Il Tempio @ Ampang

January 22, 2010

One of KL's best-looking and most unique Italian restaurants.

Il Tempio's setting is wide open yet strangely intimate, living up to its boast of being a jungle oasis hidden a short drive from the city centre. Service is exemplary.

Both the complimentary bread and amuse bouche of pecorino cheese were perfect appetite-whetters. Interestingly enough, they even gave us separate bread platters.

Pumpkin gnocchi with duck breast confit, leek sauce & thyme. A hearty serving; the subtly sweet pumpkin was a pleasant change from the potatoes that often go into gnocchi. Went well with the chunky, tender duck meat.

Saffron risotto with salmon carpaccio & chives. Not too thrilling; the scent of saffron wasn't potent enough, while the salmon could have been fresher.

Ravioli stuffed with ricotta & spinach, tossed in sage & parmesan sauce. Nice combo; the ravioli was light & fluffy, the stuffing had robust flavours, the sauce was slick & buttery.

Morton Estate Brut, Marlborough.

Il Tempio,
Taman TAR, Ampang.