Monday, August 9, 2010

Tosca @ Doubletree by Hilton


Doubletree by Hilton's Italian restaurant is a breezy, casual hangout.


It's 100 percent alfresco here, right beside the hotel's 11th-floor pool. Certainly a nice change from KL's predominantly indoor, earthbound Italian eateries.


If you're only here for a drink, grab a seat at the lounge section, which provides a panoramic view of Jalan Tun Razak and Jalan Ampang.


The menu is kept basic _ trattoria-style pasta, salads, risotto, meat and fish. (Note, however, that Tosca is in its soft-launch phase, so only pizzas, sandwiches and desserts are available through mid-August).


Wood-fired pizza with seafood, tomatoes, mozzarella & garlic. This had a fair amount of fresh, flavorsome toppings, with a reasonably thin and crisp crust, but you'll still find more impressive pizzas elsewhere in town.


What made the pizza memorable were these accompaniments: three types of olive oil _ rosemary-&-thyme, chili, and extra virgin. Drizzled on the pizza, they added a range of aromas _ herbaceous, peppery and buttery _ that made each bite more distinctively enjoyable.


Mint-marinated strawberries, stracciatella ice cream & pistachio crumble. A pleasant mix, with the ice cream offering a sugary counterpoint to the gently tart strawberries.


Tiramisu. Skip this; tasted middling, with a frosty, refrigerated texture.


Madagascar vanilla & mascarpone gelati. Cold and creamy enough, as well as subtly sweet, but still not quite the gelato of our dreams.


Service was excellent. That, coupled with the ambiance, is the key reason to head here.




Tosca,
Doubletree by Hilton,
The Intermark, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 2172-7272

59 comments:

  1. This certainly looks promising!

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  2. I used to stay next door to the now Doubletree (eh, England sounds salah here, but whatever)... and the entire area has certainly brightened up significantly since I was last here. :)

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  3. speak of the devil! we were just commenting, when sean was going to eat at double tree. there you have it! LOL

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  4. You weren't tempted to take a dip in the pool?

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  5. michelle: i'm hoping that as time goes by, they'll be more adventurous with their menu!
    lfb: hmmm, if u stay in taman desa long enough, maybe a doubletree will open next door to u there! if it's your destiny to live near one, well, u can't fight fate :P
    ciki: oh yeah, reservations to eat here were made two weeks before doubletree opened! fanatical but true! :D
    lemongrass: the idea was contemplated ... but the possibility of being thrown out for skinny-dipping was very real!

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  6. Doubletree Taman Desa? Sounds so salah yet so right at the same time! :P

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  7. lfb: i can see u trying to escape doubletree taman desa by moving to pandah indah, cheras. then lo and behold, a doubletree pandan indah will open :P

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  8. So that's where Doubletree is located :P I was wondering where the hotel is located. The food looked awfully puny... or were you just started to warm up before the full course somewhere?

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  9. leo: yep, it's quite easy to spot on the main road, but painful to reach during peak traffic hours! heheh, u know me too well. we went elsewhere for a real dinner (and supper!) after that :D

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  10. Then they ought change the name by then to Multipletree, no? :P

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  11. lfb: tripletree? threetree? why am i suddenly imagining a bunch of tropical hardwoods having a menage a trois? :P

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  12. Botanic intercourese? Ai yai yai... It is a slow Monday, after all, if we are down to discussing this... :P

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  13. lfb: let's hope this mundane monday makes way quickly for a torrid tuesday, a wanton wednesday, a titillating thursday and a ... errmmm ... i wanna use the 'f' word but i shouldn't :P

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  14. A fiery Friday? A fabulous Friday? Oh whatever could you mean and not say? What is your F word, I wonder. :P

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  15. lfb: fiery is ok, i suppose. but is fleshly a word? if so, then i wish us a fleshly friday! :P

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  16. Fleshly or fleshy? Aiks, time to diet! :P

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  17. lfb: bah ... u always talk about diet wan, but never seem to do! :P

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  18. How to diet in MALAYSIA? It is not possible. We are the only folks in the world who discuss, while we are eating breakfast, what to have for lunch, tea, dinner AND supper!

