Sassorosso means red stones in Italian and that is exactly what this colonial-era converted bungalow in Kuala Lumpur city centre’s main colour is. Set against light gray trimmings, dark mahogany furnishings and stark white table cloths, the deep red stands out in striking contrast, creating a rather classy ambiance especially combined with the delicate chandeliers hanging above. There are three entrances into this establishment and an open air parking space at the rear. You can choose to dine al fresco style if the weather permits or sit in the air conditioning.
The head chef and co-owner of Sassorosso, Giovanni frequently comes out of the kitchen and mingle with the diners so if you’re expecting any Gordon Ramsay actions here, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. Giovanni is as friendly as the next door neighbour who would invite you in for coffee and cake. He prides himself for sourcing the best quality ingredients, even if he has to do the shopping in Tuscany and to prove it, he brought out a 280 year old bottle of balsamic vinegar and let me have a tiny taste. As far as vinegar goes, it tasted like pure, smooth wine to me.
One of the best and popular dishes on the menu is the Baked lamb rack crusted with artichoke pate, served with potatoes, kalamata olives and stuffed goat cheese tomato. Succulent, tender with a touch of pink – it’s the closest to heaven (and those who says chocolates are the next best thing to sex, obviously never had a perfectly cooked, medium-raw French cutlet lamb). The selection of wines available is vast and you can take your pick from Australian to Italian. There’s a little station set up for grappa as well for those who like a stronger digestive other than coffee after a hearty meal.
9 Lorong Yap Kwan Seng
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 21 666 428
Ambience: Relax and out of the hustle and bustle!