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When my best friend drop by in KL before heading back to Penang for preparation on his wedding, manage to have dinner with the rest of the group and some of them havent seen them quite a while. Then text him, where for dinner and he insisted I must dine at his hotel area whereby Prego Italian restaurant is one of his favourite restaurant. I have no doubt in his taste because when I was in Sydney, he brought me to all his favourite place and all are top notch.

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Prego is one of the restaurant located at Ground Floor of Westin as we enter the restaurant I am surprise to see its pretty full for such restaurant on weekdays. Knowing the capacity, surely this place wont turn out in disappointed. Then only found out that they are one of a award winning restaurant. One of it is  “Best Italian Restaurant” in KL by Time Out KL for a few years

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Classy interior with dim lights all the way, greetings from friendly staff  as you reach the entrance . ..

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For smokers, you can opt to be seated outside and they have a coffee and cocktail bar for you ready outside to place your order.

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 I find the pricing in this fine dine area, is pretty decent. Selection of food is pretty much the same with any other types of Italian dining. (Full Menu, click here)

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Then we were greeted by their homemade complimentary bread with tomato dip. It was gone in seconds, that the bread is warm and the dip just pair very well with the bread. We requested for another round of bread. 😀

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One of the recommendations from my friend that he will never miss whenever he dine at this restaurant is Mushroom Risotto @ RM 52. Pack with flavours and its quite thick and creamy. It was cook to perfection, with the cheese melted and texture light sticky as it is suppose to be. We ended up order another portion. – Highly recommended! 

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Oxtail Rivioli as my another mischievous friend called it high class wantan. Light gravy sauce shower upon the rivioli and the @ RM 52

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Braised Lamb Shank are decent as braised till the meat is soft and risotto at the bottom is too soft to my liking. @ RM 73

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Another super star is Lasagne. Love the soft texture of layer in between that is not too thick, beef and tomato that is cook along is awesome! Highly recommended! @ RM 56

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Saleme Pizza @ RM 49

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This was our first round, and second round we went to Luna Bar for a drink, then they have third round that I did not follow  . ..

I would surely return for more, and its a perfect place to dine during any special occasion here.

*Pork Free

-= KA CHING =-

Food rating 9/10 ,great food! Recommended! -Stamped-

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

Location:
Prego,
The Westin Kuala Lumpur
199, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 KL

Tel: 03-27738338

Being being a food hunter is my passion and looking at the F&B industries in Penang had certainly grown to another new level, with more concept restaurant are pumping up. One of the latest restaurant that had hit the shores of Penang that started operating about 2 months back is this newly Authentic Italian Restaurant at Via Pre that I can say operate and own by expatriate Italians.

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The shops are easily to be located as its opposite QE2 or next to British Council building. Painted in white like heritage building and at night, its well light up. Just beware that they do not have a big signage on the building and you have to drive slowly to locate the place as its at a small corner turning.

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Via Pre had attracted many people to visit this place and I think this would be the first Italian restaurant that offer Authentic Italian Cuisine. For those who have not tried the actual Italian food, this definitely would be one of the place to visit!

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Love the interior design . . as the whole design is pretty much reflect on the typical Italian design and as Italian restaurant I am amaze of their wine range that they are offering and I am very keen to try out Italian wine.

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Love their cake counter that it had been a while since I have last enter this kind of restaurant, the last one was during my study period in Melbourne and definitely enjoy it here now.

One of my friend told me that, these restaurant imported most of the ingredients as what they are trying to cook are unable to source locally.

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One advice, as Penang people do not like to do reservation, it is highly advise to do your reservation as its always full during dinner and it is gaining its popularity.

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Price are very reasonable that its not too expensive.

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I look at the beer range and find that the waiter recommend me to try on  Birra Menabrea an Italian beer, and my my, its one of a true great beer that I enjoy and beats down many beer out there. Very easy to drink, smooth and bubbly need to drink it while its chill, and after taste its sweet and hint of barley oak can be tasted. – Recommended! @RM25 

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Then we were serve with a portion of bread which is usual that in Italian dining they will serve you a basket of home made bread with plain and oak of course their traditional eating is dipping the bread along with olive oil and vinegar. Its not like those serve with butter. Find it weird? hehe, learn to enjoy oh~

After looking at the food menu, I do not know what to order as its pretty much in bombastic Italian words and ask the owner to introduce. Then he introduce me special of the day which is not in the menu that they often change it to get the best ingredient and create 2-3 best dishes out for you to enjoy.

