Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Quivo @ Kate Spade, Pavilion

This Pavilion newbie features plenty of potential; helmed by the Valiram Group (the purveyor of TWG tea & Godiva chocolates in this mall), Quivo is a Mediterranean-influenced restaurant & bar that's clearly pushing to become Pavilion's pinnacle of chic.

 Quivo's secret entrance within the mall lies inside the flashily colourful Kate Spade boutique (a Valiram brand in Malaysia too); saunter into the store & search for a passageway at the end. Quivo also has an alfresco section outside, somewhat across the street-level corridor from La Bodega, but that wasn't open when we visited earlier this month.

 Quivo's selection is sweeping, spanning everything from Philadelphia-style Wagyu beef steak sandwiches (RM28++) to bespoke blackened barramundi burgers (RM30++); highlights include paddle board pizzas, hand-tossed with ingredients like Roma vine-ripened tomato sauce, Milano mozzarella cheese & Portofino extra virgin olive oil.

We really like the Greek-inflected lamb kofta pizza (RM33++), layered with eggplant & halloumi cheese, well-balanced in its flavours on a crisp Sicilian semolina dough base prepared in a pine wood-fired oven. Who's the chef? Don't know his name, but he's Jordanian. Wondering what Quivo means? One explanation is that it's a combination of the words 'quirky' & 'nuevo.'

 Quivo's seafood risotto (RM38++) scores for its wealth of fresh, sizeable prawns, its glorious tell-tale hue & aroma of saffron, & a tasty-thick sauce of tomato with mascarpone cream. The arborio rice could've been more al dente but we still enjoyed this.

 Let's skip straight to the cocktails now: The scene-stealer's the Mangosteen Mai Tai, a true tropical treat with gold rum, orange liquor, almond syrup & lime juice, all topped with my absolute favourite fruit. RM29++.

 Mex-Asia Margarita? Another classic with a twist: Reposado Tequila, Triple Sec & Margarita mix with lemongrass & lychee.

 Finish on a spicy note, with this vodka martini blended with a Bloody Mary mix & adorned with a striking whole chilli. RM28++.

 Our sole quibble: Regular water might not be available. We asked for it but were served bottles of Fiji 'natural artesian water' instead, several times more costly than local mineral water. On the bright side though, this tastes beautifully smooth & pure.

Quivo
3.09.02, Level Three, Pavilion, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

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32 comments:

  1. Very nice presentations, Sean, and I love the gold trimmed entrance! :)

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    1. Linda: yeah, good marks for presentation, and the entrance is quite, ermm, opulent, heh :)

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  2. Wow! Awesome-looking pizza. Served on a "spade". I reckon that means they have an authentic stone pizza oven?

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    1. Suituapui: that was an unexpectedly tasty pizza indeed ... and it was on a wood-fired oven, heh :)

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  3. Love the looks of the paddle-board pizza and the risotto...and did I hear blackened barramundi burger? I m so trying it =)

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    1. Ulric: heheh, yeah, those two items were pretty good ... i almost wish i had ordered a burger (though i'm not sure if i'd have opted for their barramundi burger, a beef burger in a spicy jalapeno foccacia bun, or a dungeness crab slider!) :D

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  4. Ooooo love the decor here, so chic. Definitely gonna be "crowded" in no time.

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    1. Baby Sumo: heheh, yeah, it does feel like a place to draw a deeper-pocketed crowd :)

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  5. the MaiTai looks good! and I would like to try the risotto too just because i love risotto. lol

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    1. Jean: yeah, i wish it had been infused with a stronger mangosteen flavour though ... but it was still tasty. and yep, i could eat risotto five times a week happily :D

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  6. I had read about this somewhere and was at that Kate Spade store yesterday, but Quivo slipped my mind (plus I didn't have the money to eat there anyway). Oh well.

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    1. SC: maybe if you ever feel the need for a mangosteen mai tai ... heh :)

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    2. Next time, next time. Haha.

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    3. SC: heh, hopefully mangosteens will stay firmly in season :)

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  7. It's so new, but I've already heard great things about this place.

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    1. The Yum List: let's hope they capitalise well on the positive buzz, yeah! :D

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  8. They should serve it on Kate Spade plates. Girlfriends will be bugging their boyfriend to bring them here...

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    1. Photog: now there's an idea .... :D

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  9. so if i spill drinks on my cloths, i can buy new ones here? :D

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    1. KY: if you find something that fits your wardrobe! :D

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  10. wow so hidden and obscure! how did you manage to find it?

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    1. Ken: follow the scent of the pizzas! (sort of, heh) :)

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  11. huhu, nice leh, i want go try liao~

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    1. Happy walker: hope you manage to check it out if you're ever at pavilion :)

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  12. The seafood risotto looks pretty, too bad it was not al dente enough.

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    1. CK: it had good flavour, next it needs to work on the texture :)

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  13. The seafood risotto makes me drool, what a nice presentation of food!

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    1. Audrey: glad you liked the look of the seafood risotto! :)

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  14. Shop then dine or dine then shop? Food certainly looks good...the risotto especially is brilliant looking though it did look a tad soft.

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    1. Missyblurkit: dining before shopping, heh! :) and yeah, a bit of tweaking in the preparation, and that risotto could be solid gold :)

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  15. Try the sliders I.e. mini burgers. I had the lamb one, it's really good.

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    1. Edlyn: thanks for the recommendation :)

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