June 24, 2015

Variety of Menu Options @ Alessio, Publika

Hello guys!


A few weeks back I was invited for a food tasting review at Alessio in Publika Solaris Dutamas. Being free of work these days let me go around on events and stuff so I said yes for this one too. Publika is actually very far from my home but with a proper planning (read: Google-ing), I actually saved quite a lot by taking Uber there from LRT Bangsar. If you've never taken Uber before and want to try out just click this link HERE to get RM20 off your first Uber ride ;D


I arrived right on the time before the session start so I managed to take a look around the restaurant interior. It gives out a simple yet elegant feeling overall and you can choose whether to dine inside or outside. There is also a private area behind glass door which where the food session was held. We were given a list of menu before hand so I knew that I will be feasting on two starters from their menu and eight main course on the night and for that, I starved myself during the day because I wanted to eat a lot that night. LOL!


The session started with us ordering the drinks from the three options given to us. I ordered something called 'Italian Passion..' but being the usually clumsy myself I totally forgot to jot down the full name. I guess that what hunger did to me. *lame excuse, i know* but mine is the yellow one with bits of passion fruit inside. Its really good, a bit tangy but since I totally dig sour stuff, I loved my drink.


The first menu served was one of the starter Paradiso (RM19) which is a fruit cocktail salad with fresh coconut water. It tasted nice with small bits fruits especially the green and red apples and I liked it when I ate it with some of the coconut flesh scraped from the coconut bowl they used to serve the dish. I don't know if it was my hunger speaking for me or maybe it just really suit my taste, I have nothing to complain about the salad.


Moving on to the second starter which was the Lava Grilled Black Pepper Lamb Kebabs (RM15); let me say that I'm really a lamb person so I was already probably fifty percent in love with this dish even before I tried them but seriously the skewered lamb with bell pepper, pineapple and onion served with the black pepper gravy was really nice. I liked how tender the meat is and not overcooked. This dish is in my top three favourite from the night.


I was a bit dissapointed by the first main course of the night which was the Duo Salmon (RM29), mainly from the fact that the salmon being overcooked and ended up being really tough. Being a huge fan of salmon I was expecting something that melts in my mouth. Their attempt to match it up with fried Enoki mushroom , fried rice, miso butter and teriyaki sauce was not bad at all. I have quite a strong Malaysian palette so the fried rice was nice while the crispy fried Enoki was heavenly. You can actually choose to have either garlic fried rice or kampong ikan bilis fried rice to go with the dish. If the charcoal grilled salmon was cooked perfectly, I would actually love this dish.

We were also served with their hand tossed Live Fire Sourdough Crust Pizza which were the Spicy Chicken Pizza (RM25) and their Pizza Trio - Best of 3 Worlds (RM33).


Do not take lightly of the word 'spicy' from the Spicy Chicken Pizza because they were indeed hot flaming spicy. The toppings includes green bell pepper, chicken bits and also slices of spicy 'cili padi' or bird eye chili , if you're a big fan of spicy food and can actually take spicy stuff this might be for you. I ended up picking out some of the 'cili padi' slices as it was too spicy for me.


My favourite from the pizza selections is actually one of the topping from their Pizza trio. If you're the type who like to try different toppings at one go, the Pizza Trio comes with three different toppings in one pizza which are the Pepperoni pizza, Hawaiian pizza and Wild Mushroom Pizza. The first two topping were nice but doesn't leave that much impression on me but the third topping which was the Wild Mushroom pizza was my favourite as the mushroom were abundant and I can really taste the bits of them in every bite.


The next dish topped my 'Favourite of The Night' list with it's creamy and savoury yet sinful taste. The Coconut Island King (RM28) is a dish with 'XL King Prawn sauteed in curry leaves and salted egg surrounded in dreamy coconut sauce infused with bird eye chilis and served with crispy Vienna milk bun'. My taste bud was pleasantly surprised with its strong coconut taste with a hint of sweetness probably coming from the prawn. It wasn't that spicy for me even with the bird eye chili and the Vienna milk bun complement the dish well. Definitely sinful with all the creamy coconut milk taste but if I were to go there again, I might probably pick this menu again.


The Twin Duck Spaghetti (RM27) was actually a top contender for the Coconut Island King. It was such an interesting dish with crispy beef bacon, duck confit, sundried tomato, olives and fresh orange in it. The orange was a rare sight for me but it actually tasted really good with the spaghetti; despite how it looks, the spaghetti was not oily at all and the sweetness from the orange and savoury taste of the beef bacon and duck made it a very unique meal for me. It was also my first time eating duck so I was thankful it suits my palette and that made this dish the runner up in my top three favourite.


I also had a ratatouille that night which was also a first for me. The Tuscan Lamb Shank (RM49) is a' tender slow roasted lamb shank in Tuscan ratatouille served with creamy mashed potato'. Tender is definitely an appropriate word for this dish; the lamb shank literally crumble with just a slight poke from my fork which was actually a good thing. I've never had a lamb this soft before so I loved it but the seasoning wasn't bold enough for my palette. Since I never tried a ratatouille before I'm not sure if its supposed to actually taste like that but I wished it could taste a bit stronger. On the other hand, the portion is just huge! We shared and still were not able to finish all of it.


We were also served with Malaysian all time favourite dish nasi lemak but with Alessio twist. Basmati Nasi Lemak Muhibbah (RM28) comes in a big platter that if you're not a big eater, sharing between two people would still make you feel full. There were so much going on in the dish I was having quite a hard time to choose between eating the Ayam Goreng Berempah, Butter Tiger Prawn or the Kari Ikan Tenggiri first but well it was definitely a protein feast! The sambal was a tad sweet sweet for me but the Kari Ikan Tenggiri was really nice.


The last main dish of the night was the Twin Naked Lobster Thermidor (RM168) which was cooked two ways in cheesy termidor sauce encrusted in molten three cheese and also cooked naked at its best grilled with French butter. I was confused to choose which way I liked better because both were really nice!


When I thought my stomach won't be able to take anything else, the complimentary Crème Brulee and fruit slices made me eat more. I guess the saying that women have different stomach for dessert might actually be true. I really loved the sweet Crème Brulee and ended up finishing the whole bowl!

From overall dining experience, I got to say Alessio is a great choice with varieties of menu to choose from, a laid back environment and friendly servers. The price range are great so I guess you could choose the menu based on your the weight of your wallet too :D

Alessio, Publika
A2-G2-09, Solaris Dutamas,
1, Jalan Dutamas 1,
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +60 3-6211 2838
Facebook: AlessioPublika


Till next post, toodles~! ♥ミ

2 comments:

  1. I love the sour dough pizza so much! Great discovery rite :D

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