Sunday, 5 February 2012

Spasso Milano, Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia



Flavoured Italian Soda (By San Pellegrino) - orange and lemon flavours - 9.80RM


Smoked Salmon Torta Served with Mesclun Salad 28RM


Pantesca with Salmon - Garden leaves, Potato, Cherry Tomato, Caper, Olives, Onion & Basil, Tossed in Oregano Balsamic Vinaigrette 29.80RM


Margarita Wood-Fired Pizza - Tomato, Mozzarella


Al Pesto with Prima Felija Pasta - Basil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Pine Nut, Parmesan & Pecorino 32RM


Napolitana with Italian Sausage and Eliche Prima Pasta with Simple tomato sauce 32RM


Scamorza Affumicata & Speck - Smoked Scamorza Cheese, Smoked & Air-dried Ham 42RM


Braised Lamb Shank - Slow braised in Red Wine & Mixed Vegetable, Served on Soft Polenta 68RM


Pork Valdostana - Pork Escalope topped with baked Ham and Fontina Cheese 38RM

Pastas for sale

Risotto Alla Milanese - Simple, classic Risotto flavored with Saffron 32RM


San Angelo Pinot Grigio Toscana Igt 180RM      Barberra D'alba Doc 2008/09 168RM


Strawberry Martini - Fresh Strawberries & Cream drizzled with 20 year old Balsamic Vinegar - not on the menu - ask for this speciality






Panna Cotta - Fresh Cream Pudding, Mixed Berry Coulis 14.80RM

Millefoglie With Mascarpone Cream 16.80RM



Tiramisu - Espresso soaked Savoiardi Biscuit & Mascarpone Cream 18.80RM


Chic, contemporary and casual, Spasso Milano, newly relocated to the 6th floor of Pavilion, has brought an extra zing of style and felicity to the floor. Stylish open dining and bar areas, a glass walled kitchen and transparent wine cellar beckon shoppers to take a break and relax with some fine food and refreshments. With Italian Chef Felice, Italian Manager Angelo and Italian expats sipping espresso at the long sleek bar you might be forgiven for questioning as to whether you're actually in Malaysia. Then, out comes the food with real pork and a drinks menu filled with easy drinking Italian wines, limoncello and grappa, and you might again think twice about your actual locale. Described as value for money, your wallet will leave a little lighter and your tummy a lot heavier. In addition, fitting in perfectly with the milieu, their retail concept offering beverages, pastas, cold cuts and cheese, allows you to take a bite of the motherland home with you. 


My personal philosophy though, is why take it home when you can have a real Italian chef prepare it for you. Some food highlights from our recent visit:  Smoked Salmon Torta with Mesclun - light puffy layers of  moist pastry encasing a savoury egg and salmon filling; Risotto Alla Milanese - a classically simple dish with few ingredients allowing the saffron and parmesan to bloom to full flavour; Al Pesto with Prima Felija Pasta - pasta perfectly al dente and the pesto fresh with rich herbs and pine nuts; Scamorza Affumicata & Speck - delectably redolent of smoked cheese and ham - a must order; and the Pork Valdostana - pork topped with baked ham and Fontina cheese celebrating the empyrean pairing of pig and dairy.

Our quaffing picks for the night were pleasantly successful too. The menu showcases an assortment of regional Italian wines perfect for enjoyment on their own or with dinner. Taking advisement from the owner, we began with an elegant San Angelo Pinot Grigio Toscana Igt, Tuscany Banfi 2010, a resonant, clean and fruity wine ideal for light fare. We ended very happily with a valorous Barberra D'alba Doc, Pio Cesare, Piedmont, 2008/09, strong, yet symphonious, with hints of plum, spice, blackberry and toasted tobacco. I'm told this will age quite well, although, for some reason, wine in my house just doesn't ever get the chance to reach maturity.

Spasso Milano makes for a reviving break from the crowds, and once settled, you may just decide to skip shopping altogether and take roost for the remains of the day.

Spasso Milano
Lot 6.44.00 & 6.45.00 Level 6 Pavilion
168 Jalan Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
+6 03 2148 0688
www.out2dinecom.my

22 comments:

  1. no longer in Ampang?

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  2. oh yay Italian restaurants in malaysia will real pork

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  3. wow, love the color of the pesto pasta! it almost looks like the chef went outside to a garden & plucked fresh leaves & herbs & veggies to make the sauce! :D

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    1. The pesto was my fav dish for this round. I love all of those fresh greens.

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  4. Porky goodness in Pavilion! I must admit that the Al Pesto with Prima Felija Pasta looks brilliantly healthy and good. T

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    1. That was one of my favs - give me some greens and I can convince myself that I'm doing something good for my body. (never mind all of the desserts I ate after;-)

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  5. oh my God... like, everything looks mouth watering in the post. I am in a hungry mood right now. I want to have two slices of the pizza. The whole tiramisu. The salad. And, of course, the strawberry martini. Did you eat all of those? :))

    BTW, so Italian pizza tends to be pale, the bread?

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    1. That's the worst when you're hungry and you look at photos of food - you want to eat everything in sight! Strawberry martini rocked - yes I did eat a bit of all of those - of course I shared some too! :-) Yeah, the pizza bread is generally quite light in colour, it gets a little browner when baked.

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  6. personally i loves strawberry ...
    shall try it next time .... my wife comment that guy don't like strawberry...
    so girlish .. LOL...it always part of my weekly groceries list ...
    u seems to have lots of knowledge abt good wine..

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    1. Hee! Strawberries are not a girlie thing at all - don't listen to your wife (only on this one, the rest of the time do - don't want to get into trouble :-)
      Give me a bowl of berries any day and I'm happy - strawberries, raspberries, blueberries... mmm
      I'm learning about wine - there so much to know and when you start to discover you realize you've only just touched the tip of the iceberg.

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  7. the pasta looks good and so do the desserts

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  8. Oh I've walked past here... I didn't see a sign for the name of the restaurant

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    1. The sign is a little disguised - it depends from what side you approach.

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  9. After all the food, I don't think I can stand up and walk back to my car...

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    1. We did the Latino thing and stayed for hours - plenty of time to digest and make room for more :-). They had turned off the lights already by the time we left. :-)

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  10. I remember dining at the Ampang outlet and was not impressed initially.

    Must remember to revisit them at their new premises with the new porky offerings and see if I strike better luck second time round.

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    1. I've heard there have been quite a few kinks to work out - others have had different experiences but I think they're slowly getting there. I want to go back to try their antipasto lunch.

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  11. Scamorza Cheese seems to be popping up everywhere now!
    Oh nice.. read from Sean's blog, but he mentioned things were a bit salty hence I have not stepped in.
    The pesto was vibrant! And hw coem the tiramisu is non-alkie?

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    1. I love a good smoked cheese. If you're a ham and cheese fan there is no better combo! They haven't got the desserts perfected yet. I heard that's what they are working on next.

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  12. I liked their Ampang branch, will go try out this new place in Pavilion soon.

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    1. I liked their Ampang branch too. Pavilion is a lot more convenient though. They get a lot more pedestrian traffic at this branch.

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