich and silky.

The best mains of the day, in my opinion, was the pan fried duck breast served with pumpkin puree. The duck was served in a generous portion, and was absolutely delicious. The sweet pumpkin puree complimented the tender, flavoursome duck meat very well.

The dessert of the day was a white chocolate parfait served with blackberry jelly and fresh fruits. Parfait literally means "perfect" in French, and this was definitely the perfect end to an excellent lunch. The parfait tastes very similar to ice-cream; rich, creamy and sinful.

Petit fours served with coffee/tea

Lovely view of the Petronas Twin Towers from il Lido car park

Verdict: Everything we ate that afternoon was top notch and definitely left us impressed. If you have time, you should try to make it here for the set lunch as it is definitely good value for money.

Set Lunch is available Mon - Fri from 12.00 noon to 2.30pm.

Service: Can be improved. If I ask for cold water, please do not bring me a bottle of still water and hope that I don't notice.

Price: RM49.90++ per person for the set lunch.

Location: il Lido Italian Dining + Lounge Bar, Lot 183, Jalan Mayang (off Jalan Yap Kwan Seng). 50450 Kuala Lumpur. (opposite Menara Ambank / Australian High Commission)
Tel: 03-2161 2291

GPS Coordinates: 3.16047, 101.71099


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  1. That is good value! Set lunches are the way forward. Will have to have that gnocchi when I don't have anything important to do in the afternoon! Shu x

  2. heh, that water problem seems to afflict so many italian eateries in kl. i wish restaurants would advise their waiters to explicitly ask customers, "would you prefer still, sparkling or tap water?" =)

  3. Shu: Do bear in mind that the set lunch menu changes daily, so there might not be gnocchi when you visit. But if you have the time, you should definitely give this place a try.. :)

  4. Sean: Wish they would stop being so pushy. I know they make lots of money from their drinks/alcohol, but it just annoys the customers.

  5. Must admit I've not ventured here for lunch. Got to give it a try one day since it looks like a good deal.

  6. Hi Baby Sumo! Thank you for your review of our set lunch! We're glad too that you've decided to give us another try :)

    We will definitely highlight your feedback about the water to our staff. Unfortunately ilLido does not serve tap water for hygiene reasons and we only serve Acqua Panna or San Pellegrino.

    Thank you again, and we look forward to having you with us again soon! :)

    Warmest regards on behalf of ilLido KL,


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