Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Porto Romano @ Intermark

Porto Romano's latest outpost is an elegant space sequestered in an improbable location: The Intermark's basement food court.

The menu here is vast, filled with crowd-pleasing favorites such as seafood risotto. Creamy & al dente, with sufficient squid, mussels & prawns to curb complaints.

Lobster-stuffed ravioli. Kids might enjoy this, since it packs a wallop of flavor. But the subtler crustacean nuances are lost in the tangy tomato-&-lemon gravy.

Insert of something we nibbled on: not from Porto Romano but Australia _ four flavors of macarons by Melbourne's Cacao Patisserie, a 2010 contest winner for the city's best macarons _ lamington (!), salted caramel, French vanilla & strawberry jam.

Back to Porto Romano: house cocktails with tropical twists _ Wallace Bay (Scotch whiskey, pimm's, limau kasturi) & Cowie Harbor (creme de banana, creme de cacao, coconut liquor).

Spanish beer is available: Estrella Damm, Barcelona's best.

Vina Canepa Classico Chardonnay, Chile (2009).


Porto Romano,
The Intermark, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur.
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24 comments:

  1. this is within walking distance during work for lunch, but it's too expensive on work days! I end up patronizing the Subway behind it..lol

    Adam

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  2. Adam: whoa, you're in walking distance of lotsa decent restaurants! But yeah, Porto romano does feel too indulgent for a regular weekday lunch. A good choice at subway would be equally satisfying, definitely =)

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  3. Are there a lot of food outlets at the Intermark now? The food court is fully open?

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  4. Rebecca: it's still only the same main outlets at intermark so far ... Hanare, Mizu, t forty two, royal India and Tate... The food court is fully opened though, but so far, it seems like any other regular food court that you could find at klcc, mid valley, etc...

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  5. ooh cacao... i always walk pass the place if i do some window shopping but i never felt the urge to buy them. maybe i should. :)

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  6. Michelle: they're not bad at all! Pretty satisfying in both taste and texture. Since you have the chance to try them, step inside the store and buy a small box of four pieces maybe :D

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  7. I've always have a soft spot for Porto Romano, mainly bcuz It has a cosy ambience, but this outlet seem a bit formal, no?

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  8. augustdiners: you're right, really! porto romano's other branches seem quite family-friendly, whereas this one is more business-like. but i guess maybe it's because of the location in an office building =)

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  9. Hehe actually walked past this restaurant a few times but far too quiet inside, made us scared to dine in there :P

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  10. baby sumo: heheh, yeah, i think it needs to try some special promotions to attract customers. but maybe business is better during lunchtime on weekdays, when the office workers here are searching for various food options :D

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  11. Risotto and ravioli only? So little for you! LOL

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  12. CK: heheh, ya, this was actually our second lunch that day. we already ate dim sum for our first lunch before coming here :D

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  13. Now those Oz-originated macarons look fancier than anything I've seen locally. Wow.

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  14. Kenny: yeah, go ozzzzies! heheh ... we really should coax all our friends who go on holidays down under to bring back fancy food for us :D

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  15. quite unfortunately its located at the same floor as the food court. but it certainly stands out from the rest.

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  16. missyblurkit: yeah, that's true, i guess it provides an extra option for customers who want something different from the chicken rice & noodle soups at the food court =)

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  17. well done to them for introducing Estrella - one of my favourites. If they serve the Inedit by Estrella, that's even better.

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  18. eiling: i think i've never tried inedit by estrella before! i need to further my education in beer, hehehe

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  19. The macarons from Melbourne overtook all the dishes.. hhehe =)

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  20. Smitten by food: heheh, marvelous macarons, passable pasta :D

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  21. Is this related to the Porto Romano in Mont Kiara?

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  22. Amanda: yeps, it's the same. They have three outlets =)

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  23. Where did you get those macarons from? Looking good.

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  24. The Yum List: a friend who visited melbourne brought them back. bought from a place called Cacao Patisserie =)

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