Thursday, February 4, 2010

Giovino @ Changkat Bukit Bintang


The latest entry to Changkat Bukit Bintang offers a vast variety of Mediterranean specialties, though the most fascinating options are the Greek recipes.


A lot of restaurants tend to stumble on opening night, but Giovino's staff members surprised us with stellar service and flawless food.


Pork tongue served cold. Tender and meaty enough to be mistaken for actual pork meat.


Saganaki Tiri (pan-fried cheese in breadcrumbs). Light and airy, but this still packed a tremendous wallop of flavour. The perfect starter for sharing.


Horiatiki, the traditional Greek salad comprising tomatoes, onions, capsicum, cucumber, kalamata olives, feta cheese and garden leaves. A robust, refreshing combo that made us feel like leaping around and singing any number of Abba songs from Mamma Mia!


Spanacopita (baked sauteed spinach in filo pastry). A fluffy, savoury treat that wasn't the least bit oily; certainly a tasty change from the typical spinach preparations.


Paputsaki (eggplant stuffed with beef bolognaise and gratinated feta cheese). Absolute comfort food; the eggplant perfectly straddled the line between being firm and mushy.




Giovino,
Changkat Bukit Bintang.
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22 comments:

  1. I've yet to try the last "new entry" there and another has opened up? Jeez!

    But food here looks promising. We're just lucky that it's not another Italian place. :)

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  2. Like monkey, I'm glad it isn't yet another Italian place (*waiting to be pelted with stale bread by you*). We need more variety and more exposure to international flavours. My husband says I speak Greek half the time, so I think this place will suit me just fine!

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  3. The paputsaki does look like absolute comfort food! I think if no one tells me it is pork tongue, I would eat a whole plate of it, thinking it's just pork.

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  4. Oooh! Pork tongue. Wonder who it french kissed before ending up on a plate... :p Greek food would be a refreshing change. Wonder if they allow plate and glass throwing after a meal?

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  5. Yes, I see it's about time I haul my lazy suburban ass to CBB! That Spanacopita is ringing in my ears!

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  6. pig' tounge??? hmmm... dare not try :P
    not really a big fan of spare parts except for its meat

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  7. Yeah, I was going to ask also abt the plate and glass throwing, as that will be great to de-stress! I am so going here, as I love Greek food! Who's up for some tongue action?

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  8. so you do eat pork tongue. how about ox tongue?

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  9. qwazymonkey: heh, the good/bad news is that it seems to be 20 percent italian, cos there's a pasta section on the menu! :D
    lemongrass: yeah, bring on the icelandic cuisine! i'm dying to try their hakari (that fermented shark thingy. hey, i sometimes speak baby talk, so i should be eating baby food! ok, sorry, lame... :D
    bangsar-babe: yeah, i'm surprised that pigs have such large, thick tongues =)
    android: heheh, well, it's not a fully greek restaurant, so there's no plate-throwing or waiters dancing around and shouting "opa!" :D

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  10. min: yeah, maybe it's time to draw up a new schedule. suburbs on the weekdays, then the city on weekends!
    leo: i have mixed feelings. i'm not a fan of kidneys and gizzard, but i really love liver. just ok though with tongue, brains, etc...
    boo: yep, it was a pleasant surprise to see greek items here, since we expected pasta and pizza. here's hoping that that a few more greek restaurants can open in kl :D
    eiling: i'm ok with ox tongue if it's prepared well (tender and not too gamy, in a nice madeira sauce), but i wouldn't say it's my favorite :D

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  11. im pretty sure sooner or later when i go visit cbb, it be a stranger of a place to me..what did this replace?

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  12. joe: this took over from engka portobello, another nice place that served lots of porky pleasures but only survived less than a year...

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  13. You know, after reading this, I'm so tempted to look for a nice Greek restaurant in SG now!

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  14. smilingkit: apparently there's at least one! athens greek restaurant in bkt timah :D

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  15. ohhh, lurve tongue! i've only tried the braised ala teochew type. this, with lemon sounds great. it's always good to see a menu that's very foreign. of course, i hope the price is not la..haha. thanks for intro, dude!

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  16. nic: prices are very pleasant! that pork tongue is only RM12. but strangely, the eggplant is RM38. yeah, it's time for our restaurants become more globalized =)

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  17. I remember my hokkaido trip where we had pork tongue for bbq, i thought it was ox tongue (my fav!) so i was happily munching away until i was told otherwise. My tummy did a flipflop and i have since tasted another pork tongue.

    Thanks for sharing that Giovino is in business. Can't wait to visit!

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  18. augustdiners: heh, but if u're ok with ox tongue, then the tongue of other livestock shouldn't be a problem, rite =) hope u have a great time at giovino, and try the pork tongue lah!

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  19. *read comments above* Wht's tis fascination w pork's tongue??

    This plc looks promising (laughin at the self conjured image of Sean dancing to Mamma mia! )

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  20. tng: heh, maybe cos it's quite rare to find pork tongue at a western restaurant? come to think of it, i'm not sure if i've ever even eaten pork tongue at a chinese outlet =)

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  21. i search Saganaki in kl. and it bring me come to yours blog. yours blog have many nice food. make me hungry. lol. Saganaki Tiri nice or not? how much is it?

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  22. Jac: yep it's pretty good here. Think it was about rm30++

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