As we were pretty full from snacks just now, so decided to leave our order to the hands of the owner by ordering 3 dishes to share.

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For a soup we start off with Zuppa Toscana which is soup of the day with mixture of various types of beans. The taste is light, lean towards a bit sourish from tomato I believe and finely chop beans that bring the taste up. Some of you might not like the taste and texture of it as I find it pretty good. Learn to eat it when I was oversea. @ RM 16

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Since he know we love to try out food, then he recommend us to try out Special Starter that consist of Quiche, Pie and smoked beef slice with special sauce. @ RM 78

Spinach Quiche is superbly good, soft with hint of egg taste and spinach been blended and the crust is warm and crispy. Dip along with the sauce makes it event perfect with a slight sweetness at the end.

Pie is fluffy and cutting it, the tuna base mixture flow out and just enjoy every bite of it.

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Star of the 3 is the smoked beef that is sweet in taste and fresh, yet they pair it with salmon sauce as what we believe it as we were confuse that looking at it is smoked beef and tasting it had a after taste of salmon. A perfect combination!

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To eat back something authentic that I have pretty miss is Tortellini Special for the night, as usually these cant be eaten much as it is pretty filling and the ingredient they stuff in are with some mushrooms and meat. Pretty simple and flavourful.

As a food lover, I surely enjoy my meal tonight and looking forward to go back to try out their other range like spaghetti, pizza and specialty. I believe many of you would not enjoy the taste of it as this is pretty much towards Authentic Italian taste which the taste is not localize. Therefore, for those of you love are looking for authentic Italian Cuisine, Via – Pre certainly is the place I am highly recommending in Penang.

Service is very attentive even though its super busy for the night, staff are very friendly even though they are foreigners, and if you do encounter bad service experience, just give them a break as they just operating just for 2 months. Alot of things to fine tune and I believe they never expect it to be fully house most of the night.

 *NON-HALAL

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 8/10,  pretty good for a small town operator~-Stamped-

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

Locations:
Via Pre – Italians on the Harbour
5, Weld Quay, Georgetown
10300 PENANG, MALAYSIA

Contact: 604 – 2619 800 / 604-2620 560

Website: http://www.via-pre.com/


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To have a good food is always a bonus and satisfying. The catch is, good food is always hidden some where and needed to be hunt. That is why we always we love to hunt for hidden food. Let me introduce you another great restaurant which is a hidden gem in Bukit Damansara that serve Aria Traditional Italian Dining.

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Interior of the restaurant is pretty straight foward that offer cozy ambiance that suits for your business, family and friends hang out spot.

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Seems like the owner is a big fan of Macallan that is also one of my favourite.  :D, found out that he loves single malt alot~

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If you are looking to host small functions or towards more private session with friends and family, they do have this room to offer with cozy sofa and a tv build in with sliding wooden door to close up.

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For this session, we were given the opportunity to sample some food and we were hosted right upstairs that usually they host for private business function.

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In Italian dining, Bruchetta will always be in the menu as its a very simple and delightful starter to start off with. Simple freshly cut tomato season along with their special dressing that just makes this perfect.

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This is a must order if you do visit this restaurant. Mushroom Bruchetta that cook till perfection and season correctly with their own special sauce and dressing that makes the mushroom taste stand out. – recommended

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as the night starting, we were pamper with Processo Vento is actually champange in Italian version. A champange that easy to go down as its Light and bubbly

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Lamb Kebab with Aria’s Special Mint Sauce @ RM28

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It looks simple that filled with many skewers as Minced lamb in flavourful onion, bird eye chili, lemon grass, ginger, coriander seed, salt and pepper covered in Aria’s special spicy mint sauce. The sauce is a bomb! By dipping along with the sauce just makes the mince lamb perfect. I dip till to the last drop.

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I love my Italian pizza in thin crust that turns out this Hawaiian Pizzeta @ RM26. A simple pizza that serve along with turkey ham, pineapple, mozarella & oregano and I enjoy it just plainly like that without adding any sauce.

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I have been looking for nice Risotto since after I have been back from overseas. Not many places can actually cook this dish to my liking and I am suprise to find Seafood Risotto in here is just perfect. The risotto cook till its soft and a bit sticky, along with mix seafood that makes it a bit sweet in taste and sour tomato taste just blends in well RM36

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Aglio-Olio Smoke Duck Pasta @ RM36

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This is actually one of their signature in da house and there is no doubt that we were told must sample this, and after we tried it out, we only realize why its a must to try out. Spaghetti was cook till al dante and springy with hint of light olive oil and the taste of salty smoke duck just bring’s up the taste. – Recommended!

