A CENTRAL EUROPEAN BISTRO has taken its place in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. At the chic and cosy Amadeus Bistro & Wine Bar, guests will delight in the ambiance, the delicious food, and the array of popular European wines on offer by the bottle and by the glass. Amadeus opened two months ago and has already been enthusiastically received, judging by the buzzing business when I visited recently. .e bistro takes its name, of course, from Viennese composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, owing to the café’s resemblance to those you might find in contemporary Salzburg.
Located in the Life Centre near the intersection of Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Perak, Amadeus is a welcome oasis in the midst of the busy urban KL jungle, and diners can relax with a glass of wine or a cup of coffee as they unwind after work or just enjoy a respite from the heat and chaos of the city.
The food at Amadeus was both delicious and impressively presented. I spoke with the Executive Chef, a gregarious man named Bob, and he told me his philosophy was simple: good food at a fair price. And there is indeed value for money to be found here. A fantastic set lunch with a salad or soup, a choice of entrée, and a drink, is only RM18++. For those craving a terrific Western salad, redolent with flavour and healthiness, look no further than Amadeus. .eir house salad and Caesar salad are both amazing, and can be enjoyed on their own, or augmented with chicken, smoked salmon, or tempura-fried prawns.
Several central European cuisines are represented in the bistro’s unpretentious menu, from a savoury bratwurst and smashed potato dish to possibly the best homestyle beef goulash to be found in KL, a Croatian triumph of tender prime beef braised slowly in a rich tomato and onion broth, topped with a portion of perfectly caramelized onions that kept my spoon returning to the bowl over and over again. Amadeus also serves up a tangy and flavourful spaghetti dish with ground lamb rissole meatballs, a lovely spaghetti Bolognese that will make you rethink this classic and tasty pasta dish, a crispy chicken schnitzel, Moroccan lamb stew, and even an excellent tempura-battered fish and chips plate that’s rounded out with fresh greens, cole slaw, and a marvellous house-made tartar sauce.
The desire to offer value for money doesn’t end with the food, either. Amadeus boasts three Enomatic wine preservation and dispensing machines, an Italian device that utilises heavier-than-air inert gas to protect an open bottle of wine from the destructive effects of exposure to oxygen. .is not only enables Amadeus to serve a wide range of excellent wines by the glass, it also ensures that every glass served is like having a new bottle of wine opened just for you. Like the array of mouthwatering food dishes Amadeus offers, the wines also represent good value, and allow you to try a wine before committing to purchasing an entire bottle.
Open seven days a week, Amadeus also hosts a daily happy hour from 4 to 8pm with great specials, such as buy-one-free-one Tiger draught and 15% off of wines by the glass. On Wednesdays from 6 to 9pm, they also offer a “beer buffet” with free-flow Tiger draught for only RM50++. Great food and drinks at good prices in a welcoming and charming bistro: that’s a composition any of us can enjoy.
Fact File :
Amadeus Bistro & Wine Bar
M-03 Life Centre
No. 20 Jalan Sultan Ismail
Tel: 03.2162 2788 (Reservations accepted)
Starters RM17 – RM18++
Most mains RM20 – RM30++
Mon-Sun 11.30am to midnight
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Source: The Expat November 2012
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