Cata, Bukit Damansara

November 17, 2019

Cata brings a Mediterranean mood to Bukit Damansara, revelling in inspirations from the osterias of Italy, France's bistros and Spanish tabernas.

This could soon deservedly be a neighbourhood favourite - the pizzas crackle with pizzazz, thanks to the synergy of a crust that lacks neither flavour nor texture, shored up by toppings that nod to the legacies of Calabria, Sardinia and beyond, including 'nduja salume, pecorino cheese, pancetta and San Marzano tomato sauce (RM42 for the meat lover's Carne pizza).

The rest of the menu struts out hot and cold tapas; the potato gnocchi could nonetheless be a full meal on its own - convincingly done, not mushy or stodgy, complete with brown butter, baby artichokes, anchovies, sage and capers, pretty much as good as gnocchi can get in the Klang Valley (RM38).

Other temptations span French-style escargot to moules marinieres, crab meat croquettes to duck confit with roasted radicchio and cannellini beans, Spanish charred padron peppers to patatas bravas, best washed down perhaps with a satisfying Sangria (RM25) or Catalan wine (RM28).

Cata Restaurant

50-G, Plaza Damansara, Jalan Medan Setia 2, Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur. Open Tues-Sun, 5pm-12am.

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