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Grilled Tenderloin @  RM70

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For those who loves steak, Medium rare is always my preference as to get the tenderloin remains juicy on every bite. Even better with the first cut and you can see the blood ooze out, as his find piece serve along with sauteed vege, roasted potatoes and a choice of garlic rosemary, black pepper and brown sauce.

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Super smooth fish meat that nears to melting in your mouth when you put it in as this Merluzzo Canadese Atlantico (Canadian Cod Fish)  topped with olive tapenade, vegetables and laden with Mediterranean sauce serve it light and yet very flavourful.  RM65

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As the owner is a big fan of single malt and he let us sample different types of single malt and those 2 are very new to me as I have never heard before for Bruichladdich  and Auchentoshan 18 years old, anything that you hit on with 18 years old would be a bomb. Yamazaki definately need not to explain as its not a stranger to many single malt lover which is the first choice in my list.

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This 10 years old taste very good as the taste is impressive, not too spicy, yet very smooth easy to down with on the rock. Perfect to pair with seafood as it will bring out the freshness taste of the food as we pair it with the cod. Just perfect! Definitely would love to have one bottle of this to keep for my collection. As i have never seen this in the air port.

The restaurant also do sell these bottles whiskey Macallan 12 & 18 years, Auchentoshan 12 & 18 years, Clynelish 14 year as well as Japanese whiskey both blended Hakushu 12-year and single malt Yamazaki 12-year. Price is very reasonable.

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Apple strudel with custard sauce @ RM23

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Tiramisu @ RM20

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Then to close the whole meal up, the floor manager serve us their special coffee.

I would say, this restaurant is in my recommendation list as for the price and the quality of food hidden in the neighborhood, definitely this is worth to hunt for and a recommended restaurant for Valentine’s Day which is just tomorrow and you still have yet to find a restaurant…Try this out. Great food~

Location:
44G, Plaza Damansara,
Jalan Medan Setia 2, Bukit Damansara,
50490, Kuala Lumpur

Operating Hours – 12pm to 12am on Monday – Friday

5pm till late on Saturdays.

For reservation : 03-2095 0016
Website : www.aria.my

Aren’t we Malaysians are very pampered with lots of choice so beers? Now, Tiger Crystal is back in action as they are taking this year end festive period to pour into the market again, that it is no doubt clear and easy to drink beer.

When festive mood kicks in, so what is next? of course it will be all down with food. . .

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Tiger Crystal is actually a limited edition brew which is specially brew to commemorate the year of Golden Tiger, I was at their Launching (click here)

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a type of beer that is light, fresh and cool yet easy to drink is easily pair with lots of food especially our Asian taste bud!

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So as for the night, Tiger Crystal Beer Pairs very well with Italian food and for the night, we were served with mostly on spicy side as to let us know, the beer actually pairs very well, especially with seafood and spicy taste.

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It has no doubt that, at the end of the session, the beer pairing with food either on entree, mains or desert turns out to be a good experience and those of you out there, shall be expecting more Tiger Crystal in the market just during this festive season . . .

On weekend, there is actually nothing much just other than visit shopping mall or having yam cha session with friends at favourite hang out spot. I am not a regular person in Sunway and time to times I do realise that there are a few restaurant that had opened up and one of the latest addition to Sunway Pyramid Family is this new Italian restaurant Capricciosa which is located at the entrance heading towards Sunway Lagoon and a few shops away J.Co Donuts.

Capricciosa comes from a word Caprice, which means spontaneous gathering in Little Italian eateries with lots of people with great food and companies.

One great thing about this restaurant is that the pasta’s are made fresh daily in here . .

Capricciosa is founded by award winning chef Masaaki Honda in Shibuya, Tokyo, way back from 1978 and the outlet in Sunway Pyramid is the first one in Malaysia. Capricciosa has now 134 restaurants across the world and is visited by approximately 12 million guests each year.

 

Pina Colada Soda @ RM7.90, Mint Shake, Fruit Punch @ RM7.90

Italian Vegetable and Meat Soup is something new to me. Creamy soup base with a hint of onion and tomato yet  I am enjoying every sip of it with overall taste is just pefect. @ RM7.90 which is something I would recommended for a head start.

