It’s pretty easy to locate Amadeus Bistro & Wine Bar in the newly refurbished Life Centre along Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. In fact, it was so easy that I arrived much earlier than the rest of my dining companions that evening and I had ample time to check out the place. At Amadeus Bistro & Wine Bar, the low-ceilinged room acts as a cosy, quiet refuge for patrons eager to have lunch, dinner, coffee, or just to chill out and have a chat with friends. This casually chic European restaurant is fashioned after contemporary, artsy Viennese cafes with an upbeat, feel to it.
If you ask the lovely owner, Dina Djumic, what inspires the name “Amadeus” (from the famed composer/musician Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart), she will tell you the two reasons: it boasts an uncanny resemblance to one of the contemporary, upbeat Viennese bistros, that one might wander into, on the streets of Austria, and also, the menu and cuisine showcases the journey of the child prodigy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, throughout Europe.
Dina at the Enomatic Machines
The other thing about Amadeus Bistro & Wine Bar is of course, their Enomatic Machines that dispense wine by the glasses. Have you ever wanted to taste a certain type of wine but just didn’t want to take the risk of paying for a whole bottle just to find out later that you didn’t really like it? Well, the Enomatic produces a wine serving system that allows you to dispense wine, one glass at a time. Ingenious, isn’t it? It’s perfect for me as I can get to taste different wines by the glass without being stuck to just one bottle! And as for maintaining the wine in good drinking condition, the Enomatic system preserves the wine by injecting nitrogen (an inert gas) into the bottle in the same volume as that removed in each serving. That way, it’s like having a new bottle of wine, opened just for you, each and every time.
And if you think that something as uber-cool as the Enomatic Machine would put a dent in your wallet, think again. This highly affordable selection of popular European wines is only priced between RM19 – RM39 per glass.
Pan Seared Scallops
The cuisine served in Amadeus Bistro & Wine are mainly European classics with a contemporary twist. The Pan Seared Scallops (RM24) is served with cauliflower puree – nothing could be faulted with those plump succulent scallops. The Cured Salmon Salad (RM18) had thick slices of cured citrus flavoured salmon tossed with parmesan dressing. My favourite salad is the Smoked Duck Salad (RM16) with its light vinaigrette dressing. I could not help taking a scoop of my dining companion’s runny eggyolk from his Poached Egg with Asparagus (RM19).
Cured Salmon Salad
Other favourite appetizers we tried were the Duck Terrine (RM21) – duck terrine layered with flavourful stuffing and pistachio nuts served with a piece of homemade bread and pickles. The herbed Lamb Meatballs (RM19) with green peas in a light tomato sauce was also good. If you fancy a cheesy starter, go for the Stuffed Mushrooms (Rm18) – button mushrooms stuffed with herbed fresh cheese, deep-fried and served with a home-made chilli sauce. The Beef Soup with Crepes (RM15) is something new to me. It’s a traditional clear beef broth with sliced crepes (they look like noodles!)
Smoked Duck Salad
Poached Egg with Asparagus
Beef Soup with Crepes
For mains, we had the Chicken Roulade (RM38), Hungarian Goulash (RM36), Turkey Sausage (RM32), Penne Alla Vodka (RM26), and Duck Confit (RM42). I was pleasantly surprised by the turkey sausage which turns out to be tasty and juicy as I thought turkey being a lean bird would yield some dry hard mince for the sausage. The penne, if not told that vodka has been added to it, I would not have known as there was hardly any vodka in it. Or maybe my palate has been too pampered by the glasses of wine served. The Duck Confit is beautiful and remains on our top list of favourites there – crispy skin with tender meat inside.
Penne Alla Vodka
We tried several of their desserts: Red Velvet Cake, Italian Cream Cake, Sachertorte and Tiramisu flavoured with Cointreau. We had the lemon series: Lemon Cheesecake, Lemon Tart and Crème Brulee. The crème brulee was a crowd favourite and disappeared very quickly. I like the red velvet cake – it was moist and spongy and not overly sweet. Likewise the Italian Cream Cake – good stuff.
Reservations are recommended, especially on weekends. Please call +603-2162 2788
Amadeus Bistro and Wine Bar
No.20 Jalan Sultan Ismail
50250 Kuala Lumpur
Email : [email protected]
Website : http://www.amadeusbistro.com.my
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/AmadeusBistroWineBar
Mon – Thu: 11:30 am – 11:30 pm
Fri – Sat: 11:30 am – 1:00 am
Sun: 11:30 am – 11:30 pm