Bangsar's Best: European Fare

Bangsar's Best: European Fare

When in Bangsar, eat like the Europeans do! From an innovative take on Caesar's salad to traditional bouef bourguignon and delicious saffron-scented paella, this 'little city' envelopes a wealth of European food culture. Find all your inspiration here in this nifty guide to Bangsar's best.
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Revamped from the former Hit & Mrs, Mario & Luigi is The Big Group's superb take on Italian food. Here is an enclave for an amazing dinner and drinks with a friend. For antipasti (appetiser), have the Burrata (RM29) — a refreshing medley of heirloom tomatoes, creamy mozzarella and aged balsamic. Then move to the Primi (pastas) section, where a Tagliatelle (RM78) will steal your heart with its glorious egg yolk and truffle butter. Wash dinner down with a glass of red (from RM35) and definitely save your stomach for the Dolce (sweet) course of Panna Cotta (RM28) with strawberry sorbet and granola. Pro Tip: Make reservations in advance for the 7pm or 9pm dinner slots.
Avg Price: RM120

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Serving authentic Spanish eats, Cava is a well-kept secret along quiet Jalan Bangkung with relaxing Spanish vibes. Bring a friend or two to unwind over much-needed conversations and Cava's refreshing signature Red Peach Sangria (RM18). Tuck into their specialty tapas, Prawn ala Plancha (RM22) that features fresh prawns tossed in fragrant rosemary, garlic and chili oil. The restaurant takes pride in their saffron-scented rice so have no qualms about ordering the mouthwatering Valencia Paella (RM77) — a bed of gorgeously dark squid ink rice with large prawns, mussels, clams, squid and chicken. The generous portion of paella serves up to three to four persons. Reservations are recommended.
Avg Price: RM65

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This corner lot bistro boasts a casual setting and ample seats, calling to big groups who enjoy a meaty feast together. Don't miss the crackling goodness of the Crispy Pork Belly with Apple Sauce (RM28) for sharing. While you might want that all to yourself, hold your fork for the heavenly Grass Fed Tenderloin Diane with Creamy Mustard Mushroom Sauce (RM78). But if you're not looking to break the bank, the Roast Pork Belly & Apple Slaw Baguette (RM35) from the grill is also a top contender on the menu, next to the Fennel & Chili Roasted Pork Loin with Potato Gratin (RM40). Be sure to pair your dinner with a glass from their trusty selection of wines (from RM25 per glass)!
Avg Price: RM75

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Another venture by the people behind Opus, Cava and Leonardo's, swanky restaurant Bobo sets a bar of its own with modern European food accompanied by nightly jazz performances in the piano lounge. Share an intimate dinner with close friends here over the winning starters — The 'Caesar Salad' (RM28) is a Thomas Keller-inspired creamy parmesan mousse set on a crouton base while the Wagyu Beef Satay (RM38) serves delish meat skewers with peanut sauce. Fans of foie gras can dig into the smooth, flavourful Foie Gras Paté with Cranberry Sauce (RM45), best paired with the complimentary basket of bread.
Avg Price: RM70

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Boasting Da Vinci-inspired decor, this mezzanine restaurant makes a good option for a dinner date. With a motto to serve any cuisine that tastes good, Leonardo's menu ranges from classic European dishes to the occasional Asian selects. For starters, the Stuffed Spanish Piquillo Peppers (RM30) will satisfy with its black truffle-laced pork mince. Then trot over to the other side of the globe with Leo's Bak Kut Teh (RM39) — an elevated version of the pork broth served with rice and yau char kway. Waiter's recommendations also include the spicy, addictive Ranjit's Pasta (RM33) tossed with mushrooms, bacon and chili padi, and a charming Chocolate Volcano — lava cake served with Forty Licks ice cream.
Avg Price: RM70

