Date of Visit: May 17 2015
Tired of eating around the Pavilion and Suria KLCC vicinity, my brother and I decided to done our capes to venture further afield – i.e. to cut across the KLCC Park over to Troika, a residential building complex designed by Norman Forster. *superhero mode*🙌
In the heat of a tropical showdown, getting to the restaurant on foot is a mission in itself. First, we have to contend with the heat, find our way through the park, dodge speeding cars then upon arriving at the destination to find out where among the 2 buildings that ‘famed’ Troika Sky Dining is located.
After enquiring with the guards on duty, we were escorted to the elevator and transported to level 23A…slightly dishevelled and sweaty!
Since we were early – the restaurant only opens at 12pm – we were seated at Claret (the bar), downstairs and given the drinks and food menu to peruse… Interestingly, being an Italian resto, there were pages and pages listing pasta and pizzas… with only 1 page of mains…hmmm…😏
I quite like ‘kiddy’ graphics for the menu
The downstairs bar area is called ‘Claret’
Circular stairs to ‘Strato’ restaurant
View down to ‘Claret’ bar
Strato, the Italian restaurant on the upper deck
Bench-style seating for the lone diners. Let the KLCC park views do the talkin’
No kidding – check out our obstacles in getting to our lunch here!
Part of KLCC park under construction/renovation – but see what I meant when I said getting to the resto was a mission! ☺️
We were entertained by a group of aunties reliving their high-school days, let loose in the marvel of the apps on their smartphones. They were happily WhatsApp-ing and FaceBook-ing each other (whilst in the presence of each other nonetheless?!🙊…) and with their friends in virtual space.
Cute reminder, but why bother?? 😳
I ordered the No.3 Rickey (steep at RM36++) – gin, fresh lime, soda and no sugar – it was an OK drink. I didn’t get any ‘kick’ out of it! 😛
My gin – and a disconnected but ‘wired’ lunch companion
While waiting for my lunch, my tummy started to rumble. I guess it must be a sign of heatstroke… So off I went to the Ladies’… Sometimes, I wonder why in Malaysia or in other developing Asian countries, things are always half-done. Here, we have a beautiful restaurant which was very thoughtfully conceived, but when it comes to the servicing part – e.g. the toilets, guests are made to run up/ down the dusty fire-stairs to a toilet that doesn’t even flush properly!
Much to our delight, there’s set lunch where we only need to pick a choice for each course! RM50++ for 2 courses and RM65++ for 3 courses. Naturally, we opted for the later, dessert was bonus for braving the ‘elements’.
The octopus salad was good. The deep-fried transparent leaves added a touch of colour to a well composed plate of yellow, green, orange…and a squeeze of lemon imparted tanginess to the salted and smoked bean puree.
Grilled baby Octopus with smashed borlotti beans and lobster oil
I had a little ‘surprise’ when the beef tenderloin arrived as I find it very small. The tenderloin might have weighed less 100g, but for the price of the set lunch, I should not be surprised. Nonetheless, it was well executed and I enjoyed it.
Pan seared grass fed Tenderloin, roasted root vegetables and porcini jus (there were typos in the menu, but I won’t harp on it! 😜)
Beef done medium-rare, accompanied by roasted turnips, shallots, baby carrot and spinach
Budino is a sweet traditional Italian dessert, rich and creamy like a custard pudding. Here, it is served with plumped-up sweetened cranberries and biscuit crumbs. It wasn’t too sweet, so I was happy with my choice and it was a good end to our lunch!
Vanilla Budino & Mixed Berries Compote
We lingered a bit with our coffees after the meal…
Typically in tropical climes, after a really hot morning, dark clouds will roll in to bring in a storm for a cool-down. Seeing the dark skies, we decided to hurry home…
The Twin Towers of Malaysia