I’ve always been a firm believer that Food and Music are perfect partners and are similar in many ways. A specially prepared dish tells a story, just like a piece of music or a song does. When we play with an ingredient, we might cook something with a traditional recipe, like a singer doing a cover song. We might add our own twist for improvisation. We can also create something that’s entirely new, like what songwriters do. The ingredients we use should be in harmony, otherwise it will spoil the meal. Similarly, a restaurant running a lunch or dinner service is not too dissimilar to musicians preparing for a concert.
Which is why Amadeus Bistro & Wine Bar’s tagline “If music be the food of love; play on…” struck a chord in my heart. When Umei approached me with an invitation for the launch of Sunday Roast Session with Live String Music, I knew I had to pay a visit.
Situated in newly revamped Life Centre, Amadeus Bistro & Wine Bar is a cozy, and cheerful restaurant blessed with plenty of natural light during the day. This outlet is the brain child of Dina Djumic, a croatian lady who has been ‘Malaysianised’, and clearly a music lover.
As I’ve mentioned that we went for the Sunday Roast Session. Apart from Great food, we were entertained by a bunch of talented kids playing the strings. What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon! Best still, this won’t put a dent in your wallet as the brunch is priced at RM35++ which includes unlimited salad and soup and a main. For RM85++, you can also get 2 hours free flow of Wine and Prosecco. It has to be one of the best deals you can find downtown.
Before we were served our mains, we were encouraged to go over to the salad bar to pick our favourites (two types of dressing to us to choose and I love the rich blue cheese dressing).
Personally I really enjoyed those roma tomatoes in olive oil. The beef bacon with caramelised onions was moreish. In general the vegetables are fresh and crisp. Frank had several servings of the pasta, being the carb monster of the household.
I was a little disappointed that the soup of the day wasn’t mushroom soup as I’ve heard really good things about their version. However, this Minesterone soup was piquant and chunky with vegetables and chicken pieces. Lovely. This is rather filling too so careful not to go overboard before the mains.
For the mains, we were allowed to choose between Salmon, Beef and Lamb. Frank was already waving his white flag at this point so I was expected to take care of most of both mains, thinking that they would just serve the meat without side dishes (imagine my surprise when I was served something as substantial as this!)
A beautifully roasted Salmon fillet with one mussel sitting on a bed of creamy risotto and vegetables was presented to me. Not only it’s visually pleasing, it was well-executed. The salmon was cooked through as opposed to my preference (slightly raw in the middle) but still it was sufficiently seasoned and goes really well with the creamy sauce. The Risotto was cooked al dente, and totally addictive. I couldn’t resist it. Perfect.
The Lamb came with some perfectly roasted vegetables, surprisingly the low carb option. It didn’t shine as much as the salmon but the meat was tender enough with a mild taste, enhanced by the accompanying gravy (had forgotten what’s in it though after one too much wine during the session).
It’s always a joy watching children discovering their passion in music and this string quartet constituted of 8-11 Year Olds from Clap&Tap Orchestra; Tan Mei Jun (the leader) on cello, Loh Wern She – 1st violin, Teh Casey – 2nd violin, Wong Hayley – 3rd violin. They played some festive Christmas songs and even a piece from The Pirates of The Carribean.
The sisters Lew Xin Yi – 1st violin, Lew Zhi Yi – 2nd violin, Lew Jia Yi – cello entertained us with slightly more complicated pieces including Mozart’s work and Canon in D. Can you imagine what it’s like living in this family though? Hehe. I’m guessing their parents are musicians too.
By dessert time Frank managed to free up some stomach space for these cakes. I was too full to enjoy any of them except a couple of spoonfuls of the chocolate cake. Plenty of space for wine and cheerful chatters though. I’m pretty sure I had nearly 2 bottles. We went home to a massive food coma. But what a great meal! The Sunday Roast Session is available every Sunday, so make sure you check it out!
Right now, there’s a special offer on right now where you pay for RM35++ for Brunch session and your dining partner will get 50% off. Do head over here to claim the offer. Valid until 31st December.
Thank you Umei for the invitation and Dina for the great hospitality!