Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Favola @ Le Meridien Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

After months of hype, Favola _ which supposedly means "Fable" in Italian _ has finally opened, replacing Al Nafourah at Le Meridien.

At first glance, it looks less impressive compared to Al Nafourah's exotic Middle Eastern decor. However, the refurbishment is still ongoing, so it remains a work in progress.

There are some teething problems, but Chef Antoine, his kitchen crew and service team are clearly striving very hard to satisfy customers. Expect lots of warm smiles and genuine efforts to make everyone feel at home.

The complimentary bread is one of the best in town, freshly baked with a variety of dips.

Bresaola _ shaved dried beef with rocket salad, fresh figs, lemon and extra virgin olive oil. It's always a pleasure to see fresh figs on the menu.

Lasagne, comprising Wagyu beef cheek layered with fresh pasta, cheese crust and truffle oil. It's been 12 years since we first tasted (and loved) lasagne at Dave's Deli. Let's just say we've come a really long way since then.

Veal osso bucco with polenta & tomato fondue. A key requirement for this is that it falls off the bone. Rest assured, this rich, tender stew passes that test with the utmost of ease.

Illy-soaked tiramisu. After eating at least a hundred tiramisus, we have to declare: this might be the best we've ever tasted. The mascarpone foam was delightfully light, frothy and packed with the heady flavour of freshly brewed Illy coffee. The crunchy cookie croutons were like the icing on the cake. We can't stop singing this dessert's praises.

Cassata, an ice-cream cake comprising Haagen Dazs vanilla, strawberry and pistachio flavours with mixed berries. A luscious dessert that guaranteed we'll be returning very soon.

Banfi Col di Sasso Cabernet Sangiovese 2007. A light wine that went well with everything.

Le Meridien.


  1. From your description, this looks like THE Italian joint to grace KL, after so many lacklustre joints. Anything else in the menu that is decadently enticing? This is the only joint that serves fresh figs in KL? Talk about bad timing. All opening when I was just about to leave for some meeting.

  2. Fresh figs! *does little jig* I actually kinda like the way it looks now fr yr third pic, Harlequin floor tiling & all. Al Nafourah was more decked out but had definitely started to seem a little dated.

  3. Whoa~!!

    So u have ended my ever-long search for a good tiramisu! (Alexis doesnt really count rite? ;p)

    I wonder if i can hop in just for a tiramisu! cos i'm sure this is pricy...

  4. i suppose u will go back again till the menu is all tried out?

  5. would have guessed that al nafourah wouldn't last due to sky rocket prices and sub standard tastes. Hope this one does and prob i might just pop in for the tiramisu! Love Illy!

  6. android: the menu is pretty comprehensive, with lobster-topped pizzas, risotto, homemade pastas ... all the classics. i recall having had fresh figs at senses, but i can't think of where else :D
    min: harlequin floors! didn't know that's what they were called! cool name =)
    tng: sure, just head there for desserts. prices are ok for the appetisers (around RM20), but the pastas start at RM30 onwards
    joe: u can expect to see another entry on favola over the next seven days!
    eiling: yeah, i guess al nafourah was one of those places that never fully satisfied everyone, for various reasons...
    ciki: i suspect u'll like it too! :D

  7. Wow- I am hungry already. Love your blog!

  8. susan: thanks for reading! :D