Eat Drink KL: Espressamente Illy @ Bangsar Village

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Espressamente Illy @ Bangsar Village

Espressamente Illy's appearance is deceiving; it may look like a simple food kiosk at Bangsar Village, but it serves some excellent cocktails too.

Pate Pomodoro (sundried tomato pate with bread). The pate was pretty flavourful; too bad the bread was plainly run-of-the-mill.

Vegetarian al pollo (Italian omelette with chicken, mushrooms, cheese and spinach). A thick slab of egg that almost tasted freshly whipped up.

Arancini (Sicilian rice ball with beef ragu and mozzarella filling). Could have been better. The batter was perfect but the rice inside was all dried out.

Piadina Rinforzi (Italian flat bread rolled with roast beef, gorgonzola blue cheese, baby spinach and caramelized onion spread). We rarely order sandwich-like stuff, but this was worth it. The warm slices of beef were fork-tender and went well with the other stuffings.

Spaghetti Al Tonno, with tuna, capers, anchovies and kalamata olives in tomato-based sauce. We were skeptical about this, since we're not big fans of tuna or tomato sauces. But it was another pleasant surprise; the tuna wasn't fishy and the sauce wasn't too sour.

Red Velvet. Skip this; you'll find a better version downstairs at The Daily Grind.

Alcohol-based Gelatos (Cointreau & Orange and Crunch & Rum). Very nice.

Sgroppino Limone (lemon sorbet, prosecco, limoncello) & Spritz Aperol (aperol, prosecco, soda). The range of alcohol here is darn impressive.

Choko (chocolate ice cream-based cocktail with coffee liqueur) and Vodka Espresso (vodka & kahlua shaken with ice and liquid sugar).

Espressamente Illy,
Bangsar Village.