Western Food

Western Food

Featuring Basil Pasta House, The Lobby Lounge (The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur), Bounty, Italiannies (Pavilion Kuala Lumpur), No Black Tie, Azzurro Cafe
Camille Ng
Camille Ng

Azzuro Cafe offers a pretty good lunch deal-- 1 free 1 pasta for RM35 (before tax), and it includes 2 sodas. I had mixed feelings for this place. When we first sat down, they took our order and served the drinks pretty quickly, the service was pretty good. But it took forever for the actual food to arrive. The lunch crowd was pretty big and I guess the servers were getting overwhelmed. We ordered the Mac n Cheese and Linguine Vongole, they were okay, but not very special.

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If you enjoy listening to live bands, especially jazz, try No Black Tie. You can pay an admission fee to watch the performance, but if you just want to listen, you can sit outside of the main room, it's literally just divided by a curtain. We ordered the Nachos and Peach and Banana Crumble. The peach and banana makes a very interesting combination. The crumble is served warm to so it's almost like eating oatmeal. The guacamole salsa that comes with the chips were pretty good, I just wish they were more generous with it! Definitely worth visiting if especially you're a music person!

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Bounty is part of Kl Journal hotel, located at their ground floor. It's a very pleasant cafe-esque restaurant serving Italian-fusion food. We ordered the Tagliatelle Pomodoro (RM39 nett), basically pasta with tomato sauce and chunks of fresh mozzarella. It's a very simple and satisfying meal, and I especially love the thin and smooth pasta! One thing to note though, is that when the waiter asked us if we wanted still or sparkling water, we said still. When the guy came back to the table, he immediately poured a bottle of Fiji water in our cups and I was like oh my god this is gonna cost a bomb. Idk what you would say to get regular water, but just make sure they don't give you Fiji, unless you want it lol. It was RM 18 btw 🙄

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I haven't really tried much British afternoon tea-styled high tea in Malaysia so I can't really compare it with anything. But basically Ritz Carlton serves high tea from 3-6pm daily, at RM80 nett per person (note that it's not buffet).
There's a really wide selection of teas and they all sound so good, I had such a hard time picking just one! They serve your pot of tea first with a mini candle stove thing, and you can refill the pot as many times as you need. They start you off with a couple tiny bread pieces and a salmon spread. *Do note that everything is petite*
So on the tower, each person gets a chicken mushroom pie, a pastrami (choice of beef or chicken), a spinach quiche, 3 sandwiches (egg, chicken, tuna), and an array of sweet treats. On the side you get 2 scones (1 plain, 1 cranberry), along with clotted cream, strawberry jam and orange marmalade.
It doesn't seem like a lot of food but by the time we were done, we were so full we could hardly move. I would say that generally the foods were not bad, but nothing that's 'to-die-for', except for the desserts 😛
The environment here is very nice and relaxing, but I just have one complaint -- the tables. They're either too low or uncomfortable for your leg placement. But everything else was quite nice. I feel like RM80 might be a little pricey though.. Maybe because it's in the Ritz? The high tea place in Starhill is slightly affordable, and I'm guessing TWG should be slightly more affordable too. Maybe I should try those some time..

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So we've heard many people talk about the pasta here and we took forever to try this place even though we live nearby. So we finally got to have lunch here (after several attempts - "no more lunch menu now, only desserts" and coming on their rest day aka Tuesday). Saw the menu and frankly got really excited because all the pasta dishes sounded so elaborate and yummy I wanted to try everything. There was probably 50 pasta dishes in that menu I kid you not. But anyway, the lunch special is that you get a bottle of "fruit juice" aka cordial, with every dish you order.
The pastas arrived pretty quickly, and the risotto took just a while more, hence the missing risotto in the picture. They looked so gorgeous I got even more excited. But the taste is what it's all about right? I can't remember the exact names of the dishes so description will have to do, sorry!
So the squid ink pasta was okay, quite some mussels in there; the carbonara thing was not bad, except for the prosciutto aka the star of the dish, it tasted kinda strange, almost like ham that's gone bad? The baked rigatoni thing looked so promising but really punched me in the face: the sauce was sooooo overly sweet and that alone ruined the entire dish. It was also like a pizza wannabe that went so wrong. My risotto dish had bacon/pancetta I think, it looked pretty good but then again, the seasoning.. -.- it was so dang salty I couldn't finish it. Maybe too much Parmesan? Or maybe just too much salt.. Lastly we ordered their signature dessert, it was okay, a little too pricy if you ask me.

Overall I would say it was a pretty bad experience. Maybe because I'm a super picky pasta eater. The seasonings and flavors were so off I honestly think I could do much better.. The cafe was pretty packed for lunch though, but I don't think my family will be going back there anytime soon..

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This pizza is definitely much more artisan than Domino's or Papa John's. Their pizzas are generally 12" and you get to choose between a rustic or traditional crust. We chose the Napoli Bianco with Rustic Base (RM51.20 after tax). This pizza had a generous amount of toppings including beef meatballs, beef pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, diced chicken and an Alfredo base. I've never had an Alfredo based pizza before and I thought it was pretty interesting. Honestly I wish there was a tad bit more sauce and cheese on it; it was rather dry and lack of seasoning. But at least it wasn't soaking in a pile of sauce! Maybe it was the small amount of sauce but I thought the Alfredo base was not as overpowering as a typical marinara base would be. The rustic base was perfect since I prefer my pizzas with a thinner crust, slightly crispy and not too filling. I absolutely loved how the toppings came in bigger chunks! You can actually taste the flavors of the individual toppings and the meatballs were pretty damn good. I usually hate arugula on salads but it really works with the pizza; it adds a certain earthiness to the pizza and the bitterness I hate is almost unnoticeable.
I wouldn't mind having pizza here again! Plus they serve free bread with *herb infused* olive oil and vinegar 😍

Taking my natural Malaysian foodie instincts to NYC ✌🏼️

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