Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tanzini @ G Tower, KL

Farm to table dining at Tanzini...

This dinner was part of my recent weekend stay with G Tower, so as such, it counts as an invited review. Please find my usual disclaimers as follows :)
1) I have not been paid to write this, but neither have I paid a cent for my meal,
2) I will still be as objective as possible re. the food/ restaurant, and
3) If I go back to the restaurant incognito and find that the food/service is horribly different from this experience, I will amend my ratings here...

Tanzini is very newly opened (just a few months old, if I'm not wrong) and is nestled on the top floor of the also pretty new G Tower KL:
Inside Tanzini....

They specialise in modern yet rustic Italian cuisine and as you can see, while the main area (pic above) has a cosy, intimate ambience suitable for dinner with family and friends,... there are also little corners in the dining area that are perfect for a romantic dinner:
Quiet little corner with beautiful view of KLCC....

I loved the (complimentary) bread basket - filled with freshly made buns and rolls that tasted good when spread with a dollop of the yummy butter, dipped with their special sauces or just eaten plain:
Tasty bread basket....

I almost couldn't stop eating the bread, but luckily, our appetizer the Tanzini antipasti tower (RM 50++) arrived soon after:
The tiered Tanzini tower of antipasti....

It is basically an array of ever changing, freshly made morsels, which I was told is concocted according to whatever ingredients they can get freshest, at the time... Overall the little bites were simple but most importantly, yummy combinations - For example this smoked salmon wrap:
Yummy morsel of salmon....

One of their claims to fame is their incredibly fresh fish, taken from their farm and kept live until an order is made ("Farm to table dining", as they have coined).

That night, we tried the Pan Roasted Barramundi (RM 38++):
Tasty fish....

The fish was simple yet delicious - delicately flavoured and grilled to perfection, leaving it's supple flesh ever so moist.

Notably, the array of accompanying grilled vegetables were not just a forgettable side that had been thrown onto the plate (which is the case in quite a lot of restaurants nowadays) - I especially loved the grilled asparagus that was succulent and also perfectly grilled leaving it with a lovely smokey fragrance.

Of course, being an Italian restaurant, they have to be able to whip up some good pastas. First up for the night, the Spaghetti Lamb Bolognese (RM 32++)
Tasted like home cooking, in a good way....

Rustic, chunky yet tender pieces of lamb, stewed with a red wine sauce until it reduced to a ever so slightly thick and savoury sauce (almost stew like consistency) - YUM.
(Add a dash of cheese to make it even more yummy)

Comparing the 2, the Tanzini Tiger Prawn Vongole (RM 38++) was more delicate but delicious nonetheless:
Such a big prawn!....

Succulent, juicy prawn atop a bed of al dente pasta, coated in a light broth that was fragrant of clams and garlic... and the added tau meuw (bean shoots?) added a nice, crunchy Asian twist to this. :)

Evidently all of us (mostly food) bloggers are greedy and have pretty dire sweet tooth syndrome... because somehow we found space for LOTS of dessert! lol...

- Tiramisu a pezzi (RM 26++):
*drool*....

I loved this - the sponge fingers were moist without being soggy, the cream was rich without being too sweet and it had just enough chocolate + coffee + alcohol in it. :)
(Looking at the price though, I'm a bit sad because I want to eat it again really badly, but it's kinda expensive)

- Pavlova Slow Baked Meringue (RM 16++)
Stacked dessert....

The meringue, chocolate sauce and berries made a nice mix of flavours and textures - Sweet against sour, and crunchy against moist. :)
(Still, personally I prefer the tiramisu)

- Chocolate cake (RM 20++)
The chocolate cake....

Unusually paired with a slightly tart beetroot ice cream (which tasted nice actually!... despite how strange it sounds), the cake was held back from perfection by its dense and ever so slightly dry texture.

- Lavender ice cream (RM 12++/ scoop)
Delicate lavender....

Unfortunately, this is one of those love it or hate it kinda desserts (lavender tends to remind a lot of people of soap and hand wash). The texture is nice and creamy though, so just choose another flavour of ice cream if lavender is not your kinda thing.

- Raspberry sorbet(RM 8++/ scoop)
A more "normal" flavour....

Sweet yet tart - this was a refreshing end to the night. :)

So, it's: Beautiful, romantic setting with a view of KLCC, good selection of Italian favourites as well as some with dishes with a fusion twist, super fresh fish!, very decently priced (considering its in a hotel) BUT nothing bad to say really, just wish that the tiramisu is cheaper so that I can order more of it! (yummy)...


Summary Sheet:

Tanzini @ G Tower, KL
Level 28, GTower,
Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur


Taste: 7
Ambience : 8
Service : 7
Price** : RM 45++ per person
Parking: OK

** Approximation - 3 course meal, excluding drinks

Telephone No.: 03-2168 1899
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm (Closed on Sunday)

NO PORK SERVED



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12 comments:

Paranoid Android said...

Yummmy. Tiramisu up in KL's clouds sound delectably tempting. I'd better search the yellow pages and come up with something for myself.

:p

Baby Sumo said...

I love the tiramisu here too! :) It's sooooo good.

Sean said...

now i'm trying to recall which place in kl serves the most expensive tiramisu. wonder if there's any RM30-plus tiramisu somewhere :D

J said...

to Paranoid Android:
Are you looking under T for Tiramisu or B for Bride? Btw, have you located my Groom yet? :P
lol

to Baby Sumo:
*high five* :)

to Sean:
I'm sure there must be... But even 26++ is really stretching it already, don't you think so?
(It's almost 30 bucks after factoring in all the taxes)

taufulou said...

i guess this is the latest rave on G tower and the food sure looks good eh, can have a bite on tiramisu ah

J said...

to taufulou:
No problem. You take one bite and then I eat the rest! :) :) :)

May said...

cant wait to visit G tower but i just dont have the time
parking there is expensive =.=

J said...

to May:
Well, if you go for dinner then it's ok - I think the parking fee is 3 bucks flat rate after 7pm....
(If I remember correctly)

ittybittyfoodies said...

We're coming soon! The pictures look divine!

J said...

To ittybittyfoodies:
Hope u enjoy it! :)
(Nothing I enjoy more than helping other people enjoy food...)

YunKwan said...

Will go there to celebrate friend's birthday... thanks for the info :)

J said...

To YunKwan: No problem. I hope you n your friends enjoy the food :)
(luv sharing this happiness)

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