Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Modi & Rosa, A Pleasantly Italian Experience

Whenever an invite comes from Makan Fairy Godmother, I know that it will be a good meal, for a lady of her stature probably has an inbuilt filter that automatically detects bad food.  And while it may have been a bit of an overkill for me to have two rich meals back to back, (had another decadent dinner the night before), oh well, what a man would do for his art.

Modi & Rosa, from the founders of iconic Modestos, (though that has since changed ownership), and the name refers to the husband and wife.  Some people have names that just call out to be a restaurant name...I can't imagine me opening a cafe or restaurant using the names of wife and me.

Modi & Rosa is in Glo Damansara, that spanking new mall, which at the moment, seems a bit err...dead, which is good for parking, (Parking is only RM1 for the first 3 hours, cheaper than dbkl street parking), but with all the eateries there, I am sure it is a matter of time before the place becomes abuzz with people.

The restaurant has two sections, one is the regular restaurant, and one is a wine bar.   Menus are interchangeable, and there's passageway linking the two.  For lunch, we were seated at the Dining area.

I know, taking pictures of bread is so passe, but I specially liked the flat crispy bread that was served, so I thought I'd feature it.

The Alla Modi Rosa pizza, RM38, which is rocket, truffle oil, tomato, and mozarella cheese.  I know rocket seems to be the durian of vegetables (is it a veg or herb?), some people hate it because of the bitter aftertaste, but I love rocket.  A light pizza, perfect as a starter.

Mozarella Di Bufala, which sounds so much more exotic in Italian, ...Buffalo Mozzarella with tomatoes, basil and extra virgin.  As in extra virgin olive oil.  RM28.  Actually, what was missing was a glass of white wine.  Then again, it WAS lunch, and I was still reeling from the excesses of the previous night.

A glorious combination of Tuna e Tartare di Promodoro, RM35, pan seared tuna with tomatoes on toast.  I am ambivalent about Tartares in general, sometimes they tend to err on the raw side for me, and you can't just pretend it's sashimi, but this was nicely prepared.

Black Angus Tenderloin on toast with sour cream and mexican chilli, OOOH yum, almost like a fajitas sans the tortilla... Actually, too much bread in these Italian dishes...I could feel the yeast making me rise and expand.

The classic Minnestrone.  RM16.  I can't say I am a fan of Minnestrone, because as far as non creamy soups go, sigh, I am typical chink, and love my clear soups.  However, for creamy soups, that's a different matter altogether.

Smoked Salmon Caesar Salad, or Insalata alla Cesare...well, what can I say, it's a salad.

Delicious, Linguini Alla Modi Rosa, seafood baked in foil, an Italian Cartocci style dish.  I could eat this and leave happy.  Easily my favourite dish of the meal.  RM55.

Braise Wagyu Beef Cheek in Beef Jus, or Guanca di Manzio, RM68, which is pretty good value.  Sometimes I find the cheek a bit gelatinous, and am inclined to turn the other cheek and order something else, but this rendition of the dish was really very good.  Tender meat, that melts in the mouth but yet retaining its texture.  Highly recommended, and the mash is great too.

Creamy spinach, sigh, so deliciously unhealthy, but well, at least it's spinach right.  RM10 for these sides.

Branzino Amalfi, RM56 oven baked Mediterranean sea bass with bread crumbs.

And dessert, a yummy cream brulee, that scored on both texture and taste.  RM18.  Totally worth getting fat for.

Lava Tortino, RM28.  Although I personally find lava cakes a bit yesterday, there's always that sense of anticipation of seeing that molten chocolate flow out, like fluids from Vesuvius.  And I've been told by many an F&B operator, lava cakes are still a very popular dessert, hence its presence in many menus.

The ubiquitous coffee art....

The restaurant has lunch specials at RM38++ and a kids’ menu at RM18++, in addition to its main menu.

Happy Hours are from 3.00pm to 9.00pm daily.

Modi & Rosa
Glo Damansara Mall,
LG.06, 699 Jalan Damansara, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur.
Open daily from 10.00am to 10.00pm.
For reservations, please call +603 7733 1719 or email

1 comment:

KY said...

Won't mind having that tuna & pizza!