The old Silver Spoon in Kepong was one of the few restaurants rif and I frequented as a couple. That was almost 10 years ago and prices were very reasonable. While many other Italian restaurants cropped up in the recent years, none measured up to Silver Spoon in terms of history and memories. Except maybe Prime.
I’ve always liked the ambiance at the Silver Spoon Kepong. The first outlet was very basic yet cosy, and in 2010, the new Kepong outlet boasts a stylish interior that was also pretty laidback. The management opened another outlet in Publika which is better, because getting there takes just 15 minutes or so now.
The restaurant has an open kitchen and feels very much like a modern trattoria; more casual than the Kepong outlet but with the same laidback concept. My waitress was very pleasant, albeit a bit unsure about the menu. That’s not much of a bother, because I already knew what I wanted and didn’t require any recommendations. (Watch my video blog on Silver Spoon Trattoria here.)
Ordered our regular starters; Chicken Liver Pate (RM10) and Mushroom Soup (RM10). The pate was smooth and creamy with a sweet aroma from the basil. I helped myself to generous lashings of pate on the crusty baguette slices, and a glass of Chilean wine – Miguel Torres Santa Digna Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (RM20).
The mushroom soup was just alright for me. I still think the soup was better in the old days, where it was chunkier and thicker with a lot more flavour. This wasn’t bad at all, just not as good.
I had my usual Lamb Shank (RM39) and it was better than I remembered it to be. The lamb – braised for 5 hours in jus, pinot noir and tomatoes – was terrifically tender and delicious, right to the bone. Served alongside sautéed vegetables and mash potatoes, portion was large enough for a hungry man.
rif’s fettuccine carbonara (RM23) was however, a letdown. It wasn’t the usual carbonara that we’re accustomed to at Silver Spoon. Unlike the creamy-rich pasta we remembered, this one was under seasoned and the bacon didn’t impart a smoky flavour to the dish.
I thought the egg added a nice touch to the carbonara, but it was a tad overdone so the yolk wasn’t quite runny.
Silver Spoon’s Tiramisu (RM15) is a customary order for us and it still as tasty. The balance of coffee and liquor was just right. The restaurant manager figured we were celebrating our belated Valentine’s Day dinner so she gave us the tiramisu for free. A thoughtful gesture!
On a whole, we enjoyed the food and service was good. Am tempted to try the brunch menu, but knowing me, I’ll order the lamb shank and pate in my next visit. Again.
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Food: 7/10 (pork free)
Verdict: Same good food, reasonable prices and better location.
Silver Spoon Trattoria
Lot No 33,
Level G2, Publika
No 1, Jalan Dutamas 1,
50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Opening Hours : 11am – 11pm daily
Tel: 03 6201 6800