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Le Méridien
Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur
Favola means fable in Italian and the experience begins as the diner walks through the open galleries into a rustic Italian setting reminiscent of the renaissance era. Over 60 dishes of hearty Italian specialties in addition to an extensive variety of antipasti are featured in this exciting and unorthodox menu. Guests can take their pick of antipasti (Italian appetizers) from the Crudo Bar, a relaxed area where one can enjoy espresso or Limoncello and delicious nibbles.

For a light and fulfilling lunch, one can opt for the delicate yet surprisingly substantial Scampi Crostini with prawns, roasted bell peppers and melting Pesto Mozzarella on crisp Foccacia bread or Conchiglioni Marinara Al Cartoccio, shell pasta baked in a parcel with seafood, both served piping hot from the oven. Those who prefer a more wholesome lunch can indulge in the Baked Lasagne layered with coarsely chopped braised Wagyu beef cheek, cheese crust and truffle oil and soft Potato Gnocchi with delicate Crab Dumplings. The Fiorentina Pizza with spinach, Portobello, mozzarella, Parmesan cheese and tomatoes topped with a sunny side up and creamy Wild Mushroom Risotto are just two of the many choices of vegetarian specialties packed with luxuriant flavour that will have one ordering it again at the first opportunity.

More luscious fare awaits at dinner as Favola pays homage to time-honoured favourites from Venice with signature dishes such as Mussels stuffed with chicken in tangy tomato sauce and Vongole al Casino, large juicy Clams gratinated with beef bacon, paprika and parmesan-garlic crumbs. Both combines different textures to stimulate the taste buds and especially interesting is the seared plump Scallops which lies on what looks like risotto but is actually a bed of creamed cauliflower infused with truffles. Epicureans will revel in the rich and velvety Pot Roasted Lamb Shank with cilantro gremolata, or the succulent Veal Osso Bucco, which is both delicious and comforting.

There should always be room for dessert and one should not miss the chance to sample the Illy inspiredTiramisu, a modern take on the traditional favourite with layers of soft sponge soaked in freshly brewed Illy coffee, panna cotta, mascarpone foam and topped with cookie croutons and the Cassata made with rich Häagen Dazs Vanilla, Strawberry and Pistachio ice-cream.

Those who work in or around the Kuala Lumpur Sentral precinct can now be spoilt for choice with this new Italian winner. Not only does the food speak for itself, the spirit of dining is characterised by playful indulgence, togetherness and comfort to create the warmth and spirit of an Italian family meal.

Favola is located at level 8, Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur and is open for lunch and dinner daily (except Saturday lunch) and seats 75 persons. The private dining room is divisible into 2 with different themes and can accommodate up to 20 persons. Discover the passion of Italian dining at Favola where bold simple flavours of regional cuisines and great stories are shared.