Sunday, November 04, 2007

Sunday Lunch at Cameo, 10 Semantan, Kuala Lumpur

olive bread

Bald Eagle and I were whizzing up Jalan Semantan towards Damansara Heights at about 11.30 this morning where the plan was to enjoy some nice sausages from Jarrod & Rawlins, when suddenly we spotted the relatively new building complex, 10 Semantan, on our left.


The entire conversation happened in a span of 5 seconds.

With my quick reflexes, I deftly maneuvered my little car into the sharp turning on the left, with barely inches to spare (Bald Eagle may have a different story to tell, but this isn't his blog, is it? *wink*).


Bald Eagle was in the mood for Cameo, a French and Italian fine dining restaurant, and since he was buying, who was I to question him?


As we stepped into the restaurant, I immediately fell in love with the decor, vintage with dark wood and wallpapered walls that matched the comfortable black and white chairs. There was nothing pretentious about this place. The waiters were pleasant and affable (maybe because we were the first customers on a beautiful Sunday morning?) and they even endured my nonsensical chatter.

baked escargots in garlic and herb sauce

baked escargots with olive bread

We shared a starter, baked escargots with a garlic herb sauce (RM23++). The escargots were cooked without the shell in a tasty sauce which we mopped up with some lovely olive bread shaped like muffins.

Grilled butterfish

Our mains were from the Special Menu. I had a Grilled Butterfish (RM38++). I've always been a fan of this oily, fatty fish and this dish didn't dissapoint. Served with asparagus, grilled eggplant (my favourite!), sliced potatoes sprinkled with rosemary, cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives and sundried tomatoes, the tomato based sauce with its slightly sour taste went wonderfully with the butterfish.

Panfried salmon fillet

To tell you the truth, when my eyes settled on the words butterfish and eggplant on the menu, signals were instantly sent to my brain to order this dish. BUT if I had looked further down on the menu, like Bald Eagle did, I might have changed my mind. He ordered the Pan-fried Salmon Fillet (RM42++) which was served with boiled potatoes, sauteed spinach, asparagus and salmon roe in a mascarpone cream sauce that is to die for. The flavour was just amazing and the salmon fillet was cooked to perfection - lightly seared on both sides and the flesh moist and firm.

tiramisu with strawberries and crushed chocolate

We shared a tiramisu (RM18++), which came, interestingly enough, in a spoon rest. Served with strawberries and chocolate shavings and the obligatory cocoa powder dusted over it, I could taste a hint of alcohol in the dessert. It was nice, but I'm not sure if I'd order it again, having tasted better tiramisu at say, Neroteca. Next time, I'm going to try the Creme Brulee as recommended by Memoirs of a Chocoholic.

Guinness at Cameo

Bald Eagle had a pint of Guinness as he was feeling melancholic about our recent holidays and wanted a taste of nostalgia, but he claimed that it wasn't the real stuff. Something about water not coming from the River Liffey. Poppycock, I say.

Cameo The entire bill came up to RM163, but upon enquiring, we were told that they were giving a 20% discount if we paid with a HSBC credit card. I had one, and it saved us a bit. Bald Eagle and I left the premises thanking each other for a wonderful lunch. "Thank you." "No, thank YOU." "No, THANK YOU." Fockit. I shouldn't have offered to pay with MY card.

B-0-3, No.10, Jalan Semantan,
Damansara Heights,
50490 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-2096 1999

Opening hours: 12.00 noon to 3.00pm, 6.00pm till late. Mondays to Sundays.

The good people of Abu Dhabi may click HERE to view the pictures.


Henry Yeo said...

Uh Oh, made the mistake of skipping dinner before I read this post.

Am now rushing all the way home to eat.

Big Boys Oven said...

I will defintely take that chair home!!!

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Henry: hehe....why u eat so late wan??

BBO: ROFL!! You are so farny la!! I'd like to see that happening. :-P

M.H. said...

Looks very nice. From the chairs to the butterfish to the tiramisu... :-)

Saju said...

wow! what a meal!

Cynthia said...

I love those chairs! and the meal, muuuah! looks fantastic. I can't remember the last day I had escargo and from your description, the sauce, ouuuuuu and mopping up with the olive bun... um, um, um. :D

Siri said...

