20 May 2010

Silver Spoon Trattoria @ Wisma Menjalara, Bandar Menjalara, Kepong

I have expected nothing less than stellar food for this session considering that I have been following Ms Jazz’s blog for a while. She is quite a food connoisseur herself, having been out of the country (it does broadens one’s culinary buds right?) as well as a regular patron in most fine dining restaurants.
Her reviews were pretty critical as well as honest. Which brings me to Silver Spoon Trattoria, her very own family establishment. One wouldn’t expect anything less than the best.

For example, the Chef is Chef Ken, who was the same Chef @ Ken’s cafe previously. Apparently he has quite a reputation.

chef ken silverspoon trattoria

And he is famous for his Tiramisu, or so I heard. Well, I find the Creme Brule (RM14) too sweet, the tiramisu (RM16) OK, intoxicatingly infused with alcohol (great for alcoholics) and the Choc Pot (RM15) a perfect medley of flavor and texture (mousse-like) but wonderfully rich. Yes, the chocolate pot is my favourite.

Silver spoon trattoria desserts

Next, the “architecture”. The interior of Silver Spoon Trattoria is beautiful. Classy yet welcoming, refined yet warm. Everything from the lights to the walls was obviously very meticulously designed to be a sight for sore eyes. I couldn’t believe for a second that I am in Menjalara (ok, I got an image of Kepong (deary, old, kampung) that I can’t get out of my head), & this could very well be Changkat Bukit Bintang :yes:  .

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So how is the food?

Truth to be told, I’m no gourmet diner ( I’m a gourmand remember? I eat anything! LOL :-) ! ) though I admit I can be a bit fussy.
Even so, I find dinner a tame affair. Everything is, if I may be as bold to say, a wee bit on the bland side. The flavours were not bold enough and lacked the robustness of Italian cuisine where fragrant herbs, fresh produce & premium olive oils reigned supreme.

The puffy Feta & Olive Foccacia was nice, though it is obviously not foccacia. Arrancini (Smoked salmon Italian riceball stuffed with brie cheese) & Deep Fried Mozzarella Cheese – was the Chef’s Special that night & all of us enjoyed it.
I personally find the Prawn & Avocado Stack (RM26) – (Char-grilled garlic flavoured prawns on avocado, onion & tomato salad, served with basil oil) bland, especially the salad. The prawns were fresh of course; but then I didn’t expect anything less! The Stuffed Mushrooms (RM19) – Portobello mushroom filled with fresh bread crumbs, herbs & grilled parmesan cheese was alright.

Silver spoon - feta crisp, portobello, Arrancini , deep fried cheese

Silver spoon - pizza, prawn stack

We all agreed that The Smoked Salmon Pizza (RM26/29?) could do with more salmon while I personally wondered what the avocadoes do for the pizza, tastewise. At this junction, Ms Jazz shared that the dough is made fresh in house & uses fresh yeast. Undeniably, the pizza base did tasted fresh & has a nice crisp to it.

Not much to fault for the Pasta Marinara (RM29) – (spaghetti with seafood, basil, white wine & Napoli sauce) since it was al dente, but the Malaysian tastebud in me would have preferred a stronger tasting pasta sauce. I though that would have made it more “flavourful” .

Top marks goes to the Wild Mushroom Risotto (RM25) – (Vegetable stock, porcini, mushroom & shaved parmesan) . Creamy, intense stock with firm chewy risotto. Simple & satisfying.

Silver spoon - mushroom risotto

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Grilled baby Snapper (RM36) – served with lemon and capers sauce, potato & bean salad. The Duck Confit (RM39) - Slow cooked duck leg in its own fat served on grilled polenta & orange campari sauce was the most anticipated main of the night.

I would like to share a bit of what I got off the Internet about Duck Confit. After all, it is not fair to complain about a dish when you do not know how it is supposed to taste like in the 1st place.

Apparently, in its origin, Duck Confit was not a fancy restaurant meal — it was a highly practical way of preserving duck to last through the winter. Cured first in salt, washed, poached in duck fat & then fry or grill the legs in a bit of the fat until they are well-browned and crisp prior to serving; the meat should shred easily; it shouldn’t be too salty & yet remain succulent.

Here at the Silver Spoon, they got it all down pat except for the succulent part.

Silver spoon - red snapper, marinara, duck confit

While the alcoholics rejoiced with Banana (Weihenstephan) Beers (at RM27/bottle), the rest of the non-alcoholics population can rejoice with the Silver Spoon Special (RM15) – Banana, pineapple, orange, strawberry/cherries, lemon & Fuji Island (RM15) – Green apples, sugar syrup, egg whites. Really refreshing & it makes me feel so healthy ;-)

Silver spoon mocktails

Thank you Ms Jazz & family for inviting us for this wonderful Italian dinner :heart: .

