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Villa Danieli, Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur

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Villa Danieli at Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur is said to serve one of the best Italian food in KL. When word got out that a new head chef was in town, it was a good excuse for rif and I to pop by for dinner. The restaurant is fashioned after an Italian villa, with ceramic table tops, high ceiling and a mural of a dining scene.

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Complimentary bread basket

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Assorted Villa Danieli Antipasto

The Assorted Villa Danieli Antipasto (RM90) comprised a platter of air dried beef, buffalo mozzarella, marinated kalamata olives and smoked duck breast. Tasty enough, but I wasn’t particularly excited.

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Buffalo mozzarella

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Smoked duck breast

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Pizza Frutti di Mare

We shared a Pizza Frutti di Mare (RM55), cooked the traditional way in a wood-fire oven. The pizza came topped with prawns, mussels, clams, squid slices, bell peppers, chopped basil and mozzarella cheese. Good stuff.

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Black Angus Tenderloin

rif opted for the Black Angus Tenderloin, and it was cooked to a lovely medium doneness. It came with a side of wedges and his choice of Béarnaise sauce. The wedges were lovely – seasoned and crunchy on the outside, and fluffy within.

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I didn’t care much for the tenderloin, for obvious reasons. I don’t fancy my steaks lean. But this 300gm portion (RM148) was good value for money, especially with the Starwood Card.

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Fresh Egg Tagliolini with Lobster Ragout

I had the chef’s special — Fresh Egg Tagliolini with Lobster Ragout (RM110). This was very good. The freshly made pasta was al dente and tossed in a thick and flavourful ragout. I got half a lobster, cooked just right, so it was sweet and succulent throughout. That said, I did feel a bit thirsty after the meal. Not sure if it’s the ragout or something else I ate.

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Three-way Tiramisu

Dessert was the highly recommended Three-way Tiramisu (RM48). Between the classic with coffee and cocoa powder, caramel walnut and raspberry, I liked the classic best. Alcohol level was not good enough. I like my tiramisu to be as drunken as possible.

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Caramel walnut tiramisu

On a whole, my experience at Villa Danieli was just alright. Service was ok, but lacking warmth. If I didn’t go there with such high expectations, I would have enjoyed my meal more.

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Ambiance: 6.5/10
Price: 6/10 (with Starwood Card)
Food: 6/10 (pork free)
Verdict: Some misses, but the pasta and pizza were good.

Villa Danieli
Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur
129 Jalan Sultan Ismail,
50250 Kuala Lumpur
*Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays
Tel: 03-2717 9922

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6 Responses

  1. Kash

    I find mozzarella tasteless if not melted, what do you think?

    1. Bangsar Babe

      It really depends on the mozzarella and how you serve it. I like it with olive oil and tomato slices. Yummy! Mozzarella alone then it’s just very one-note.

  2. at one point in time, probably for a year, this was my favorite italian restaurants in kl, and it’d be the place i’d recommend for romantic dates! still a fan, i think, though i think i haven’t tried the current chef’s creations :D

    1. Bangsar Babe

      I think it’s still worth recommending. Just some of the dishes didn’t wow. Hehe

  3. Anon

    I’m interested to get a Starwood card. Any idea how to get one?
    TQ!

    1. Bangsar Babe

      You should call/email Starwood. I think they can help you there. :)

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