    Or at least, I know I do. *buat muka shy*

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  19. lfb: u're not as bad as me actually. i sometimes discuss what i'll be having for dinner a fortnight in advance! but it helps that i skip brekkie, lunch AND tea, so i pour my heart and soul into dinners :P

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  20. You skip THREE meals a day? No wonder LL says you are wafer thin. We all hate you. :P

    P.S. Okay, so she didn't actually say "wafer thin" but something liddat lah. :P

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  21. lfb: must be a mars or snickers bar lah, not a wafer. but age is catching up on me. i've gained two kilograms this year. TWO!!!

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  22. wow....really a nice place to dine...

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  23. vialentino: yep, i actually like hotel poolside restaurants, but most of them usually don't serve good food :D

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  24. Hello, I can gain 20 kilos in a year. What is dua kilo. Cis.

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  25. lfb: 20kg! i had to google this, but that's the weight of a men's olympic barbell. and also the weight of EIGHT newborn piglets :D

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  26. That's me. A Chinese fella with eight piglets around his tummy. Sighs.

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  27. lfb: would u rather they were all around your thighs instead? :P

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  28. lfb: my consolation is looking at photos of my classmates in their facebook albums, and knowing that my weight gain pales to theirs :D

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  29. Haha, THAT is so true. Yay for facebook and classmates who are even fatter than us! (I am so gonna get killed for his, eeks.)

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  30. lfb: i'm so looking forward to a class of '93 reunion! but nobody's organizing one! *crossing fingers for 20th anniversary reunion*

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  31. 20th anniversary? Can anyone extrapolate the amount of blubber that would have accumulated by then? :P

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  32. lfb: thankfully, i scored an A1 for both my maths and additional maths. so ... if each person gained an average of 15kg, then an entire class would gain 600kg. a newborn baby elephants weighs about 100kg. so that's six newborn baby elephants? hmmmmm, doesn't sound like much, rite :P

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  33. Wasn't this post about an Italian restaurant? How did we end up discussing newborn baby elephants?? :P

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  34. lfb: there is a link between italian food and elephants! in the excellent book, 'eat pray love' (soon to be a major motion picture starring julia roberts), the protagonist goes on a round-the-world quest to find herself. her first stop: italy, where she gorges on pasta! her second: india, where she meditates and meets elephants! ta-dah! impressed? :D

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  35. Yes, sorta. Scary that I have the book too. Long story why, but I'll leave that for another day. Time to balik rumah and cari makan malam. Have fun at your Italian makan! :)

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  36. Hate to break the banter between the both of you, but the place looks nice. Was just talking to Ciki about when we can expect a review from ya. :)

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  37. lfb: u have it, but u haven't read it? hmmmm...
    qwazymonkey: ya, i had been looking forward to doubletree's opening for weeks! they're just in time to cash in on the ramadan business! :D

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  38. Do you know if there's a reason why they didn't call the whole building Double Tree by Hilton? The Intermark looks really nice and all, but it does make it a little hard to find if not for blogs such as yours!!

    I'm looking forward to checking it out soonish. Keep up the good work Sean!

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  39. How do I follow you on Twitter by the way?

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  40. shaun: thanks! i appreciate the kind words. i guess the hotel is just one part of the intermark, which should have office towers and retail outlets when it fully opens. but yeah, it's easy to spot from the road, but it's tricky to enter if you're driving from the klcc area. i'm on twitter at seanyoong, but not particularly active. i just stalk other people, heh...

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  41. There are no stalkers on Twitter, just followers!

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  42. shaun: famous last words! :P

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  43. *spanks qwazymonkey for interrupting our banter*

    Now that that's done, back to usual transmission: Hehe.

