Tucked away in a little corner along Lorong Kurau, Bangsar, Mangiiare Dine and Bar is a welcoming sight, with it's open aired store front and cosy interior.
The intimate restaurant, with less than ten tables downstairs and a bar and private dining area upstairs, has a casual atmosphere, making it the perfect place to relax and unwind. Paired with sumptuous modern Italian food, and a glass of wine, it is the perfect recipe for a good night out.
Mangiiare has a number of traditional Italian dishes on its menu, like the eggplant parmigiana, mushroom risotto, margherita pizza and the classic tiramisu. But they also has a number of unique dishes that piqued my interest.
One of those dishes was the fried goat cheese salad (RM22). The goat cheese was deep fried in a delicate batter, topped with apple chutney, and paired with a pickled onion salad with tapenade dressing. The different textures and flavours complimented one another, with the sweetness of the chutney and burst of acidity from the pickled onion cutting through the richness of the creamy goats cheese within its crunchy outer shell. It was a stunning and complex dish, no wonder it is a top seller!
My brother is a huge fan of caesar salad, so he was thrilled to give Mangiiare's one a try. Mangiiare's classic caesar salad (RM20) was one of the better ones I've had, it was refreshing and crisp, and wasn't drowned in dressing!
The spicy seafood soup (RM25) is one of the best seafood soups I've had in awhile. If you love seafood, I would highly recommend this dish. Mangiiare was very generous with the black mussels, squid, tiger prawns and sea perch that was in the lovely tomato and lime broth. The seafood was fresh and cooked perfectly, and the broth was tangy and slightly spicy. The soup is full of flavour, and is absolutely delicious! The incredible cheese toasted bread that accompanied the dish was yummy as well. I polished off this dish!
The spinach tortellini (RM28) was another highlight for me. The pasta is made in-house, and is rolled out really thinly and stuffed with chicken breast, mushrooms and ricotta cheese. It is then served in a creamy tomato sauce and topped with shaved parmesan cheese. It has to be one of the best tortellini's I've had - the pasta was just so thin, and the filling and sauce was absolutely divine!
It is rare that I am blown away with a dish that I was initially skeptical about, and that was the case for Mangiiare's lemongrass infused lamb lasagne (RM28). The dish consists of layered pasta sheets with lemongrass infused lamb, a rich tomato sauce, bechamel and cheese. You would think lemongrass doesn't pair well with lamb, tomato and cheese, but I was proven wrong! It was perfectly balanced with just the right amount of lemongrass flavour, and the delectable tomato and bechamel sauces paired will with the lemongrass infused lamb. The pasta sheets were also cooked well, and the melted cheese on top gave the dish a lovely golden top!
The crispy skin salmon (RM52) was fresh and well cooked. It had a lovely crispy skin, and paired with green beans, beans ragu and salsa verde.
Mangiiare's funghi pizza (RM32) was a fantastic mushroom pizza! I liked the creamy tomato sauce, assortment of mushrooms, onions, and mozzarella cheese that sat on a thin and crispy pizza crust, topped with oregano and fresh basil. The mushrooms really shines in this pizza due to the more subtle creamy tomato sauce base.
For dessert, the star was Mangiiare's tiramisu (RM18) that sits in a crispy wafer cup! The trick, I'm told, is to eat the wafer cup along with the tiramisu cream filling so you get the crunch! Not only is it fun to eat, but I think it is also one of the best tiramisus in Kuala Lumpur!
Mangiiare's coconut cake was also a crowd pleaser. It was light, creamy, and not overly sweet! If you like coconut, you will love this cake!
Overall, I had a fantastic dining experience at Mangiiare. Not only was the food delicious, but it was also modern and unique. The prices were very reasonable as well, especially considering its upmarket location! I will definitely be back to try more of their dishes!
The only downside for me is the lack of parking in the area. And due to the limited number of tables, I would suggest making reservations to avoid disappointment!
Good news! Readers are entitled to a 10% discount on normal priced menu items at Mangiiare when they quote 'foodievstheworld' at payment. The discount is not valid for any ongoing promotions.
Mangiiare Dine and Bar
Address: 21, Lorong Kurau, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 12noon to 12midnight