Monday, February 23, 2009

Weekend transition at Porto Romano, Mont Kiara

Friday evening: In the mood to reward ourselves for having made through the working week and to begin our homage to weekends, but not in the mood to jostle with like-minded folks congregating at shopping malls or dining & entertainment hubs.

Porto Romano in Mont Kiara fitted the bill, a very choice suggestion by H. It stood in stately isolation next to Wendy's in front of Mont Kiara Banyan condominum, a safe distance away from the mob at Hartamas and Solaris. I even found parking right in front of the restaurant!
H was very accommodating to my wine palate for the evening - even though she was primarily a red drinker, we settled for Furia's Sauvignon Blanc (RM99++). Medium-bodied, too, too easy to go down, best of the limited experience I've had with Argentinian wine.

We decided to split entree and mains. Porto Romano's Seafood Soup arrived, gorgeously red and earthy, featuring prawns, squid and clams. Thoroughly delightful and refreshing, it paved the way for the heavier pizza that arrived within seconds of the soup.

Our smoked salmon & egg pizza. It sounded light, looked light but it was anything but light. I was struggling before we were halfway through, and resorted to copious swigs of the lovely wine to bring it down. The raw egg was cracked in the centre of the pie, left to slowly half-cook on the heat of the pizza, already rich with plenty of mozzarella and generous chunks of smoked salmon. It was an interesting, hearty combination, but we could have probably done with two slices less each.


With the food out of the way and the last drop of our bottle drained, we were still not quite ready to make our move into the weekend. So we settled back with another glass each of the house pouring, to seal in further Porto Romano's sumptuos flavours of the Mediterranean and complete our transition from working slaves into weekend wine vessels.

16 comments:

J2Kfm said...

they've a branch somewhere right?

but red wine with ... pizza? kinda awkward eh? :)

but whatever works for the weekend!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

hmmmm so light?

had a crazy heavy italian dinner during the weekend..pizza and a main..with 2 desserts!

Sean said...

that egg pizza looks soooooo good. i've tried some of porto romano's pasta dishes but was unimpressed. will remember to check out their pizzas next time! :D

Duckie said...

wow a good way to start off the weekend!!!

Life for Beginners said...

I'm so heading here soon... been reminded too many times about it... :D

cariso said...

Hmm....that pizza didn't spoil the red wine uh?! :)

worldwindows said...

It was the drinks that was the centre of the meal! I feel the healthy vibes from the Mediterraneans.

backStreetGluttons said...

How very nice & cozy , all safe in the sanctuary of highness

Little Inbox said...

Wine, I just learn from TV program that different types of wine goes well with different types of cheese and fruits. This is something new to us.

Selba said...

Yummmmm.... delicious pizza!!

Lingzie said...

oooo that salmon and egg pizza combo sounds really good! raw egg cracked into the middle of the pizza some more! where's my lunch???? :P

Nic (KHKL) said...

oh, i was there last saturday afternoon! love the food here.

check out the 4 seasons pizza/oxtail soup/lamb shank/etc etc....good stuff! i think their pizzas are good and the prices are on par with that fastfood pizza chain...haha!

550ml jar of faith said...

J2Kfm, I think they've got two branches at least - one in the city and another one in Tmn Tun. It's not red wine, it's white! And for me, wine, whatever the shade, goes well with everything! :-P

Joe, I was crazy ambitious and had planned to order a lot more but decided to exercise caution and am I glad I did! Practically rolled out of the restaurant and all the way home, just on that "light" meal!

Sean, thanks for dropping by! :-) I tend to stay away from pasta dishes at joints like this... looks like it was a good move with Porto Romano!

Duckie, yup, PERFECT start to the weekend!

LFB, it's here to stay! And you're going to keep getting reminders! Honestly the Mont Kiara outlet stands out because of its very uncrowded surroundings.

550ml jar of faith said...

Cariso, how can wine spoil anything!? Anyway, it was white wine, and a very easy to drink one, so the pizza went down very well with it! :-)

Worldwindows, yeah, really a relaxing lil' place to be! Too bad no view of the sea!

BSG, can always rely on the insulation of intoxication to guarantee a superb meal!

Little Inbox, yup, I'm quite the student of wine, although I am partial to white. I don't eat red meat either so that might explain why.

Selba, AMEN!

Lingzie, haha, hope you found your lunch! Raw egg has that effect on people...

Nic, prices are on par, you don't say! And it arrived so quick we'd barely warmed our seats yet. That's it, this is my new temple for fast food!

Bangsar-bAbE said...

I echo what joe said..."so light?" The pizza looks thin wor...

I'm guessing you're quite a small eater?

mimid3vils said...

The seafood soup looks so heavenly nice~~~