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There have been tons of hype for this Natalina Italian Kitchen in Avenue K, KL. Many have regard as one of the best Italian restaurant in KL. Visited this place early this year along with the hype and trying out a few dishes.

I was told that this restaurant is run by a classic Italian and that is why they are so well known here. It is also recommended by a few of my Italian counterparts as they rated as one of the food that very close to their home.

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Seating space here is not huge and if it is full house, you might find it abit cramp.

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avenue kWhat is famous here is certainly one of their pizza series as all pizza are made fresh upon orders.

best italian food in pj For menu, online reservation or take away click here

DSC01251Each of the table got their own freshly made bread to go off with. starting off with their special house made pesto, tomato and olive base condiments. It is actually pretty good as all 3 have pretty distinctive flavours.

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lasagneWhat attracted me in the menu are these few dishes. If there is a chance I would always try to order Lasagna, Not too sure if this is in the menu as the one I see in the website I could not find this dish anymore. This is one of a lasaga that is punch with flavours. Mince meat is cook to soft perfection and serve with melted cheese, with fried leaves that gives it a nice end crips texture. Best for sharing.

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franks barI have always been a big fan of Pappardelle con Guancia di Manzo @ RM 72 – broad pasta strips with wagyu beef cheeks white ragu, topped with Roman Pecorino cheese.

Certainly one of my favourite as it is hard to find nice version of this. It have to be wide and light weight and cook to al dante. This is unique as the sauce is great and even better with Pecorino cheese. Gives you a nice strong bold flavours from both tomatoish and mild bitterness of the cheese. Goes really well with the white wine I have chosen.

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DSC01243Usually i would go for classics Margarita and seems why not with something elevate for the day. Just hitting on something simple Tarfuto @ RM 68 – Buffalo Mozzarella, scarmoza, mixed wild mushrooms and wild truffles. It is a simple pizza that does not goes wrong. If it is wrong, then they would not be one of the recommended Italian restaurant in KL.

Edge is burnt to perfection with crips on the side. Love the dough as it is thin crust and I believe it is sourdough?

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best tiramisu in pjThis is OhMyLord! . I would have to rate this as one of the best tiramisu I come across. It is very hard to come across such texture, taste to my liking. IT IS A MUST ORDER! Classic Traditional Tiramisu @ RM 45 (contains alcohol)

It is moist and the mascarpone cream is beat to perfection. Soft and fluffy yet the base is punch with espresso and the top is with strong cocoa powder with nice bitter end. Every little bits of chocolate give you a nice bite. It is a well balance of flavour. Sweet, nice bitter end and a mild hint of alcohol punch at the end. it is PERFECTO!

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Natalina Italian Kitchen

Is it the best Italian restaurant in KL? This will be down to own individual preference. I find it quite decent and certainly will be back again to try their other items. Price wise is on the high side.

It is best for you to make reservations especially for dinner. Lunch you can still try your luck for walk in

*Pork Free

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7.5/10, pretty good Italian food but its on the expensive side !!!~-Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:

Natalina Italian Kitchen

Avenue K, Lot 06 – Level 03, 156,

Jln Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur

Operating Hours: 12pm – 10.30pm

Tel: 0126733860

It has been a while since I last dine in an upscale restaurant where MCO just took our 2 years away. I have seen alot influencers in this casual dining resturant in KL known as Blackbyrd KL in Naza Tower which is just a stone throw away from KLCC Petronas Twin Tower or in this area Platinum Park KL.

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It was special treat for me on my special day, was just brought here to enjoy the view, ambiance, food and drinks. Just head all the way up to 55th Floor if I remember correctly.

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We are here for early bird as it is still so called “endemic” reservations are divided into 2 sessions. 6-8pm / 8pm till late.

  1. if you choose early session and if you are lucky, you get to see sunset
  2. night just enjoy night view and drink all the way

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Dining area are divided into 2, as I was seated in both dining and bar area. I would say you enjoy early dinner then you move to the cocktail bar after 8pm to continue your chilling at the counter or high spender table with the perfect view.