Lovely Restaurant Indeed !!!

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

myf: yes, it does look lovely, doesn't it?

saju: was a nice treat. :-)

cynthia: I totally enjoyed that meal. The company wasn't too bad either. :-P

Siri: Yes, it's pretty!

myCoffee said...

Erm, RM18 for a spoonful of tiramisu? Did I read correctly? (hehe)

HairyBerry said...

mascarpone cream sauce with salmon! i can imagine how well they blend together...yummy! darn, 3 hrs to lunchtime...

Kenny Mah said...

Ya... I find them chairs even more delicious-looking than the dishes... yummilicious... ;)

c'est la vie said...

outstanding photography, are you using off camera flash, please educat me

Anonymous said...

Love the chairs.. but of course food even better looking.. ;)

Xiu Long Bao said...

Ohh...this rest is just opposite my office, passed by every working day but yet to try it out. The tiramisu was served in a spoon????so could they!

Anonymous said...

welcome home :-) Looks like Bald Eagle's missing the trip and its drinks already! As always, all your pics are tempting ...

k.t.x said...

i wud hv certainly looked further down the menu, but still stick to the butterfish...hehe.

interesting but i guess can get anywhere, this kinda stuff huh? oh, the chair print sucks...big time, and i hv no idea why wud they serve guiness in an establishment like that, altho i long for one too.... on a beautiful sunday morning..slurrrp!

LianneK said...

Fine dining on a sunday morning! You go girl! Me munching on toast *sulk*

btw; my cooking blogsite (foodielianne)

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

mycoffee: It was more than a spoonful. It was in a spoon rest which is more or less a little larger than a ladle. I definitely would not have been able to finish it by myself!

nic(khkl): yeah, the sauce was small portions, of course. :-) Hope you have a good lunch.

kenny: They'd also make a good source of fibre.

c'est la vie: no, I didn't use a flash. Just an aperture of abt f2.8 at a shutter speed of approx 1/15. ISO was at 1600! All that's left is a very steady hand. :-P

mama bok: yeah, I agree with you. :-P

xiu long bao: see my comment to mycoffee. Also, you may be interested to know that they have a set lunch at only RM18++. :-)

foodielianne: thanks! Yeah, he's missing his Guinness, alright. :-P

k.t.x: no, I don't think you can get good food anywhere. Chairs - one man's meat is another man's poison, and I say Thank God for that!! :-)

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

imbi & itchy: What a cute name! Hehe. Hey, nice blog...welcome to blogger? ;-)

Bernsy said...

hoho...Stout at 11.30.. hardcore drinker or what ? Now I am longing for my stouts...... don't know what excuse to give my boss when he smells my stout breathe... lol

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

just the perfect place i say to take my gf for her place..puzzle solved!

amna said...

everything looks so lovely!

Anonymous said...

I would so love to go on a road trip with you!! I can imagine driving along with you and going, 'Hey! Thatplacelooksinteresting,let'scheckitout!!"
You with your superb maneuvering skills, will drive of course.. :D

That olive bread looks manageable... can make, can make!!

What is butterfish-ah? Never see at shop before. Goes by another name? Ikan mentega??

teckiee said...

ahhh HSBC you say ..yes yes

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

bernsy: not hardcore. just nostalgic. at least, that's what they say. haha. Sunday...maybe the Boss Upstairs smelt his beer breath. LOL.

Nipples: You're not very comprehensible. Must be the air in Oz. U having fun??

nags: yeah, I love the decor!

kat: hahaha...yeah, I'm the queen of spontaneity. Can do anything anytime....more or less. And yes, I love driving too, so I'd probably INSIST on driving. haha. Dunno what butterfish is called in Malay...try googling it?

teckiee: I take it you have the card then? :-P

~Christine~Leng said...

i love those chairs too!
and the butter fish is something I would wanna have! Craving for this for such a long time!
SO nice of you to buy Bald Eagle lunch!! hee hee...

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Christine: Who's side are you on anyway, huh? :-P LOL. U Bald Eagle's friend, ar?

Precious Pea said...

I went furniture shopping and came across the chair. I find it nice too but Hubby didn't agree with me.

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

precious sista: Well, you'd have to try very hard to match those chairs with the rest of the furniture. Tricky.