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Strato at Troika Sky Dining, Kuala Lumpur

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Semi-casual and unpretentious

I’ve been searching for a good place to take rif for his birthday dinner last month and it wasn’t an easy thought process. For starters, he’s not big on fine dining so quite a few restaurants were out of the list. I was pretty set on taking him to a restaurant in Changkat, but an elevator conversation with my MD got me thinking that Strato would be a good option.

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Strato does not accept reservations. If you’re lucky to secure a table, good for you. Otherwise, have a pre-dinner drink at Claret downstairs while waiting for the next available table. Since the menu is available online, I had the luxury of looking through in advance and deciding on our order.

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Fresh mussels clams and fried country bread in spicy arrabiata sauce

The fresh clams and fried country bread in spicy arrabiata sauce (RM 40) was chunky and robustly flavoured. I was told the kitchen ran out of mussels that night so we were offered clams as a replacement.

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Squid ink linguini with prawns, artichoke cream and fried artichokes

For my main course, I had the squid ink linguini with prawns, artichoke cream and fried artichokes (RM50) and it was delicious. The pasta was perfectly al dente and the prawns, justly cooked and succulent throughout. It was good pasta.

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Grilled ribeye steak

Also noteworthy was the grilled ribeye steak (RM85), cooked as per rif’s preference – medium. The beef was juicy and tender, and further flavoured with basil pesto and ricotta cheese. While it wasn’t the best steak in town, it was certainly a decent version and one I wouldn’t mind ordering again.

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Reasonably thick steak

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Mystery pizza

We also shared a mystery pizza (RM40), a tasty assemblage of what the pizza chef felt like serving us that night. I only found out what the ingredients were after two slices – braised chicken feet, mushrooms, anchovies and cheese. Odd combination and for the record, I don’t eat chicken feet but this was good stuff. We ate everything.

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Pistachio cake

Our waiter recommended the pistachio cake (not in the menu) and it was lovely. Buttery, moist and not too sweet. The birthday boy was happy and so was I. Service was good that night. The staff were polite and attentive throughout, and made great food recommendations.

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Latte. The one thing they didn’t do so well.

Total bill was close to RM500 inclusive of a bottle of (good) white. Minus that and we’re looking at RM300-350 for two pax. By the way, the stairs leading up to Strato is quite steep and ‘open’, so you might want to rethink that super short skirt and killer heels. Or risk it and make the people downstairs at Claret very happy. 😉

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Ambiance: 7/10
Price: 6/10
Food: 7/10 (pork free)
Verdict: Good experience overall. Do give the prawn linguine a try.

Strato Italian Restaurant
Level 23A, Troika Sky Dining
Troika, Lorong Binjai
Tel: 03-2162 0886
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13 Responses

  1. Chicken feet topping? Weird 😛

    1. Bangsar Babe

      It’s actually very tasty. You should try. 🙂

  2. ulric

    Glad to hear tat it’s good…been reading a lot of not-so-good stuff on Strato recently…maybe it’s a case of personal experience counts!…hehe =)

    1. Bangsar Babe

      It was good for us. We were there on a weeknight, and service was attentive. Food was good but then again, I like Italian food and bold flavours. 🙂

      Go try and see?

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Let’s go again. 🙂

  3. David

    How long did you have to wait for a table? I’m thinking of a Saturday night.

    1. Bangsar Babe

      I didn’t have to wait. Went there on a Wednesday night so there were still tables available. If you go before 7.30pm, you wouldn’t have to wait that long.

  4. Wendy Voon

    Hi Bangsar Babe…Im looking for nice western food & romantic restaurant to celebrate my boyfriend birthday. Is this place nice? How bout the food? What is the famous food? Or any restaurant recommend? Thanks ya.

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Hi Wendy,

      The dishes I feel is good has been mentioned in this blog post. I think Strato is quite a nice place to go for dinner. 🙂

  5. ainbubuk

    Hello bangsar babe,

    May I know the portion of each serving?for pasta especially

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Hi Ain,

      If I’m not mistaken, it’s the standard 180gm serving. Filling enough for 1 adult.

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