Reggae Bar, Bar Italia @ Changkat Bukit Bintang, KL

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PRG – RM16.00

This is the Pink Reggae Girl.. and we are at the Reggae bar!

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The Rasta Wagyu Beef 100gm – RM80.00

The Wagyu here whilst reasonably price for its weight of 100mg, was overcooked. Oh , what a shame that we could not fully appreciate the soft succulent fatty marbling and pink, medium-rare flesh in its full glory. This dish was forgettable.

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Prawn and Pesto Spaghetti – RM28.00

A truly well executed pasta dish. Delicious seasoning and pasta cooked to perfection. The prawn was so chewy and fresh tasting I almost felt it dancing around in my mouth. The pesto sauce added a real herby zing to the dish. Compliments to the chef!

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Dragon Mojito – RM15.00

The dragon fruit Mojito was sweet and minty. There was not much of a Dragon fruit taste to it because as you well know, dragon fruit does not have a strong flavour to it at all, and this was quickly masked by the cloying and somewhat over-powering mint aftertaste of the mint leaves. Not really an effective Mojito concoction if you ask me. All we felt was the texture of the Dragon fruit, attributed to its seeds. Too sweet.

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I love the pesto pasta they served us.  Read more about the other Reggae pasta they serve, on EatdrinkKL.

Add:
Reggae Bar & Modern Western Cuisine,
31 Changkat Bukit Bintang,
50200 KL,
for more info : www.reggaebarkl.com
(next stop, dessert).

After a quick lunch.. we went on a Gelato Hunt.

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Not many people actually fully understand what Gelato is. I myself just use to think that it was Italian ice-cream. Dissatisfied with my lack of understanding, I went on a hunt for enlightenment. By far, the best article I have ever read on what Gelato is, is from David Lebovitz. Read his succinct write up here.

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Differences between Gelato and Ice Cream

Many people not unlike myself, know that gelato is a lot like ice cream, but most don’t understand what makes this frozen dessert a particularly different sort of treat. Once I looked into it, the primary differences between gelato and regular ice cream became apparent.

First of all, gelato is denser than ice cream. The high amount of air in regular ice-cream actually ends up doubling its size.  As you can imagine, this makes the flavor weaker, which means you end up eating more air than the good stuff.

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Secondly, Gelato also has less butterfat than standard ice cream. Regular ice cream has anywhere from 15 – 25% butterfat, while gelato has roughly 10% only (yay!), depending on the flavor. The difference comes from the fact that gelato is not made entirely with cream, but rather regular milk. This doesn’t compromise the taste.

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Since there is less fat, gelato does not need to be frozen as cold as regular ice cream and is kept at a lower temperature. This in turn makes it creamier and smoother than ice-cream. The taste is therefore richer but without adding excess unwanted fat.. How ingenious!

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Apparently in regular ice-cream, too much butterfat in the ice-cream actually masks the true flavor behind a “fatty” taste. This lingering fat flavor makes regular ice cream very rich, but not really tasty or flavorful. Who wants to taste fatty, overly sweet pistachio? I’d much rather eat pure, rich and smooth pistachio essence/flavor in my cup!

Anyway, if you are interested, read all about Gelato  on Wiki.

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Desserts to go with our coffee..  now these were really sweet especially the tarts. The balls you see had a refrigerated taste which I did not really fancy.

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The espresso and gelato at Bar Italia are a must. The perfect pick me up, of the highest quality.

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This is what I call hitting the bull’s eye in a dessert.

Add:
Bar Italia
29, Jalan Berangan
50200 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 603 2144 4499

Open daily, 7.00am till late,

except Mondays 5.00pm till late.

Comments

  1. a wagyu overcooked? what a waste. i would have complained. anyways, love the gelato at Bar Italia. And the Cafe 1882 is supplied by my wine merchant. hehe..

  2. u make me wanna eat gelato now!
    but there’s no gelato place anywhere near where i work. arghh…

  3. Tim and I love the gelato in Bar Italia!

  4. Gelato so healthy hor.. maybe a gelato a day to keep the blues away?? :razz:
    Love the explanations behind gelato & all that!
    Makes me wanna hv one now!

  5. oh my god!!! you make me starve….. :sad:

    the Dragon Mojito seems yummy- does it taste good?

    and the spagetti… cant resist the temptation… :mrgreen:

  6. Yes- it is gelato for me from now onwards!!

  7. i guess i do not know how to enjoy the food and ice cream in this restaurant..
    or maybe bad exp i guess~

  8. dancing prawns!!! that’s the name of a controversial delicacy that has always made me curious. check out this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odori_ebi

  9. Tarts are sweet? I’ve always thought tarts are skanky. ;)

    Okay, lame joke. T_T

    Brain not working today.

  10. Im eyeing that coffee at Bar Italia intensely. makes me wanna catch the next cab and head over there NOW

  11. hmm sounds like a great place to wind down after makan at changkat :p

  12. We should all move downtown! So many changes have taken place within weeks that I believe I’d be hopelessly lost the next time I’m in the area! Never did understand dragonfruit. Mojito’s too sacred a drink to mess abt with bland fruit!

  13. Rasta Wagyu? I am imagining a Japanese bovine with dreadlocks… Hehe. And oh, the food looks yums! :)

  14. Oooo…I remember the berry flavour gelato there. It was yummy! Now I know why I’ve always preferred gelato to ice cream. :)

  15. We thoz it was a kind of ladies make-up or the Italian Mafia, thk God ( not Allah ok :mrgreen: ) it is firm n cool ice cream :oops: Nex time dun take downwards spiral pixs , we worry you will slip you know , but then again that pix is dangerously stunning and pening

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