Saturday, January 14, 2012

Black Truffles @ Garibaldi

Fade to black: With the season for Alba's aromatic white truffles behind us, it's time to genuflect before the altar of midnight-hued fungi instead.

Garibaldi recently brought in Norcia black truffles from Italy's Umbria province, priced at RM10++ per gram. Shaved here over a bed of gently seared, velveteen-rich ox tongue. Less fragrant than its paler counterpart, but it has a more discernible soil-bound taste of terra firma.

Another recommended preparation, with warm, veal-stuffed ravioli. By now, Garibaldi might also be serving a slightly pricier black truffle, the 'pregatio' variety.

Truffle-free but terrific: Lobster panna cotta _ ultra-creamy mousse filled with chunks of resilient-fleshed crustacean meat. Not on the menu but worth requesting.

Interested in Italian but envisioning something less elaborate? Italian Tomato might save the day, just a five-minute drive from Garibaldi.
Earlier entry on Italian Tomato: January 3.

Sweet, slightly smoky & subtly tangy: wood-fire oven-roasted pumpkin soup, enhanced with what seems like slivers of orange peels for an enjoyable chew.

Spaghetti vongole. Less than al dente; if you can forgive that, no need to forgo this.

Freshly made pappardelle with lamb ragu. Looks & tastes rustic enough to be the handiwork of a Bolognese homemaker. Wet, slippery pasta, casually adorned with succulent meat strewn over a light, veggie-filled gravy.

Cocktails at Garibaldi: Imperial Margarita (tequila, orange curacao, orange juice) & Dirty Martini (vodka, cinzano dry, olive brine).

Red wine & lime margarita at Italian Tomato.

Garibaldi Malaysia @ Bangsar Village.
Italian Tomato @ Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.
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35 comments:

  1. nice environment....
    is the food is good?
    So far i had the best italian food @ Ciao Ristorante

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    1. Simple Person: i think i'm biased, cos italian food is my favorite! ciao is definitely good too! :D

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  2. I normally don't go for pappardelle because I find it's too thick for my liking. But the one in your pic looks so soupy, and the lamb chucks look awesome! Must go give it a try..hehe

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    1. Adam: oh yeah, i think the best pappardelle is soft, silky-smooth & slippery, the way the kuey teow in kuey teow t'ng is! not necessarily as thin, but equally light :D

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  3. Have u tried the truffle menu at Sage? You can view the menu on their website. I heard it's available til end of this month.

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    1. Baby Sumo: ooo, i just looked at the menu online. sounds nice, and it's got your favorite scallops too! :D

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  4. Looks nice. I would like to see the restaurant in the evening with all those circular decorations on the ceiling.

    Ooh, I once had this alcoholic drink which spas served in one of those skinny legged glasses and it was real nice. It tasted like milk chocolate. I don't really remember what it was. I would like to know what it was so that I can order it if I go to a bar. Could it be Martini?

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    1. Rad: oooh, i wonder if that drink might have been a Baileys Irish Cream. it's one of my favorites, cos it's like a dessert drink. milky and creamy, it goes well with cakes! i don't think it was a martini, cos martinis are usually strong and bitter :D

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    2. Ooh that may be it! I will remember that name. I'm not surprised of at drink is everyone's favorite!

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    3. Meant to say 'if that' not 'of at'

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    4. Rad: heheh, you type too fast! :D

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  5. I love spaghetti vongole but looks like their pappardelle with lamb ragu deserves a try..

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    1. Smitten by Food: i love both seafood & meat-based pastas! :D

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  6. i'm so going to sage to have the truffle menu already. i cannot tahan seeing this!

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    1. Michelle: ooo, i hope sage's menu tastes good too! :D

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  7. Seems to be a generous serving of truffle shavings at Garibaldi and... lobster panna cotta! - wow who thought of that? :-)

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    1. The Yum List: oh yeah, the chef at garibaldi is definitely a creative chap! :D

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  8. Wah, now no more one restaurant a day, it's one post a day but two restaurants per post!

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    1. Timing: heheh, i've been trying to clear my backlog of posts! still not succeeding though :D

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  9. I will say this about the lobster panna cotta - certainly lots of lobster meat inside. We were impressed!

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    1. Kenny: yeah, and i just realized that the lobster meat isn't actually visible at first! :D

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  10. Yes, seems tht Garibaldi is on the right track! Good tht they are doing somethn diff, and offering seasonal products, else they are goin to be another boring Italian & will slowly die off

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    1. TNG: i think there's no danger of death for garibaldi for the foreseeable future! or at least i hope not :D

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  11. We went to Garibaldi for dessert, but ended up with too much truffles, LOL.

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    1. CK: unexpected truffles! a pleasant surprise :D

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  12. Truffles! The real truffles. Its actually a good price that they are selling:P Half expected it to be costier.

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    1. Missyblurkit: oh yeah, the alba white truffles previously were about RM25++ per gram! =)

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    2. Now I am torn between Garilbaldi and Spasso Milano to celebrate today:-( Truffle vs Pork

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    3. Missyblurkit: i hope whichever one you chose, you had a very enjoyable meal in all ways :D

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  13. Decadent!! I just had a massive black truffle meal. was goooooood!

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    1. Ciki: heheh, decadence has a new name: ciki!!! :D

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  14. so how many grams did you request on your plate?

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    1. Eiling: oops, i can't remember exactly, but i think three grams would be enough =)

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