I remember my days in publishing where I had to review as many as 10 restaurants every month for the food section of the magazine. That, on top of what I was doing for Bangsarbabe.com. While I decide on the content for my blog, it’s not the same when it comes to working for a magazine. The direction of your content is ultimately decided by the advertiser.
Which is why I love being in control of my blog. I choose who I would like to work with and my content direction. Often, clients, advertisers and sponsors think they are the one in power (since they have advertising dollars) but it is also up to the blogger to decide if the collaboration is worth pursuing. Might not be the case for other bloggers but that’s how I roll. ;)
Baci Italian Restaurant in Citta Mall belongs to the group that manages The Apartment, Malones, and Italiannies, and claims to serve simple Italian cuisine and of course, Italian coffee. While some bloggers said good things about their food, my visit to the outlet was less than memorable. Service was sour and many of the food items were not available, presumably because it was a few days after Christmas.
Our table of five tried a few of their specialties – smoked beef bacon sandwich (RM16.90), chicken mushroom pie (RM18.90), spicy shrimp aglio olio (RM17.90), smoked duck and shitake spaghetti (RM19.90), creamy salmon fettuccine (17.90) and a smoked duck pizza (RM20.90). All were mediocre at best, and hardly worth the visit.
The beef bacon sandwich had more bread than meat and vegetables so it was dry. Some said the pie was good and it did look promising from the outside. Alas, the filling was diluted with tiny bits of chicken pieces – not a hearty pie, this one.
All the pastas were overcooked, especially the salmon fettuccine which tasted soggy and rather cloying. The sauce was creamy, with little salt or pepper flavour. I thought the smoked duck and shitake pasta was the best of the three and it would have been tasty had the pasta be cooked al dente. The shrimp aglio olio was disappointingly bland.
Another miss was the smoked duck pizza, which came with scant toppings. While this didn’t taste too bad, the thin slivers of duck were off-putting. Might as well not include it there. The coffee was decent but definitely not worth the trip over.
It could be because I went on the wrong day when the manager wasn’t around and the staff weren’t at their best. So I might give them another shot when I’m around the area.
Food: 5/10 (pork free)
Verdict: Mediocre food and less than stellar service. If I had to pick a dish, I would go for the smoked duck pasta and insist on it being al dente.