The Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar has opened; its main F&B attraction is Mediterranean restaurant La Cucina, a cushy venue with several interesting ideas emanating from its open kitchen.
Meals here start on a confident note, with bread, olive oil & tapenade that would fit in well at many trattorias & tavernas.
Salads can be selected from a display counter (two for RM34++).
We have mixed feelings about some of the dishes though. These scallops are excellent but the risotto, while aromatic with both saffron & truffle oil, is unsettlingly mushy.
Pumpkin gnocchi with beef short ribs, kale, boletus mushrooms & shaved pecorino in pomodoro sauce. Not terrible, though the gnocchi could be a bit less stodgy.
The menu calls this taglioni, though it's really closer to ravioli, stuffed with smoked duck & topped with crumbled feta, spinach & pine nuts.
This pizza, nicely crowned with house-made lamb sausage, avocado, rocket leaves, cherry tomatoes & buffalo mozzarella but let down by a not-crisp-enough base, illustrates the potential of this place; La Cucina's recipes sound sensational on paper but need a bit more finesse in execution.
Desserts come from a chiller; cool-looking range, with no lack of figs, fruits & nuts.
Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar also currently features all-day-dining establishment Link for buffet hunters as well as pastry-&-coffee shop Le Petit Cafe; more outlets may open next year.
Sean is currently still away, 8,765 kilometers & six time zones removed from KL, on a vacation that has now been extended to Nov. 17. Apologies for being very slow in responding to comments; will catch up slowly but surely.
Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar Hotel, Jalan Pantai Jaya
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