Saturday, March 15, 2014

Blu Med Restaurant, The Gardens, Boulevard - Mid Valley Food Review

Despite feeling under the weather these past 2 weeks (especially during the weekends), I decided to press on with my daily life with the discomfort of an aching body and a diminishing spirit.

Upon reaching my destination, Blu Med Restaurant, I was surprise at how elegant and luxurious it looks and a good location to boot.
Located just outside of The Gardens (but still a part of it), you can say it's smacked dab in the middle  and in between The Gardens and Mid Valley Megamall.

The place has a mesmerizing lovely interior and feels really cozy to snuggle up to where there's an outdoor dining area as well.
Their kitchen is an open kitchen concept where you're able to peer in and see what the chefs and cooks are up to even from the comfort of your seat should you be seated at the lower tier.
Seating arrangement-wise I would say it's optimized with the feel of spaciousness and you feel comfortable at your own table without the perishing thought of the next one being too near for some privacy. :D
It was mentioned that it seats approximately 160 patrons on the inside and outside of this restaurant while the upper floor seats about 60 people where there are also 2 private dining rooms upstairs.
The chandelier is uniquely made of glass bottles:
Ok, enough with the interior and let's get to the meaty stuff - the food!

Started off with a welcoming cocktail drink named Strawberry Caipiroska (RM26):
The very apparent taste of Strawberry and Vodka takes center stage in this drink with lime to give a kick on a refreshing feel.

To start off our meal, we were served Steamed Vegetables:
It may not have the glamorous of names but at least the presentation was not a downer. The 2 pieces of pastry bread that went along with the dish had a texture of a baguette, hard and I wasn't really sure why it went along with soft steamed vegetable. Perhaps it was to add a little bit (or too much) crunch to the dish but I would find if that's the case, croutons sprinkled around the dish would be a better choice since 2 big pieces don't really cut it. Steamed vegetables were nice, soft and chewy. It contains some carrots, potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower - a little twist that's close to a Chinese dish and a side salad at the end. However, unlike a Chinese dish which is usually seasoned heavily, the vegetables on this dish has a more purer and clean taste where the seasoning task was given to the dressing as a complement.

Next served was a Tapas dish that's just RM5, Eggplant Siciliana:
I may not be known to be a fan of eggplants but this one tasted fine. Baked eggplants topped with tomato sauce, capers, garlic and olive oil.

Soft Shell Crab & Broccoli Tempura:
Note that the soft shell crab and the broccoli are 2 separate tempuras. It's okay. Dish costs RM15.

Quarto Formaggi Pizza:
Interestingly, this Cheese filled pizza is to be taken with honey poured on to it.
There are 4 types of Cheese in it, Mozzarella, Taleggio, Gorgonzola (Blue Cheese), and Parmesan.
To me, a little bit of honey on the pizza adding a bit of sweetness to it is just right where the star of the pizza which to me is the cheese is complemented. But if you love eating honey, then douse away with it's sweetness.

The dish that I looked forward to the most was up next and that is the Squid Ink Spaghetti:
I first tried squid ink last year at La Cocina in a Paella dish after being introduced by my friend. Skeptical and a little hesitant at first to try, I immediately took a liking to squid ink after my first taste of it. And that's why I look forward to try another squid ink dish again and am happy that this was the opportunity. The dish contains squids, clams, mussels and cherry tomatoes and topped with fine strands of chili to add some spice to it, a nice touch. As for the squid ink spaghetti, well the squid ink as expected did enhance the taste of the spaghetti.

Executive Combo Set:
A combination of vegetables, fish, chicken satay and chicken with mashed potatoes that contains bits of beef bacon with 3 types of sauce for the various items. Priced at RM59.90.

Aside from the Strawberry Caipiroska served earlier, we were also given a taste of their Caipirinha cocktail:
Caipirinhas are Brazil's national cocktail where it's mixed with Cachaça, distilled hard liquor that's made from sugarcane. In this case, it's with Cachaça Rum. The earlier cocktail, Caipiroska, is a deviation of Caipirinha only that instead of using Cachaça, it's made with Vodka.
This seems to have a stronger alcohol taste than the earlier cocktail I tasted probably due to the fact that this is used with Rum while the earlier was with Vodka which generally, Vodka do had a lighter taste than Rum.

We finally ended the dinner with a dessert called Caramel Apple Honey Toast with Ice Cream:
Caramel apple not being too sweet but the components of this dessert seems to be a little too individualistic. Nonetheless, a little fixing by myself by taking all the different components and putting it as one so that I can taste it altogether was better. Priced at RM19.90.

Some of the items that were reviewed here will be available in their new menu starting on March 17, 2014 (which is coming Monday) while the rest are already available at Blu Med.

Also, for those who would like to try the Squid Ink Spaghetti, have 50% off on me by printing out and presenting the voucher below (valid from 17 March - 30 April 2014).
 Blu Med is open daily and the full address is:
27-G Ground Floor,
The Boulevard, Mid Valley City,
Lingkaran Syed Putra,
59200 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-2201 5081