    I did read the book. I bought it as a birthday gift for the Diva after carefully and subtly checking with her that she didn't already have it. Turns out she did, read it and promptly forgot about it.

    So I had to get another book, and ended up reading this myself... Not a huge fan of the writing and the neuroses but the overall theme was fun. I've been to Italy and Indonesia; which leaves India for me to explore.

    Ohm. Ohm. Ohm.

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  44. I know I'm kinda late to comment here... but look, sometimes being late aint all that bad - i get to enjoy the full script of your chatter with LFB (altho i suspect there'll be more to come) and that's really cracking me up - OMG :P
    Oh the restaurant looks damn nice, by the way.

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  45. oh no... you're always the first to be at the newest places! This place looks good and I like the outdoor lounge area. It's nice if it's not too hot. Can sip a cocktail while enjoying the nice view of the city.

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  46. lfb: i haven't spanked anyone in ages. kinda missing it now :P gosh, how can someone not remember reading that book? doesn't it have a big blurb on the back cover that says, 'unforgettable!' heh. yeah, the writing wasn't magical, but her journey sure was. i'd love to experience a year like that (minus the heartbreak bit at the beginning). i've not done india either, but it's on the list of countries that i don't wanna visit (right alongside iran and iraq). :D
    pureglutton: latecomers are never turned away on 'eat drink kl' ... welcome to the party! :D yep, i think this week's theme is restaurants that look good, but serve so-so food...
    eiling: so many new places opening before ramadan, my backlog is piling up! but yeah, this is a nice place where u can escape the crowds and noise at skybar and luna bar, but still enjoy a decent view :D

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  47. This is my best friend The Diva you are speaking of. You have no idea how blur sotong she is. She is so airhead she doesn't even need to be blonde. But I lub her. She is my bruddah (despite lacking the obvious physical bits).

    Oh gosh, are you gonna try and do all the 'I' countries? If so, try Iceland and Ireland instead. :P

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  48. lfb: an air-headed best friend sounds cool, cos she won't be able to remember all the money u borrow from her! and as for the physical bits, are u saying a sex-change op would do her good? :D hey, i wanna visit iceland and ireland! iceland has got interesting delicacies (fermented shark meat), while ireland has interesting fauna (leprechauns!).

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  49. Nah, I like her with tits. I'll leave her lower half to her boyfriend though. What I love about her is that she'd totally beat me up for discussing her here like this, yet not-so-secretly enjoy the attention. Hahaha...

    She so rocks!

    P.S. Leprechauns aren't fauna lah. They are barely fauns, at that. :P

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  50. lfb: so are u gonna show her this discussion? *waves to the diva!* is her bosom as impressive as the best divas out there? (think bette, aretha and chaka khan)
    p.s. i'll fawn over any faun that leads me to a pot of gold.

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  51. It's not half bad. Our Lemongrassy Goddess takes the cake though, on this count. No contest.

    But they are all lovely, bouncy pairs of warmth and wonderfulness. :)

    P.S. Or maybe just pot? :P

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  52. lfb: i'll pass, thanks. i usually look lower for lovely, bouncy pairs of warmth and wonderment :D
    this reminds me of a conversation i had with someone recently. him: i have a penchant for impeccable peccadilloes. me: oh. i like pecans. him: i like nuts too.
    hmmmm, nvm, doesn't sound as good on the screen. u had to be there :P

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  53. I guess so. But since I wasn't there, who's this "him" and did he get lucky with any nuts later that night? :P

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  54. Lfb: well, he lives in the klang valley, so u've probably slept with him at one point or another :p and that's all I'm sayin'...

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  55. Boys, behave! There may be kids reading this blog!

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  56. Shaun: if they're old enough to read, they're old enough to learn the facts of life. that's my philosophy, heh :D

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  58. Hi Sean
    Your article link is changed to JoinMe.com.my, thanks!

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