Thursday, August 28, 2014

Rediscovering Modesto's

I haven't been to this place for such a long time. But for some reasons, I got reminded of Modesto's and decided to pay them a visit. But before heading down, I actually Googled it and for the first time, found out a little about the person who opened the place (a real Italian by the way) and how the restaurant was formerly started in Kuala Lumpur. That guy, Modesto Marini, has sold off this chain and is apparently running some pretty spiffy (read expensive) fine dining places in KL.

Well, this restaurant hasn't changed very much. They're still using those plates lipped with leopard skin designs. Well, they don't seem to serve their foccacia anymore.

I think I kinda remembered that their mushroom soup was pretty okay. It still is, blended bits of real mushroom with a token drizzle of cream which fails to achieve any purpose beyond presentation. But really, these guys were way ahead many of the competition of their era when they first opened.

You know, I've never recalled ordering any melanzane alla parmigiana. This could be my first! And as wary of tomato sauces as I generally am, this was actually rather enjoyable. But honestly, it's good because it's piping hot tomato paste with cheese and some texture. Those eggplants were soft and well..... one cannot really taste something like eggplants buried in flavours like these. Not complaining at all though. 

I got suckered into ordering their beer risotto which was apparently this month's special. I was initially thinking that the rice could have been a shade more cooked, the cheeses could have been Parmigiano Reggiano instead of the light and mildly bitter one that they used and more salt would have been great for the beer based stock. They used Tiger by the way. But on hindsight, all those heavier flavours would have drowned out the mild beery (I meant hoppy) bitter that was really all there was to the beer component. Their home made sausages could really do with more salt though.

I guess this was one of those things that got me curious and now that I've tried it, I'm never ordering it again.

What kinda rocked, unexpectedly, was their puttanesca which we got with their house made squid ink tagliatelle. The pasta was firm with bite (again, a shade.....just a tiny shade under what would be ideal for me). The sauce was delicious. There's the garlic, tomatoes, some heat and olives with the pungent and salty anchovies. Served piping hot.

Portions here are still pretty generous. We didn't have space for desserts. The atmosphere was old school, like Pete's Place. There's no fancy plating or puny portions. But I think I'm not going to be discounting them so readily in the future. By the way, OCBC cards gets 30% off the bill on Tuesdays.

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