Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Baci Italian Cafe

One of the first eateries to plant a flag at CITTA, a new strip mall that has struck a chord with Ara Damansara's residents who now flock here for fun meals.

Baci is run by the restaurant empire responsible for familiar names like The Apartment, Malones, Italiannies, Market Hall & Bedroom. It's no surprise that eating here is a hit-or-miss affair, reminiscent of our experiences at those other outlets, where delicious dishes share the menu with dubious ones.

Bresaola, feta cheese, rocket & avocado panini. A convenient snack, with fairly fresh ingredients. We might have appreciated a more substantial filling and a toastier feel for the bread, but for only RM14.90, it's not a rip-off.

Aglio olio with whitebait. Somewhat interesting, thanks to the tiny, slimy fish. Customers seeking something simple to satisfy their pasta cravings will be pleased to hear this costs a mere RM12.80. Prices are nett for now.

Chicken, wild mushroom & gorgonzola cheese pizza. Skip this; the crust is too thick and doughy, while the toppings seem similar to what a fast-food outlet like Shakey's might serve. But again, the low expense is appealing: RM10.90.

Belgian chocolate & black sesame gelato (RM10.90 for two scoops). Frankly, the chocolate one feels like it came from a Wall's ice cream tub, while the sesame variety tastes too artificial (you'll find much better at a Japanese outlet like Coco.Tei).

Cafe latte & iced toffee frappe. Wine is expected to be available eventually.

All in all, it's a cozy, cheerful hangout that should work well for patrons who want to watch their cash, but the food still needs fine-tuning.

The calm before the crowds came. And when they came, they came in droves.

Baci Italian Cafe,
CITTA Mall, Jalan PJU 1A/48, Ara Damansara.
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18 comments:

  1. LOL the second post I've read today in quick succession saying how this place has got the looks but doesn't quite deliver the goods! And you answered my question - I asked Motormouth how the gelato was (http://goo.gl/heS5k) and you said the chocolate one was like one from Walls - fail!

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  2. Hungry female: and y'know, I actually woke up extraordinarily early on a recent lazy morning to head here! thankfully though, parking at this mall is abundant and 100 percent free (for now)! :D

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  3. i must try that coco tei place you mention. i'm a sucker for really good ice creams!

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  4. Italiannies pizzas are thin crusted and pretty good, am surprise that the ones here are crap. Haha!

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  5. Michelle: am guessing you'll be back in KL in a few months, so it won't be too long till you can check it out. Hope you'll like it :D
    Baby sumo: oooo, I've not tried italiannies' pizzas (I usually just order their pastas). Then again, it's been more three years since I last stepped into their outlets (the one at the curve used to be a nice hangout for us) =)

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  6. Good to hear you didn't suffer too much for mediocrity. Any other interesting looking spots in the same mall?

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  7. Hungry female: nothing that really warrants a drive out there, especially since the mall only has two outlets that offer booze (but one of them is chili's, which you can find at KLCC, 1 utama, mid valley, Bangsar shopping center anyway). In fact, probably half the eateries here are branches of established businesses (chawan, originally from Bangsar, wondermilk cuppacakes from damansara uptown, meatworks from solaris mont kiara)...

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  8. Too many malls, too few retailers to go round you think? The mall F&B scene is most certainly suffering from an acute case of generititis! Same joints, same menus!

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  9. min: yeps, you're probably right. i guess the successful outlets usually try to replicate their success at other malls, while the newer eateries sometimes lack the capital and creativity to offer something really fresh...

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  10. Love the ambience.. looks like a place that I could hang out with friends while catching up. Prices of food are extremely reasonable, though I hope they'd improve in time.. at least before I visit! :P Hehe

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  11. iamthewitch: oh yeah, quite a comfy cafe, and definitely a decent choice if you're in this area and you want a casual lunch. the food shouldn't be too difficult to improve, so let's hope they make the extra effort! :D

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  12. hi, first time comment here, you should label the price, at least the price range will be better :)
    love ur blog anyway.

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  13. Hana: Hi! Thanks for your feedback. Appreciate it :D sorry about not listing the prices. I usually am too lazy to refer to the receipts =)

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  14. yawns.. guess im nt heading there anytime soon..but did u mention near Ara damansara? isnt tht like right where i stay? omg.. didnt even knw it exist ;p but i did see some tweets fr a few weeks..didnt knw it ws tht close by!

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  15. tng: oooh, it only took me 10 minutes to get here from the kelana jaya area, so it should be pretty close to where you are! just have to drive through a residential neighborhood :D

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  16. wah they even save on chairs by providing the siting on the floor style. would be so inconvenient for those who wear skirts. I always prefer proper chairs.

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  17. eiling: heheh, there's also regular seating, but most of it is alfresco outside the outlet :D

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  18. Hi Sean,
    Kindly be informed that this post has been reprinted on JoinMe.com.my, thanks. ^^
    P/S: We have put your name and link credit back to this article.

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