Friday, August 20, 2010

Caffe Vivo @ Pavilion


Caffe Vivo recently took over Italian on Sixth's location at Pavilion, but it almost feels like the same restaurant _ no better, but no worse.


Grissini wrapped with Parma ham. Pork is still a mainstay on the menu here, thankfully. This one sounded interesting, but the ham was dramatically dry, lacking the decadent fattiness and intense flavors that would have won us over.


Seafood risotto, with squid, mussels & prawns, cooked with white wine & tomatoes. Disastrously bland and mushy. Dishes like this are what give risotto a bad name.


All was not lost though; we enjoyed these succulent scallops, nicely seared and wrapped in savory bacon with asparagus, avocados & balsamic glaze.


Creme brulee. Can't find fault with this, but can't praise it either.


Tiramisu. Equally forgettable, though adequate to satisfy a tiramisu craving.


Spritz Al Vino (aperol topped with white wine & sparkling mineral water) & Torresella Sauvignon Blanc, Veneto.


Caffe Vivo,
Pavilion.
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17 comments:

  1. huh? On the 6th floor and such food?
    I have always associated the 6th floor with ..well..some level of class?

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  2. Tng: ya, it's quite sad ... The menu here is slightly more creative and interesting than michelangelo's, but taste-wise, the food is just mediocre...

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  3. Sheesh the bacon rolls look so wong kok

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  4. yeah those who serve crap risotto should be shot!

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  5. Michelle: Wah, issit? I haven't had the rolls there yet...
    Joe: hehe, I wouldn't go that far, but ya, restaurants shouldn't offer risotto if they can't get it right!

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  6. Seems so pretty ho-hum. *laughs at michelle's wong kok comment*

    Makes me crave really good risotto...

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  7. Hehe, ditto on the wong kok comment!! Although I can't imagine anything disastrous to ever come out from the pairing of bacon and scallop!

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  8. Raw ingredients was ok, so there's not much excuse for the poor quality food. Besides than shooting the chef for the poor risotto, there's always the torch gun to fall back on too :P torture ideas aside, you should try cooking risotto, Sean. it's no nightmare ;)

    Now that Pav is coming up to 2yo, it's time for F&B outlets to make or break it. At least La Bod is doing well :)

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  9. Lfb: Ya, it was a bit hard to muster enthusiasm to write about this place, sigh. fortunately, the rest of the shopping trip at pavilion proved fruitful! And good risotto as sometimes as rare as a rhinoceros in KL!
    Min: I can! Especially if it's dry, overcooked, past-expiry-date scallops, with greasy, burnt n over-salty bacon! Thankfully that wasn't the case here, phew :D
    Elrond: yeah, it looks like the kitchen was to blame here, but i'm tempted to visit another day to give them another try. :D and Mikey, i can't even cook ordinary steamed rice, so i don't think i should even consider risotto! i'm a bit jaded with the restaurants at pavvy though. of course it was fresh and exciting at first, but now...

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  10. Tiramisu looks like a scene from Jaws. Do you remember Jaws? My mum took me to the cinema to watch it when I was a really young but already pretty thing. I was terrified when i saw the fish with the huge teeth eating all those semi-naked people. What do you think of censorship in the old days? Nevertheless, I think I grew up pretty okay, so I reckon we don't really need censorship, do we?

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  11. lemongrass: i was born in 1976. jaws came out in 1975. but yes, censorship can be good for us. i don't think i should have watched jaws until i was at least 10 :D

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  12. but at least this looks more casual without being intimidating. Although the interior looks a bit mismatch from your pic. Should be able to attract more working class people. *finger crossed*

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  13. augustdiners: prices are slightly on the steep side though (there's a scallop risotto that costs about RM39 on the menu)...

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  14. have never been to Italian on Sixth either. But I'm sure the prices are pretty much on the steep side?

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  15. Eiling: about 20 percent pricier than michelangelo's downstairs ... But unfortunately, not 20 percent better!

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  16. the risotto doesnt look creamy at all :( they seriously need to do something is they really want to survive there!

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  17. Babe_KL: ya, there were only a few tables occupied on a weekday night. Quite a shame that are at least three Italian restaurants at pavilion (including Michelangelo's and cafe stelle), but none of them really satisfies...

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