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The VIP table with the view where you get to see Petronas Twin Tower, KL Tower and Merdeka 118 Tower, KL.

Blackbyrd KL menu 2022

I guess to our sheer luck as this would be their new menu of 2022 and was told that what we previously wanted to order is no longer available and it seems that they have new head chef on board.

after looking at the menu, Blackbyrd food seems more like fusion with towards Asian, Indonesian local inspired cuisine. Of course there are a few items that caught my attention.

Blackbyrd signature dish

This is Blackbyrd all time signature: Crispy Nori Crunch @ RM 29 – tempura nori seaweed, spicy salmon, salmon roe and parmeson cheese.

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Nicely presented that have colour to it, however I find that it lacks of flavours. Cripsy inside out with a bit of saltiness from fish roe and hint of parmesan.

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Of course by name itself, I imagine it sounds simple that caught my attention. Truffle Tagliolini @ RM 59 – fresh truffle and truffle butter.

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Upon serving, the smell of truffle is already pretty strong. Topped with 4-5 thin slices of fresh  fresh truffle to make it look more solid. Taste is indeed spot on. Creamy to my liking with a punch of Pretty strong truffle taste. Felt that tagliolini is made fresh with cook to perfection. Slight chewy and al-dante – recommended

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indonesian inspired food

After staring for a long while, nothing that caught my attention as I find the rest are quite normal. So I pick something familiar to me. Iga Bakar Sambal Idjo @ RM 145 – Black Angus Short Ribs MB 2, green chili, gurih Rice.

This is certainly one of a atas Indonesian or Balinese kind of food. Flavours are pretty spot on as I just find that the Sambal could be spicier like the one I had in both Jakarta and Bali. Black Angus ribs is marinated and cook well . Certainly do have the taste of atas Indonesian street food version.

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risotto

Since I have heard Gordan Ramsey or some cooking show keep using saffron. Originally was suppose to go with King Prawn Saffron Risotto and it was not available. Changed to this Rendang Saffron Risotto (If i remember correctly  which is special of the day)

Risotto is spot on. I have not tasted Saffron before so do not know how to describe.  First time doing this Rendang and risotto apparently the taste seems to blends well.

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Was here for my Birthday celebration in Mid February 2022.

Blackbyrd night view

This is the night view of Blackbyrd Skybar KLCC view.

Overall, If we guess correct as since most of the dishes wanted to order on that day menu no longer available and assuming the chef just reported, with its cooking I am impress.

If you are in the mood for atas ambiance dining or for celebration with Asian inspired food flavour with KLCC view then can consider here as one of the options.

*Pork FREE

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7/10, okay la good pun but expensive! Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk–

Location:
Blackbyrd KL
Platinum Park,
Naza Tower,
10, Persiaran KLCC,
50450 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 012-689 8576

Operating Hours: 12pm–12am

If you are looking for one party place, hangout place, chill place is this famous bar in Wet Deck in W Hotel KL. Before MCO it was pack with humans. Right now it is more relax and chill. I usually come here for their happy hour as it is affordable, with great ambiance and a bar that over look KLCC Petronas Twin Tower.

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This is their evening view and below is their night ambiance. 360 change and of course with the ambiance below to kicks in you need to make a reservation as it is always fully book.

Be prepare to spend more too.

 

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see see the view. Jeng leiii. Imagine at night?

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a bar with pool view and our grand Petronas Twin Tower View

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If you are here in the evening, it is going to be warm.

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Just chilling away.

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Call them to book : +60 12 347 9088

Check out more details: Wet Deck Bar 

 

Now as all local businesses are gearing up for MCO phase 4 where alot F&B is already opening up for business. All of us are already flocking out to support local businesses by dining out. Latest hidden gem discovery in what to eat in Ampang is this Back Alley Pasta helm by Chef Jay serving classic Italian and Japanese food range. the place is indeed hide behind a row of shoplot BUTTTT in the back alley “lorong”.