Rice Croquette, Sicilian Style @ RM12.90

Do you see the cheeze is oooozing, out from the crust. . . Taste is so good that usually I am not a tomato base lover when comes to Italian food but this dish had made me enjoying every bite of it. Love the aroma of the tomato base on top of it with a bit sourish and rissoto had been cook perfectly and deep fried on the crust makes it all blend well . . Recommended!~

Classic order of Italian range pizza would go for ‘Quattro Formaggi’ @ RM17.90 with a mixture of 4 types of cheeze in thin flat crust.

‘Capricciosa Pizza beef bacon, beef pepperoni, mushrooms and bell peppers’ @ RM16.90  

Eggplant Gratin @ RM15.90

For eggplant lover or those who love cheeze taste, then this would be one of your favourite as it had now turn into one of my favourite with its rich taste. Recommended

Pappardelle with Porcini and Eringi Mushroom in Cream Sauce @ RM27.90

For this round, I love something simple in taste that ‘Tomato Sauce with Garlic and Peppers’ kills me off with its great taste of tomato base which is not to sourish and with nicely cook speghetti that its a bit springy and I sure do not mind to have another place of this!.  RM14.90 Recommended!

‘Whole Clams in Delicate Broth’ surely had very light in taste it is definately a good option that those who love speghetti do not like tomato or creamy base pasta. @ RM14.90

This is another dish to look out for ‘Amatriciana Fettucine with Eggplant and Bacon’ @ RM24.90

The most unique dish for the night is ‘Calamari and Onions in Squid Ink Sauce’ that this is the first time I see a pasta served in total black colour. After eating the noodle in one bite do prepare that your whole mouth will look like got poisoned. It reminds me a calamari trying to escape by spraying the black colour ink. RM16.90

Homemade Tiramisu tipped with crunchy almond flakes on top and moist mascarpone cheeze and soft fluffy fingers soak in coffee is dish to end the meal for the night. @ RM16.90

Homemade Pumpkin Pie @ RM8.90

My new found love of coffee after meal which usualyl I reject but this round I have decided to give it a try which is recommended by the friendly staff ‘Affogato’  served with scoop of vanilla ice-cream, caramel drizzles, chocolate sauce top with a spray of whipped cream out to be one of their signature that very reasonably price at RM6.90. I find that the coffee is very strong in aroma and bitter in taste if you soup it out just like that, the best taste of all is you scoup everything in 1 spoon and the taste is whoolah. ..  CHUN! a Recommended coffee. . .

Had a satisfying dinner and I will definately be back for more. . . . do remind that the taste here is a bit mild and find it a bit more towards authentic Italian style by restaurant Capricciosa.

Location:
restaurant Capricciosa (nearby J.Co Donuts/ next to Robot Sushi)
OB3.LG2.2 Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall
Bandar Sunway,
Selangor, Malaysia.
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/capricciosamalaysia

With how many restaurant owners have taken advantage of the awarded pre-war town house renovate it into a classic and cozy dining place. Most of these restaurants are not big but pretty much small and cater for your needs. Soul Kitchen Trattoria  menu surely would not be extensive yet is simple cooking to make it a comfy dining experience.

On my last trip to Penang, after a full day of street photography, its time for us to head to this classic Italian restaurant Soul Kitchen Trattoria being operate by lovely and very friendly German – Malaysian couple. The place is certainly not huge with our booking of 12 pax, we manage to book the whole indoor area.

[No Longer In Operation]

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If you do pass on this street you will surely notice on this small green pre-war building which is just located 50m directly accross of Cititel junction.

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I just love the whole ambience of the whole restaurant that decorate with, and Jason trying to be the model for the place.

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The wall look a bit torn down with a simple white paint and a big logo is painted on it with 2 electric candle light place upon on the wall.

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No much fancy decoration on it as they have used simple and reusable items to decorate the whole place, wooden crates, used luggage, old radio being placed on the stair case.

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Postcards from other countries a being decorated along on the side walls next to the kitchen.

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They do not have specific menu with most of their food menu are written in two big wooden blackboard on the wall besides that, a small piece of board are place on the floor with their daily specials. When we saw the menu, I told Ken like, I think we are going to order 80% of what is on the menu.

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What I have been told that the menu do change from 2-3 months once by remaining the best sellers.

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As I mention the restaurant is not big, we operate the whole indoor area and it is highly recommended you make a reservation before you coming to this place. As for the night, it was fully booked. there are alot of walk in customer and they turn away dissapointed.

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Beverate wise they do not serve wine, surely you can bring your own wine as long as you order food from the restaurant.

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This 2 girls sure impress the rest of the photographer that not many girls are willing to follow and walk whole day for street photography as they just tag along without complains.

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Bernice is just too hungry till she is hoping there is food place on the table now.

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