The Italian Lunch

Burp! Whoops. Excuse moi. It must have been the most awesome beef lasagna I’ve tasted – ever.

Me, Ariel and Hawk went to lunch at the Favola Italian Restaurant in Le Meridien, Kuala Lumpur. Obviously being Malaysian, we only went there because we had a bargain to enjoy. Lol. So don’t think I get to enjoy this kind of lunch ever so often, okay?! 😛

Bread, meet readers. Readers, meet bread.

The last time I spoke about bread was my date night with Ariel at Opus Bistro. Over back at Favola, we were served 5 types of bread – yes, each bread stick was different too. I don’t know their names but let’s call them; bread stick, chilli stick, pie stick, fluffy bread and chilli bread.

The chilli stick and chilli bread had some chilli flakes mixed into it. I guess it’s to give our Malaysian taste buds that kick we need most of the time. The pie stick texture taste reminded me of what you’d get when you ate chicken pie or puffs, hence the name I chose; pie stick. LOL!

We couldn’t really enjoy the vinegar with olive oil because there was too much olive oil. The only thing the bread absorbed was oil, as much as we did our best to drill the bread to the bottom.

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Squid ink pasta

This was Hawk’s dish and I was really captivated by the colour. You hardly find restaurants who serve this actually get the squid ink colour correct. Mixed with some chilli flakes, this serving was light and it should be enjoyed by those who don’t like an overpowering flavour.

If only it were real bacon

Those are beef bacon – not bacon bacon. 😛 But the best part of this dish was the pasta. Its texture is completely different from what I’ve tasted. The sauce didn’t look too thick and the serving would be just nice for a guy.

Introducing Wagyu lasagna

Yes, this signature dish of Favola has got Wagyu beef cheeks in it. And it was all mine! Bwahahahahaha! The Wagyu pieces were just nice in size and without having to say much, it was tender when chewed. It gave the whole lasagna taste in your mouth a different feeling. And, don’t underestimate the portion because it’s just nice. Plus, we didn’t even order starters.


Hawk tried their Tiramisu and yes, the glass was bigger than your normal serving. It was about 4-5 inches tall. Though those bubbles were quite the fugly when you stare at it. LOL!

Like miners, me and Hawk dug into the Tiramisu figuring out where is the coffee – we heard rumors of Illy coffee in it. 😛

It was a really satisfying lunch and the 3 of us nearly wanted to roll out of the restaurant. Its setting was a classic masquerade with comfy chairs, which I believe come night, there’ll be a lot of people. So, if you’re planning to head there for some Wagyu lasagna, make sure you make reservations.

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Ber-dating at Opus Bistro

I was suppose to meet up with my collegemates for dinner at Opus Bistro in Bangsar. Because of the creative industry we’re mostly in, supervisors and clients tend to demand our attention – especially when festive seasons is around the corner.

We’re in the WRONG industry, damnit!

But not letting the reservation go to waste, me and Ariel decided to go ber-dating ourselves. This was a place Hawk mentioned to us and commended on their fluffy bread, and good carbonara.

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The Opus - not octopus

The place is on Foursquare but whoever added the location added it as Spanish food  – dei, it’s suppose to be Italian. So anyway, we got to nom on the fluffy bread and we both still preferred the bread served at Italiannies – forgot what it’s called.

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Fluffy bread, signature pasta, risotto balls and chocolate desire

I had their signature seafood pasta and it was, outstandingly fresh. The seafood tasted really awesome and it had to be the best thing of that serving – well done. And on the other side of the table, Ariel found the pasta alright but ended up feeling ‘jelat’ towards the end.

For dessert, we tried their chocolate desire which takes 15-20 minutes to prepare. It’s a chocolate lovers must order but as much as I love chocolate, there was a little too much to stomach for me. Maybe my prawns, mussels, cockles and calamari disagreed with it.

To get to Opus Bistro, we ventured into Bangsar’s housing area to get to Jalan Bangkung to a short row of shops with lots of restaurants. Bangar-ians are so lucky to have all the nice food around. Damn you!

By the way, budget spent eating there for starters, main and dessert was about 70-75 bucks per person. Only thing I felt missing that night was a nice glass of chilled wine to take the load off. 🙂

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Italian food at Trattoria Cucina Italiana

One of the hidden gems in Kuala Lumpur beneath a corporate tower is Trattoria Cucina Italiana, which of course means they’re an Italian restaurant. It’s a cozy place which serves some authentic Italian pasta, pizza along with other Italian food on your mind.

Me and some friends visited this Italian restaurant awhile back – missed posting this, because some of them bought the coupon wanting to tryout the food. And being Malaysian as a Malaysian can be, we had to go makan-lah. 😛

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The kitchen

The road to the restaurant wasn’t exactly straight-forward because it’s found on the ground floor of the Perkasa Tower, nearby Beach Club thereabout. Parking in the building tells you its either old (narrow ramps) or maybe everyone were driving old minis previously. *shrug*

Authentic styles normally are consistently good – taste wise. We started with some bruschetta and I think, risotta balls. Our main meals were pasta – wasn’t runny nor too thick, and it made sure we had space in our stomachs for pizza and even some dessert.

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Bruschetta, pasta, beef and pizza

All of us agreed the food was satisfying and we wouldn’t mind returning for another meal in the future. I can’t recall how much I paid for two (me and Ariel didn’t get the coupon) but I think our meal was around RM65-75 per person.

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