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Here is your next spot for a fancy family seafood dinner. Start by sharing the Opus' Special Seafood Antipasti Platter (RM45), which comes with tantalising grilled scallops and prawns, white wine clams and calamari in arrabiata sauce. Follow with Opus' Famous Shellfish Surprise (RM24), a light tomato broth jewelled with fresh shellfish. For mains, go for the all-time favourite Roasted Cod (RM72) and opt for the lemon caper sauce, a subtle complement to the perfectly cooked fish. The elegant dining area makes it a wonderful venue for birthdays, particularly with the Chocolate Desire (RM22) — decadent chocolate cake to celebrate.
Avg Price: RM110

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Take your date out to dinner at this casual French restaurant on Lorong Maarof. For starters, the exotic Salade Périgourdine (RM36) plates salad with yummy smoked duck breast, artichoke, gizzards and foie gras. Julia Child readers will delight at the classic Bouef Bourguignon (RM56) — delicious, slow-cooked beef in red wine reduction. Another favourite is the Moules Frites (RM42), which pairs the fresh taste of mussels with french fries — choose from Marnière (white wine), creamy or blue cheese sauce. Parking can be a headache on weekdays so save this for the weekend.
Avg Price: RM80

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Be transported to Barcelona at Mercat, a gastrobar that relishes its distinct Spanish roots. Here is a perfect supper stopover after a couple of drinks with a group of friends. Dive into the Langosta Baby (RM24) that serves succulent baby lobsters in an aromatic lime foam. The piquant Esquiexada (RM24), Spanish cod in Catalonian salad, is also a fine choice, but the star here has to be the Fideua (RM44) — thin, fried noodle pasta cooked in a tasty seafood broth. If there's still room, slip in a "Gin & Tonic" On The Plate (RM26) to end the night with a luscious, jellied gin & tonic with ice cream.
Avg Price: RM65

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Escape to Le Midi in Bangsar Shopping Centre for some alone time and terrific weekday lunch deals. Priced at RM26, the three-course set meal comes with an appetiser (soup or salad of the day), a main and a dessert. Go for the Pan Seared Parrot Fish that comes atop a spinach and beetroot purée. Alternatively, try the tender Braised Lamb Leg with mashed potatoes. The sweet, creamy finish of a delectable Tiramisu for dessert will surely lift your spirits for the rest of the day!
Avg Price: RM35

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For teatime with the girls, head to Palazzo Viva on Jalan Telawi 3 for its delightful array of fine Italian desserts. Take your pick from the exquisite cake creations behind the glass display. On weekdays, get the RM20 set that comes with coffee and a slice of cake. Chocolate lovers will enjoy the Aurora — chocolate sponge cake with cripsy wafer and mascarpone cream, while the Aztec offers sweet, nutty flavours with Sicily pistachio cream and cinnamon streusel. If you're not the type to binge on sweets, there are bite-size pastries like the Finanziere al Pistacchio (soft pistachio cake) and Bignè Alla Crema (custard pastry) from just RM3.
Avg Price: RM30

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This gastrobar has long been known for their all-day breakfast and a classy colonial environment so swing by with your partner for a treat. If you're feeling ravenous, Go For It With "The Full Monty" (RM33.90) — a classic English breakfast packed with extras like sauteed mushrooms and hashbrown. Be sure to add the tasty Homemade Black Pudding (RM9.90), crisp nutty pieces made with pig's blood among other secret ingredients. This spot opens as early as 8.30am on weekends — come early for the weekend special Double Eggs Benedict (RM24.90) served with your choice of bacon, smoked salmon or mushrooms.
Avg Price: RM40

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Pop over to La Bodega for a treat with the colleagues after a long day at work. The tapas bar is famed for its delicious light bites and happy hour wine deals. Order the Albondigas Saint Climent (from RM25) — lamb meatballs stewed over a rich brandy sauce — as well as Salchichas Al Diablo (from RM18) that sees chorizo sausages sauteed with onions, chili and tomato. Both go exceedingly well with a glass of wine (from RM23). Don't forget to also ask for some bread (free flow) to mop up any leftover savoury sauce!
Avg Price: RM40

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