Savini is the new kid on the block, and possibly the only Italian fine dining restaurant at the Intermark KL, at the moment.
And while Italian food is definitely engrained in the food fabric of KL City, whether you’re craving world-class pasta or a show-stopping spread of fresh seafood such as slipper lobster or salmon, make no mistake, this is the new place in KL, to get your fix.
Savini houses a contemporary dining area (left); cigar lounge – sits 12 pax comfortably (right); 3 private rooms, and a live band that plays on Wed, Thurs & Fri’s.
As dinner unfolded it was like as if one had entered restaurant nirvana. Savini whose name means prosperity and wealth, is aptly named as you will feel these emotions dining at this restaurant. Yet, the contemporary deco at Savini is chic without being pretentious.
The staff were friendly and well informed and the mixologist seemed to be a mind reader as he conjoured up cocktail after cocktail for us.
The Frankenstein – a ‘not as sweet as it looked’, cocktail of rum, tequila, gin, triple sec, limoncello & whiskey. It was balanced and tart in the right dimensions, without being cloyingly sweet.
Amuse bouche of Melon, Feta Cheese, Balsamico and Salmon quiche to kick start the gastronomic experience..
Pumpkin soup – divinely fragrant without being overtly creamy and served in a pumpkin shell for that special touch. Loved it!
Poached prawns – Prawn cocktail served with caviar and beetroot – succulent, fresh and juicy. Loved the way the earthy beetroot complemented the briny caviar and sweet prawns.
Speghettini Ala Aragosta – A harmonious symphony of Slippery lobster, squid ink pasta and regular pasta infused with garlic that will bring you to your knees! Cooked al dente and intensely flavoured with oceanic aromas, this dish will transport you a place not unlike that of the Amalfi port (Porto di Amalfi) where you dine on simple yet toothsome pasta while watching ships dock at the harbour. Ah, experiences like that are simply priceless!
This dish was well paired with a Pinot Griogio, that was full, fresh and lively, with notes of ripe pear on the finish.
Trota Salmonata – hard to fault salmon trout cooked just right, so that it was tender and pink on the inside, yet maintaining a lovely crispiness on its skin. Not just decidedly tasty, but a sight to behold as well, served in the middle of a ring of edible flowers, fruits and seasonal vegetables. A true work of art.
Pollo E Formaggio – hearty and decadent, this was yet another fabulous dish to transport one, to the very table of any one of the great Italian gastronomy capitals, and singing their praises.. Oo- mama-mia! Watch out for that clincher which was an apple crumble whose sweet, crunchiness really complemented the savory chicken to perfection.
Cod Fish Ala Savini – opaque, flaky and succulent
It has to be said that the Chef de Cuisine, Azizan Shukri’s forte has got to be his immaculate skill at contemporary Italian fresh produce preparation as well as plating. No stranger to KL’s dining scene, flamboyant Chef Shukri is well known for his orange goatee, and has helmed kitchens such as Opus Jalan Bangkung, D’Ceilo Bangsar and Vincenzo One Bangsar.
Banana gelato served with Brownies – what’s there not to like about, melt-in-your-mouth, moist chocolate brownies served with delectable gelato? It’s all good!
Tiramisu twister served with balsamic sorbet
This dessert is named as such, thanks to the very clever sugar-art manipulation of Chef Shukri. Loved the whimsical, playfulness of this dish. A cool, refreshing version that left an indelible impression on us, to be sure.
No great Italian meal is complete, without having the infamous, Italian lemon liqueur, Limoncello. There are many versions of this, and most Italian Mom & Pop restaurants will swear that they make the best homemade Limoncello, but Savini’s one pretty much knocks the ball out of the park. The first tinge of bitterness will hit your tastebuds, but soon engulfing you in the heady aromas & flavour of citrus lemon. This version had lemon, lemon rind and vodka in it, in perfect balance.
And with that, we were sorry to see dinner draw to a close. We will however be back to check out their tapas evenings, as we heard good things about the 1 for 1 offer.
Ah yes, make no mistake, Savini is definitely the go-to place for great Italian fine-dining cuisine. That, you can bet your bottom dollar.
Savini Italian Fine Dining Restaurant @ The Intermark
Level 2, Lot 2-05,The Intermark,
Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur.
Opening hours :
Mon-Sun : 12:00 PM – Till Late