Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Strato Italian Restaurant @ Troika Sky Dining

Returning to Strato for more mouthwatering Italian marvels. Earlier entry on Strato: Feb. 18.

A revised 'vitello tonnato' illustrates how Strato carves out distinctive recipes; this comprises brine-cured rare beef instead of veal, with not only tuna-anchovy sauce & deep-fried capers but chopped raisins too, for an interesting sweet-savoriness.

Salads seldom seem as satisfying as this big bowl of chunky-crunchy bread, pickled anchovies & parmesan (RM25++), currently the cheapest choice on Strato's menu.

Lovely interpretation of the Caprese salad (RM45++), with creamy buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes roasted on the vine, pickled cherry tomatoes, pesto & lemon cream.

Sausage, fennel, caramelized onions & stewed mushrooms. Rustic roots for a recipe to relish.

Gotta get gnocchi (RM45++), fairly fluffy ones, filled out on this ethereally pale plate with gorgonzola & pickled walnuts.

Squid ink linguine with prawns, artichoke cream & fried artichokes. Pasta perfection.

Vegetarians might have a field day at Strato: Meatless selections include the garganelli with tomatoes, basil, rocket, roast onions & toasted pine nuts (RM45++) ...

... & the pappardelle with pure tomato bolognese, as fresh as we could conceivably want it.

Desserts are limited here but no less enticing: Try the banana-coffee tiramisu (RM25++) ...

... or the rice pudding (RM30++), accompanied by a trio of nutty-fruity-honeyed trimmings.

All in all, Strato makes an excellent companion restaurant to Cantaloupe at Troika Sky Dining.


Strato Italian Restaurant,
Level 23A, Troika Sky Dining,
The Troika, Persiaran KLCC, Lorong Binjai, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2162-0886

26 comments:

  1. Ooo...the sausage, fennel, caramelized onions & stewed mushrooms is really earthy n rustic while the pastas looks enticing =)

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    1. Ulric: yeah, the kitchen here is really adept at whipping up dishes that feel genuinely italian & with interesting combinations of ingredients that set it apart from other restaurants in kl =)

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    2. I shall make it a point to visit at least once! :D

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    3. Ulric: yay! make reservations =) smallish restaurant, seating capacity of probably fewer than fifty =)

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    4. Will do! I aim to be lifted to the stratosphere when dining here...hehe :P

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    5. Ulric: cross fingers for that :D

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    6. I wanna try that perfect pasta....Squid ink linguine with prawns, artichoke cream & fried artichokes... droolllingggggg... KC : bila going?!?!?!?!?! ;DDDDD *wipe saliva*

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    7. Eunice: it's the kind of pasta that i'm always looking for, heheh :D

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  2. This is a new building? Never heard of it before.

    Wilson

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    1. Wilson: oh, the troika is very near klcc. it's actually just across the road from PNB Darby Park =)

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  3. The banana-coffee tiramisu looks interesting. Would love to try that...

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, it's tinged with a fun tropical flavor :D

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  4. Oh no, that Caprese salad reminds me that we still have some mozzarella cheese in our fridge. Hope still can be used..
    The food here looks really good, need to start saving for that. hehehe.

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    1. CK: heheh, maybe can buy some tomatoes this week and make a nice caprese salad with your cheese =) ya, I think this is currently among my Top Five Italian restaurants in KL :D

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  5. Another Italian.. The only dish that caught my attention is the squid with artichoke cream!

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    1. TNG: I quite like artichokes, and they're put to interesting use here, fried and creamed in one dish. This is definitely my favorite new Italian restaurant in more than a year :D

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  6. I've not tried before Squid ink linguine/spaghetti. Isit good?

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    1. Melissa: worth trying, even though it will (temporarily) blacken our lips and teeth with its inky stain. taste-wise, it depends on what other ingredients are added into the recipe, but it's usually part of a seafood pasta =)

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  7. That rare beef really looks like it's calling my name.

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    1. KY: heheh, when food calls your name, you must be polite and be sure to answer! but ya, that's a nice beefy dish :D

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    2. I have my eyes on the rare beef and gnocchi!

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    3. Missyblurkit: yeah, i like beef that's bloody and gnocchi that's a little mushy :D

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  8. I think even the name of the dishes are difficult to pronounce !!!!

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    1. Wong: you're right! italian is difficult sometimes, though i find French to be the worst, heheh :D

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  9. They make their own pasta here, right?

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    1. Baby Sumo: oooh, i think so. there's definitely a house-made feel to the pasta here =)

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