Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Grappa @ Avenue K Kuala Lumpur


Here's hoping this Italian outlet can breathe new life into Avenue K's woeful dining scene.


Chicken liver with lemon vinaigrette. We're major fans of liver, so this was a must-order. The liver could have been more tender, but it was crisply battered and bursting with enough flavour to make each bite worth savouring.


Seafood stew. Fairly fresh mussels, squid, clams, prawns and fish, swimming in a thick broth with the full-bodied taste of tomatoes and garlic.


Charbroiled beef rump striploin with sweet onion beef jus. Generously topped with chunks of beef, but the bread was too chewy to complement the meat.


Linguine quattro formaggi, with four cheeses & walnuts. Unmemorable; the pasta was well-prepared, but it was let down by the weak, bland sauce.


Pan-fried cod with potato tart & orange fondue. An interesting recipe, but not quite successful, since the cod wasn't as moist as we would have preferred.


Oven-baked chicken breast with creamy veggie risotto. Reasonably juicy meat, nicely accompanied by a risotto that carried the surprising scent of saffron.


Lamb cutlets with polenta & mint reduction. Our favourite; sensationally succulent and flavoursome meat, with a medium-rare bloodiness to fulfill our carnivorous cravings.


Salisbury Semillon Chardonnay (Australia).


Riunite Lambrusco (Italy).




Grappa,
Ground Floor (near Quattro), Avenue K.
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23 comments:

  1. Oooh! I thought you will be dousing Grappa at Grappa. The Chicken looks interesting enough, as I am not a fan of spare parts. Now, I have to find out where Avenue K is. I am always so blurrrr.....

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  2. Something to look fwd to when I visit KLCC next. Am so dead tired of the choices around there. Too bad this ain't the same as the old place.

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  3. android: oops, don't remember seeing any grappa on the beverage menu, but then, i'm not really a fan of it. oh, u'll have no trouble finding avenue k, it's just opposite klcc on jln ampang (u can either cross the road or walk through an underground tunnel)
    boo: yeah, i was pretty excited to visit this place, but alas, i think that santini @ klcc is still the better choice for italian...

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  4. the lamb looks great! something i would order for sure..

    wot?! no grappa at grappa.. unbelievable. U didn't complain meh..LOL

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  5. Eh how come I don't see any grappa? Do they serve grappa or it's just a name?

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  6. Avenue K... LOL! never set my feet on the mall before!

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  7. just saw this when i went to ah yat last sunday!

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  8. ciki: yeah, i rarely order lamb, but the polenta in this dish attracted me. in the end though, it was the lamb that made it worthwhile!
    eiling: hmmmm, we scanned the menu only for the wine, so MAYBE there was grappa on it somewhere. i should return to find out, huh :D
    leo: yep, there's no solid reason to go to avenue k, since u can find better restaurants (and many, many more shops) in klcc.
    joe: oh ya, ah yat gets crowded on the weekends for their dim sum, rite...

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  9. Saw this place advertised in Time Out February, a couple of pages away from your face, you famous fler, you!

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  10. lemongrass: maybe i'll be in next month's issue too, if someone at grappa caught me on camera and decides to use the pic for an upcoming ad! let's hope i'll be RECOGNIZABLE, if there's a next time :D

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  11. i stil wan to try that Pizza Roma place... ;(
    No one to go with me. One plank pizza is RM26 +

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  12. tng: i kinda recall that the pizza there wasn't really good. but hey, if u wanna try, the next time u're in the city in the evening, we could go check it out. after cny, i guess =)

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  13. I don't know if it's because I've simply given up but it's going to take me a lot to find my way back to Avenue K, after a horrid encounter at Quattro. Pity though.. it's a decent enough location!

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  14. min: yeah, it's a shame about avenue k. kinda surprising to see a new restaurant take the risk of opening here, especially on a level where there's not much foot traffic...

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  15. Dear Sean

    We'd like to get in touch with you to invite you for a grand opening of a food & beverage outlet. Was hoping you could let me know your email address so that I can contact you directly.

    I've also followed you on twitter under the name nicolemohg. You may direct message me if you would like to communicate from there.

    Thank you.

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  16. nicole: tnx. have messaged u on twitter.

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  17. Roma Pizza closed down. :(

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  18. ikram: yikes! another one bites the dust. sad

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  19. pls come to grappa with the new chef and new menu round the world .....

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  20. Had lunch there today. The food was alright. Nothing spectacular. I had the Ceasar Salad but there were no anchovies in it, despite the menu describing it with anchovies.

    Great ambience though. And staff were friendly. Improve the food a little and the place could be fantastic!

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  21. azlan: thanks for the info...
    mona: cool, glad to know it's still drawing in the customers. will take a look the next time i'm at avenue k :D

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  22. May I know the price there? Thanks.

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