Midi 57 is a relatively new restaurant at the Bangkung Row that is set to satiate the residents of Bangsar and all others who love pizza, pasta and porky Italian dishes. Aptly named after its address, Midi 57 is also the sister restaurant of the more stylish and upscale Le Midi at BSC. The simple two-paged menu features an interesting mix of predominantly Italian and French cuisine with a small Tex-Mex section that is wallet-friendly, suitable for a casual meal in a relaxed atmosphere.
As soon as we were seated, some complimentary bruschetta was served. Then followed by a basket of homemade sesame bread and Focaccia after we placed our order.
We started off with the Piglet Salad @ RM27, a colorful assembly of Romaine lettuce, rocket and cherry tomatoes on thin slices of Roasted Herb Piglet with a dressing of mashed sun-dried tomatoes olive oil. The tangy sun-dried tomatoes provided most of the flavor while the fresh greens give a crisp bite on the palate, a delectable combo that turns out to be equally appetizing. This is a nice change from the usual vinaigrette-dressed salads that usually have a strong and acidic taste.
Midi 57 makes all their pasta in house using five different imported flours and the dough created is used as a base for the pizza and ravioli as well. The Squid Ink Tagliolini with Salmon and Zucchini @ Rm37 proved to be our favorite dish of the day quickly, winning us over with its fine, delicate yet springy texture akin to the Chinese Mee Pok. Some might find the cream sauce to be too thick but I feel the consistency is just nice to hold the pasta together.
Tarte flambee is like a pizza, and if you looked up its origins you would know that it is actually a unique dish from Alsace – the fifth smallest region in France. Strictly speaking, you can’t call Tarte flambee a pizza but for marketing purpose I guess calling it a ‘thin-crust-pizza’ will sell better. You could get this rather unique food at FLAM’s located in Changkat Bukit Bintang and luckily, pizzas are not the only good stuff on the menu.
Since we are new to this variant of pizza, we asked for a recommendation and got the Mushroom Flam’s Deluxe @ RM38.80. The number of toppings (the types, not amount) are kept to a minimum, consisting of only mushrooms, a few types of cheese and herbs so that the flavors are simple, yet still enjoyable.
After placing your order you could see how your pizza is made right from the scratch. There is an open kitchen at the end of the restaurant where a huge, bright-red brick oven is at. The pizza is only baked in the wood-fired oven for a couple of minutes because of the thin dough.
It has been almost years since I first dined at California Pizza Kitchen (CPK). But my memory of the restaurant still remains vivid and I could still remember the hearth-open-flame oven they use to bake the delicious pizzas. CPK has always been noted for their unconventional pizzas and are always innovating to incorporate new dishes into their menu.
Recently, MyDEAL launched a new deal for CPK that entitles the buyers to enjoy a 10″ pizza (available in 6 different flavours) plus a RM15 cash voucher that can be utilized in the next visit. The total value for this deal is actually RM45.24 but you will get to enjoy it for only RM15, which translates to about 67% discount in total.
When I knew about the deal, I jumped on and bought two e-Vouchers because the terms and conditions state that two vouchers can be redeemed at the same time per table. After I received the e-Vouchers from MyDEAL via email, all I had to do next was to make a reservation at CPK Farenheit 88. And lets not forget to print the voucher and bring it along to the restaurant for verification too.
The 6 different flavours of pizza you could choose are Original BBQ Chicken, Hawaiian, Pepperoni, Shrimp Scampi and Traditional Cheese. All of them are new to me so I asked for the staff’s opinion. He didn’t hesitate even for a second and recommended us to go for the BBQ Chicken and Hawaiian pizzas, which we did. Being fans of thin crust pizzas, we also opted to have our pan pizzas to be served on thin crust for an additional RM3 each.
Unless you know where to look for it, Pork Pizza is not an easy thing to find in Klang Valley. Just not too long ago there was this article in The Star about Skippys Pizza – a delivery only pizza store that could be the real deal. They even label themselves as ‘The Real Pork Pizza Co‘.
As interesting as it seemed, I wasn’t really convinced to try because you know lah how newspaper articles work. Moreover, when it comes to pizza I still prefer Dominos for their no frills pizza-delivery. But after I caught wind that their restaurant is finally open and accepts dine-in customers, we decided to check it out.
There are much to be said about this pizza place’s history and the owners but I will only say one thing: the skipping kangaroo is selected as the restarurant’s logo because their pizza recipes have an Australian influence in it. For the rest, please refer to the article I linked from The Star earlier. Now back to the restaurant. Since it is still new there are no signboards up yet and the restaurant is as basic as it could be, just a few tables here and there. But still feels comfy and clean nonetheless.
Besides the usual pizza, pasta, lasagna and salad that you would find in any pizza place, you would be surprised to know that they serve Bak Kut Teh too which actually comes under the ‘Special of the Day’. Err, honestly it doesn’t really make sense to me for a pizza place to serve Bak Kut Teh. But whatever floats their boat.