Friday, February 3, 2017

2017 Menu: A'Roma Dinings @ PJ Taman Paramount

Bold flavours, comforting textures: A'Roma Dinings is maturing into one of PJ's top landmarks for a taste of la dolce vita, steered by the stewardship of Malaysian chef Silverster Marcus, whose fundamental training in French cuisine & two decades of professional experience in Italian cooking leave a fairly distinctive impression. It's a comfortably spacious restaurant that feels like a labour of love, filled with painstakingly painted murals that set a memorably vibrant tone for a hearty, soulful meal.

Pastas & risotto may be the benchmark by which most patrons judge an Italian venue: By that measure, A'Roma does justice to the Roman spirit of kitchen-spawned meals, with casarecce & curly pappardelle - varieties of pastas not often seen in the Klang Valley - crafted by A'Roma's own team for a firm, fresh bite, the former partnered pleasurably with chunks of slow-braised pork cheek & sauteed bacon in a thick, tangy puttanesca sauce (RM38), the latter heaped with tender duck leg in an earthy ragu of foie gras morsels & mushrooms (RM45). And since we're fans of saffron risotto, we're encouraged to spot it served here, respectably aromatic, freckled with substantial scallops, tiger prawns, green peas & roasted capsicum (RM48).

If you're carnivorous for pork & lamb, the menu should satiate those meaty cravings: The Spanish-sourced pork belly & ribs both prove to be sacraments of sheer succulence, potently perfumed with flower honey & chipotle, rewarding customers with a luscious, flavoursome chew, with plenty of crunchy pork crackling on the board to munch on (RM79 for the full ensemble). A'Roma also takes pride in its lamb racks, a caveman-worthy portion to sink your teeth into, crusted with a fragrantly textured crumble of harissa peppers & herbs, complemented by charred capsicum, grilled vegetables & mashed potatoes (RM78).

We also like A'Roma's sharing boards, showcasing charcuterie & cheese (RM60 each), accompanied by bread & pickles. The first platter is enjoyably curated with Italian cold cuts - Bologna-produced mortadella, Milano salami, prosciutto & lip-smacking fatty cotechino - while the cheeses come from all across Europe, comprising Italian gorgonzola with green olives & black cherries, French herbed boursin in truffle oil, Greek feta with herb oil, & Cypriot halloumi with apricots & basil, for a spectrum of cheesy dynamics. Either or both would be a suitable follow-up to A'Roma's thin-&-crispy flatbread & dips (rather addictive).

Desserts are typically worth saving space for at Italian joints - A'Roma puts its own twist on every dish, savoury or sweet, & the tiramisu is no exception, layered with Sumatran-harvested Degayo coffee & melted dark chocolate fudge, brimming with nuts & berries galore at its base (RM23). If you prefer something more decadent, the 75% dense & dark chocolate semifreddo ticks that box, enhanced with butterscotch, hazelnut ganache, orange segments & strawberries (RM23). A solid selection of wine is available by bottle & glass, so head here for your Chianti & Cabernet fix; many thanks to A'Roma's friendly team for having us.

a'Roma Dinings
1, Jalan 20/14, Paramount Garden, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. 
Sun-Thurs, 12pm-11pm; Fri-Sat, 12pm-1215am. Tel: 03-7865-9829



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8 comments:

  1. The portions look great for the price Sean! The tiramisu no liquor?

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    1. Rebecca: yeah, thank goodness for lower rentals in taman paramount, i guess! ;) yup, they chose a no-liquor combination for their tiramisu ;)

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  2. Tracy Chapman? I like!!! Everything looks really good!!! Can tell right away that it is not one of those half-baked wannabes.

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, yeah, that was tracy's video playing on the screen ;) and yep, i really appreciate how they've taken the effort to be not-the-ordinary italian restaurant ;)

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  3. You're right...casarecce and pappardelle are two varieties of pasta I don't often see here. The former straw-like pasta (I don't even know what it's called but I've seen it in food shows) with its hollow centre holds onto sauces very well. I've had excellent beef cheeks once, so the pork cheeks should be awesome too + I'm also attracted to the very porky board! ^o^

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    1. Contact.ewew: yeah, i've only ever seen a couple of other italian restaurants in kl use casarecce ... pappardelle is much less unusual, but the curly pappardelle that a'roma makes is rather rare ;) oh yes, if you do like beef cheeks, you probably will enjoy pork cheeks too! :) and i'm always happy to see sampling boards to snack on :)

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  4. I like what I see! Not a fan of risotto though. For desserts, I have to draw lots between the Tiramisu (I like the berries and nuts scattered around it) or the chocolate semifreddo :)

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    1. Phong Hong: ooo, i'm crazy about risotto - i'll happily order it at any italian eatery. hmmm, if you had to choose one, choose the chocolate semifreddo :D

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