Saturday, April 20, 2013

Pizza Brava @ Desa Sri Hartamas

Bravo to Pizza Brava for cultivating a loyal following among fans of Italian food in Sri Hartamas; we wish the restaurant would be more adventurous in its wide-ranging menu, but playing it safe hasn't hurt its business.

Extremely few risks are evident in the wood-fire pizza selection; nearly two dozen varieties are available, laden with toppings like beef pepperoni, chicken sausage, tuna & mushrooms. Still, can't criticize this meat-free Margherita with rocket, cherry tomatoes & parmesan cheese. RM18 for a 10-inch pizza, before taxes.

The 18-item pasta menu also focuses on the classics like spaghetti with beef meatballs, tomatoes & herbs (RM18). Not quite as al dente as the menu promises, but still easily edible.

Starters include well-executed deep-fried breaded mozzarella cheese (RM12) in Naples' pizzaiola sauce of tomatoes, olives, garlic & herbs. Simple satisfaction.

A reasonable range of wine is available, though other liquor & cocktails are not.

Service is OK but not particularly focused or friendly; on a recent Sunday, we weren't sure whether Pizza Brava's owners were around, but their employees mainly looked like they were rather anxious to close for the night.

On a positive note, Pizza Brava looks very nice, one of Sri Hartamas' more beautiful eateries.

Maybe a list of weekly specials could spark a little more excitement. But all things considered, it's not a bad destination, depending on what customers are looking for.

Pizza Brava,
18, Jalan 25/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-6201-6608
Open daily, 11am-11pm

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20 comments:

  1. Lack of friendliness at a pizza joint...tsk tsk tsk...

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    1. Ulric: part of me feels like maybe they were tired at the end of the day. but could definitely sense a severe lack of any enthusiasm, so i had to note that...

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    2. I go Burger Junkyard then...no lack of friendliness there...hehe =)

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    3. Ulric: oooh, part of the difference might be that burger junkyard's owners are basically the same people that serve the customers. whereas the service staff at pizza brava appear to be employees. but ya, it's difficult to maintain a friendly service team sometimes =)

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  2. huhu~ looks yummy again~ especially in the midnight~ T.T~

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    1. Mr Lonely: heheh, ya, pizzas can be a nice snack, late at night =)

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  3. Still so many people and they wanted to close for the night? Hmmmm....they're obviously not Foochows. As long as there's money to be made, the Foochows will be there...and they'll stay open till late but lately, I've noticed that times have changed though...unfortunately.

    Food looks great. Ooooo...what's with that pix of that poster on the wall? Wink! Wink! LOL!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, there were definite signs that the staff members were keen to call it a day ... not informing customers that the kitchen was taking last orders, and then handing us our bill before we asked for it, heh =) heh, the poster was not very prominently displayed, but it did catch our eye! =)

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  4. You're right about being a nice eatery, looks like a lot of thought and work went into the decor.

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    1. Timing: oh yeah, there's definitely some soulful elegance here :D

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  5. I'm ok with classic pasta as long as it's nice. :)
    But I will prefer it to be al dente lah. :P

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    1. CK: heheh, ya, the spaghetti here was a bit soft. but i think maybe some customers prefer it to be like that :D

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  6. As long as playing it safe hasn't hurt their business, they are doing a good thing. Consistency is the key I think, especially when you have a small menu. It does look good, Sean.

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    1. Linda: yeah, the food here is definitely decent, and the restaurant seems to be doing well enough. i guess it's perfectly fine for a casual, relaxed evening :D

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  7. As long as the pizza is good especially the dough (pizza base), I guess they'll do alright. But then again, the pasta has got to be al dente or at least with a bite!

    Just wondering; what time did they show the bill to you all?

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    1. Chong: yeah, I think the pizza scores a solid-enough B for me. Could be a little more flavorful and the crust was thin and crisp but could be even thinner and crispier. The pasta was probably a B-minus =) I think the bill showed up a little before 11pm =)

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  8. RM18 for a each pizza!
    so cheap~!

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    1. Chris: ya, quite reasonable (though this is the smaller pizza, the bigger pizza costs a few ringgit more) =)

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  9. I like the decors! Nice to see a pizza joint coming out instead of another burger place. And its a wood fire place too:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: oh yeah, it's nice to share a pizza with a friend sometimes instead of gobbling on big burgers, heheh. and ya, the wood-fire oven helps to boost my confidence in a pizzeria :D

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