If high end dining is out of your budget then I would highly recommend this private dining concept that would not break your pocket. Not a fancy restaurant but my kind of dining concept by sitting the kitchen while watching chef in action.

I enjoy one of my best dining experience in Melbourne – Press Club Experimental Kitchen  . Although cannot compare, but its a great start for our local scene

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I am starting to get impress with all our young local talent as Chef Jay is currently only 31 years old hand having being train with a few famous culinary chef in Singapore and now is back to Malaysia, ready to penetrate our local market, for Italian food in KL.

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This is just fun as we will be dining like a private kitchen dining that able to cater for only 9 pax. So reservation is highly recommended as while I am there chatting with chef, his reservation right now is 1 month in advance booking. I am lucky to get a spot here with 10 days in advance.

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Chef Jay will on serve us best ingredient that he can source with affordable price, so that all his customer would get to enjoy best of his cooking. All his pasta are also made fresh daily right before open for dining.

The little trick is, do ask chef what he have special of the day. It is not in the menu. Special of the day is base on the best ingredient he got for the day to shape it out. The 2 item I order maybe might not be available during your time of visit.

 

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Starting off with Crisped cocktail potato with thyme @ RM 18. Simple dish that elevate it to another level. A dish that is cook with pig oil, let it pan fry till it is soft and topped with variety toppings and end with with cheddar cheese on top. Soft and fragrant.

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spaghetti with hokkaido scallop

This is Chef Special in hidden menu or his special of the day. Today we got Hokkaido Scallop Pasta. One of the best dish for the night as the spaghetti is al dante, broth that cooked along shimmer to perfection. Topped with variety condiments and with torch burned fresh Hokkaido Scallop. – recommended (sorry I throw away my receipt – forgot check price)

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salmon don

Another special dish in special menu is this Salmon Belly Don. Another perfect dish as the cut of belly and you justlook at the layer of it. Well balance and topped with fish roe. Best of all is, soy sauce is chef special homemade soy sauce. It is good, light and not too salty yet goes very well with the whole bowl element. With special season daikon in it give a balance of crips where it needs.

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classic carbonara

Next is this chef famous signature dish : Squid Ink Tagliolini Carbonara with Smoked Bacon and Soft Boiled Egg @ RM 27. Near classic style of cabonara that is topped with chef onsen egg. Yolk that ooze out makes it slight creamier and is also another of my favourite.

Those of you are not use to “too” creamy then this would be best to share.

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After finish the top, I still wanted to try more by ordering another best seller : Antipasti : Quinoa, Spinach and Truffle Arancini with Pomodoro Sauce. @ RM 22. I was lucky as this was the last portion for the day, which was only at 7.30pm. Means those diners after me will no longer get to try this.

To avoid disappointment, this is best to pre-order along your reservation.

This is fried to perfection, crisp on the outside with hint of spice on the layer and the filling in it just burst with flavors.

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do note that the place do not serve Alcohol, so you can do your own BYO at only RM 10 corkage fee. But do not have ice also. that is why it is so cheap. Do not expect fancy wine glass as they only provide some glasses, which I am happy.

I know it is Japanese and Italian fusion, I brought along a bottle of White wine and just pairs so well with all his food.

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I am happy for my food for the night. My total bill came about RM 180. Certainly would want to come back with a larger group. One of the best Italian Food in KL for such concept.

Make your reservation thru their insta @backalleypasta

If you do not want to dine in, then you can order take away from Beepit

Other local young chef recommendation will be as below:

  1. little PIg in SS2 The Hub – Spanish Food
  2. GoodDam – modern Italian 
  3. JuugatsuTen Japanese Dining – Omakase

*NON-Halal

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 9/10, love it!!!~Recommended-Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Back Alley Pasta
No8 jalan 1/67b, Off,
Jalan Mengkudu,
55000 Kuala Lumpur

Operating Hours: 5pm – 10pm

Tel: 014-758 5780

Jingle bell, jingle bell as month of December is the happiest festive season of the year. Christmas is just around the corner. I could not help but Taste by Champignon in Ekocheras had come out with their winter series edition. This is so cute especially with rain deer and ginger breadman. Snowman is edible too but on special request.

