22 January, 2017

Italian Dinner with Michelin Star Chef @ Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur

It has been almost a year since I last had my Italian Prosecco brunch date with Michelin Chef Marcello Fabbri who flew all the way from Italy to Kuala Lumpur and took over Villa Danieli's kitchen for a week. Now I am glad that he is back at Sheraton Imperial, bringing to us another level of gastronomical journey of flavours and taste of Italy.

During his 20 years experience in the renowned gourmet restaurant in Germany – Anna Amelia, he has served the royals and prominent names from various industries. His passion towards ‘Italian simplicity’ style of cooking has earned him the recognition as one of the most celebrated chefs in the world.

I am glad to be able to sample his traditional Italian cuisine once again
during his one-week stay at Villa Danieli from 19 to 23 January 2017. 

Degustation Menu by Chef Marcello Fabbri
❤ Villa Danieli, Sheraton Imperial KL
❤ 5-course meal: Starter, soup, risotto, steak, dessert 

It has been awhile since I last dined Villa Danieli and I miss the house signature bread here. The complimentary basket of bread always gains much popularity among the diners because the fresh bakes are just delicious.

Marcello Fabbri Vitello Tonnato
Newly Interpreted Tuna and Veal by Marcello Fabbri
Frescobaldi Pomino Bianco DOC

Then we kickstart our Italian affair with a cold amuse bouche – Sliced tuna and veal with balsamic vinaigrette. The lightly marinated tuna tastes mild on the palate, and pairing it with a slightly sweet white wine is a great start of our evening feast.

Zuppa Di Zucca
Pumpkin Soup served with Scallops and Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio D.O.C.G

Next up is a hearty bowl of creamy roasted pumpkin soup, crowned with 3 pieces of fried breaded scallops. I love the aroma of roasted pumpkin which balances well with the juicy, sweet seafood. But the overall taste could be better if it falls on the less salty side.

Risotto Ai Porcini
Risotto of Porcini Mushrooms served with Parmesan Ice Cream
Speri Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore DOC

However, I personally find that the showstopper of the evening is the classic mushroom risotto – Simple yet comforting especially when it exudes loads of earthy aroma upon savouring every grain of the rice. No doubt it is Chef Marcello Fabbri's signature dish! 

Manzo Australiano
Australian Black Angus Striploin served with Green Asparagus, Potato Confit and Black Truffle
Lamole Di Lamole Blue Label Chianti Classico D.O.C.G

As the main arrives, my dining partner enjoys his medium rare striploin in classic sauce while I opt for a non-beef option – Sous vide chicken, topped with a generous portion of black truffle. Best paired with deep red wine that cuts through the flavours of the meat.

Torta Di Mele Granny Smith
Granny Smith Apple Tart served with Granny Smith Soup and Sorbet
Warre Warrior Finest Reserve Port Wine

Our 5-course meal is sealed with a sweet ending – Sweet tart, soup and sorbet all composed using green apple. It is quite rare to see desserts in green hues, but this looks pretty good. Just simple and lightly sweet yet not overloading for us.

Overall, my dine-and-wine experience with Chef Marcello Fabbri is pretty satisfying. Thanks for bringing to us a different dining experience and making this a perfect evening to dine with great food, lovely wines and amazing friends. 

Looking forward to my next dining experience at Villa Danieli! 
Villa Danieli
Fifth Floor
Sheraton Imperial Hotel
129, Jalan Sultan Ismail,
50250 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: +603-2717 9922
Email: villa.danieli@sheraton.com 

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