Monday, April 22, 2013

Il Faro @ Pavilion

Il Faro feels fairly vulnerable to the elements, making this semi-alfresco restaurant quite a fascinating stop during ferocious thunderstorms.

While winds howled & rain pounded outside, we settled in for a long look at Il Faro's lengthy list of mainly Mediterranean marvels. Even on a chilly day, a cold soup can be fun: Gazpacho with hard-boiled eggs & crunchy croutons (RM12.90 before taxes).

Roasted beetroot hummus. Now here's something we've never encountered before, a blend of blood-red beet & mashed chickpeas that's really refreshing.

Crispy pita chips with brie cheese, marvelous for mindless munching.

Avocado & gorgonzola cheese combine with tomatoes & herbs for a satisfactory salad.

Turkish-style honey-spiced chicken with lime yogurt. Could be lunch for a light eater.

Bread with crispy beef bacon & sage. Il Faro, which opened this year, has attracted little fanfare compared to neighbors like Circus, The Pressroom & La Boca, but it's a nice, unassuming nook with a menu that's distinctive. Well worth visiting.

Not Pavilion's best cocktails, but passable: Dirty Martini & Il Faro Special (vodka, whisky, rum, tequila, gin, blue curacao, beer, sour mix, cranberry juice).

Red blazes through, in wine on its own (RM23 by the glass) & in a tasty Sangria.

Coffee cocktail, mixed with Baileys, kahlua & frangelico. Yums.

il Faro Bistro & Lounge,
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2101-4979

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34 comments:

  1. I must confess tat I haven't had any cold soups before...neither gazpacho or vichyssoise =(

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    1. Ulric: it's tricky for restaurants here to offer cold soups, maybe. I think a lot of customers wouldn't order them. But maybe you could try the gazpacho at il faro sometime. I think it's among the nicest cold soups currently available in kl, with a great balance of flavors and generous accompaniment of ingredients =)

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    2. Haha...noted on d gazpacho...I also noticed tat Renoma had a cold vichyssoise as part of one of their weekly set lunches...too bad I missed tat =(

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    3. Ulric: yeah, the problem with vichyssoise in kl is it's mostly served as elaborate and reinvented versions at more expensive places, like cilantro, sage, nathalie's and Millesime ... although the original and simplest recipe for vichyssoise should actually be pretty easy for many people to just make at home =)

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    4. Simple but delicious is enuff for me...there's no need over-complicate =)

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    5. Ulric: a good philosophy to achieve contentment! :D

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  2. I walk past there most of the working day, should I go there for lunch? Hehehe. You only listed the price for Gazpacho, how about the rest? :P

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    1. CK: ya, i think it's worth visiting this place for lunch! the menu is interesting and the price is OK. many of the dishes are below RM20, heheh :D

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  3. Beetroot hummus! Good good good. Am loving the fact that we see beetroot in many more menus these days!

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    1. Missyblurkit: true, i'm a fan of beetroot too, and on the rare occasions when it's on the menu somewhere, i definitely make the effort to order that item, heheh :D

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  4. I was just opposite Il Faro on Sunday wondering what the food was like... your timing is impeccable. ;-) That beetroot hummus looks worthy of a visit.

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    1. The Yum List: excellent! serendipitous timing :D and yeah, that beetroot hummus is one of my favorite things to eat at pavilion right now. it's a fun, quirky recipe :D

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  5. Bacon? Ok...I'm on, count me in! Hehehehehehe!!!!

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    1. Suituipui: hope you don't mind that it's beef bacon instead of pork bacon, but sure, i'll count you in! :D

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    1. Mr Lonely: ooh, ya, i know quite a few people who also dislike beetroot, unfortunately =)

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  7. only type of cold soup I've ever had was from a Korean restaurant, I don't exactly want to re-experience it again. lol

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    1. KY: ooh, i remember trying cold soups at korean restaurants, and you're right, they're not as enjoyable as hot soups! :D

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  8. I love bacon but don't have it often, so this would be a welcome treat! Lovely presentation, Sean.

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    1. Linda: bacon makes the world go round! i hope you get a bacon treat very soon, and enjoy it :D

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  9. Beetroot hummus is all the reason I need to go. Beetroot is really getting its (much deserved) moment in the foodie spotlight.

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: oh yeah, beetroot has been quite an under-used ingredient at kl's cafes, maybe because a lot of people don't really enjoy it. but here's to beetroot getting its due, in sandwiches and soups and more! :D

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  10. I'll skip the cocktails then. Portions look small, or am I just being greedy? :P

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    1. Bangsar Babe: heheh, i think maybe my photos don't quite do justice to them, especially the il faro special cocktail, which might be enough for two to share :D

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  11. I would like to try the avocado and gorgonzola salad. Looks great!

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    1. Baby Sumo: oh yeah, the creaminess of the avocado & the sharpness of the gorgonzola make for a nice combination! :D

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  12. Ooooh I love how they put beets in their hummus! :D

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    1. Kelly: oh yeah, top marks to whoever thought of that idea! :D

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  13. such a good place and lovely foods! wanna visit KL...

    http://febrinasilalahi-piakacangitem.blogspot.com/

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    1. Emiliana: hope you get the chance to soon! :D

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  14. Mmmmm...beetroot in hummus must add abit of a sweetish tang to it I guess? Baileys, kahlua and frangelico altogether? I'm sold!

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    1. Eliza: yeah, the taste is tangy-sweet, but the texture is totally creamy like regular hummus :D heheh, i love baileys and i love frangelico, so the combination is a total winner for me! :D

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  15. Roasted beetroot hummus! Looks like what I had during the Bo & Lasse culinary session I just attended a week ago :)

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    1. TNG: it's a good dish to check out if you're in pavilion! =)

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