October 12th, 2020
La Scala at Mayang Off Yap Kwan Seng: Restaurant Review
La Scala has risen from the ashes of il Lido, aiming to become a worthy successor to what was once KL’s best Italian restaurant.
Orchestrates A Stirring Symphony
Named after Milan’s 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 Scala’s pasta fresh daily, so even an amuse bouche of spinach-topped ravioli stuffed with carrots is worth examining & slowly savoring.
Complexity In Kitchen Recipes
Starters reveal a welcome complexity in the kitchen’s recipes; what’s 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).
Full Of Surprises
Pumpkin soup (RM35++) emerges as creamy & sunny as egg yolk, enhanced with mascarpone cheese, sliced almonds & the surprising fieriness of chilies.
Delicate and Rich Pastas
Delicate ‘sedanini’ tube pasta (RM42++), made rich with a ragout of organic veal.
Filling & Fulfilling
Potato gnocchi with bolognese sauce & cheese (RM44++), filling & fulfilling.
Spotlight Stealer: The Sea Bass Fillet
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++) …
Cod Fishes are Resting
… & a big slab of cod fish resting on a mound of Italy’s sweet, soft Tropea red onions (RM85++).
Araguani Valrhona Chocolate Cake
Desserts include 72-percent Araguani Valrhona chocolate cake (RM26++) with vanilla ice cream.
A Work In Progress
La Scala’s menu seems to be a work in progress; expect the full scope of the chef’s capabilities to be unveiled as the weeks proceed.
Refurbished With More Natural Sunlight Flowing
The restaurant has been gently refurbished in recent months, with more natural sunlight flowing in during daytime & lovely artwork on the walls.
Rooftops And Bellinis
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; we’ll be back.
Location and Contact Details
Jalan Yap Kwan Seng
50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2161 2291
View La Scala’s Directory Page here.