Sunday, March 4, 2012

Casa Del Cocco

Remember Pudu's Coconut House? It closed in 2008, reopened at PJ's 3 Two Square, then shut again. Its latest reincarnation has surfaced at Taman Desa, under the name of Casa Del Cocco.

The highlight here is the wood-fire oven, which churns out non-halal pizzas like this one with Parma ham & rocket leaves. The pizza edges nearer to doughy than crisp, while the toppings seem sparse, but for RM24 (no service charge!), it's cheaper & tastier than Domino's.

Slow-roasted pork shoulder, oven-cooked overnight with fennel seeds & herbs (RM22). Satisfyingly juicy & flavorsome; might not be El Cerdo-level, but for this price, it can't be beat. The food here has a home-cooked feel _ a rarity for many of KL's Italian restaurants.

Soup's up! With kitchen-made pork sausages, root veggies & beans (RM7.50), this is the kind of nourishing broth that every grandmother _ Italian or otherwise _ might nod approvingly at.

Thinly sliced veal & prosciutto cooked with white wine sauce (RM25). When we first made it to Rome, nearly eight years ago, one of our first meals comprised something like this. Rustic & unpretentious, it won't work magic on the taste buds, but it won't leave a sour impression.

Casa Del Cocco serves wine (yay!), but only by the bottle for now, with prices starting at about RM120 (the vintages here are of a surprising pedigree for this neighborhood). But fret not; the corkage is a delightful RM20, so feel free to bring your own bottle or two.

Directions? Casa Del Cocco takes over Cafe Libre's location, following a refurbishment that makes the place nearly unrecognizable (for the better).

Note: Coconut House also has/had another branch in Malacca.

Casa Del Cocco,
18, Jalan 5/109F, Taman Danau Desa, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-7972-3288
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28 comments:

  1. I prefer the veal & prosciutto than the pork shoulder, too much fennel seed on it. :P

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    1. CK: i prefer the pork shoulder! fennel is good lah ... according to wikipedia, can improve eyesight, reduce hypertension & increase breast milk flow! :P

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    2. I'm with CK but for me, the amount of fennel seeds were just nice - not overpowering yet.

      P.S. No wonder you like fennel seeds lah, Sean, increase breast milk flow wor... ;P

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    3. Apparently it prevents s u from getting swine flu too.

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    4. Kenny: i hope we'll have the chance to try fennel seeds in another recipe sometime. then can compare :D

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    5. Baby Sumo: now that's proof of a powerful herb indeed! :D

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  2. The pizza looks good but I'm not a big fan of rocket leaves. Hehe. But the last photo with the poster definitely takes the cake! Haha!

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    1. Chong: heh, they use rocket leaves really liberally in many of the dishes here ... and I love 'em for that! =) yaa, political awareness has spread to the eateries of taman desa :D

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  3. I think i made that soup before. :D

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    1. Michelle: it's a nice soup to start a meal with :D

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    1. The Yum List: oh yeah, any charge that's RM30 and below is a nice touch! :D

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  5. Really itching to check out the pizza menu here. It's really a DIRE neighbourhood for pizzas!

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    1. Min: the people of taman desa deserve pleasurable pizzas! rise up and make a stand! i think casa del cocco's pizzas are OK. i'd rate the one above as a B-minus, or maybe a B :D

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    2. Pleasurable pizzas? Oh the funny things you use, sir! :P

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    3. Kenny: sounds like you've never pleasured yourself with a pizza! :D

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  6. Wow this guy doesnt give up!
    I ate at the 32 SQ outlet before but wasn't impressed. Well, here's hoping that this outlet has a longer life!

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    1. TNG: oooh, i never managed to try the 3 two square branch. i have positive memories of the pudu original though. but maybe that's because i'm nostalgic about it, heheh. but ya, business here at taman desa seems to be quite strong so far =)

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  7. Rocket with veal & prosciutto = winner =)

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    1. Smitten By Food: baby cow + dry-cured swine = delicious :D

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  8. I tried d coconut house @ 32 square...
    Food is ok mayb open in a wrong location....

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    1. Simple Person: ya, I think taman desa is a good location now for a budget-priced Italian restaurant :D

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  9. haha.. i love the last shot with the Stop Lynas sticker on the door. And corkage for Rm20, it's quite a good deal!

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    1. Eiling: heheh, i think most of their customers would support that sticker =)

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  10. Heard that the service was terrible at 32 Square, hope there is an improvement on this~

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    1. Choi Yen: service was OK here. not very friendly, but still efficient, heheh =)

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  11. the wines has arrived! no wines when we visited 2 weeks ago.

    my fave is the slow roasted pork shoulder. awesome stuff! the pork bolognaise is also yummeh but remind them al dente:P

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    1. Missyblurkit: i was surprised that they had a wine selection! at least 10 different bottles, i think! :D i'm looking forward to trying as many pastas as possible here =)

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