La Scala @ Mayang, Off Yap Kwan Seng

November 26, 2013

La Scala has risen from the ashes of il Lido, aiming to become a worthy successor to what was once KLs best Italian restaurant.

 Named after Milans famed opera house, La Scala strives to orchestrate the gastronomic equivalent of a stirring symphony ...

... conducted by the family of a former Italian ambassador that owns the restaurant, harmoniously combined with the considerable expertise of chef Lucio Russo from Naples & sommelier Sante Losio from Venice.

Russo makes all of La Scalas pasta fresh daily, so even an amuse bouche of spinach-topped ravioli stuffed with carrots is worth examining & slowly savoring.

Starters reveal a welcome complexity in the kitchens recipes; whats labeled on the menu simply as truffle-roasted Hokkaido bay scallops with quail eggs (RM68++) turns out to feature more than merely that (fans of beetroot & olive oil, rejoice).

Pumpkin soup (RM35++) emerges as creamy & sunny as egg yolk, enhanced with mascarpone cheese, sliced almonds & the surprising fieriness of chilies.

Delicate sedanini tube pasta (RM42++), made rich with a ragout of organic veal. 

Potato gnocchi with bolognese sauce & cheese (RM44++), filling & fulfilling.

 Seafood seeks to steal the spotlight at La Scala: The fruits of the ocean include sea bass fillet (RM68++), pan-fried with nutmeg-tinged spinach, caramelized cherry onions, celeriac sauce & balsamic vinegar ...

... seafood casserole with Sicilian couscous (RM72++) ...

... & a big slab of cod fish resting on a mound of Italys sweet, soft Tropea red onions (RM85++).

Desserts include 72-percent Araguani Valrhona chocolate cake (RM26++) with vanilla ice cream.

La Scalas menu seems to be a work in progress; expect the full scope of the chefs capabilities to be unveiled as the weeks proceed.

The restaurant has been gently refurbished in recent months, with more natural sunlight flowing in during daytime & lovely artwork on the walls.

The rooftop terrace bar remains intact, tempting patrons with Bellinis & more.

With so few new Italian restaurants that bear strong ambitions in KL these days, La Scala is certainly a welcome entry; well be back.

La Scala Kuala Lumpur
183, Jalan Mayang, Off Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, Kuala Lumpur
Mon-Fri, lunch & dinner; Sat, dinner. Tel: 03-2161-2291

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