Sunday, July 10, 2011

Villa Danieli

The future belongs to the young: Villa Danieli recently welcomed a 24-year-old head chef from Turin to help shake things up a little.

It's always a joy to step back into this inimitably charming eatery; this was KL's first Italian outlet that I truly fell in love with, probably eight years ago.

Amuse bouche of chicken with cauliflower mousse.

Asparagus risotto with demi glace reduction. Perfectly firm rice, with a rich taste and an almost nutty texture. Might have worked even better with some scallops on top.

Herb-scented potato gnocchi with seasonal veggies. Based on these few savory recipes, the new chef _ Simone La Gamba _ favors authoritatively aromatic flavors that really stand out but might become a bit overwhelming after awhile.

Desserts have long been Villa Danieli's forte, and the current offerings maintain that tradition. This chocolate & peanut butter semifreddo with berries compote was creamy and dreamy.

Classic tiramisu. One of KL's finest non-alcoholic versions _ moist but not mushy, with a complex sweetness that proved intoxicating in its own right.

Things got even better with these two other tiramisus: Barolo wine-poached pear & caramel-walnut. Customers should slowly and lovingly savor both of these, allowing the blend of beautiful flavors to reveal themselves and percolate on the tongue.

A wine tasting flight: Semillon Chardonnay, Lindermans Premier Selection, Australia; Chardonnay, Penfolds Koonunga Hill, Australia; Sauvignon Blanc, Villa Maria Private Bin, Marlborough, New Zealand.

Previous entry on Villa Danieli: Oct. 12, 2009.

Villa Danieli,
Sheraton Imperial Hotel,
Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.


  1. tng: i wish i could have that tiramisu back-to-back with favola's tiramisu to confirm which one is yummier! :D

  2. Would you say that villia danieli is your favorite italian in kl?

  3. Michelle: nopes, not anymore, not for the food (even though the food is still very good, I'd say il lido, prego and favola are better, among others). But in terms of ambiance, yeah, i think this is my favorite Italian outlet in KL =)

  4. I was thinking of coming here soon since we have the Starwood card. Never tried this place before :)

  5. Baby sumo: it'll be really, really worth it with a starwood card! the meal might cost less than one at il lido... and the desserts here are actually better! :D

  6. I really like the Italian ambiance! I have been there once many years ago with a lady minister, only get to eat pizza and coffee as I knew they will pay the bill, it's not nice to order something expensive. I can't be overeating in front of my clients, right :(

  7. River/huck: ya, i think it's quite a magical ambiance for a hotel restaurant. perfect to escape from the city for a few hours =) I remember the pizzas here are also delicious. But ya, too bad the prices here are so high ... Hotel prices for foreign tourists :D

  8. I don't think the Italian food at Villa Danieli is outstanding for its price. Especially if you're not a Starwood member, it's not really worth the dollar.

  9. eiling: yeah, between prego and villa danieli (since they're both starwood outlets), i'd choose prego for the food. a more interesting variety and tastier at prego =)

  10. As a starwood member I went to VD twice, once for normal makan and once to use that 50% group dining voucher, and both times I was blown away by the awesomeness of the ambience and the lack of inspiration in the food. New chef now so must go back and try!

  11. timing: sob sob, it sounds like everyone has a starwood card except me! heheh :D yeah, i guess most people prefer the ambiance here compared to the food. but i'd say the ambiance deserves an 'A-' and the food a still-solid 'B' :D

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