Spasso Milano in Kuala Lumpur


“Do what you do so well that they will 
want to experience it again and bring their friends.”

That was exactly what the staff at Spasso Milano did; service was one of the best I’ve experienced in a while. The staff were friendly, well-trained and knew the menu inside out. They were not perfect; some minor slips such as a drip or two of wine happened. But they were quick to apologize and fixed whatever went wrong.


Customers don’t expect you to be perfect.
They do expect you to fix things when they go wrong.”

During my first visit last Thursday, I was so pleased with the food and service that I took rif there for dinner on Sunday. I returned again with a friend for lunch last Friday, and again the next day with my mum and rif — that’s 4 visits in less than 10 days!


“If you make customers happy in the physical world, they might each tell 6 friends. 
If you make customers happy on the Internet, they can each tell 6,000 friends.”


Potato and parmesan croquette

The food was beautiful, uncomplicated and packed with flavour. It was that kind of simple Italian home cooking made attractive and a lot more approachable. Milan-born Chef Felice Martinelli wasn’t trying too hard, and I love him for that.


Mushroom pie

Stuffed peppers

Stuffed zucchini with mozzarella cheese

Mixed vegetables frittata

The antipasti buffet selection has been consistently good and it changes every day. I’ve tried the buffet three times, and my favourites were the grilled zucchini slices, mussels with tomatoes and herbs, mixed vegetables frittata, stuffed zucchini with mozzarella cheese and octopus salad. The spinach pie I had during my first visit was buttery, moist and crumbly with a creamy centre. Pumpkin soup is something I tend to skip, in favour of mushroom soup. But Chef Felice’s pumpkin soup was almost silky, with a lovely sweetness from the pumpkin. I had two bowls.


Lettuce soup

Tomato & basil soup

Clams


Italian meatballs

Scallops

Eggplant and mozzarella wrap

Chicken with olive oil and fresh basil

Caesar salad

Mussels with tomato and herbs

The octopus salad was a flavourful jumble of rocket leaves, onions, fresh herbs and octopus bits. Mum on the other hand liked the lively Caesar salad. The mussels were tangy and aromatic from the tomato and herbs, while the clams were sweet and meaty. rif liked the scallop (minced and mixed with some meat), but I didn’t care much for it. The meatballs in gravy had a bit too much flour and tasted a tad gummy to me.

Prawn tortellini with cream sauce


Since we were a party of three, we opted to try all three of the main courses available that afternoon – grilled beef tenderloin with black pepper sauce, prawn tortellini with cream sauce and chicken fillet in herb sauce. The plump rings of tortellini was stuffed with minced prawns and topped with a light but fragrant cream sauce. Such a delicate treat!


Close-up

Chicken fillet tends to be dry especially when chicken breast is used, but Chef Felice’s version is far from it. The chicken that Saturday was moist and firm, complemented by the mild herb gravy. Also worth raving was the polenta cake — crisp on the outside and fluffy within.

Chicken fillet in herb sauce

Grilled beef tenderloin with black pepper sauce

My favourite of the three was the beef tenderloin, cooked to a medium doneness and its flavour, accented with some black pepper sauce. It was one of the most flavourful pieces of tenderloin I can remember eating. He also makes a very good beef tagliata, which I tried during my first visit.

Al funghi pizza

Al funghi pizza (RM28) was an ala carte order because I spotted a wood-fire oven in the kitchen. The pizza crust was thin, tanned and chewy, and generously topped with fresh wild mushrooms, caramelized onions and mozzarella. It wasn’t the same as the pizzas rif and I ate in Rome, but it nonetheless very good. We packed half of this home because we were stuffed from the antipasti buffet.


Thin, tanned and chewy crust

Panna Cotta

l-r: Apple cake, tiramisu & jam tart

Dessert was a selection of apple cake, tiramisu and jam tarts. On my previous visit, it was the lemon tart, panna cotta and chocolate mousse; all uniformly delicious. The smooth panna cotta had a layer of freshly made jam within, which gave it a lovely contrast of flavour and texture. Apple cake was light and fluffy, while the sweet jam tart went well with my cup of black coffee (RM8.80). Chef Felice’s chocolate mousse was bittersweet and lusciously rich; it disappeared from the dessert spread within minutes.



My meals at Spasso Milano were enjoyable on all counts; I’ll be blogging about my dinner experience soon. Would you believe it if I told you the antipasti buffet was RM18++, and I only paid an extra RM3 for my main course? I thought Angelo, the Maitre d’ was pulling my leg when he showed me the antipasti buffet menu. The ala carte dishes are cheaper than most Italian restaurants I’ve been to; one can have a good meal and a bottle of wine for less than RM300 (two pax).



“Being on par in terms of price and quality only gets you into the game.

Service wins the game.”


Ambiance: 7/10
Price: 6.5/10
Food: 7.5/10 (pork free)
Verdict: The food was flavourful, unpretentious and generous, and the warm service keeps me coming back for more.

Spasso Milano
Nihonkan
347, Jalan Ampang , Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-4252 7088

GPS Coordinates: N 3 09.598 E 101 44.573

Business hours: Tuesday to Sunday (12noon to 3pm – lunch, 6.30pm to 11pm – dinner)

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Comments

  1. pris220186 says:

    is it a buffet sweety??

  2. Bangsar-bAbE says:

    Yes, it's the starters and desserts are a buffet, for RM18++. Add another RM3 and you get to order ONE main course.

    Trust me…with the amount of food they serve at the antipasti buffet, one main course is more than enough.

  3. Sarah Lee says:

    All of the pictures above is included in the buffet lunch ?

  4. Aracy Flavia says:

    Babe, is the buffet everyday or on chosen days only? My jaw literally dropped when u said all of those are only RM18++. Like, izzit for real??? o.0

  5. Bangsar-bAbE says:

    Aracy – It's every day…including weekends! :) My jaw nearly dropped too. Cheaper than set lunches…

    Sarah – Yup, all the above. Except the pizza and coffee. That was a separate order. But you get to enjoy every everything else…for RM21++. ;)

  6. Nikel Khor says:

    like that tomato basil soup.. is great in taste

  7. Operation says:

    Wow i work nearby at Ampang Point and didnt know it exist.
    For sure i'm going this Fri.
    But when coming from Ampang Point, is the restaurant on the left or right side?

  8. Bangsar-bAbE says:

    Operation – It's on the right. It's 500 metres after Gleneagles Hospital.

    Nikel – Yup yup! :)

  9. Peter Tan says:

    Not sure if its a case of my bad english or yours. I went for dinner on Saturday, and was told that the antipasti buffet is only for lunch. Dinner is only ala-carte.

    So for those whose English is as bad as mine, if you want the antipasti buffet, make sure you go between 12pm and 2.30pm.

    But I do agree that the staff is friendly and polite. Will go back again for the lunch antipasti buffet.

  10. Bangsar-bAbE says:

    I did mention it's a lunch buffet…with a picture of the antipasti promotion. A pity you missed out on that detail.

  11. Darren TuTu says:

    How about the dinner…how they charge? Is it buffet or ala-carte ?

  12. Bangsar-bAbE says:

    Dinner is ala-carte.

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