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.