Thursday, August 8, 2013

Trattoria Il Porcellino @ Menara Hap Seng

Returning to Trattoria il Porcellino. Earlier entries: Aug. 23, 2011, & Sept. 6, 2011.

Too many porky temptations to wax lyrical about here, but rest assured that Trattoria il Porcellino's fare remains supremely hearty & tasty. Try the house-made potato gnocchi, adorned with pork bacon & green peas in a creamy sauce.

Classic pork carbonara. Trattoria's kindest trait: its willingness to offer pasta in both regular & small servings; this cost RM14 before taxes for a light-eater's portion.

 Ravioli stuffed with minced pork & spinach in tomato sauce.

 Rigatoni in pork bolognese sauce.

Pappardelle with minced pork sausage & mushrooms in a cream sauce (RM15).

Spaghetti with prawns & spicy pork meatballs in tomato sauce.

 A fine roast: Roasted pork ribs with roasted potatoes.

Sauteed pork tenderloin with capsicum, cherry tomatoes & mashed carrots. Comfort food.

This might not look alluring, but it's amazing: pork belly, crispy-skinned & succulent-fleshed, with cheese-crusted scallop.

Costoletta alla Milanese (RM21), deep-fried breaded pork chop with French fries.

Trattoria's Italian-style interpretation of a pork burger, with a house-made pork patty, mozzarella, onions & mushroom in ciabatta bread, served with chunky fries (RM27).

Less satisfying: a sandwich of baguette stuffed with Parma ham & buffalo mozzarella (RM31).

So not everything here's a total hit: the spaghetti amatriciana, with bacon, tomato sauce & pecorino cheese, is OK but its rather wan flavors might pale against its peers.

Skip the knuckle, maybe; when we tried it, it bore an overly porky, off-putting stench.

Some nondescript salad to counter the sinfulness of this porky spread, though that veggie virtue itself is countered by the side serving of bread, cheese & chili, supplied for stomach-stuffing.

Trattoria sells cocktails for drink-in & takeaway. Try the South American ones, like Cuba Libres, Margaritas, Caipirinhas & so on.

Trattoria il Porcellino,
Menara Hap Seng, Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur.

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24 comments:

  1. The price seems really reasonable for an Italian restaurant. What's more is that it serves pork! Double yay!

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    1. Chong: yeah, the main reason for the lower prices is they have two different sizes for all the pastas and even the meat. small for pasta will cost below RM20, and the regular will cost nearly RM30. and yups, this is one of the few italian restaurants in the city center that serve pork! cause for celebration, heheh =)

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  2. I'm so predictable when it comes to Italian. If there's gnocchi on the menu, there's a 90% chance I'll order it. This one looks like a definite order.

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    1. The Yum List: ooo, i'm exactly the same, i HAVE to order gnocchi whenever it's available too. especially since it's not always offered at kl's italian restaurants. and the most satisfying ones, like those here at trattoria il porcellino, are so fulfilling in their fluffiness :D

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  3. Dun judge a book by it's cover...crispy n succulent pork belly with cheese-crusted scallops rules! =)

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    1. Ulric: heheh, yes, a lesson i must remember when it comes to food of any kind. really ended up loving the pork belly here, even more so than usual (and the scallop was big, juicy & fresh under that cheese crust too) :D

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  4. The sandwitch options looks funky !

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    1. Wong: heh, yeah, interesting sandwiches, both using different types of bread, packed with different types of pork (one's a pork patty, the other's pork ham) :D

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    1. Cquek: porky pleasure! :D

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  6. Italiano! My daughter would love this place...and me too! I love sandwiches! ;)

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, nice that you and your daughter share similar taste! Ooo, I love Italian too. It's actually my favorite kind of cooking (and I usually go for pastas over sandwiches, but it's nice that this outlet serves interesting sandwiches too) :D

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  7. Good that they offer smaller serving, so I can order more! hehehe

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    1. CK: heheh, same for me! One small serving of pasta is not enough, so can order two different types of small servings (and the total cost for the two servings will still be below rm30) =)

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  8. Not bad indeed! PORKY pastas (not to mention done well ones too!) for that price!
    I'll go for the small for sure, so i can order more of the other types! :)

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    1. Rebecca: true, this is a good bet for pork-loving gluttons like me, can gobble to our heart's content on a lot of different varieties of pork pasta =)

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  9. Whoaaaa pork EVERYTHING! My pick is the gnocchi.

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    1. Kelly: yeah, we ended up having pork in every dish here. and there were more than a dozen dishes, heh. the gnocchi's one of my faves too =)

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  10. Ah it's good that they offer pastas in smaller portion... sometimes they can be pretty filling, and this way u can order different varieties to try too.

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    1. Baby Sumo: that's true! and it's also an assurance that we won't be tired/bored of the pasta by the time we finish the plate, heh :D

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  11. Generally a hearty place Strangely...the pork knuckle has that very porky beyond what I can bear taste. Yet...it is fair popular with the white skin folks. Hehehe.

    Was just contemplating some days back between this porky outlet and their pork free one in Rohas Perkasa. Ended up in Rohas because it was raining by the time we walked to Rohas.

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    1. Missyblurkit: ooo, i could really bear the pork knuckle either. i think i ended up eating only a few bites of it, heh =) ooo, it's been quite awhile since i've been back to their rohas perkasa original outlet. thanks for the reminder, maybe i'll try to return this year :D

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  12. I like the look of the Roasted Pork Ribs!

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    1. Pureglutton: oh yes, some of my favorite pork ribs to be found in the city center. Very juicy and meaty and flavorsome =)

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