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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Bellisimo Gelatissimo!

My Ratings: 5 Stars

Cuisine: Confectionery
Location: G-45a Gurney Plaza, ground floor (opp Chillis/G Hotel). Tel/fax: 2280822
from RM8.90

Experience a little piece of Italy straight out of the piazzas of Florence and Rome, Gelatissimo is Florentine-styled serving the authentic tastes of Italian gelato, gelato shakes and Gelatissimo’s granita

Gelatissimo has finally hit our island shores and more specifically at Gurney Plaza. Gelatissimo's award winning gelato is made fresh daily in store to an authentic family recipe. Made to the highest standards using the finest natural ingredients and freshest produce, it is Australia's most popular gelato

Gelatissimo's ultra indulgent gelato is the quintessential Italian experience. It's premium dairy and sorbet flavours have been carefully developed to please every palate. As a low fat, creamy or icy sorbet alternative to traditional ice cream, Gelatissimo gelato is smooth, rich and simply irresistible

We had the opportunity to taste all the flavours available for the day and the flavours change daily except for customer's favourite like Mango Sorbet and Belgian chocolate. Gelatissimo also serve exotic flavours like Green Tea and Chilli Chocolate which has a mild spicy after note. My favourites are Mango, Blood Orange & Passion fruit and Rum & Raisins

We were also treated to Alfogato (Freshly grinded Expresso Tilly Coffee with Biscotti Gelato). Heaven! Other beverage on the menu that we tried was the Gelato Milkshake. Wow! its really smooth and favourful

We were given a special tour of the Gelato production process by marketing manager, Mr Hong Chin Lee. I am totally impressed by the process, ingredients and techniques used in making Gelato. The high quality ingredients are mainly imported from Australia, the machine is imported from Italy and the techniques are truly an Italian tradition. It is the combination of all these three elements that sets it apart to its competitors in taste, nutrition and value. So every lick of Gelato, you are getting the real taste of Italy. Gelatissimo is widely available all across Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines.

I find Gelatissimo's gelato delicious and value for money considering now that I know the high quality ingredients used and the high quality assurance in the process of making gelato. A single scoop of gelato cost RM8.90 (100g) but in actual, you are given more than what you paid for and never less. It is even cheaper if you buy more scoops, in handy packs or in bulk. It is also healthy with less than 6g of dairy fat and even zero fat in their sorbet range. Each lick of gelato is packed with flavours because it is stored at about -15C compared to ice-cream -25C. Furthermore, you are getting more fruits and ingredients because is uses less sugar or cream in every gram. Now, I am truly a gelato fan. Just like what the Italians would say......Bellisimo!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Invite: 75C

My Ratings: 3 Stars

Cuisine: International
Location: 75C Gurney Drive, Penang
RM30-45 per person

I took the chance to meet up with great friends at the invitation of the owners of 75C. Thanks Ken for organizing this. How can you resist the lure of the drinks menu with alcoholic drinks like Pink Nipple, Hot Squirt, Deep Throat, Blue Lagoon and M.Jackson. I wonder what was the bar man thinking when he invented the drinks and name to that drinks. Remind me of my old video tape title collection

We had to opportunity to taste and photograph almost all of its menu offerings. The food is international ranging from salads, soups, brushettas to mains like lamb, burgers, pasta and seafood. My favourites are the mushroom soup and mushroom brushetta. Overall, the food is OK and there variety to suit all tastes

The bar serves a variety of drinks, both alcholic and non alcholic drinks including coffee and lattes. Colourful to see and definitely a thrist quencher in the hot and humid mid afternoon. A visit to this bistro in the late evening or at night would have been more cooling and more comfortable as this bistro is totally al-fresco.

Situated next to Coffee Island and Khaleel Nasi Kandar on both sides. Expect some walking as parking is roadside MPPP amd limited due to high concentration of eating places around this bistro.

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