Il Lido

by Alexa P. on Sat, September 18, 2010

The name of this restaurant has recently been on everyone’s lips. Parties were being held here, the food was being talked about, and praises were being sung. I just knew I had to check out this famous Singaporean restaurant that opened up right here in the heart of KL.

We were oohing and aahing in pleasure

Foodster's Verdict

Il Lido
  • Romantic
  • Business
  • Air Conditioned
  • Address

    Jalan Mayang, Off Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, Kuala Lumpur
    Tel: 03 2161 2291

  • Open

    Opening Hours: Lunch: Monday - Friday 12pm - 2:30pm, Dinner: Monday - Saturday 6:30pm - 10:30pm Bar Hours: Monday - Saturday

  • Pros

    Good food and great service

  • Cons

    Signage is a bit hard to see so you might drive in circles trying to find it if you're not familiar with the area

  • Price Range

    RM 150

  • Parking


  • Certification

    Pork Free

Restaurateur Beppe de Vito brought the Il Lido brand here in the hopes of changing Malaysia’s fine dining scene. With over 15 years of experience in the fine dining scene in Hong Kong and Singapore he is surely qualified to give the fine dining market here a push.

The sleek and trendy restaurant here certainly does impress. Interiors are in hues of grey, gold, black and chrome and the dim lighting with downlights strategically placed above each table elevate the experience. This is certainly the spot to choose if you’re looking to enjoy a romantic dinner, a quiet family meal, or engage in a business talk over pasta and wine.

We started off our dinner with the pan-fried goose liver as well as a rucola salad with Pecorino cheese, walnuts and pear. The goose liver here is silky smooth and seared just right. Pears, nuts, and cheese are an amazing match and you can hardly go wrong with it. We were a bit disappointed though to find that they skimped a bit on the Pecorino, which is the best part. All in all, lovely appetizers that got our mouths watering for more.

Next we moved on to the pasta course where we shared a linguine with jumbo prawns and spicy pork sausage, a pumpkin tortelli with sage, and a champagne risotto with shaved truffle. The spicy heat is much appreciated in the linguine dish, it cuts the richness of the prawn and amps up the flavour. The pumpkin filled tortelli is pure genius, the chunky sweet filling pairs well with the tangy drizzle of aged balsamic. The one that tops my list however, is the risotto. This one screams pure fatty indulgence. It is rich with the pungent shaved truffle giving it a wonderful muskiness. A total orgasm in the mouth!

With our tummies half full we jumped right into the meat course. A specialty here is the roasted suckling pig. They go through 12-15 piglets a week for this dish. The pieces are cooked to perfection, the crackling is crisp and underneath it lies tender, fall apart meat. We were oohhing and aaahing in pleasure with every bite. If you’d rather have something light another great dish is the red snapper fillet with eggplant caviar. The fish is flaky and moist and the creamy eggplant enhances the texture.

While our tummies were bursting with goodness, we just had to have some dessert. There is always room for dessert, right? We indulged in the Crème Brulee Symphony, taste-sized portions of vanilla, coffee, pistachio and strawberry as well as the Vanilla Pannacotta. The most interesting of the crème brulees was the coffee, rich and strong in flavour. I also enjoyed the milky smooth pannacotta. The perfect end to a delectable meal.

If you’re looking for well executed food, great service and reasonable prices, this is the place to be. Throughout the month of September they will be showcasing a seasonal game menu and in October a white truffle menu. Menus change every few months so you can be sure to expect more delicious offerings in the years to come.

Il Lido also has a very cool rooftop bar that is more laidback and casual. This is the spot to have some drinks after work and well into the night. They serve some wonderful bar snacks, I'm especially fond of the proscuitto pizza.