I have never set foot in Italy before but I've seen enough
of its streets and piazzas on TV's travel shows. Whether one is in Rome, Venice
or Milan, the key visitor hot spots are dotted with cafes that spill tables and
chairs onto the sidewalks. These crowd-pulling eateries are well-patronised at
all hours as people stop for coffee, delicious bistro food or copious glasses
|Limoncello...like the Italian tipple it's named after, the eatery aims to keeps foodies' spirits up|
Now tucked away in a lush, secluded corner of KLCC that look
out to the fountain and park area is Limoncello - a casual Italian bistro that
aims to evoke a similar feel just like its Italian counterparts. The outlet's specialities
is designed to transport you there too ...think of it as a culinary journey of sorts on a
plate or two or three.
|Stimulating on the tastebuds...air-dried beef with cherry tomatoes & rocket salad|
I have always found Italian antipasti or appetisers easy on
the palate and aptly whet the appetite for more substantial fare to follow. Our curtain-raisers include gossamer-thin Carpaccio Di Bresaola
(air-dried beef on rocket with cherry tomatoes and parmesan flakes, RM32.80) and hearty Melanzane Alla
Parmigiana (baked eggplant layered with tomato, mozzarella and parmesan RM24.80)
are customary staples that help to warm hearts and loosen tongues amidst
glasses of good wine.
|Messy goodness to melt your heart|
But I predict the Antipasti Misti (deep-fried morsels of calamari, meatballs and mozzarella enrobed
in crisp breadcrumb crust, RM28.80) would be the surefire hit with locals.
|Clever play of textures & flavours in one dish|
For the harried time-poor white collar crowd, the Club Svago (RM32.80) is a reliable quick-fix
lunch that shouldn't leave you dozing off after you eat it. Wholesome but
superbly scrumptious, it's a hefty sandwich that has grilled chicken fillet piled
with fresh vegetables, fried egg, tomato, lettuce and oregano.
|Classic favourite that can do no wrong|
Another speedy but delish option is Ravioli Di Mazo (RM28.80), deeply rustic albeit flavourful homemade
beef ravioli in sundried tomato sauce.
|Italian wontons to delight you|
Limoncello is also
a great place for oven-fresh pizzas. We tried two - Diavola Wood-Fired Pizza (RM28.80) that boasts beef salami, basil,
parmesan, mozzarella, tomato, black olives and fresh chilli toppings and Portofino
Wood-Fired Pizza (RM32.80)
which features a satisfying combination of prawns, cherry tomatoes, rocket,
basil, tomato and mozzarella.
|Pizza perfect...salami, olives, cheese and other goodies on a crisp crust|
|Colour your pizza beautiful...absolute deliciousness|
show-stealer here though is Filetto Di Pesce All’arancio (RM34.80), pan-seared fish fillet in
enticingly light orange sauce with rosemary potatoes and buttered vegetables.
Tender, sweet yet ethereally light on the palate, we nearly licked the plate
clean for this.
|Get hooked on this fish dish|
Whether you're a black
sheep or a docile member of the flock, the indulgently
rich Stinco Di Agnello Brasato (RM68.80)
will be an irresistible heavyweight contender in your books. Slow-cooked to
fork-tender perfection, the lamb shank on truffle mash potato will bring out
the carnivore in you.
Dolci (dessert) to square
off your outing here includes Botta Di Banana (RM18.80)
pancake smothered in
creamy nutty chocolate and topped with banana and cream, and Crostata Al
Limone (RM16.80), a
tantalising, citrusy lemon tart served with fior di latte gelato. In Italian,
fior di latte means
"flower of milk"; the creme de la creme of milk if you will - a
distinct fresh, milky flavor that lets you discern if the gelato is up to mark
|Sweet tart of mine - yums|
|Go bananas over these crepes|
Limoncello Bistro & Bar, G45B/136, Ground Level, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-2163-3188