Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Ciao @ Kampung Pandan, Kuala Lumpur

Ciao has reopened in a new location, a two-minute drive from where it once was.

The current place has the same beautiful feel, with a few snazzy, up-to-date touches, including a prodigiously stocked bar.

The setting has always been the key reason to visit Ciao _ not the food, which is satisfactory but not outstanding.

Penne with mud crab, broccoli, green olives, diced tomatoes, dill and lobster bisque. A hearty portion, generously laden with fresh-tasting ingredients.

Ravioli filled with roasted pumpkin & served with sun-dried tomatoes, capers, smoked salmon & lemon zest. Pumpkin ravioli might be the ultimate comfort food in Italian cooking.

Potato gnocchi with gorgonzola & cream sauce. A bit too stodgy to recommend.

Cactus Jack (tequila, blue curacao, orange, pineapple, lemon juice) and Butterscotch Daiquiri (rum, butterscotch liqueur, lime juice).

Roasted Toasted Almond (vodka, kahlua, amaretto, cream) and Frozen Russian (bailey's, vodka, creme de cacao, vanilla ice cream).

Jalan Kampung Pandan,
Off Jalan Tun Razak.

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  1. I love anything Italian with pumpkin... :)

  2. was just wondering where it there it is.

  3. Jalan Kampung Pandan? Ah, just as well I moved frm tht area alreadi. The food i had during the buffet wasnt good enough for me to return for a paying meal ;)

  4. haven't really explored that area since the road nearby has been upgraded to highway :)
    about 9 years ago when I worked in Taman Maluri Cheras, I used to go to this area...

  5. lfb: actually i love pumpkin in chinese cooking too, cooked in claypot, fried in batter. maybe the mushiness reminds us of baby food pleasures...
    joe: yeah, its former location now seems to be a parking lot!
    tng: ahhhh but i suppose that a la carte orders SHOULD be better than buffet catering. maybe anyway :D
    leo: yeah, this was the closest that i've been to cheras in years. haha, ok i guess it wasn't exactly cheras yet, but nearby...

  6. I love anything Pumpkin~ Btw, i heard CIAO was pretty bad..have they improved?!!

  7. I'm still looking for good gnocchi...the ones I've been getting were stodgy or falling apart. =(

  8. chloe: heh, they were never THAT bad, just not as good as many other italian outlets in kl. but they do make an effort. service is very warm and efficient at least :D
    bangsar-babe: i think the ones at the nero restaurants are decent. but yeah, really hard to find satisfying gnocchi...

  9. The penne with mud crab is calling for me! Yumsie!! :D

  10. augustdiners: it was good, but there's actually a better version at sassorosso on jln yap kwan seng. =)

  11. this place looks nice, like the old chappel restaurant in singapore called white rabbit.

  12. eiling: ooh, i haven't heard of white rabbit. interesting name, must look it up online =)