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Feb 13, 2012 07:18 AM

Kuala Lumpur - Neroteca, Lorong Ceylon

Neroteca stood out from other Italian restaurants in KL simply because ... its food contained pork! Yup, in a city with mainly halal (i.e. suitable for Muslims) Italian restaurants, Italian foodlovers who also missed their pork made a beeline here.

We were here last weekend after lunch for its selection of rich Italian desserts and some of the best coffee in town.

Not cheap though: each of the smallish desserts we ordered: the Tiramisu, Trio al cioccolato (three-layered dark chocolate cake); Panna Cotta and the Torta Della Nonna (Grandmother's ricotta cheese cake) costed an eye-popping RM22 (USD7) each. The desserts were good, though not great.

Need to come back here for their entrees next time. Some interesting items included:

- Porcellino- Crispy skin slow roasted suckling pig served with stew lentils, garden salad and roasted potatoes; and

- Porchetta- Roasted debone suckling pig stuffed with sausage, capsicum and bacon served with stew lentils, roasted potatoes.

Watch this space ;-)

Address details
G/F, The Somerset
8 Lorong Ceylon
50250 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 20700530

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    1. re: huiray

      Dinner this evening at Neroteca:
      - Appetiser: Vegetariano - a platter of mixed grilled aubergine, asparagus, mushrooms, pickled olives, artichoke, sun-dried tomatoes and very delicious smoked scamorza cheese;
      - Entree: Valdostana - which was pan-fried pork loin, topped with honeyed ham and melted Fontina cheese, served on a raft of asparagus spears. The pork loin itself was delicious, but the taste was greatly enhanced by the sweet honeyed ham blanketing it, whilst the chewy Fontina cheese provided a very welcome added dimension texturally. The asparagus was superfluous - perhaps a selection of grilled vegetables, or even some mash would have complemented the meats better.

      The accompanying bread basket deserved special mention for its dense ciabatta and sweet, slow-roasted whole garlic cloves. Perfect with the balsamic vinegar and olive oil dip.

      1. re: klyeoh

        What a nice meal. Thanks for the report. I'd have loved the grilled vegetable platter. The pork chops sounds delicious. (Maybe I might have hesitated at having a honeyed sauce (=sweet?) myself when ordering). Perhaps grilled or sautéed sliced fennel bulb instead of the asparagus?

        1. re: huiray

          This was actually our third meal this evening - the first one was KL-style Hokkien noodles at Lien Bee, followed by "Sang Har Meen" at Lai Foong, and then this. My KL friend was rolling her eyes in disbelief - don't think she'll be too keen for another "makan" evening out again anytime soon ;-)

          1. re: klyeoh

            Heh. HEH.
            Good fer ya!. (Burp) I'm sure she'll come round in short order. :-)

            Any pics of that KL Hokkien Mee at Lien Bee?
            ETA: Oh, wait, you posted it on a new thread.

    2. Back to Neroteca for Sunday lunch today with fellow Hound, mikey8811:

      - My starter: Maiale Tonnato - thin wafers of pork topped with tuna sauce was a let-down. The tuna topping was too little and also pretty bland.

      - Mikey's starter: Ravioli Tirolese, described as sausage-stuffed raviolis topped with creamy-walnut sauce & a speck flowerette tasted predominantly of evaporated milk.

      - Costina Neroteca: braised pork ribs & broccoli, smothered with mushroom gravy. The pork-ribs needed perhaps another hour or two of extra braising time in order to obtain that fall-off-the-bone quality I was looking for. The chewy version here was not very pleasant. The accompanying gravy was too watery and one-dimensional in taste :-(

      - mikey had the Valdostana which I had the last time I was here - this time, I noticed that the accompanying sauce looked suspiciously like the one blanketing my braised pork-ribs. Mikey also found his pork loin over-cooked though.

      Overall, I guessed that I only liked the idea that Neroteca is a rare Italian restaurant which served pork here in KL (in fact, the *only* one which I know of) - but the standard of cooking really leaves much to be desired, especially with its sky-high prices (our entrees were both priced at RM58++). Not really planning to come back here again anytime soon.

      5 Replies
      1. re: klyeoh

        Sharing some food pics of our lunch today:

        1. re: klyeoh

          That's too bad.

          Truly no pork in any Italian restaurant elsewhere in KL? That's appalling.

          Did you all speak with the chef or FOH about your disappointment and the reasons for it?

          1. re: huiray

            The kitchen crew at Neroteca, like in many restaurants and eateries in KL, were staffed by mainly youngish-looking Burmese workers (I think). The chef de cuisine, if there's a European one, was nowhere in sight. Most of these workers speak rudimentary or no English. The restaurant supervisor himself looked Burmese and was probably the best English speaker amongst the lot. I reckon that any customer feedback would probably not go far beyond him.

        2. re: klyeoh

          Oh dear, having to consume pork on the sly? I do think it's high time for you to come back home, klyeoh. Look at the dearth of Singapore threads ever since you moved to KL and did for them what you used to do for us!

          1. re: M_Gomez

            Annoying, but not *too* bad for the moment - you do get German restaurants, etc serving pork knuckles, opening all over the place in KL. But I guess the "halal" certification was partially because it makes "economic sense", as restaurants try to widen their catchment base to include the free-spending Malay-Muslim middle-class.

            I'm still back in Singapore on a monthly basis, or whenever I can get away, so you'd still see new/updated Singapore threads from me :-)