Written by @Joehairie
“Favola means fable in Italian and the experience begins as the diner walks through the open galleries into a rustic Italian setting reminiscent of the renaissance era. The peeling paint on the walls reflects the glories of the past that has unearthed Venice for many centuries. Carnival masks adorn the walls at Favola, depicting the Carnival festival in Venice which is held annually”-Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur
On our first night at Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur, we were craving for Italian Cuisine. Off we went to Favola which is located at Level 8. We came with high expectation and as we were about to exit the restaurant, we sensed that the dining experience at Favola was an exceptional one, obviously for its high quality product and service. This is our story in regard to the recent dining experience at Favola.
The entrance itself is a statement of Favola’s characteristics. We felt that we’re in Venice already. Soon as we were about to enter the restaurant, a staff came to us and introduced herself. She asked for our names and immediately acknowledged our reservation. We were escorted to our table which is quite not that far from the open kitchen.
We’re amazed by the open kitchen at Favola as we’re able to see how food were prepared by the Chef and his team. Our hunger sharply escalated soon as we sensed the aroma coming out from the open kitchen. Luckily, service quickly started with a staff presenting to us the complimentary bread and Grissini Breadstick. With three types of dipping: olive oil, balsamic and creamy truffle, both bread and grissini were great in taste and texture.
A different staff came to us and he revealed the menu by carefully releasing the knot. We’re not that familiar with all names in Italian Cuisine so we asked the staff for some recommendations. He replied “Let’s get the Chef recommendation then“. We obliged. The Chef came to our table and soon as he learnt we’re clueless of the options, he said “Let me surprise you two with some great foods of Favola!”. And off he went to the Open Kitchen. That moment, we already knew that we’re in good hands.
While waiting for that ‘surprise’, we took time admiring the details of Favola’s interior. There are few big, beautiful chandeliers securely fastened to the ceiling with rustic Italian element. The entire restaurant resembles that renaissance era which actually made both us quiet for some time, trying our very best to recall things that we learnt from yesteryear history subject. We can’t remember much but we’re able to sense the history of Italian characteristics; the fragments of renaissance through Favola’s interior.
While we’re reminiscing about that well-documented renaissance era, tables filled up quickly. When we came, there were only 3 tables occupied. 15 minutes or so after we’re seated, more patrons came in, some in big group and some in duo. We immediately knew that this particular restaurant is well-known by diners in Kuala Lumpur as most of the patrons weren’t staying at the hotel. We were then served with our meals, course by course, which was initially a surprise as we did not know what’s coming next and next…we’re depending on the Chef’s recommendation, remember?
Salmon and Sea Bass Carpaccio
Salmon roe, Hawaiian Salt, toasted pine nuts, parsley sauce and micro cress salad with extra virgin olive oil
(There’s a cool YouTube video by Chef Dominico Piras of Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur, showcasing the making of Salmon and Sea Bass Carpaccio. Click HERE to watch the video)
Cauliflower and potato cream, tomato confit, black shaved truffle and roasted pistachios
Handmade Trofie Seafood Pasta tossed in a rich tomato sauce with deshelled prawns, scallops and squid
Porcini Mushroom Risotto
Pan-Seared escalope of duck foie gras, light jus
Sardinian Mixed Seafood
‘Pingiadedda’ and Fregula
Baby Tomatoes and Prime Herb Sauce
Braised Lamb Shank
Mashed potato and seasonal vegetables
Casatta (Dessert-Neapolitan ice cream)
According to the menu, it’s a secret of but what we can tell is it’s about pistachio, vanilla, and strawberry ice-cream with layers of sponge on the top and bottom and berry compote.
Favola is about Fine Dining but never once we felt ‘pressured’ to consume food in the most appropriate or formal manner. Honestly, we prefer dining in casual way. The experienced staff at Favola however ensured that we felt comfortable, from start to end. There’s no flaw whatsoever when it comes to service. Service was fast: staff were definitely attentive, smiled genuinely, knowledgeable. Simply put; professional.
Being true foodies, we found out that foods at Favola consumed us, in the sense that we’re enlightened by the presentation, taste and texture. We initially thought we’re here to consume food, happy for being able to satisfy our crave and exit. The food here somehow educate us to become more attentive and thus appreciate the details on each plate. Each character and element on each plate ably to depict the soul of its creator(s); the Chef and his team.
Though we are seasoned foodies, being professionally trained to evaluate (as in our second day job), the dining experience at Favola actually elevated our thoughts and knowledge. We learnt so many new things from this dining experience alone, it’s memorable and we look forward to be at Favola again, savoring the yet to be discovered options in Favola’s menu.
The best of all 7 plates is that tender, juicy and delicious Braised Lamb Shank. It’s among the best we had so far, since day 1 of us being foodies. We highly recommend this particular dish to all of you who are about to visit Favola. Next that we have no doubt in recommending is The Sardinian Mixed Seafood as it’s indeed tasty, having its own distinct flavor; sourced from boiling fresh baby tomatoes for some hours before adding fresh that clams, fish, mussels and shrimp. Level of acidity: perfect!
The Pan-Seared Scallops is recommendable as well. It’s perfectly cooked resulting in its precise tenderness and chewiness. It had that supposed taste of sweetness and we’re able to detect that the main ingredient: fresh. The other 3 main dishes were good but not as great as Braised Lamb Shank, Sardinian Mixed Seafood and Pan-Seared Scallops. The dessert? Please, do try it and you will be amazed.
FAVOLA (Level 8)
Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur
2 Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +6 03 2263 7888
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Lunch: 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM
(Monday to Friday), closed on Saturday and Sunday
Dinner: 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM