Monday, September 07, 2009

Bella Italia @ Palma Condo, Mont Kiara

Another "hidden" restaurant in a Mont Kiara Condo....


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(Oct 2009)

Sorry, it's closed! But another cafe has taken over this location already. If you want to, have a look at my review of the new cafe HERE.
(It's pretty good!)
:)

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Disclaimer: OMG. Sorry but I lost the receipt agaiiiin.... :( :( So, no exact prices but I remember I ate there for < RM30 for my main+appetizer.

Anyway, have come across another hidden restaurant in a Mont Kiara condo:
The quaint restaurant by the pool side...

Located at the poolside of the Palma Condominium (specifically, it's near the ground level pool - ask the guards, because apparently this condo has 2 pools), it is simple yet scenic... I do worry though that the open air setting could get uncomfortably warm in the day time:
The covered, but open air seating...

The Mushroom soup was normal - creamy and fairly tasty... but it also tasted a little like canned soup:
The mushroom soup...

Calamari was also ok - crunchy and tender (but tasted suspiciously processed):
The Fried Calamari Set...

As for the mains, we tried the Grilled Lamb Chops:
The grilled lamb chops...

Just ok. Sauce was pretty nice (sort of a sweet-ish black pepper sauce) but the lamb could have been a bit more tender.

Also, we tasted the Chicken & Mushroom Risotto that night:
"Risotto"...

Honestly, it was like chinese Mun Fann (steamed rice bowl?) pretending to be a risotto. First of all, it wasn't short grain rice, and it tasted like it rice fried with cream sauce because the grains of rice were dry inside.

Still, I guess it's good carb-y comfort food for those who like rice.
(My friend Jo liked it, although she agreed its definitely not really risotto)

Well, I can't say that the food is authentic or extraordinary, but let's put it this way: The prices are very decent for Italian food in Mont Kiara.... :)

So it's: Simple setting by the poolside, with a fair selection of Italian dishes at reasonable prices BUT can be warm (it's open air with no air conditioning) and not much in terms of desserts.

Restaurant Review
Summary Sheet:


Bella Italia @ Palma Condo, Mont Kiara
(the condo next to the Mont Kiara Coffee Bean/ just a bit down the road from Plaza Mont Kiara)

Taste: 5
Ambience : 5
Service : 5
Price** : RM 35++ per person
Parking: OK* ***(It's free but limited inside the condo - and do not park for >6 hours or you will get charged RM10)

** Approximation - 3 course meal, excluding drinks
*** It's free but limited inside the condo - and do not park for >6 hours or you will get charged RM10

Telephone No.: 03-2096 1116
Opening Hours: 11.30am - 9pm (Closed on Mondays)

NO PORK SERVED



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15 comments:

j said...

a review full of suspicion.... that's a first! hahaha :P

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

creamy mun fan...ewww....

Sean said...

wonder whether they're related to the bella italias at ss2, subang...
there's actually another restaurant opening later this month at palma ... that one sounds more promising, though i don't have the details...

thule a.k.a leo said...

yeah.. are they related to the one in ss2???
So the guard actually let you drove in and park??? or u parked by the roadside?

J said...

to j:
I'm not trying to be mean... Didn't you think it tasted like canned soup too? ...

to "Joe" who is constantly craving:
Haha... It didn't taste that bad.. Just didn't taste like risotto either. :)

to Sean:
Yup, I think it is a branch of the SS2/ Subang Bella Italia (that's what was stated on the menu)...
(... but strange, I remember the SS2 branch being nicer than this.. (

Oh cool - new restaurant! When's it opening? :)

to thule a.k.a leo:
Yup I think they're related to the one in SS2 (.. it was written on their menu).

And I had no problems parking inside - just had to tell the guards that I was going to the restaurant, and register for a guest pass... :)

boo_licious said...

they're closing this place down, as my friend is taking over the cafe here from 9 September onwards. Think you may want to update the blog.

J said...

to boo_licious:
Talk about strange coincidences / timing!

Thanks for the info, Boo. :)
Will go check out your friend's place soon. Am curious...

CUMI & CIKI said...

war.. rated 5 only ar.. so many othr plcs to go hor?

Apple Foodees said...

Wow..Seems like they are clearing the food before the closure.

J said...

to Cumi & Ciki:
Well, the food wasn't exactly bad... but it was completely average so "5" loh. :(
(*sigh*)

to Apple Foodees:
Haha.. Well, I wouldn't say that - it wasn't that the food wasnt fresh - just that it wasn't very authentically Italian. :)

Bangsar-bAbE said...

Mun Fann pretending to be a risotto?? LOL! But hor...I like my rice banjir-ed, so I guess I wouldn't mind the "risotto"... =P

J said...

to Bangsar-Babe:
Mmmm... but that's the thing, it wasn't moist/ banjir-ed enough - it was sort of fluffy and but more to dry, like a munn fann....

ermmm... horrible explanation, I know - does it make sense to you? :)

soojc said...

and here i was about to say.. hang on, i didn't go there.. lol

you're supposed to post the new one.. :P when you come back i guess..

ARE YOU BACK YET?

*not reading the rest of the site deliberately + conveniently forgetting*

J said...

to soojc:
Aiyoh. So impatient... :P

Anyway, am back, and have updated on the new cafe at Palma oredi:
(*ta-dah!*)
The Cafe @ Palma Condo, Mont Kiara, KL

Ashe said...

Too disappointed to hear that Bella Italia is closed, hopefully the replacement is just as good.

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