Mosto: For days when you’re feeling a little Italian in KL

KL city has no shortage of eateries to choose from when it comes to classy restaurants offering quality adult beverages paired with gourmet food.

If you’re around the KLCC-Bukit Bintang area, drop by Mosto Wine Bar & Restaurant, located at the ground floor of One KL, the condominium building with the tagline “94 units, 95 swimming pools.”

Mosto Wine Bar and Restaurant, One KL.

The decor is breathtaking gorgeous inside but fortunately the price list is not over-the-top as one would imagine of such a fine dining establishment as this.

There is also ample free parking space right in front of the eatery, something even rarer than a pink unicorn spotted in the heart of the city.

Gran Tegliere Di Salumi E Formaggi.

Dinner began with appetisers – Gran Tegliere Di Salumi E Formaggi (RM99), the fancy name for Italian signature cold cuts served with assorted cheeses, honey and house made focaccia bread.

The preparation for this course was a bit of a show in itself, with the chef operating a semi-automatic meat slicer that churned out thinly-sliced and delicious meat and salami.

The type of cuts served may vary depending on what the restaurant has to offer on that particular day.

Cocktails and Risotto Con Salsicola E Vino Rosso.

Their cocktails – Amaro Tonic and Junglebird (RM38 each) made for a lovely pairing with the food served.

Amaro Tonic was a more masculine drink made with a mix of Amaro Montenegro, Prosecco and tonic water, while the Junglebird was made with dark rum, campari, pineapple juice, and simple syrup, giving it a sweeter, more fruity flavour.

Back to the food.

After the cold cuts, came the Risotto Con Salsicola E Vino Rosso (RM48), or Carnaroli risotto with salsiccia and red wine reduction. A comforting dish that did well to fill up the belly in a warm and fuzzy way.

Rigatoni All’ Amatriciana.

If you are a pasta person, Rigatoni All’ Amatriciana (RM38) should satisfy with its hearty selection of bacon and tomatoes, and lavish portions of pecorino cheese inside.

The pasta is cooked al dente, so if you don’t like your pasta firm like the Italians do, specify your preference to the waiter.

Pancia Di Maiale; Cassoeula, Verza Maiale E Pollo.

The Pancia Di Maiale (RM58), roasted pork belly with apricot jam, honey mustard and garlic sauce was perfectly executed. The super crispy skin on the outside, shielding layers of meat and fat underneath, were done just right.

Cassoeula, Verza Maiale E Pollo (RM78) or slow-cooked pork prepared in a casserole with chicken, pork sausages and cabbage was a hearty meat dish, offering a selection of differing textures, but perhaps suffering from a sort of identity confusion.

Garlic Prawns, Deep Fried Chicken Parmesan.

Even the restaurant’s bar snacks were appetising and memorable. The Garlic Prawns (RM25), and Fried Chicken Parmesan (RM19) were truly delicious.

Molten chocolate cake, tiramisu.

The dessert menu here isn’t extensive. The Molten chocolate cake (RM25) was delicious enough, but the Tiramisu (RM20) was the better of the two. They certainly did not skim on the alcohol while making this particular dessert.

Mosto Wine Bar & Restaurant

Ground Floor, One KL

50450 Kuala Lumpur

GPS: 3.156023, 101.710542

Tel: 03-2386 6029

This article first appeared in kyspeaks.com