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For winter collection they have 5 in total.

  1. Mont Blanc @ RM 22 : Chestnut Cremeux, Raspberry and Rose Jelly, Mascarpone Whipped Ganache, Vanilla Sponge and Biscuit
  2. Reindeer @ RM 22 : Cacao Barry Dark Chocolate Mousse with Sea Salt, Almond Crunch, Dark Chocolate Cake And Chocolate Ganache
  3. Blackforest @ RM 22 : Dark Chocolate Mousse, Cherry Jelly, Vanilla Cream, Chocolate Sponge, Pitted Cherry and Dark Chocolate Coating
  4. Xmas Sleigh @ RM 22 : Mint Mousse, Strawberry Jelly and Financier
  5. Ginger Man @ RM 22 : Cream Cheese Mousse, Carrot and Walnut cake infused Earl Grey and Vanilla Cream

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Champignons

Blackforest @ RM 22 : Dark Chocolate Mousse, Cherry Jelly, Vanilla Cream, Chocolate Sponge, Pitted Cherry and Dark Chocolate Coating

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Ginger Man @ RM 22 : Cream Cheese Mousse, Carrot and Walnut cake infused Earl Grey and Vanilla Cream

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Xmas Sleigh @ RM 22 : Mint Mousse, Strawberry Jelly and Financier

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Reindeer @ RM 22 : Cacao Barry Dark Chocolate Mousse with Sea Salt, Almond Crunch, Dark Chocolate Cake And Chocolate Ganache

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Mont Blanc @ RM 22 : Chestnut Cremeux, Raspberry and Rose Jelly, Mascarpone Whipped Ganache, Vanilla Sponge and Biscuit

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This winter season all are pretty good. A nice balance of flavour, with layers of flavour. Each of the dessert is master crafted. Look at the thin layer of top follow by multiple layer of ingredients in it. Some of the pastry even take 2-3 days to complete.

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My personal favourite will be:

  1. Gingerman
  2. Black Forest
  3. Mont Blanc

enjoy your Christmas dessert.

Location:
The Champignons Cake shop
Lot No. G31,Ground floor EkoCheras Mall,
No.693, Batu, 5, Jln Cheras,
Taman Mutiara Barat, 56000 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-9134 9288

Operating Hours: 10am – 10pm

While waiting for next appointment and not sure where to go, he randomly try out Nanyang Cafe in Eko Cheras Mall. While I was writing this, only know that they are actually quite famous among this neighbourhood for a Hong Kong Cafe in KL after Kim Garry.

Eko Cheras

Simple modern interior that reflects much more on the Hong Kong Cha Chan Teng.

Polo Pau

What attracted me to try this outlet is because of their Hong Kong Polo Bun that make fresh in the kitchen, that looks pretty decent.

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Menu is quite direct with noodles, cheese rice, toast where it should be. Pork Burger with their french style bun.

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I must say that their drinks are very impressive. All their drink series are very solid or strong in taste. Those with weaker heart might not stand their Coffee. Smooth and strong in taste.

I tried 3:

  1. Hong Kong Coffee
  2. Hong Kong Milk Tea
  3. HOng Kong Yin Yeong

I personally like their coffee if were for breakfast. then their milk tea taste better too.

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wan tan noodle is alright. Noodle is springy and the wanton sui know is pretty decent in size. A prawn sui know.

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Polo bun

This is the main star that caught me into the outlet. Hong Kong Polo Bao with New Zealand Butter @ RM 4.80. It is not too bad for a bun. Fresh soft bun, flaky crusty top and with a slice of butter and a glass of coffee its a great combination.

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I do not mind to come here for Yum cha session just for polo bun and their drinks.

Location:
Nanyang Cafe (南洋冰室)
M-S03A & 03B, 2nd Floor,
Eko Cheras Mall No.693, Batu,
5, Jln Cheras, 56000 Kuala Lumpur

Operating Hours: 10am – 10pm

Tel: 03-2771 9895

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