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Monday, March 21, 2011

Invited Review: Restorante Bravo Italiana

My ratings: 4 Stars

Cuisine: Western/Italian
Location: 1-01-11, Complex I-Avenue, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang
Pork Free
RM20-35 person
Contact: +604-641 0499
Open daily except Mondays 11:30am - 3:00pm (Lunch) & 6:00 - 10:00pm (Dinner)

GPS coordinates: N 05*19.945 E100*17.603

Craving for authentic Italian food? Last week I wrote of authentic Bulgarian food, this week it's Italian. Restorante Bravo Italiana is one of a few places in Penang you can soak up the taste of Italy, from Tuscany to Sicily. Here you can enjoy pasta, pizza, salads, soups, anti pesto, zabaglione and the all famed Tiramisu dessert, all in the comfort of this quaint little restorante.

The interiors are decked with posters and beautiful pictures of Italian landmarks, all taken by the owner and chef Lim Fung Chin who worked in Italy and has travel the whole length of the Italian peninsula. Chef lim who has more than 15 years of culinary experience under his belt, has worked in many places including the city Bologna and on board an international cruise ship which sailed around Europe and the Caribbeans.

Chef Lim believes in cooking the best for his customers including using the best ingredients like Extra Virgin Olive Oils and fresh herbs. His pizza base are hand tossed and the sauce are home made. Baked to perfection, Chef Lim's pizza creations must be one of the tastiest pizza I have ever tasted. (The Pizza ala Sicilian is a must try (contains beef pepperoni))

Restorante Bravo Italiana is also well stocked with your favourite Italian vintages. However, the most favourite accompaniment to your meal would be the desserts after meal. Again Chef Lim made the desserts himself. The most popular and signature dessert in the restorante is the Tiramisu , made to perfection. with its soft creamy center. Other desserts like the key lime pie, Italian mousse, Bravo zabaglione, sweet pumpkin pie are also favourites

Bravo Italiana also offers affordable set lunches (dine in only) includes Chicken Parmigiana, served with soup of the day, garlic bread, iced lemon tea and ice-cream starting from RM13.80. The restorante is suitable for all ages and whatever the occasions may be.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Invited Review: Vintage Bulgaria

My Ratings: 5 Stars

Cuisine: Western/International/Bulgarian
Location: 1E Jalan Sungai Kelian (a.k.a. Hillside, Opp Coptone Hotel)), 11200 Tanjung Bungah, Penang
Non Halal
RM30 - 40 per person
Contact: +604-898 1890
Open Daily 4pm - 12am (Happy Hours 4-8pm)

GPS coordinates: N o5*27.879 E 100*17.547

If you are hungry for the real deal authentic Bulgarian fare, then head out to Vintage Bulgaria. This family orientated restaurant and bar is owned and run by a Bulgarian family who love Penang so much decided to stay on the island and lucky for us gave us Penangites, offers a taste of Bulgaria, right here on beautiful Penang island and saved us the plane fare to Bulgaria

At Vintage Bulgaria, you can expect great food and a feel of Bulgarian hospitality and culture, from the castle decor of the restaurant basement, Bulgarian village wall mural painting at the private function area, signages in Bulgarian alphabets and the owner/hostess's greeting in the native Bulgarian tongue. Every time I stepped in, I feel at home in Bulgaria ( I swear)

Vintage Bulgaria also specially imported Bulgarian wine and liquor to compliment the food to totally immerse diners with the Bulgarian experience and culture.

In fact, this is not my first time at the restaurant. The first was a romantic couple's dinner, then there was a time I organised a blogger's gathering, All ended with a high note and toast to the hostess, Sylvia!! for a job well done

The restaurant cooks many kind of dishes to showcase the best of Bulgarian food and culture, from soups, salads, wraps, meat dishes (especially if you need a pork fix), seafood and desserts

My favourite has to be its pork dishes. My recommendation is the Pork Plovdiv Ribs, Roast Pork Djolan, Bulgarian Shashlik, Orley Wraps and Bulgarian Platter (contains beef). All true Bulgarian fare. If you are not a meat person, then the Shopska Salad is another way to experience Bulgaria. To finish the meal, try the Sweet Pumpkin Pie and/or the Chocolate Soup. Also drink Bulgarian house wine by the glass throughout the meal. If you do not want to try my recommendations all at once, then set dinner menus are available

Great place to meet up with friends over food and drinks, catch the EPL fever at the bar. Great place for families to have a meal together (served children's menu). Service is good. Ambiance is great...cozy, always gets me into the mood. Food selection is wide from Bulgarian to international. Try the restaurant, you won't be disappointed and leaves you with a sense of Bulgarian culture and hospitality and thoughts of coming back for more (to try other dishes) and to bring your loved ones to experience the same experience which you had

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