This New TTDI Restaurant Offers 18-Hour Braised Beef Short Ribs That *Melt* In Your Mouth
It's not always that you find exquisite food that is comforting and unpretentious
Nestled in one of Taman Tun Dr Ismail's neighbourhoods is a new, modern Italian restaurant that's worth visiting if you're looking for genuine and hearty food.
Aposto is founded and run by chef Chu Wei Sin, who serves Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist. Wanting to create a place for people to connect and socialise over good food, he and his team carefully craft every dish and you can watch it all happen right before your very eyes.
Chu, who hails from Klang, has dabbled in several different cuisines — namely Tex Mex, French, Italian, and Japanese.
"Apart from the flavours and the respect for ingredients that I love about Italian food, the concept of the Italian dining culture is what strikes a chord. Coming from Klang, the flavours I grew up with are big, bold, and punchy, [the] same sort of flavours I see and incorporate in Aposto's food," he shared with SAYS.
I'm not the biggest fan of fancy restaurants that appear cold and disconnected and, thankfully, Aposto is nothing like that. The space has a cosy vibe that's perfect for a relaxing evening with friends over a couple of drinks or a dinner date. And that same cosiness translates into the food.
Depending on what mood you're in, there are options to sit by the bar as you watch the team cook, or chill at one of their tables indoors or outdoors, where you can enjoy some fresh air and TTDI's peaceful neighbourhood.
What sets this place apart from other well-established restaurants is the desire to make sure that customers are not just satisfied but leave with full, happy tummies. (I wasn't paid to say this, btw. :P)
Every dish is made from scratch here, from their handmade pastas to braised meats that are cooked to perfection for hours, even days
The Saba On Toast (RM34) came with a generous slab of saba on ciabatta, as well as feta and olives to cut through the ocean flavours.
We also had the Scallop Carpaccio (RM88), which you can tell was inspired by the ocean. It was served with salted kelp, seaweed, and passion fruit vinaigrette. The scallop sashimi were sweet and melted in our mouths, pairing perfectly with the tang of the vinaigrette and the crunch of the kelp.
For me, the winning dish was the Black Tiger Prawn Polpette (RM36) — tiger prawn meatballs covered in tomato sauce, crème fraîche, and topped with purple rice pops
I can't put into words how tasty this was. But let's just say that you have to try it to believe it.
It was creamy, light, and full of flavour, and the crème fraîche touch was the perfect add-on to complement the tomato sauce.
The 16 Hour Braised Duck Pasta (RM56) was exactly as its name suggests, with the duck cooked for hours until the meat was tender. There was a comforting, home-cooked taste about this dish that'll bring you back to your mum's or grandmum's home.
Mushroom Agnolotti is a good vegetarian option to order. It was an umami bomb, rich in flavour from the riccota wrapped in a pillowy pasta and four different types of mushrooms.
Both dishes can be shared.
Chef Chu made sure we received top-notch service by shaving a truffle mushroom on top of our pasta (just for us, heh):
We were stuffed by the time we hit the 18-Hour Braised Beef Shortribs (RM168) but let me tell you, every bite of this was WORTH IT
The short ribs, which came with a balsamic soy glaze, light notes of brown sugar, and creamy polenta, were so tender that we didn't even need a sharp knife to cut through them.
It had the perfect ratio of meat to fat – the good kind – which gave it a buttery taste in every bite. The flavour was like char siew on steroids (and I mean that in the best way possible).
Honestly, if you came here just to try this dish, you'd go home with a smile on your face.
When it came to dessert, Aposto's options did not disappoint
You can even drop by the restaurant if you're just in the mood for something sweet.
Go for the Honey Panna Cotta (RM34) if you want a refreshing and light end to your meal.
It came with blackberries, white wine jellies, and fresh honeycomb. Our Panna Cotta was drizzled with honey from a real block of honeycomb that was strategically displayed at a corner of the bar.
Definitely coming back for the Tiramisu (RM36). It was exactly what I imagine tiramisu should always taste like — light and fluffy with a solid coffee flavour that doesn't overpower everything else.
We were utterly stuffed and had a great evening at Aposto. The restaurant's ambience blends with the laidback vibe that the neighbourhood offers and serves as a peaceful escape with comforting food and drinks.
Each portion was just nice for sharing with a group of three to four people, so you'll be able to enjoy a taste of everything.
Overall, if you're looking for a place that offers honest food, made from the heart with high-quality ingredients, Aposto is a great choice, whether it's for wine with a friend, a date, a family dinner, or a special occasion.
Here's where you can find Aposto:
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