Monday, July 23, 2007

Neroteca @ Lorong Ceylon

It was a Sunday afternoon, lunch time was approaching and the King and I was to start at 3pm.. we wondered around and i thought i take my girlfriend to Palete Palette after i managed to sample their set lunch just two days ago.. As we turned into Jalan Mesui and passing by to see if the restaurant was opened, we drove on to find a space to park my car and saw Neroteca infront of me..i sensed something was pulling me towards that direction, to the little corner shop that seats in the ground floor of the Somerset serviced apartments..I parked where i could and virtually dragged my girlfriend who was confused and yet excited as i was..

Surprisingly on a sunday afternoon, parking was not a problem. In fact the place was rather empty, well not the restaurant but the surroundings unlike on a busy Friday afternoon with lots of office workers buzzing in and out, walking here and there.. Stepping into the cosy place, it was almost as if i was transformed into another place..it gave me a very laid back feeling, just like those lazy Sundays where my girlfriend and i would laze in one of the many cafes in Adelaide..

Embarassingly i whipped my camera and realised my battery was flat, it was back to reality, back to my red dumb blonde camera..sigh i guess it was time to give it a charge..so bear with my less then perfect pictures..

Neroteca serves italian food..classic entrees..good pasta..main courses..book in advance suckling piglets..the whole thang..

Given the amount of wine here..it was no surprise i found several tables with one person seating down reading a book sipping a glass of wine and soaking in the relaxed atmosphere..if i were to describe what is life..it would be seating inside Neroteca every Sunday morning to eat breakfast.. unfortunately we came at 12.30..so lunch it was instead..

Complimentary bread that was very very fresh..Fresh till i couldnt refuse the gentleman offer for another basket..served with the usual balsamic vinegar and olive oil..but with the extra kick of roasted garlics..it made the difference and it added so much body to the dip..

Starting off with a Livornese Salad, a lemon based dressing over a bed of salad and assorted seafood medley of smoked salmon, pieces of codfish and prawns (RM26 or USD 7.50) It was refreshing and came in a healthy portion.. a delightful starter..

Prosciutto on rock melon (RM32 or USD 9)... This is one very rare dish but a very good dish..two simple items that were different in every way but meant to cross each other's path in every way. The salty chewy ham and the sweet soothing melon teased my taste buds and i couldnt stop eyeing the other tables after i finished mine..

The finale..The seafood pasta..It came recommended and was the special of the day.. Garlic and white wine sauce..al dente spaghetti..and an incredible amount of seafood..clams that were at least three times the size of our local lalas, jumbo prawns that came in halves..mussels as well..it was more like seafood with pasta not pasta with seafood.. As it was special of the day, i started to panic and wondered how much the dish was..worrying if i could cover the bill..i slowed down and was sad to say bye bye to such a beautiful lunch..coffee and dessert i skipped and regretted deeply because i found out my pasta was RM36 or USD 10.. i predicted double the price..stupid me..

Neroteca..we shall meet again...9 out of 10...

Ground floor, Somerset,
8 Lorong Ceylon, 50250 KL
www.neroteca.com
Tel: 03-2070 0530


22 comments:

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Nice writeup. Love this place. Too bad u didn't do desserts. Remember the tiramisu I blogged abt? Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm! hehe.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ll: i had a look..and i feel like crying..yes i loved this place so much!!...tiramisu shall be on my wishlist the next time around..feel like going again this week!

tigerfish said...

With fresh warm bread, and good quality balsamic+olive oil, sometimes I can get "stuck" eating those, and not proceed on with the mains. ;p

Big Boys Oven said...

Looks great.... we should meet up soon.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

tigerfish: hahaha i know..just cancel the mains..and get more complimentary bread..

bbo: we should..haha..isnt the opening coming up soon?

fatboybakes said...

for someone who is searching for greener pastures, you sure seem like one who IS grazing in very very green pastures as it is..... aiyo, i am amazed that the youth of today can afford to eat out this often. when i was your age, eating out was like once a month max...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

fbb: haha i need to eat up all the greens here b4 i seek for new green pastures to eat...well like our blogger say..u eat 3 times a day 7 days a week..but on avg i blog about 3-4 meals a week..ok lor..i guess..

boo_licious said...

Ah, also one of my fav places in town. That rock melon and ham is so wickedly good.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

boo: i know..the next target is just plain parma ham and the fresh baked bread..

MeiyeN said...

hope to try this place asap since most of your rave over da food here! :D

jason said...

Very colourful salad. That's true lar, how come you get to eat so luxury meal on weekends huh?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

meiyen: yes yes pls do..and weekend lunches are good..

jason: hahah suffer during weekdays and spend money on weekends lor..hahah..

leo said...

Dude! You found Nero Vivo's little brother!

Same management you know! Coincidentally, I was at Ciao for lunch today... Still the same quality food. Lunch for four persons RM 220.00

Anyways, glad you liked Neroteca coz I love it! You should have taken the antipasti platter (selection of cold cuts). OMG I'm craving for prosciutto now..

I love prosciutto de parma and jamon serrano!

Yes, the breads are super! But then again, any quality Italian restaurants make their breads fresh daily.

Ciabata with quality warm extra virgin olive oil is to die for!

Good Job!

leo said...

Oh yeah, you should have taken the prosecco (sparkling wine)!

Kok said...

joe,
This Prosciutto on rock melon definitely looks good!

:: Nicole :: said...

i wanna goooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!! wanna meet up for lunch or dinner someday? oh yea, i just remembered we planned it long time ago but never get a chance to do it *sigh* btw, can meet up when russ is back :)

wmw said...

Have yet to step into this place...Oh, yes...the young people of today! LOL....

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

leo: hahah i know..neroteca is still abit too steep..haha i came with 1 other persons..cant order everything in the world lar..

but will take down your recommendations immediately..

kok: im sure u can get some in perth with no problem..

nicole: i know we r meant to go meet up 1 day..sigh its hard to fix a date..maybe one of these days or when russ comes back..then u can take me out with your "monster car"..

wmw: sigh..after that back ache..i feel like an old man lar..

KampungboyCitygal said...

my collegue has just suggested to have dinner at this place..seems like a nice place with gd food huh..haha congrats on being featured in the star..cigaratte butt found on ur food..ewwwwwwwww

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

kbcg: haha u shud celebrate on ur last day of internship!..on maybe on aug 14th after filing keke..

thanks thanks..but i havent exactly seen a hike in readership..still thanks to all my faithful readers..

:: Nicole :: said...

joe: u've been busy eating BUT never ajak me along! grrrrrrrrrrr.....

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

nicole: ok lar..pls email me ur contact details to chen_zhi_jun@hotmail.com .. will ajak u along when we have a makan session with my frens