I used to frequent Villa Danieli quite often in the past whenever I crave for good Italian food. Then they changed the head chef and I stopped going for awhile. This recent trip was my first in quite a long white and I was looking forward to see if anything had changed since my last visit more than a year ago.
Going into Villa Danieli always reminds me of entering a rustic Italian cottage. Although it is so-called 5-star dining, you certainly wouldn't really feel so. In fact, I always find the ambience to be warm and comfortable with (as how one friend describes it) no "hauty-pouty" pretense.
You can't go wrong with the bread baskets served at fine-dining restaurants such as this. Really good bread. One has to exercise self-constraint not to over-indulge otherwise you will be full even before the first course arrives!
And that was why I chose to go straight to the main and save some room for my favourite part of the meal - desserts.
The pan-fried cod that I had. Give me a really fresh and succulent slab of premium cod fish done in any way and I will be happy. And that was precisely how I felt about the dish. All that I remember now was that I had no complaints for this dish but little of anything else about it. *lol*
Another main that we ordered that night was their Lamb Cutlets done medium rare (although a little bit too rare and "wet" for my liking if you know what I mean). Er, not usually a fan of lamb, I can only say it was "ok lar"....
Always the highlight of every meal for me - desserts. Here, we ordered that desserts sampler meant for 2 persons (although I think I finished most of it...hehe). Consisting of 5 different types of desserts whipped up by the chef, I think it was a good deal at only RM50.
And in order of preference, here's what we sampled. Warm chocolate cake (fondant), strawberry sorbet, tiramisu, a mini slice of almond layered cake and white chocolate mousse (which I found just "bleh").
We also ordered a bottle of South Africa Sauvignon Blanc to accompany our dinner. Not bad, light and fruity, just how I prefer my white wine to be.
We finished the meal with some complimentary petit fours; home made chocolate truffles which were simply divine!
So what did I think at the end of the meal? It was satisfying although pricey (as expected) but not outstanding. Not somewhere where I would actually crave for their food. I still prefer VD of the early days.
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