“I feel like having Italian food tonight”
“Err…you wanna go Neroteca?” I replied to rif.
“No lar…traffic in KL is a bit whack, let’s try NeroFico instead”
NeroFico, the latest addition to the Nero Group, is located in Wisma Perintis, Jalan Dungun. On a weekday night, the place was quiet, with only two tables occupied. A big difference from the boisterous ambiance in NeroTeca.
Once seated, a basket of bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar dip was placed on our table. We scanned through the menu, placed our orders and hungrily ate the bread. Honestly, the bread was a far cry from the one served at NeroTeca. It was too dry and had to be generously doused with the dip. Pizza Quattro Stagioni (RM32) was a pizza with four toppings in each quarter; turkey ham, beef pepperoni, mushrooms and artichoke. The pizza crust was thin, crispy and crusty, with a hint of wood smoke. Sadly, the toppings were disappointing. They were neither memorable nor flavourful enough. I thought the mozzarella cheese tasted a bit flat. rif had the fresh tortelli with wild mushrooms in a butter and thyme sauce topped with pan fried foie gras (RM30). He liked it, but I found the sauce bland. The tortelli was packed with mushrooms was there was only five pieces on a large plate. I was very disappointed with the foie gras. It was overcooked, leaving almost none of the glorious fat behind. Instead of a lovely creaminess, the foie gras has a chewy and hard texture. Fettuccine Nerofico (RM26) was an attempt to be different, but I didn’t find it impressive. Cooked with shitake mushrooms and sundried tomatoes, the pasta came with plenty of creamy, thick gravy. I expected it to be richly satisfying, but sadly, the whole dish was under seasoned. The sundried tomatoes helped cut through the richness of the pasta, but I didn’t like the ‘tang’ in my carbonara. Bacon would have worked better.
We skipped dessert, because I was told the tiramisu had no alcohol and I didn’t want to fork out so much moolah for something non-alcoholic (I found desserts really overpriced!). Service was efficient, but aloof. Unlike the warm and friendly service I got at NeroTeca. On a whole, I liked the ambiance and my company, but dinner was just average.
Food: 6/10 (pork-free)
Verdict: Average food, smaller-than-usual portions, higher-than-usual prices.
47, Jalan Dungun
03 2089 5312
Opens: 10am–12am (Daily); 6pm–12am (Saturday)