06 March, 2016

Italian Prosecco Brunch @ Villa Danieli, Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur

Sunday just couldn't be more blissful than enjoying a long Italian brunch with fine wines,
under such a romantic setting at Villa Danieli.

Villa Danieli, the award-winning Italian restaurant tucked in the 5-star Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel has recently invited me over for an authentic Italian Prosecco Brunch on a fine Sunday.

Exclusively available on every Sunday, the brunch affair begins at 11am with Bianco bar's cocktails or mocktails, followed by free-flow appetizers, main courses and desserts. To complete the Italian experience, the romantic brunch is paired with Prosecco, a premium Italian white sparkling wine.

It's been a while since I have last been to Villa Danieli (Read about my previous dining experience: HERE). But its gorgeous rustic interior with high ceilings and majestic decor has never failed to impress me, and most certainly adds to the experience of Sunday brunch.

Before Italian Procecco brunch starts, we are treated to an array of house crafted cocktails. By noon, Andreola Dirupo Valdobbiadene Prosecco wine begins to fill our glass. This premium Italian wine is light-bodied, dry-style, with an elegant lingering fine perlage (the fine chains of bubbles ascending from the bottom of the glass to the surface of the wine, as you can see from the above picture). Excellent as a refreshing summer treat or as a aperitif!

To dine like a true Italian, we begin our gastronomic journey with a wide variety of traditional antipasti such as cured meats, salad, crostini, cheese and more. The buffet-style appetizer spread varies every week; but there are certainly pleasant surprises among the bite-sized offerings, to tantalize our palates. 

From Top Left (Clockwise): ‘Caprese’, Buffalo Mozzarella, Roma Tomato, Basil;
Caesar Salad with Anchovies Dressing and Garlic Croutons;
Mixed Salad with Choice of Dressing;
Fig Salad with Gorgonzola, Spinach, Balsamic Vinegar, Extra Virgin Olive Oil

From Top Left (Clockwise): Air Dried Beef with Parmesan Cheese, Roma Tomato, 
Aged Balsamic and Arugula; Parmesan and Thyme Tart with Onion Jam;
Pesto Penne Salad; Tuna Tataki 

*must try* Beef Carpaccio with Mustard Dressing, Onion Pickles, Rock Melon and Arugula
A pure elegance on its own, the melt-in-the-mouth meat is so thinly sliced and well-seasoned.

Imported Italian Cheese: Taleggio, Gorgonzola, Asiago, Aged Parmesan Wheels, Fontina, Pecorino, Salata Ricotta 

Assorted Dried Fruits and Nuts

A classic Italian affair is not complete without having a basket of house-made breads served onto the table before the appetizer. My favourite goes to the olive bread, so flavourful with a super crunchy crust and perfect crumb.

Wild Mushroom Soup; Honey Pumpkin and Gorgonzola Soup

Pan Seared Duck Foie Gras, Caramelized Apple, Onion, Balsamic Vinaigrette Sauce

Apart from the antipasti spread, we also have a lineup of appetizers served to the table. Both the soups are just fabulous; Perfect to warm the stomach, before I dig into my favourite melt-in-the-mouth foie gras that is so creatively composed to instantly awaken the taste buds. 

Pan-fried Sea Bass with Fennel and Passion Fruit

For the mains, there are up to 7 options (That's a lot!) to be chosen from, ranging from classic Italian pasta and risotto, to poultry and red meats. The best part is, you can order as many as you can; Just eat to your heart's content!

Sous Vide Filet of Sole, Tomato-Vanilla Emulsion, Carrot and Purple Potato Mash, Tarragon

Forest Mushroom Risotto with Assorted Mushroom, Parmesan Shaving and Aromatic Truffle Oil

A classic vegetarian risotto. A simple yet extravagantly earthy-flavoured dish dotted with parmesan shaving, thick strips of juicy mushroom and truffle, it is the epitome of soul food for some- although others may find it a tad rich. 

Two Kind of Veal “Rossini” (Pan Seared Tenderloin and Braised Veal Cheeks),
Celeriac Variation, Madeira Jus, Black Truffle

The highlight of the mains is the duo-style beef that gives different textures and flavours when paired with wine. The braised veal cheek is incredibly tender, whereas the tenderloin is more succulent and juicy. It certainly is a good choice for diners who love beef. 

Dessert Pass Around On Wood Tray: White Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake in Cornet

As the finale, we are spoilt with endless selection of puff pastry, tart, mille fueille and mini desserts which are passed around on a tray. Looking at the beautifully crafted desserts, I can't resist but to reach for one after another. 

Tiramisu, Mascarpone Trifle, Espresso, Brandy

Among the desserts, nothing beats my all-time favourite classic Italian dessert! Dark and indulgent, each bite is a divine layer of texture in the mouth but it is the brandy-soaked ladyfinger that has us on cloud nine! Amazingly, the tiramisu is very well-executed as it strikes a balance in bittersweet flavour and coffee aroma. 

Italian Gelato: Peppermint, Yoghurt and Strawberry

Three Chocolate Semifreddo

The creamy Italian gelato is equally noteworthy because of its dense and smooth texture. But if your tastebud is more advanturous, I think the semifreddo will be a great option as you get to enjoy 3 distinctive types of chocolates in one-- Soft chocolate mousse, milky white chocolate and dark firm chocolate-- laced with berries compote.

Pannettone with Braised Red Plum
Warn Chocolate Cake with Lemon Sorbet

Overall, it is an amazing Italian gastronomic experience, and certainly takes Sunday brunch to the next level!

Villa Danieli's Italian Prosecco Sunday Brunch
RM148 nett per person / RM74 nett kids ( 9-12 years old)
 Food only

Sommelier's Red & White Wine Selection, Beer, Soft Drinks and Chilled juices, Coffee & Tea
RM198 nett per person

Prosecco , Sommelier's Red & White Wine Selection, Beer, Soft Drinks and Chilled juices, Coffee & Tea
RM238 nett per person

Villa Danieli
Fifth Floor
Sheraton Imperial Hotel
129, Jalan Sultan Ismail,
50250 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: +603-2717 9900
Website: http://www.sheratonimperialkualalumpur.com
Facebook: fb.com/sheraton.imperial.kuala.lumpur

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