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Early last month boo of masak-masak called me up for a year end dinner with a few other food bloggers at Favola. As it turned out, it was a food review session at the new Italian outlet of Le Meridien KL. Thank goodness I had my newly acquired S90 handy with me.


the capable chef Antoine at Favola

The restaurant has a very cheerful mood with its spacious tables, comfortable chairs, and light music further compounded by a very jolly chef Antoine who loves to mingle with diners. Meena, Ciki, and Fatboybakes were among the bloggers who were there.

Like most proper Italian restaurants, we started off with some lovely breads. Other than the standard olive oil with balsamic vinegar, there were guacamole and the very flavorful potato truffle dips. I had to stop myself from eating more of these to save some stomach space, but if you’re on a shoe string budget…


cold (freddo) antipasti, bread with potato truffle dip, and crispy pizza dough

There’s a pretty good selection of antipasti available at Fivola. We had the sampler of five antipasti (RM 35) which had the following:

  • octopus – with garlic and chili flakes
  • caprese – buffalo mozzarella, tomato, basil, anchovies, garlic confit and oregano
  • bresaola – shaved dried beef with rocket salad, figs, lemon and olive oil
  • bruschetta – cured salmon, portobello mushrooms
  • seafood salad – garlic, chili-olive oil, lemon juice and italian parsley

Of course, the descriptions and names were copied from the menu as there was no way I could remember all of them. I particularly like the beef as well as the octopus, they were tasty and had a nice texture to it too. This was sorta parellel to the old Chinese cold dish, I think.


warm (caldo) antipasti, Conchiglioni Marinara al Cartoccio

Warm antipasti came next, and we had these little curry puff look alike items that were made with pizza dough calledpanzerotti. They were filled with marinated mushroom, mozzarella and grilled bell pepper and makes perfect beer snacks.

We also had cod fritters, but my favorite has got to be the sardines. Unlike the canned version we’re familiar with, the sardine’s sauteed with onions, raisins, pine nuts, and bell pepper to a crispy texture. They were absolutely delicious.

For pasta, we had the conchiglioni marinara al cartoccio (RM 40), in laymen’s term – shell shaped pasta with seafood, extra virgin olive oil, herbs, and tomato sauce. I’m not a huge fan of conchiglioni, but this tasted pretty good.


lobster risotto, roasted lamb shoulder, wagyu beef lasagna, veal osso bucco

They were quite a few main dishes to share among us. For a taste of luxury, we had the risotto con argosta (lobster risotto, RM 45) and lasagna al forno (wagyu cheek lasagna, RM 40) and both dishes didn’t disappoint the ingredients used. The lasagna was especially the yums, Garfield would have approved.

The two veal dishes – veal escalope (one pan seared, one coated with bread crumbs, RM 60) and veal osso bucco (RM 70). They were decent, but to be frank I’m not a huge fan of veal and would probably opt for something else (the lasagna for example) if I had to choose. I prefer the pan seared veal and could give a pass to the bread crumb preparation method though.


veal osso bucco, scallop with cauliflower, mussels with chicken, veal escalope “due modi”

Another two antipasti dishes we had (in full serving instead of sampler) were roasted scallops (RM 20) and fresh mussels (RM 20). The scallops came on a bed of cauliflower and truffles and were absolutely delightful. The mussels had minced chicken stuffing, garlic and tomato sauce. I am quite sure suan would have loved to have this, they were quire good too.

The roasted lamb shoulder (RM 50) was the other meat dish we had. I remember it to be quite rich but couldn’t really recall much otherwise. I think my stomach was already over stuffed at this point.


panna cotta, fruitti di miso, illy coffee inspired tiramisu

Then of course, there were desserts. Illy coffee inspired tiramisu (RM 20) was nice, and the fruitti di miso (ricotta cream and mixed red berries RM 20) gives a jolt to the senses after the heavy meal. However, the panna cotta (RM 20) had to be the recommended choice – almond custard cream, minestrone of fruit sugar veil and orange wafer might not mean anything to me, but it was very delightful. The contrasting tastes of custard with the berries and sugar was just perfect.


Meena, KY, and ciki; potent Grappa

To finish off the dinner, we ordered some grappa, basically grape based pomace brandy (or distilled wine) with alcohol content as high as 60%. These drinks cost anything from RM 20 (Grappa Limonico) to RM 50 (Alexandar Red Rose Grappa). The red rose grappa was quite good, but I can’t say I’d be able to justify the price for it though.

The Grappa Platinum (RM 40) was especially nasty and left a grimace to anyone who’d tasted it. Perhaps it was an acquired taste, I don’t know, and probably wouldn’t ever order this particular type of drinks anytime soon.

By the time we wrapped up, it was already 11pm. I think I still felt full when I woke up the next morning. It was definitely a nice session and Fivola would make a pretty good place if you’re looking for some authentic Italian food. The ambiance is good, the food did not disappoint, and the price is fair too.

Address:
Favola
2 Jalan Stesen Sentral,
Kuala Lumpur 50470

GPS: 3.135631,101.686476
Tel: 03-2263 7753

Discuss : Favola: Italian dining at Le Meridien

  1. FIRST! Just wanted to do this 😀 Good nite

  2. u look so small lor in that photo hehe.

  3. Caution – reading blogs about scrumptious food at 2am may cause a dilemma – it’s making me hungwee and I cannot get fettuccine carbonara!

  4. which one is boo in the pic?

  5. The presentation looks great, especially the panna cotta. You can eat the entire thing.

  6. Food looks distinctively authentic. I think price wise should be ok right?

  7. Jayne Lee,
    Cis!

    ericyong77,
    Oi don’t diss my friends. 😛

    Suertes,
    Hahhaha there’s always tv meals 😛

    Reb,
    She isn’t on the pics 😀

    Huai Bin,
    Yah, that was very delicious!

    JD,
    Yah price isn’t out of the line at all. 🙂

  8. it seem like flying overses to italian having dinner there..

  9. wah so lucky! I also wanna dine at Favola! You wanna buy me dinner?

  10. nikel,
    Hahhaa not so kua cheong maaa 😛

    eiling,
    Hehehe I am not richhhh

  11. potent KY after potent grappa.. mwuahahaha 😀

  12. i’m interested. *slurps*

  13. cumidanciki,
    Hehehe siall! 😛

    Cindy,
    Hahah go eat! 😀

  14. You lucky fella! Good food and got hot babes somemore!! Grrrr…

  15. Jenn & I had just gone there too.. had the best Italian food ever..

  16. I see my hands in there! Hehe. Nice meet ya there.

  17. Bangsar-bAbE,
    Hahaha yes, very! 😛

    Leo,
    Glad that you liked it 😀

    A Lil Fat Monkey,
    Hahha very observant! 😛

  18. Wah your S90 takes damn cun pics. 😛 😛

  19. Timeshare Relief,
    Spam? Emmmm

    Lyrical Lemongrass,
    Heheh tenkiu tenkiu, not as nice as ur SLR 😛

  20. Go try the noon buffet! Desserts or Antipasti for RM35++ 😉

  21. thenomadGourmand,
    Ooo thanks for the tips! 😀

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