Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tanzini @ GTower

With a tagline of "From Farm to Table" and a promise of a unique dining experience "right under the stars", Tanzini believes in using the freshest ingredients for their natural flavours, cooking them with soul and passion and serving the feel-good cuisine in a modern elegant setting 28 storeys above ground.  Actually it's 29 storeys above ground if you want to experience that "right under the stars" ambience... the "starry" effects from the majestic clusters of lights as seen here...



You will certainly feel like you are almost up there with the stars if the view through your dining room is something like this...


OK, having set you in the right mood now, let's get on to the meal itself.  Shall we have some starters?

Tanzini Antipasti Tower (RM50)
A 3-tier platter featuring the day's offer of their fresh antipasti (starters, something served before a main meal) delights.  To be honest, I have no idea what those little morsels were actually (besides the obvious cherries/grapes/cheese) but suffice to say, those tasty bits teased our palates and had us wanting more!


While waiting for our main courses, we were served with baskets of these freshly baked foccacia bread, which tasted absolutely divine just on their own!  We had to forcefully stop ourselves from gorging on them.

Salad, two ways (RM18)
Blanched baby spinach with side garden salad, dressed with a dash of garlic oil, herbs & pepper - the requisite fibre composition for our meal.

Aged Venison (RM78)
Roasted Australian Venison with Fennel & Beetroot, served with a port reduction

DL's main course - the meat was a bit hard and chewy, perhaps a little longer in the roasting pan would help. 

Aged Wagyu Tenderloin (RM76 for 100g, RM98 for 160g)

I had this served Medium Rare so the meat was pretty tender and juicy (like wagyus should be!).  However, it was a bit bland - can do with a bit more flavouring here.  Sides of asparagus and mashed potatoes were OK.

Pan-roasted Barramundi (RM38)
Organic barramundi served with baby potatoes, cherry tomatoes, porcini mushrooms, zucchini, cornetti beans and lightly dressed with an anchovy glace

This was probably one of the better dishes of the evening.  I had a bite and found the fish to be really fresh with a delightfully light springy texture.

Agnello Milanese (RM46)
Cutlets of Australian lamb grilled served with olives, eggplant and sun-baked tomatoes

The chef did well with these lamb cutlets.  They were nicely & crispily charred at the sides yet retaining their tender slightly chewy insides, like how perfectly-grilled lamb should be.

Tanzini Tiger Prawn Vongole (RM38)
Grilled tiger prawn & clams with "tau miu" sprouts served aglio olio

This traditional Neapolitan dish of pasta + clams (vongole) was given a couple of fresh twists - in the form of the tiger prawn and the "tau miu" which gave this pasta dish a refreshing crunchy bite.

Now, on to the Desserts...

Tiramisu a Pezzi (RM26)
Served with freshly Lavazza toasted coffee bean.  Not a tiramisu fan myself but DL seemed to like it.

Homemade Gelato (RM12/scoop)
We had the lavender and coffee.  Flavours were very subtle, I would say.  I liked the accompanying caramelised "wafer".

Chocolate Hazelnut Praline Mousse

This was actually brought over from The Bridge Bar and wasn't found in the Tanzini menu.  Our hosts insisted that this is a must-try item and they were absolutely right.  The mousse was like chocolate velvet with nutty nuances, enhanced further by the caramelised hazelnut bits - divine!

Chocolate Pot (RM20)
Indulgent chocolate pot, infused with orange zest, served with homemade almond biscotti

Chocolate lovers would love this - dipping the thin biscotti into the thick creamy chocolate - it's a perfect combination that's almost too indulgent, I would say ;-)

Chef Woraphong

The shy smiling Chef, with wide experience in the kitchens of world-renowned 5-star hotels in Thailand, believes that food should not only taste good, it must be good for you too.  Mentored by his mother, his culinary quest is to create gourmet dishes showcasing the natural freshness of every ingredient.


The view from Tanzini is truly spectacular - it's a great restaurant to impress your guests whether it's a corporate or private event.  Or even for that special romantic night out - step out onto the terrace and take in the breathtaking night view of the city, against the majestic backdrop of our Twin Towers.

My appreciation to the lovely Melissa Hon and her team - Benjamin & Gladys who were such charming hosts ... and certainly not forgetting the cool & suave Sreejit Pillai who orchestrated the invite ;-)

Level 28 GTower
199 Jalan Tun Razak
50400 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2168-1899
Open Mondays-Saturdays
Lunch: 11.30am till 2.30pm
Dinner:  6.30pm till 10.30pm
Closed on Sundays


Life for Beginners said...

Anything with chocolate and hazelnut sounds good to me! So sweet of them to insist on bringing it over for you to try. :)

J said...

mmmmm... That lamb sounds good! :)
(Have to go back and try that soon....)

Bangsar-bAbE said...

I always over indulge in the breads...and become too full for the mains. >.<

A pity the wagyu was a bit bland...

Baby Sumo said...

My hubby and I were at Tanzini last week, we had the baramundi and lamb cutlets and they were delicious! And the tiramisu is really lovely :)

CUMI & CIKI said...

bland wagyu? hmmm.. how can ar.. we need to go back and eat again. I liked my fish (the Barramundi) actually. Maybe need to try the lamb;)

(great twin tower shots)

Sean said...

ya, the chef was a bit more young-ish than i had expected! :D

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

tau miu with pasta? thats unique..

thule a.k.a leo said...

for that kind of price, it is surprising low compared to other hotel's offering :) yummy! will keep this in mind

Looking for a Car? said...

nice environment, perfect atmosphere!
good place for dinnin

Anonymous said...

I just realized that non of your blogs posting has a singular ADV for advertisement written on it (or did I missed it?). Hmmm ... can believe most of what you say or not? ;-)

Pureglutton said...

LFB: Yes, they were very hospitable hosts :-))

Pureglutton said...

J: The lamb was one of the favourites that nite ;-)

Pureglutton said...

Bangsar Babe: Yeah, tat's what we always do, don't we? Coz we're so hungry and bread is always the 1st thing on the table...LOL!

Pureglutton said...

Baby Sumo: Aha, those 3 items are hot favourites, i hear :-))

Pureglutton said...

Ciki: Great choice u made - the Barramundi was a clear winner ;-)
TQ for yr compliment!

Pureglutton said...

Sean: Why la... were u expecting an old geezer, LOL! Nowadays most of the chefs seem to be getting younger & dashier!

Pureglutton said...

Joe: Yep, something different eh!

Pureglutton said...

Leo: Pretty reasonable prices, i would say... and such nice classy ambience with great views! Go take wifey for a romantic interlude there soon!

Pureglutton said...

Looking for a Car: Wow, nice name u have here ;-) Thanks for dropping by. Yeah, nice place to dine indeed :-))

Pureglutton said...

Anonymous: Yes u r right, no advertisers to be seen here, hehe! Take my word for it, ;-)

jason said...

Whoa... impressive shots!

fatboybakes said...

sigh, i so suaku, still havent stepped into G spot.