Sunday Italian Brunch Buffet @ Passione Ristorante Italiano, Sri Petaling
Personally, I love brunch! It’s a perfect morning to get a little indulgence to kick start the weekend. Hitting the latest promotion scene in the city, Passione Ristorante Italiano is bringing a Sunday Italian Brunch Buffet to you. The restaurant has been serving up luscious arrays of Italian cuisine for one and a half years at Sri Petaling. (Refer my first visit HERE.)
Maestro behind the lovely dishes served on the buffet spread – Chef Stefano Criber, hails from central Italian region of Abruzzo. Over the course of his career, he has served in an extensive list of countries including his native country Italy, Luxembourg, England, South Korea and Indonesia.
An array of lovely Italian delights on the buffet spread. Most of the food such as starters, breads, pastas, pizzas, sauces and desserts are made from scratch, which definitely earns brownie points for the kitchen team’s effort.
As a cheese and cold cuts lover, the first station Sam and I “attacked” undoubtedly these eat-all-you-can cold cuts and cheese imported from Italy. The slicer makes perfect thin cuts of the cured meat and they had a finesse of meaty essence and matches perfectly with the lovely array of pickles, chutneys and fruit jams. The cheeses are really good too in their own flavors.
Salad station filled with assorted vegetables, pickles and dressings.
Freshly made daily, those house made breads of focaccia rosemary, focaccia with olives, focaccia with cherry tomatoes, baguette and country round bread were good and best to pair with the warm vegetables soup.
Bruschette Con Avocado & Salmone
Grilled bread with avocado spread topped with marinated salmon.
Bruschette Di Verdure
Grilled bread with ratatouille vegetables.
Left: Caprese Di Bufala
Buffalo Mozzarella with tomato slice, pesto and fresh basil.
Right: Maiale Tonnato
Seared sous vide pork tenderloin smothered with tuna mayo sauce.
Antipasto Di Mare
Italy’s classic light, bright salad of gently cooked cuttlefish, prawns and calamari seasoned with lemon juice, olive oil and subtle spices. It teased one’s appetite and the flavors satiated the senses.
Assorted grilled vegetables.
Piadina Con Pollo Marinato & Rucola
Italian flatbread roll stuffed with marinated chicken breast and rocket.
Green beans sauteed with anchovies, garlic and Casera cheese. Absolutely loved this dish! The green beans were perfectly cooked with its crunchiness retained and both anchovies and cheese provided a pleasant savoury note to the dish.
Arancini Di Riso
Deep fried bread crumb coated rice balls stuffed with green peas, pork ragù and Mozzarella. Crispy golden exterior, soft risotto rice inside with creamy pork ragu and cheese. I would be willing to sacrifice my diet and eat a few of these rice balls.
Meticulously prepared by Chef Stefano Criber, the pork belly was marinated overnight with garlic, herbs and spices then roasted in oven, rendering a heavenly scented juicy pork surrounded with crisp, crackling skin.
Another house made dish that screamed for attention. The sausage was precisely seasoned with tasty flavour yet not too salty. I like the meat filling was not too finely minced which had a good bite in texture.
These pizzas were as good as they used to be. Loaded with hearty and generous toppings, each pizza had its own unique flavours and was bold and delicious. I really adored the wood-fired pizza base, rustic with scorched edges.
The crescent-shaped pasta shells were filled with honey ham ,mushroom and mozzarella. It’s my first time trying this delicacy and I can’t said it’s my favourite dish of that day, it was just decent.
Chitarra Al Ragu Di Maiale & Salsiccia
Diners also can expect to get some live cooking action as the chef will be preparing the pasta dish with their signature fresh pasta made daily from scratch. We had Chitarra spaghetti dressed in vibrant tomato sauce with minced pork ragù and house pork sausage.
Torta Salata Carciofi & Salciccia
The Italian pie was stuffed with sausage, marinated artichoke and Mozzarella cheese. The flavours and texture were quite complex, definitely a bud tickling dish that you should try.
Parmigiana Di Melanzane
Rich and luscious eggplant lasagna.
Left: Polpette Di Carne
Pork and beef meat balls in tomato sauce.
Right: Polpettine Cacio & Ove
One of Abruzzo’s common home cooking dish which is a “meatball” that contains no meat. They were balls of Pecorini cheese, Grana Padano and eggs, bound together and cooked in tomatoes sauce.
Tiramisu In Cup
Mango Panna Cotta
Only three choices for dessert but they were equally toothsome and delish.
The alluring ambiance and interior of Passione Ristorante Italiano further enhanced our dining experience.
Verdict: For the price of only RM58.00++, this one-of-its-kind antipasti buffet indeed a weekend indulgence that should not be missed. Food wise, we appreciated chef’s labour of love of making most of the dishes from scratch. Limited to 40 diners per session, this ensure that everyone can enjoy the food in take-it-slow Italian style.
Passione Ristorante Italiano
No 19, Jalan Radin Bagus 9, Bandar Baru Seri Petaling, 57000 Kuala Lumpur.
(Street parking or park at The Store right opposite the restaurant)
Tel: +603-9055 3833
Operating hours: Wed – Mon: 11.00am to 2.30pm ; 6.00pm to 11.00pm (Closed on Tuesday）