Leonardo’s Dining Room & Wine Loft takes a gourmet approach to both traditional Malaysian and international dishes, and has won popularity in the Bangsar neighbourhood with its good food at inexpensive prices. With light bites alongside a whole host of hearty mains – not forgetting a long wine list, this sophisticated Kuala Lumpur restaurant is an ideal spot for either a casual drop-in or a more lavish three-course meal on a special occasion.
Taking its name from the famous Renaissance man and Italian painter Leonardo Da Vinci, the restaurant’s interior design concept stays clean-cut and sophisticated with bare brick walls, vaulted bookcases, and even a telescope to honour Da Vincci’s pioneering spirit. Fronting a local residential neighbourhood, you’ll find plenty of parking around the area too.
When it comes to the food at Leonardo’s Dining Room & Wine Loft, go for favourites like bak kut teh (pork bone soup) with savoury you char kwai (Chinese doughnut) and steam rice (RM39), or Leo’s famous Spanish Iberico pork tenderloin (RM92). If you come with a big group of diners, don’t miss out on sharing plates like the pork knuckle platter (RM88), with roasted potatoes on the side, or even the new divinely delicious bacon lollipops to start with.
Vegetarians too are well catered for with an RM32 lasagne, with sheets layered with béchamel and tomato sauce, cheese and spinach instead of the customary meat sauce. Meanwhile, for the meat-inclined, the menu’s pastas (squid ink fettuccini, prawn bisque spaghetti, carbonara, zuchinni pasta and more) meld hearty, succulent meat flavours, with lighter, fresh vegetable tastes and unique local ingredients like chilli padi.
The chef’s sweet grilled mango cheeks (RM23) are a good choice for those with a particularly sweet tooth, coming with pink peppercorn, honey and cardamom spices, served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Also good for dessert at Leonardo’s Restaurant is the RM19 Affogato, a shot of Degayo espresso poured over a scoop vanilla ice cream, and then flamed with Sambuca.
True to its name, the upper level of the restaurant houses a wine loft with red and white vino offerings, from both old and new world regions, so expect a menu of chardonnay, pinot grigio, Riesling, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon and more. Prices start at RM131 for a bottle, with by-the-glass house pours priced at RM23.
Just minutes away from the Bangsar light rail transit (LRT) station, to reach Leonardo’s Dining Room & Wine Loft, just grab a cab to Jalan Bangkung, which should cost you less than RM5.
Leonardo’s Dining Room & Wine Loft
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 24:00
- Address: 61-1 & 61-2, Jalan Bangkung, Bukit Bandaraya, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2096 2226