Thursday, February 25, 2010

Italian @ Favola, Le Meridien KL

I've had my fair share of Chinese Food during Chinese New Year and thought it would be great to try something else tonight. Realizing that I still had a complimentary celebration cake voucher from Starwood Privilege I decided to redeem it at Le Meridien KL and try their recently opened Italian restaurant Favola.


Located on the eigth floor we were wowed by the beautiful decor and well-groomed staff who greeted us "Buona Sera" as we entered the dining room. Beautiful Venetian carnival face masks, a painted mural, soaring ceilings and over-sized plushy red chairs definitely made us feel we were dining in an Italian Courtyard.

Beautiful Venitian Carnival Masks
Restaurant Interior

The dining experience continued as our menus were unrolled before us listing a wide variety of Italian Dishes that includes cold and hot antipasti, pastas, pizzas, meats and fish dishes. We had trouble figuring out what to order because everything sounded appetizing but with the help of our waitress we finally settled on our appetizers and mains.

Amouse Bouche
Amouse Bouche
The Amouse Bouche consist of a lightly seared Pepper-Crusted Tuna with some marinated Bell Peppers

Assorted Bread Basket
Assorted Bread
Bread Dips
Our breads included Cheese Foccacia, Ciabbata and Grissini (Breadsticks) that is served with three different dips. The breads were excellent as they were served warm and fresh. My favorite was the Ciabatta. It had a nice crust and was really fluffy inside. We actually ordered seconds of it

This was my appetizer and boy was it good. The octopus was tender but still retained a nice bite. It was marinated simply with sea-salt, olive oil, garlic and chili flakes which provided some heat

Zuppa di Pesce alla Marinara (Seafood Tomato and Saffron Soup)
Zuppa di Pesce alla Marinara (Seafood Tomato and Saffron Soup)
Kim ordered this as his starter but we shared it. The prawn was a little over-cooked but the tomato-based soup was delicious

Venetian Pizza
Venetian Pizza
Venetian Pizza
Wayne's so-called appetizer was a 10" Seafood Pizza that included lobster, scallops, prawns, calamari and clams. The crust of the pizza was my favorite. It was thin and had a lot of air pockets which made it very crispy!

BBQ Swordfish
BBQ Swordfish
This was my main dish. The Swordfish was served together with Polenta. For such a lean and meaty fish it was surprisingly moist. I loved the Sun-Dried Tomato Dressing and Capers which went really well with the fish. The polenta cakes however were a little bland

Risotto con Aragosta (Lobster Risotto)
Risotto con Aragosta (Lobster Risotto)
Kim's main dish was really good. The risotto included lobster, green asparagus, lemon zest and a green pea foam on top. The chefs expertly drew out the starch from the arborrio rice without using any cream but somehow every grain still retained an al dente texture

Lasagna al Forno
Lasagna al Forno
Wayne's lasagna consist of braised Wagyu beef cheek layered with fresh pasta, cheese crust and truffle oil. This is an ultra luxurious lasagna that was full of cheesy goodness and the truffle oil on top definitely brought up the flavor profile a couple of notches

We were really stuffed after our appetizers and main courses but could not resist ordering the desserts after browsing their menu...

Illy Coffee Inspired Tiramisu
This does not look like your typical Tiramisu nor does it taste like one. But I can attest to you this Tiramisu rocks! From the soft Illy Coffee Soaked Sponge at the bottom to the deliciously smooth Mascarpone Cream in the middle and the crunchy cookie chunks at the top that is finished with a pinch of crackling pop rocks, this dessert is a showcase of flavor and textures! It is so good I could have eaten two more!

A secret recipe of the Executive Chef's Italian friend, the Cassata is basically a four layer ice cream cake that is served with a Berry Coulis. The top and bottom layer is a mixture of cream and sponge while the middle are raspberry, vanilla and pistachio ice cream. This was good but was definitely overshadowed by the Tiramisu

Good service, excellent ambiance and amazing food! This is all I have to say about Favola. Our food and drinks (we only had bottled water) came up to RM 325.20 after a 33% discount on food and 20% discount on drinks as a Starwood Privilege Member. This dining experience was definitely a steal in my opinion.

Food: 4.6/5
Service: 4.5/5
Ambiance: 4.6/5
Price: $$$ (Under USD $35 per person after 33% discount)

Contact Information
Address: 2 Jalan Stesen Sentral Kuala Lumpur Sentral Kuala Lumpur 50470 Malaysia
Tel: +6-603-2263-7888

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