Ever since my first visit to Il Lido a few months ago, I couldn’t stop raving to Saucer about how good the food was, and that we had to go try it one day. The plan was postponed over and over again until one night, when we decided to go there to celebrate 3 occasions – Christmas + New Year + Monthly anniversary. OK, perhaps the monthly anniversary is not really a monthly thing, but another excuse to make the dinner more special 😛 Anyway, we drove to Il Lido hoping to park within the building, only to find out that only valet service was allowed. Charges were an exorbitant RM15, so we decided to park outside the building instead, which was free and had plenty of spaces! 🙂
Complimentary warm water
We made a reservation in advance and got a really nice table at one corner to ourselves. Bright and colourful flowers were seen on each table, making the otherwise plain white table look more cheerful and pretty.
Flowers on each table
Saucer waiting for food
After placing our orders, we were given a piece of complimentary Foccacia each. While I loved the taste of the soft and fluffy texture of the bread, I found it a tad too oily. I ate the bread by holding it with my fingers and at the end of it, my fingers were coated with oil. Saucer was a little fussy with oily stuff so he didn’t quite like this.
Amuse bouche that night was Deep fried Eggplant with Spicy Tomato Sauce. Crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside. Nice!
Deep fried Eggplant with Spicy Tomato Sauce
For starters, I ordered the Baked Eggplant & Mozzarella Cheese Cake with Tomato and Basil, which I had tried before in my first visit. This time though, I found it to be slightly different from before, in that it’s more oily with more cheese and definitely richer. Halfway through this, I was already quite full. Frankly, even though it was quite delicious, I was rather disappointed with it as I don’t remember it being this greasy.
Baked Eggplant & Mozzarella Cheese Cake with Tomato and Basil (RM36)
Saucer’s order was Traditional Vegetable Soup with Pesto, which tasted as plain as it looked. He loves minestrone, any type of minestrone to be exact, but he was sorely disappointed with this. It was bland and plain and definitely didn’t look like it was worth the RM25 price tag.
Traditional Vegetable Soup with Pesto (RM25)
As for mains, I had the Pappardelle with Goose Liver, Duck Confit and Truffle Sauce. There was no question that the pappardelle was cooked to perfection – al dente, smooth and slightly chewy. The piece of goose liver on top was also glorious, rich and melt-in-your-mouth. Nevertheless, even though the name of the dish spelled Duck confit, I didn’t see it anywhere in my dish. Beneath the pappardelle was just more layers of pappardelle and sauce. I wonder if this was how the dish was supposed to be? Also, I couldn’t get used to the pungent smell from the sauce. Perhaps the combination of the super rich starter and this pasta was too much for me to handle?
Pappardelle with Goose Liver, Duck Confit and Truffle Sauce (RM59)
Goose liver on top, but where’s the duck confit?
The saving grace for the night was Saucer’s order of Tuscan Grilled Beef Sirloin Steak with Rucola and Parmesan Cheese Shavings. Came in quite a sizable portion and done medium, the steak was grilled to perfection.
Tuscan Grilled Beef Sirloin Steak with Rucola and Parmesan Cheese Shavings (RM85)
Just look at the close-up shot of this work of wonder, lightly charred on the outside with the interior still pink and shiny but not bloody at all. Definitely a great piece of steak! It was also aromatic with the juices still intact. Tender, juicy and delicious! I ended up eating more of this than my own pappardelle. 😛
Sirloin Steak done medium
At the end of the mains, I was already too full from my rich food for desserts. After asking for the bill, we were presented with a little surprise – 2 pieces of fluffy raisin cake compliments from the chef. 🙂 Thank you and we enjoyed it!
Complimentary raisin cake
Perhaps I was singing too much praises for Il Lido before the visit, perhaps we expected too much for the price that we paid, or perhaps we just didn’t order the right dishes that night, that we ended up being quite disappointed. I hope someday, maybe I’ll have the chance to say that I changed my mind.
il Lido Italian Dining + Lounge Bar
il Lido Italian Dining + Lounge Bar
Jalan Mayang (off Jalan Yap Kwan Seng)
50450 Kuala Lumpur,
Tel no.: +603-2161 2291
Fax no.: +603-2163 5545
Business Hours: Lunch (Mon – Fri & Sun 12pm – 2.30pm), Dinner (Mon – Sun 6.30pm – 10.30pm)
Map to the place: Click here