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Friday, August 12, 2011

Food: Veneeze @ Jaya One

*update 01/12/13: This outlet has now closed.

One fine day while trolling the internet for another deal voucher to buy, I found one for a place called Veneeze located in Jaya One from WeBuy. I didn't know where it was, but knowing that Jaya One is near where Wendy stays, I was convinced to give this a try since it was convenient for us after work.

Veneeze is located on the ground floor, next to the escalator that leads to Cold Storage in Jaya One

The settings are basic and simple, giving off that homely atmosphere. It looked like a quaint little place modelled after Venice of Italy (hence, the wall mural of the famed river canals, and their restaurant name)... but would the food be worth it?

The deal entitled us to either one soup or salad each. Unfortunately there was no soup (in case you didn't already know, my pet peeve is being told that they are unable to provide what was stated in the deal), so we were both forced to have the salad. What can I say about the salad? The picture says everything; lettuce, olives, carrots, and a bit of sweetcorn. Oh and let's not forget the thousand island dressing! Everything tasted how it should - no more, no less. Can't say anything bad about it, but then again I could have tossed up this same salad myself at home (and I have never actually "tossed" any salads before in my life =P).

We were also entitled to the Funghi Tritolati (spotted at RM 3.90 on their menu). The waiter was very enthusiastic about them, but unfortunately we didn't share the same passion as he did. It was basically sauteed mushrooms with plenty of garlic. The garlic flavour was so strong that it kind of overpowered the mushroom. Also because it was overdone, it ended up being very chewy, which I didn't mind, but Wendy thought it was just too rubbery. I ended up eating the bulk of it..(!)

For our main meal, we could choose from one of about 6-7 different types of pizza. First thing that struck me - no equivalent of a meat lover pizza! Everything had either chicken or beef but never everything together. In the end we settled for the Pizza Canadese (RM 19.90), which is a cream based pizza topped with chicken sausage, spinach, mozzarella cheese & fontina cheese.

Looking at their menu, Veneeze is supposed to be a pizza and pasta joint, but unfortunately this pizza fell way below our expectations. The spinach was distributed a bit too sparingly in my opinion, while the sausages were sliced thinly, thinner than a 10 cent coin. :S 

It also didn't help that the sausage tasted like those run-of-the-mill sausages from Ayamas or any frozen section in your local mart. All I can say is the cheese and the dough tasted all right. Other than that fact, it was an underwhelming pizza, and one where we hope Veneeze can improve upon.

And because we were only entitled to one pizza and I thought it wouldn't be enough, and also because I saw the menu just consisted of pizza and pasta, I decided we might as well sample their Fettuccine Alfredo (RM 12.90).

The fettuccine is advertised as homemade, though I can't taste a difference. What really got to us was the cream sauce - it had such an overpowering creamy flavour to it and we just couldn't put our finger on what it was. There wasn't nearly enough chicken bits and Wendy thought there was a slight margarine aftertaste to this dish. Whatever it was, the taste was certainly cloying, and not one that suited our tastebuds. We struggled to finish it in the end.

So there ended our WeBuy deal experience at Veneeze. In our humble opinion, Veneeze needs to step it up to compete amidst all the better food at Jaya One. A shame really, because the staff are very friendly and helpful. There have been some encouraging food reviews of Veneeze thus far, so hopefully it was just an off day when we went.

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Block D, GF- Unit 19, Jaya One
No 72A, Jalan Universiti, Seksyen 13
46200 Petaling Jaya
Operating Hours: Mon-Sat, 11am-9pm

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