The first time we walked right up to the door and took a peek. It was empty...no tables were occupied. We decided to go somewhere else to eat. The second time around we walked straight inside. Actually, we have already decided on the place after hearing a few recommendations from friends. I liked what I saw the minute we walked inside...Spasso, an Italian restaurant located in Straits Quay.
As we took our seats, I could not help telling the men (with me) that the place looked sparkling. All so beautiful…done in simple design with a theme of white and stainless steel. I loved the way the tables were positioned. They were quite apart from each other. It was something I always preferred in a restaurant. For me, that gives 'privacy' in dining.
The appetiser we had was a plate of Bruschetta Al Pomodoro (RM18.80). It was a plate of toasted focaccia bread topped with tomato, garlic, basil and extra virgin olive oil. It would be nothing spectacular if not for the focaccia bread. That, I have to say was a good slice of bread.
|Porcini mushroom soup|
After much debating, (we could not make up our minds), we settled on a bowl of porcini mushroom (RM18.80) soup. I could smell the nice aroma of the soup as the waiter placed the bowl on our table. I took a scoop of the soup. Woo, it had a lot of substance in that it was creamy and thick with chopped porcini mushrooms. The soup had a nutty-woodsy and sweet taste. I took another spoonful and decided I did not like the overpowering taste of the mushrooms and white truffle oil (drizzled on top). The other two loved the soup and kept telling me that it was Italian soup 'for real'.
A plate of Chicken Valdostana (chicken escalope topped with baked chicken ham and Fontana cheese-RM38.80) and a plate of Chicken Picata (Pan-fried chicken fillet coated with egg and Parmesan cheese-RM28.80) were our next orders.
The Chicken Valdostana was just 'so-so' was hubby's remarks. I had a piece and could not agree more. Maybe as Malaysians, we need something stronger. Italian cooking would be bland compared to our curries. (LOL). I asked hubby to add the condiments from the little containers. Shredded cheese, salt and chilli pepper. The Chicken Picata was not too bad. I thought they were like mini omelettes. The capers sprinkled on the top of the pieces added extra flavour. The pasta aglio olio (pasta tossed in virgin olive oil, garlic and ground chilli pepper) was a good combination. Had it been in any form, I think we would be 'jelak'. Do not judge the portion served as little. The three of us could not finish off the pasta.
The stand out of the whole meal (main course) was without a doubt the Pizza Margherita (RM26.80). It looked different from what we had in Italy but the taste was awesome. Being wood fried; the pizza had a smoky, woodsy taste. The basil used was fresh and fragrant. The tomatoes tasted juicy and sweet and lastly...lots of mozzarella. The pizza dough was equally good. It was light and not rubbery in bite.
|A cup of Tiramisu|
Spasso serve very nice desserts. We had the Tiramisu (RM18.80) and Panna Cotta (RM14.80). The tiramisu deliciously melted in my mouth. I attest... the taste was awesome. The Panna Cotta also deserved two thumbs up. It was slightly wobbly, creamy and good to the last lick. In fact, both deserts were licked clean.
The Affogato (espresso with vanilla gelato/ice cream) and Cappuccino were both good coffee. There was no scrimping here. The coffee was aromatic and thick (not liquid).
Spasso has quite a wide selection of other Italian food. Ravioli, spaghetti, etc. There is also quite a wide selection of pizza. We agreed that the staff were friendly and helpful. The chef, an Italian even came out to bid us good bye and good night as we walked to the exit.:o)
SPASSO MILANO ITALIAN CUISINE, Lot 3C-G-2, Block C, Ground Floor, Straits Quay, Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang, Tanjung Tokong. Business Hours: 12 noon-11:00pm. Tel: 604 8912888. **10% Service Charge and 6% Government Tax.