Wednesday, November 13, 2013

La Cucina @ Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar

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.


La Cucina
Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar Hotel, Jalan Pantai Jaya

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26 comments:

  1. Ahhhh!!!! They've a Pullman at Bangsar now? Gotta stay there next time. Food looks great. Place is classy, looks great too.

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    1. Suituapui: ya, this is more of the kerinchi area than the bangsar/telawi area, but it's quite nearby too, heh :D

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  2. Great place.. nicely decorated..meal is also sounds yuumy..

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    1. Raniya: glad u enjoyed this post =)

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  3. The decor is beautiful, Sean. They have a good variety of dishes, too.

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    1. Linda: yeah, there's quite a diversity here =)

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  4. Didn't know there is a Pullman in Bangsar now. Was just chatting a friend about Pullman Putrajaya

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, it's cool that we now have two Pullmans, heh :D

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  5. When we drive home back from Bangsar, we always see the banner. I was wondering when they will open. Hehe

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    1. CK: heheh, ya, they took a very long time to open, i think there was a delay :D

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  6. and I thought Pullman's only at Putrajaya!

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    1. KY: heheh, let's see if this branch can achieve the same level of fame :D

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  7. finally open.. drag on many many months already. but the place looks good now! extended trip! sounds good and hope you have fun! =)

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    1. Jean: thanks! am back in kl now... and ya, this restaurant at the pullman has a nice decor. they took so long to get the place ready for opening, ya :D

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  8. The dishes seem to have potential for me but maybe they are still new, some "tuning" needed!

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    1. Ken: yeah, the recipes sound pretty good on paper! :D

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  9. Stodgy gnocchi. Real expertise is needed for this pasta.
    I don't even know where is Pullman for now and I go to Bangsar a lot. The bangsar where Telawi is ONLY. Hahahah!

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    1. Rebecca: ya, it's really rare to find great gnocchi! :D heheh, ya, this one is closer to bangsar south, but nearer to the telekom building on the other side... need to use waze! :D

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    1. Wong: quite nice to look at! :D

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  11. pizza, desserts , salad.. yes all my favourite. When I go Bangsar, i know where to hit on.

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    1. Cquek: hope u enjoy the selection! :D

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  12. The place with curtain is available for dining? Does those food cost expensive?

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    1. Wei Sen: the curtained section is more for lounging and drinking, but I think if you make a request, they might allow food orders there. Would recommend RM80 per person for a full dinner here...

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    2. Wei Sen: u're welcome. Hope u enjoy your dinner if u decide to visit

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