Friday, May 27, 2011

"POP!" goes Wisdom, Sunday Almost-Liquid Lunch, Giovino's

Bubbles. Free flow. A concept that should be approached with caution, both by restauranteurs and patrons alike.

But before you wise up to that (like maybe on the eve of a 30-something birthday), you may want to have a fizzle and see why the counsel. For RM128++ per pax, Giovino's Sunday Lunch Special lets you (and some choice company preferably) have your fill of Prosecco, a spread of appetisers and a wide selection of ala-carte mains and desserts.

We'll take the bottle, thanks! And keep 'em coming!

Spread of this and that... we didn't exactly go crazy with these, distracted by the pop-and-pour action that was going on elsewhere in the room.

More appetisers, designed to line the stomach before the inevitable feeling of bottomlessness and invincibility takes us over. The highlights here could have been the grilled baby octopus and clams, for I remember nothing else.

This Pan-fried Cod Fillet, wrapped in bacon went down a treat. I remember eagerly helping myself to more than my share of fish, lightly crisp, moist flakes of tenderness. Contrasting flavours worked well too - intense heady bacon, meet shy, gentle cod!

We chose to combine forces for the remaining mains and got the Grilled Seafood Platter, fed more than just two! Fresh and sprightly, with bare seasoning, steeping in juices of the sea. We were especially fond of the squid - not the usual rubber blubber we were used to!

We were steadily working our way through bottles of the tart but utterly guzzle-friendly prosecco throughout the meal and by the time dessert orders were placed, we were simply too giggly and delirious to care. I can only surmise that they tasted as good as they looked!

Pretty Panna Cotta

Fail-safe (surely!) Warm Double Chocolate Flan with Vanilla Ice Cream

Chocolate Fudge Mousse with Caramelized Orange Zest - yay, chocolate and fruit!

At this point, a general sense of foreboding and moroseness began settling over us, as the clock inched closer and closer to the end of the meal. We sulked a bit, and somewhere, there's a vague memory of arguing with the patient wait staff members.

Giovino, serving up lots to eat and drink to hungry, happy people every Sunday from 12 noon to 3PM. We must extend a silent salute to the staff, who remained civil and courteous while they witnessed the general deterioration of our table etiquette and sense of decorum, faster than the speed of "POP!!"

After more birthday cheers and beers at Healy Mac's next door, we joined in the Sunday evening traffic jam back to suburbia. Not sure how we did it, but we did! Maybe Age lets in on a thing or two after all!

Giovino Restaurant
Changkat Bukit Bintang
Tel: +603-2141 1131


Kenny Mah said...

Your photographs are so clean and crisp they are brightening up my Friday morning after the rain. :)

P.S. Re: Hot & Spicy Ma La Hot Pot - Maybe we can start a joint ourselves, in Taman Desa summore? It could be "MinKen Ma La Hot Pot"!! Duncha think that's a great idea? Hehe.

Sean said...

guilt-free, remorse-free drinking! i could use some of that! and if only someone could invent booze that doesn't cause memory loss =)

Ciki said...

Great spread.. well worth the monies.. even the bubbly alone is enough eh, when Min is around:P

minchow said...

LFB, MinKen Hot Pot! Hahaha! You think the 'hood can handle something THAT hot? Let's do it!

Sean, tell me about it! And it's not just the immediate morning-after wipeout, there's also the slower, longer-term degenerative neurons to contend with. It's very worrying!

Ciki, oh yes, you know me best! The bottles alone were worth the ticket! Let's drink again soon! :-D

Bangsar-bAbE said...

You had me at free flow and bubbles. :)

Pureglutton said...

Quite a bargain, i would say - free flow of prosecco! Is this promo on indefinitely?

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WoW! that looks definitely luscious.=D