Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tino's Pizza Express by Chatime @ Bangsar South

Bubble tea colossus Chatime is venturing into the lucrative pizza business with this new outlet in Bangsar South's Nexus complex; it's the springboard for an imminent Tino's Pizza chain that serves what it considers to be Neapolitan-style pizza.

Baked at high temperatures of 500 °C for slightly more than a minute, Tino's pizzas showcase hand-tossed soft dough for a thick & filling bread-like base (not a crunchy thin crust). Tasty toppings like beef bacon, spinach & a sunny-side up (RM21.90 for this medium-sized, six-slice Fiorentina) help to make these recipes sufficiently satisfying.

We also like the Duck Caponata (RM25.90 for medium, RM38.90 for large), well-covered with roast duck, broccoli, capsicum & melted cheese. Everything tastes flavoursome & fairly fresh (for fast food), probably a notch above the large pizza corporations.

Lamb Abruzzo, with lamb, garlic, chilli flakes & mozzarella cheese (RM24.90 for medium). The pizzas are ready really fast, scarcely within 10 minutes of our order. But a customer's enjoyment of this might hinge on his/her tolerance for heavy crusts.

Oval-shaped pizzas are also available; we like the sweet-savoury four-cheese one made gooey with blue, parmesan, mozzarella & cheddar, drizzled with honey for the icing on this cake. RM19.90 (four slices).

Distinctive-looking 'Crustar' dessert pizzas are a speciality here too; this Matcha Mochi (RM16.90) comes with green tea powder, white rice cakes, red bean, crushed peanuts & mint leaves. Another possibility would be the Fruity Honey Pearl, which features apple, peach, kiwi fruit, cranberries & tapioca pearls.

Peanut butter alert! Among the sides, the top temptation is indisputably these fries, blanketed with peanut butter, beef bacon & chilli powder (RM9.90). The flavours blend well together in one addictive ensemble.

Other options: Pumpkin soup with dough slices (RM8.90), minestrone, fried jalapeno strips with passion fruit yoghurt dips, chicken wings with a 'Sicilian sauce' & more.

Beverages comprise a longer-than-expected list of lattes (vanilla, hazelnut, mocha, caramel), smoothies, fruit teas, soft drinks & of course, milk tea.

Tino's Pizza Express
Ground Floor, Nexus, Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur. Next outlet possibly in Mid Valley
Open 10am-10pm, but last orders might be around 9:30pm. Tel: 03-2242-0580 for pick-up pre-orders

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19 comments:

  1. It's the Duck Caponata for me :3

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    1. Ulric: hope you manage to check out the duck pizza the next time you're in the bangsar south neighbourhood :)

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  2. Dessert pizza sounds good!

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    1. Ken: heheh, for customers with a sweet tooth :)

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  3. All look good. Bet my girl would love this place. Must KIV, ask my friend to take me here - she stays in Bangsar.

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    1. Suituapui: ooo, ya, this is just a 10-minute drive from the main bangsar area :)

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  4. How cool! Lamb on pizza? That is a new one for me, Sean! :)

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    1. Linda: yeah, i couldn't resist trying that lamb pizza :D

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  5. I like the look of that dessert pizza.

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    1. The Yum List: oh yes, that star-shaped look is pretty cool :)

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  6. I thought I read wrongly when you mentioned by Chatime. :-p
    Chatime is so successful.
    The pizzas look so tempting with generous toppings!

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    1. Melissa: haha, yeah, it'll be interesting to see whether the pizza side of the business might be as profitable as bubble tea :) and yeah, the pizzas actually exceeded my expectations a bit in terms of tastiness :)

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  7. Oh so they only do thick crust pizzas here? I do prefer thin crust ones, but the toppings here look pretty good!

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, hopefully they'll offer a thinner-crust option someday, but ya, the toppings made up for it for me, heheh :D

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  8. Wow, Chatime & pizza? Interesting leh. Hmmm but I also prefer thin crust, hehe.

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    1. CK: haha, yeah, an interesting new venture by the Chatime people. I think the best choice for you here would be the fries topped with peanut butter :D

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  9. The bubble tea biz is slowing down. Owner got to diversify . LOL
    the pizzas here should be quite acceptable by general malaysians. should do well enough. notihng too imaginative nor boring. with such crust- reminds of Pizza Hut . Filling & value for money i supposed.

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    1. Rebecca: that does make sense ... they're entrepreneurs constantly on the lookout for fresh opportunities :) i think tino's pizza should do pretty OK, if the owners plan their roll-out well :)

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