Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Palazzo Viva @ Telawi, Bangsar

One of KL's most ambitious new eateries, Palazzo Viva is a Malaysian-Italian collaboration that brings a fresh thrill to Bangsar.

This space is a culinary kaleidoscope; at lunchtime, customers can check out a counter brimming with croissants & 'tramezzino' sandwiches (RM8 each), a speciality of Turin - soft, crust-free white bread bountifully stuffed with the likes of crab meat & avocado cream. Come at night & the counter is transformed into a tapas bar with temptations galore for the choosing.

A riot of colours, flavours & textures - the selection is expected to evolve everyday, with highlights like a carbonara 'salad' with poached egg, beef bacon & parmesan, served comfortingly warm. Palazzo Viva taps the talents of chefs Denis Dianin & Andrea Valentinetti from D&G Patisserie, west of Venice; their work here complements the expertise of Malaysian firm SKS, which manufactures metalwork & accessories for clients worldwide - SKS' Jay Lee is the Malaysian founder of Palazzo Viva.

Main courses also showcase a sense of intrigue - spaghetti with creamy burrata cheese & caramelised tomato sauce (RM33), pasta carbonara (RM30), grilled octopus with purple potato puree (RM40), beef tartare with a mango 'yolk' (RM42), seared beef tenderloin with carrot puree & Belgian endive (RM69) & roasted lamb with broccoli puree (RM60). Fun pizzas will be available soon too, topped with unique combinations like scallops, sweet potato, caramelised red onions & lemon aioli (RM40).

The best thing about Palazzo Viva: A patisserie counter of Italian-made desserts, flown in regularly from D&G Patisserie. The selection is staggering - lemon sables with mascarpone cream & strawberries sauteed in balsamic vinegar; chocolate cakes with Sicilian pistachios, scented with Avola almonds; classic babas with natural leavening, soaked with Jamaican rum; beautifully luscious macarons in flavours like licorice & Piemonte hazelnut. Prices for the smallest treats start from RM6.80.

Desserts worth deserting your diet for - each piece tastes sumptuously fresh & delicately nuanced. Pair with Palazzo Viva's coffee, a satisfying house blend prepared by an enthusiastic team of young baristas. Service here is hospitable & thoughtful.

Well-chosen wine & well-executed cocktails - the signature Palazzo comprises Moet & Chandon bubbly with berries (RM45), while Lillet Rose features Moscato with grapefruit juice & flower petals (RM45) - furnish an effervescent finish to a fine night.

Palazzo Viva
10-12, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur. 
Open Tues-Thurs, 9am-1am; Fri-Sat, 9am-2am; Sun, 9am-1am. Closed Mondays. Tel: 03-2280-0060

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24 comments:

  1. Wowwwww!!! Absolutely stunning! Everything looks good, the chefs too! This looks like a buffet - the spread all laid out like that...or you take what you want and pay according the items you choose? Or this was for the promo event?

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    1. Suituapui: oh, you can choose what you want and pay for the specific items individually ... glad you like the look of them! :)

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  2. Wow, all the dishes are so colorful and pretty! I want to try I want to try. :D

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    1. CK: hope you enjoy the food here ... especially the desserts :)

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  3. Beautiful, Sean! Even though I don't like sandwiches as a rule, I don't mind a sandwich made with a croissant or raisin bread. :)

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    1. Linda: a raisin bread sandwich sounds very good to me! :)

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  4. nice italian restaurant, haha

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    1. Happy walker: always happy to welcome an italian restaurant to kl :)

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  5. What a beautiful display. I'd go crazy looking at all the selection. Are they pork free?

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    1. Renaura: yeah, i wanted to try EVERYTHING on the counter! :) yep, no pork is served here :)

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  6. The spread looks spectacular! I like everything...except the prices :( Is there a menu you order from or you just take what you want from the tapas bar?

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    1. Contact.ewew: ooo, you can take what you want from the tapas bar. there's no fixed menu for that, since the selection changes daily :) there is a fixed menu for the main courses though :)

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  7. Ooh, looks like a must visit.

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    1. The Yum List: it's definitely something that's somewhat different! :)

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  8. OMG! What a place for dessert lovers!

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    1. Ken: so many dessert items, so little stomach space! :)

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  9. I think you're lucky to see and experience (and taste!) all these goodness all the time. :)

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    1. Lux: i'm thankful for that, definitely :)

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  10. I like the concept of a tapas bar!

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, it's a fun idea, and i hope it does well :)

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  11. everything looks yummy, wanna try them :D

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    1. Sherry: hope you manage to get a chance to check them out :)

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  12. Wonder if there is any dish which suitable for vegan

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  13. I ate here and food was horrible. paid almost rm200, wouldnt even have paid rm10.

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