Friday, November 25, 2016

D Empire Pavilion

D Empire seeks to bring a sense of classical European elegance to Pavilion; Malaysian chef-founder Dallan Tan is a firm advocate of fresh, quality ingredients in crafting a well-executed menu that mainly borrows inspiration from Italy & France, with crowd-pleasers like clam pasta & pizza margherita sharing the spotlight with four-cheese bruschetta & pan-fried foie gras.

The selection hits reassuring notes, with tried-&-tested staples such as escargots a la bourguignon among the experienced chef's recommendations. Six French snails, stuffed with English parsley in a garlicky sauce built with unsalted butter (RM26.90 nett), bring back positive memories of bygone times when this dish was an enjoyable should-order during visits to restaurants.

We can't resist risotto - D Empire does a respectable job with its attractively presented sea prawn rendition: Al dente rice brimming with peeled crustaceans & green peas, finished with garlic, onions, English parsley & a dash of cream (RM39.90).

It's also been a long time since we last had spaghetti al cartoccio - we like D Empire's version, with plenty of prawns, mussels, stone clams, squid & fish fillet baked in foil, resulting in a satisfyingly flavourful, slurp-worthy recipe that any Italian establishment would be justifiably proud of (RM39.90 as part of an executive set lunch on Monday to Friday with a soft drink). 

D Empire's char-broiled Australian Black Angus rib-eye scores reasonable points for both its colourful allure & juicy appeal (RM128.90 for 200gms with a side dish such as pasta). Dallan is especially particular about meat, from how it's sourced to the way it's cooked - for Christmas, the restaurant is highlighting its halal roast turkey, which it promises will be a fine feast for family & friends, potentially juicier than the Malaysian norm, with house-made stuffings & sauces (bookings now available).

 Drinks prove a pleasure too, from a solid Mojito (RM25.90) to deliciously creamy ice-blended beverages (RM16.90). All in all, this restaurant feels like a worthwhile addition to Bukit Bintang's top mall; our thanks to the D Empire team for having us here.

D Empire Pavilion
6.33.00, Level Six, Pavilion, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-21106196

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10 comments:

  1. Hehe I cant resist risotto too, looks good! :)

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, it fixed my risotto cravings for that day ;)

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  2. That sure is a bag filled with goodies!

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, a pasta & seafood goodie bag! :D

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  3. Another new food place on Level 6 (now which place did it take over from?). I'll definitely want the escargots....hmmmm, let's see, what else? ^_*

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    1. Contact.ewew: ooo, when pavilion first opened, this space was a turkish restaurant! :) there's a lot to choose from on the menu here ;)

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  4. I just had my dinner here and the food isnear great especially the steak though I had the cheaper Australian Angus Ribeye.

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    1. Marcus: hope the experience was decent overall here :)

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  5. We past by this place yesterday, I was wondering when are you going to blog about it, haha.

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    1. CK: heheh just in time! ;)

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