Silver Spoon Trattoria,
1st Floor, Wisma Manjalara,
Bandar Menjalara.
Tel: 6277-0445
GPS : 3.195364,101.632456

A few swigs of Royal Salute (21 years!) to end the night…yea..”this is happy ending”. ;-)

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20 May 2010

Sean says:

their menu keeps expanding! i lurrrrve avocado, so anytime i see it on a menu, it’s a must-order for me :d now i’m trying to remember if i can find my way back here without help from the friend who brought me here in the first place…

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augustdiners Reply:

now we know how to buy your heart, if you ever get lost- do give me a buzz, i’ll help you however i can although im infamous for my lack of directions.

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Hehe… i knw u love avocadoes!
One look at the pizza & i went “ohh..Sean’s gonna love this!” ;-)

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20 May 2010

hApPy HaPpY says:

Good nah … glad you enjoy it.

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Yes yes..i enjoyed some dishes! esp the risotto! :good:

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20 May 2010

TummyRumble says:

nice.. haha.. I read about it in her blog too..

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rebeccasaw Reply:

yea! So go with yr family ya!

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20 May 2010

via says:

omg…such a nice place for food review and food photo taking…will go and ask the owner if can do review for them…kekeke

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Err…

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20 May 2010

Life for Beginners says:

They certainly put in a lot of effort into the decor. Good to have pride in your labour of love. :)

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Yes indeed!

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21 May 2010

unkaleong says:

Heheh..all but forgotten about the whole shoving dictionary under nose incident :P A hidden gem amongst the many predominantly Chinese restaurants in the area. Good enough to recommend to my sis ;-)

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Hope she likes it too!

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21 May 2010

augustdiners says:

haha, i see you went straight into dessert- i like your style. :)

Thank you for the honest review, i will share with my team on the comments and make further improvement.

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Haha.. desserts – oh yay! :yes:

And yea, thks for allowin my honest feedback ;-)

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21 May 2010

lotsofcravings says:

fast fast fast!! had only uploaded the pics only so far!

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Have to laa..else backlog and then I get lazy!

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21 May 2010

babe_kl says:

i thot Chef Ken migrated oredi? so he came back???

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Yup, he’s back!!!

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21 May 2010

jason says:

I think I like the kitchen more. Spacious and sparkling clean!

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rebeccasaw Reply:

LOL!! Good to knw that there are no hygiene issues here hor??

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21 May 2010

via says:

nice restaurant and nice food served here…mahal tak eat at here?

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rebeccasaw Reply:

No no..it’s so reasonable compared to the Bangsar, KL places!

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21 May 2010

Huai Bin says:

The food looks awesome! I’m still in the office and looking at it is making me drool. I could use some of that 21 year Royal Salute too. ;)

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Hey..whn u free let me knw ;)
U could do w some cheering up & let me give u a treat .. but no alcohol laa!
Else u drink me bankrupt!

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21 May 2010

mimid3vils says:

I can’t believe such fine dining restaurant appear at my neighborhood ~~

PS: I’ve tried duck confit before, it taste like Chinese wax duck (lap ngap) to me :P

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Tht’s the thing! I do not think actual duck confit is supposed to taste that way!!

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22 May 2010

Christine says:

I went to Silver Spoon Restaurant, it is great. The Chef -Ken has a very very good reputation.
His foods are creative & delicious.
Besides, the price is very reasonable. Not only that, the atmosphere & the interior design of the whole restaurant is great. Suit for lovely couples who need a romantic night or suit for the whole family gathering as they have the private place for family celebration purpose. Definately recommended.

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rebeccasaw Reply:

yes yes ..hw u been gal? Long time no see loh!

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22 May 2010

Yap says:

Yes. It is a good place that recommended.I try the ice blended ccuppicino and latte with the recommended pizza….. Is melted my heart :) Anyone plan to go, must try this.

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Kent Reply:

Good place for friends & family gathering :) The menu are creative & delicious. Good place that recommend.

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Yup..they got a medley of different dishes. And beautiful plc too so indeed its perfect for gatherings ;-)

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rebeccasaw Reply:

:good: I havent tried the ice blended yet! this calls for atr visit!

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23 May 2010

Karen says:

I m surprise that such a good restaurant near my place… The foods are great, great staff services & great environment. I love their interior design & some very creative main course.. Good recommendation! Must try!

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Wow! Everyone loves this plc!! ;-)

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23 May 2010

sophia says:

God, Becky….I think I should just go to KL instead, and follow you around to these fancy meals….wow, I wanna be your belly!

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Haha..actually u should come to Msia – KL! Thn i can bring u to Pg & Ipoh!

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29 May 2010

Steve says:

Yes. It is a good place that recommended.I try the ice blended ccuppicino and latte with the recommended pizza….. Is melted my heart :) Anyone plan to go, must try this.

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Glad you enjoyed it :good:

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1 Jul 2010

Gina Tan says:

inconsistent at times but it’s pretty alright for the pricing

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Agreed! ;-)

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7 Dec 2010

andrewseah says:

hi sifu ken wong,how r u,sifu! :good to see you again.

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Rebecca Reply:

LOL! U knw Ken?
Ahhh.. he does have quite a reputation yea?

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