A friend from Penang found himself stranded in KLCC & decided to call me for dinner.
As usual, I asked 2 questions.
Q1: What do you want to eat?
Q2: What’s your budget?
With these 2 prerequisite questions answered, I can safely say I have yet to fail being a good food host to all my friends who visited KL 😉
Now, normally the answer to the 1st Q is the much dreaded “Anything laaa” or “You recommend“.
For me however, I love it when they give me such answers. Imagine the possibilities! It’s like giving a painter a blank canvas & unlimited supply of paint!
Nepalese? Chinese? Indian?? Jap? Roadside? Hotels? Shack? Seafood? Pork? Vegetarian?
You get my drift.
Hence Q2. This eliminates most places and makes my work much much easier.
But but but, IF it is a Penang-ite, it is slightly more pressuring than normal 😉
I would pore over my little hill of food guides, go through my “to eat list” journal and of course, check out my fellow foodies blogs.
This friend however, wants dinner in 30mins and “something I can’t get in Penang“. Add that with the fact that he runs a restaurant in Penang, he cooks and he loves food.
Since budget is not an issue, I picked up him up and whisked him to the only Croatian restaurant in Malaysia.
Penang sure don’t have – check.
It’s something different – check.
Good reviews so far – check.
Ahh.. the perils of being a foodie.
Service was great that night. Seeing me struggling with my camera, the waiter kindly obliged my request to inform me once each dish is ready. He will leave the dish on a table near the kitchen with the best lighting, waits for me to take my picture and then brings the dish to our table outside.
Our complimentary bread.
This bread has what you might call a fine crumb. In other words, it’s dense and soft. There are no large air pockets like what you’ll find in traditional baguettes and it went really well with the very slightly piquant salsa-like sauce.
Any place that proclaims “wood fire” pizza got my interest by default. And my order secured.
It sounded so good on the menu! “Tomato, capsicum, eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms, sweet chilli and mozzarella cheese.
All my fav stuffs (except for capsicum but serve ’em to me grilled and slightly charred, I’ll eat it all!)
Maybe that’s the way pizzas are done in Croatia.. or maybe I’m just spoilt by the thick cheese served by our local pizza franchises but this was quite a disappointment aside from the presence of charred aroma from the wood fire.
The crust was thin (not paper thin) and the texture slightly chewy. I do not doubt that it was made fresh in-house, one would be able to testify that from the first bite but the toppings was so scantily scattered over the dough!
The tomato paste was thin, and I would have preferred the vegetables grilled beforehand. Laid on the dough fresh, it lacked flavour.
Lamb Croatia RM48.00
Lamb steak cooked slowly in lamb jus & green pepper sauce, broccoli and pommes dauphine potatoes.
Naked, un-marinated thick cutlets done medium rare. The insides were nice and pink but the sides of the cutlet was slightly tough.
It came with 2 different sauces, one peppery one which was rained over the lamb and another in a small glass.
I much preferred the one in the glass; a creamy green peppercorn sauce which was wonderful with the meat.
I even ate my chicken with it!
Ragusa Chicken RM40.00
Traditional baked herb marinated chicken leg, mushrooms and Rosti potato.
Nothing to shout about, the meat was well done with the requisite attributes of moist, tender and so forth. But that was all to it.
It says herb marinated in the menu but I didn’t taste any. Sauce on top was undisputed-ly mushroom based.
But the rosti was to die for! A thin slab under the chicken, it was rich and smoky from the roasted skin. Man, I just love potatoes served with the skin! Especially mashed potatoes.
Blueberry Smoothie RM18.00
Fresh blueberries, apple juice and yogurt.
A wonderful concoction; thick & luscious with the undeniable presence of blueberries as I could taste the rough texture of blended fruits.
The total bill came up to RM130 with 10% service charge of RM13 so final amount is RM143.00
Not a cheap meal but then, you are paying for the experience of a cuisine not normally found elsewhere.
I have read much raves of the other dishes so perhaps a few more visits might alleviate my appreciation of Croatian cuisine??