Thursday, November 15, 2007

[Phood] Lunch @ Ciao, Jalan Tun Razak

Last Friday, went for lunch with mum at Ciao. It's just next to her office. Ciao is an Italian restaurant that serves pizzas, pastas and western food. Mum said they used to have a good chef and business was good last time, then they changed and business decreased. Now perhaps they changed a new one.

We went for the set lunch at RM40++. 3 courses - buffet appetizers (eat all you can), 1 main course (pasta/pizza/soup), and one dessert and finally complete your meal with coffee/tea.

They have a big table in front of the entrance with a line of various different types of appetizers. Grilled brinjal, potato salad, grilled abalone mushroom, mini quiche (very flaky and nice), spicy tomato mussels, squid salad, blanched asparagus, stuffed mushroom, tortillas etc etc etc. There were so much left after lunch time, I wonder what they do with the extras.

You all must be wondering who on earth would order soup as main course. So not worth it. I thought so too. But mum said those who are on diet will just eat the appetizers (cuz mostly are veges) and take soup as the main course. And, being greedy, I tried almost all the appetizers. Even by taking 1 small piece of each, it's very filling already.

We ordered one thin crusted pizza with artichokes and pepperoni and one spaghetti vongole (with garlic and clams). The spaghetti was very small portion only (and taste so so). But the pizza was worth it. 6 big pieces.

There were breads and crackers for each table too. The walnut bread was good. Soft and nice. Looking for a walnut bread recipe actually. Anyone has one good one?

For desserts we ordered apple strudel and tiramisu. Both were really nice :) There were I think sunflower seeds inside the strudel, something special :) Mum said the coffee was good too.

I like the dining environment a lot. They play Italian songs and the deco are very Italianish. Plus there's a lovely garden behind the restaurant. Suitable for garden parties. They even cater for wedding parties etc. (But be careful, lotsa monkeys at the garden!) Asked about the price, there are various packages, but minimum RM100 per pax. The sad thing is, they're going to close down after 31st December. Moving to PJ. But we don't know whether they're changing the management or what.

Ciao Ristorante
428, Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 603-9285 4827
Opening Hours: Daily from 12.00pm to 2.30pm, 6.30pm-10.30pm

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