Monday, 16 July 2012

Midi 57, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Midi 57, Italian Restaurant, casual, Bangsar, pasta, pizza,
 Porchetta Pizza
Midi 57, Italian Restaurant, casual, Bangsar, pasta, pizza,Midi 57, Italian Restaurant, casual, Bangsar, pasta, pizza,
Chef Armando and Pinot Grigio
Midi 57, Italian Restaurant, casual, Bangsar, pasta, pizza,
 Cold Cuts Platter
Midi 57, Italian Restaurant, casual, Bangsar, pasta, pizza,
 Fettuccine
Midi 57, Italian Restaurant, casual, Bangsar, pasta, pizza,
Tex Mex Taco Wrap

Midi 57, Italian Restaurant, casual, Bangsar, pasta, pizza,Wafts of fire wood smoke tickle the air, children giggle wildly as they play tag on the lawn and friends convene catching up on the day’s events. The corner lot of Midi 57 sits safely protected by a wall of plants, yet gently cooled by the evening breeze.  While the inside tables, lit by hanging bare bulbs and warmed with the reflection of the light from the large windows, are filling up, the outdoor tables are already full. The neighbourhood is arriving.  Cheeky Chef Armando, in a thick Italian accent, calls to the boys behind the pizza oven, “Hey ragazzi! Make these two beauuuutiful girls a porchetta pizza with extra passione and amore!” The chef is clearly at home and in love with this new space, the more casual, unostentatious younger sister of Le Midi (the classy, more sophisticated sibling in BSC).

Chef Armando describes Midi 57 as relaxed and easy going. He sees it as a natural nest for families and friends to be at ease, be noisy, be quiet, to be themselves. Opened for a mere two weeks, and already booming on the Monday night we visited, the neighbourhood seems to agree. Located on a verdant urban end block, lighting is bright, parking abundant and the vibe is welcoming. International newspapers, magazines, free Wi Fi, happy hours from 3- 9pm and, a pull down screen for the big games seem to make Midi 57 almost an extended living room for those in the area.

Midi 57, Italian Restaurant, casual, Bangsar, pasta, pizza,Pursuant to the ambience is the menu– simple pizzas, pastas, snacks and salads dominate. The drink list is of similar uncomplicated nature with most wines ranging around RM128 – RM200. Firefly organic fruit juice in gourmet flavours, such as Lemon Lime & Ginger and Grapefruit & Passionfruit add an original tweak not typical of most places. This evening we chose an Italian Pinot Grigio, an easy drinking light white wine, versatile enough to sip on its own or companion a number of courses.

Midi 57, Italian Restaurant, casual, Bangsar, pasta, pizza,In contrast to Le Midi, Midi 57 uses pork, and Chef Armando has proudly let his Italian tastes go wild in piggy happiness on this menu. You’ll find cold cuts, wraps, pastas, pizzas and salads all with splashes of this formerly forbidden flesh. House made Grissini (thin Italian bread sticks) were a crunchy nibble while contemplating the menu.  Finally deciding, we began with the Porchetta Pizza – a simple tomato base topped with roasted herb pork, sun dried tomatoes and rocket salad. Self directed droplets of chili oil and specks of Parmesan provide extra flavour as you please. The Salmon Pizza on a white base, not so common in Malaysia, was fresh and deliciously healthy. A crispy crust came topped with cream, mozzarella, salmon, avocado and green leaves. While I enjoyed the porky opener, my healthy side was gladdened with this more wholesome version. When you see the chef so excited to have ingredients from his home land on the menu you know they are a must try, so the Cold Cuts platter had to be ordered. A plate of Parma ham, Milanese Salami, Napolese salami, coppa di Parma, Parmesan cheese and pickled vegetables will make anyone craving Italy satiated (at least until the last slice disappears).  Pork starred again in the hand made Fettuccine in the form of sausages alongside button mushrooms, a tomato sauce, a blob of ricotta and a sprinkling of herbs. Chef Armando has allowed himself one twist away from the rustic Italian dishes he is serving up, in the form of some fast and convenient lunch wraps. We had a whirl of the Tex Mex Taco Wrap. This soft tortilla bulging with beef and pork ragout, shredded cheese, French fries, capsicum and a zap of chili is sure to be a lunchtime hit.
Midi 57, Italian Restaurant, casual, Bangsar, pasta, pizza,
Set lunches from RM23 – RM28++, 5% discount on take away pizzas, and kid's size meals of half the serving for half the price make Midi 57 an affordable meal option. Reasonable prices, familiar relaxed atmosphere and home made pizzas and pastas are bound to see Midi 57 a popular neighbourhood lair.

Reason to visit: home made pizzas and pastas, friendly relaxed atmosphere


Midi 57, 57 Jalan Bangkung, Bukit Bandaraya
59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +6 03 2095 1381

14 comments:

  1. You totally win in the picture competition this time - that cold cut platter looks almost as good as it tasted! Oh that salami....I miss Europe...

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  2. Bangsar, eh? Food looks really good... Would love the taco wrap! So alluring your pic!

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    1. Thanks Suituapui! Nice casual spot for rustic Italian.

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  3. ooo, i didn't realize they offer takeaway pizzas! i wouldn't mind bringing that porchetta pizza to my office and snacking on it slowly for eight hours :D

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    1. Really, there's no chance it would last for eight hours in our house/ office! :-)

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  4. Oooo! fabulous review! the combination of pork and pizza never fails to put a smile on my face. By the way, I saw this nice pork place in B.I.G Publika Solaris Dutamas, you might want to check it out? It is called S.Wine with a huge pig mascot in front of the restaurant.

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    1. Oh yes, I've seen other bloggers photos of this spot. It's on my ever growing list. Thanks for the reminder. :-)

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    2. By the way I just showed this post to my boyfriend, who is a Bulgarian and is very passionate about Italian food. He is very fascinated with this remarkable post of yours and one of these nights, we shall be going to midi 57! yay! :)

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    3. Tell him he must introduce himself to Chef Armando - who is also very passionate about Italian food - especially the porky bits. :-)

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  5. Hey, that's my kinda food! I could finish them in seconds. Hahaha1

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    1. Yep, simple but filling meals. I'm in the mood for that wrap for lunch today.

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  6. the pasta and the pizza do looks delicious.. yummy...

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    1. Good old staples of pasta and pizza - you can't go wrong.

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