So yesterday we were all set to have a new post as usual, until we logged into Blogger and realized the draft post was gone and replaced by a duplicate of another post! We don't keep many spare posts, hence the delay to today. Blogger please fix your problems...! =(
We still struggle to find places to eat on weeknights. If funding permitted, we would visit places like d'Italiene Kitchen more. Alas, prices here restrict us to coming only on a special occasion,
when parents are paying, or maybe once in a blue moon.
I had visited d'Italiene Kitchen before with my parents on Sundays, so I knew they get a healthy crowd on weekends for dinner. But on a Monday night when we visited it was deader than a doorknob! Thankfully I knew the food would be okay so the emptiness didn't bother me as much.
d'Italiene Kitchen actually has quite a wide variety on their menu, although of course the main theme is Italian in nature. Since we were quite hungry from a hard day's work and a long ride in the traffic jams, we had some Fried Gnocchi (RM 12.90) for starters - deep fried fresh potato coated in flour and turkey bits.
Though it may look simple, the gnocchi turned out to be a fulfilling snack, light and crispy with hints of turkey ham, something light to keep the jaw working before the main course, and something that still tasted good after being left on the table for more than half an hour. An appetizer that we enjoyed, especially with the accompanying dip. =)
I am a creature of habit, but Wendy likes trying new stuff, so this time we had a Seafood Ravioli in Tomato Sauce (RM 27.90). Ravioli isn't my usual thing; I prefer pasta on the whole. But this ravioli turned out be nice even for me - a fresh mixture of prawn, scallops and white fish paste delicately stuffed in little pasta pockets in a strong-flavoured tomato base. It's also possible to have it in cream sauce, though the traditionalist in me wonders how seafood could go well in cream sauce..=/
For every dish that Wendy picks, I have to pick another that I want! For me that was the Jumbo Lamb Shank (RM 32.90), which was the premium Australian lamb shank braised in herbs, served in brown sauce with mash and steamed vegetables. Everything on this plate was good - the mash potato was wonderfully smooth and creamy, the vegetables were fresh and crunchy, and the lamb was surprisingly tender to the bone! Sharing our food is always a good idea, because like in this case there was more than enough meat for the both of us. I'd recommend this to anyone with a sudden lamb craving.
To round up the night, there was the Sticky Toffee Pudding (RM 16.90).We normally see the more common chocolate cake / brownie with ice-cream, but this was a very nice alternative! The steamed walnut pudding and drizzlings of butter caramel sauce blended together perfectly just like chocolate cake with chocolate sauce, except this was better because it didn't feel so creamy; the sharp tartness of the berry sauce also helped to cut through the sweetness. And of course, vanilla gelato just makes everything taste that much better. =D
By the time we were done, a few more groups of customers had come, so it wasn't an entirely quiet night. d'Italiane Kitchen is a great place to bring friends or relatives, also good if you're looking for a place to go with that special someone. The added benefit is it's in Jaya 33, easily accessible to the PJ folk! This place is definitely on our list of revisits. =D
d'Italiane Kitchen | Site
Ground Floor, Jaya 33,
No 3, Jalan Semangat,
Section 13, 46100 Petaling Jaya,
Tel: +6 03 7956 3684
Opening Hours: Daily, 11:30am-11pm