Thursday, November 16, 2006

Izzi Pizza Pasta And Coffee @ Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

Since I have been featuring street food, I thought we should make a switch to cafe food for today. We tried this relatively new place sometime back hence I have fuzzy memories about it. Part of an Indonesian chain, this is their first venture in Malaysia. Although it's located at a really busy area on Jalan Sultan Ismail i.e. near Sari Ratu Grand Restaurant, this striking blue, yellow and red decorated restaurant also provides free valet parking. There's actually someone who parks the car right in front of the restaurant and looks after it which is good since looking for parking around this place can be a pain.

The place is enormous with three floors but we stuck to downstairs and al fresco since it was daytime. Upstairs, it's nicely decorated with long wooden benches and comfy sofas for people to chill out while the third floor is reserved for private functions. I love their toilets which are nicely decorated in grey slate tiles. When I was there, I immediately thought of
Tummythoz who loves to snap pictures of toilets. Am sure she would love to add this one into her collection.

The menu here offers Italian pizzas, pastas and Asian food. Kids eat for free if accompanied with adults hence this would be a great place for families to hang out. Pizzas come in two sizes - regular and large. We ordered a Beef n Izzi Pizza (RM21.80++) which came topped with lots of beef salami, spicy beef, Italian Sausage, their version of beef bacon known as smoked beef, mozzarella cheese and their own Izzi Spicy Barbeque Sauce. Absolutely delicioso and with the right combination of a thin crust and toppings. The spicy barbeque sauce may take some time to get used to though as it can be slightly sweet but I felt it was a nice blend of spicy and sweet. I definitely preferred it versus the usual barbeque sauce.

Pastas here are the usual Italian fare and we decided to go for something creamy to balance out the pizza - Baked Cheese Macaroni (RM13.80++). This was pretty good - I liked the not too rich tasting bechamel sauce. Only complaint was the portion was extremely tiny that you ended up craving for more.

Besides the Italian food, the Asian food items on the menu also look interesting with Wonton Noodles served with black bean sauce chicken, Cambodian chicken with lots of chillies, the classic Vietnamese Beef Bo Luc Lac and etc.

On the first floor, you see the open kitchen and a display cabinet for all their cakes which is made by their in house pastry chef. The cakes are in individual sizes and reminds one slightly of Bakerzin's offerings. We selected two varieties to try i.e. the Chocolate Bomb which was Valrhona chocolate mousse encased in a chocolate ganache. Dig in the middle and you find a crunchy praline surprise.

Also tried their Mango Mousse also another lookalike from Bakerzin but this time round I didn't like it as the sponge wasn't soft enough but too grainy. The mango mousse had too much gelatine in it making it slightly rubbery. Definitely not up to the standard of the best Mango Mousse cake which I reckon is from Chef Jerome's at Megan Phileo Avenue.

Overall, we liked this place and keep telling ourselves we need to revisit it. Sadly we haven't because everytime there's always somewhere new which we wish to try.

Izzi Pizza Pasta and Coffee
44-2A, 44-3A and 44-4A
Jalan Sultan Ismail
Kuala Lumpur

Tel No: 03 - 2141 4111

(Further details can be found on their
website. They also do delivery around the area.)

*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review.

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flymeng said...

The pizza looks good with beef salami and bacon. I think I can eat the whole pie. The chocolate dessert has an interesting design. KL just has so many places to eat, simply amazing.

Anonymous said...

i am eyeing on da dessert!!!!! seriously, it looks quite da same from Bakerzin.....

boo_licious said...

flymeng - their beef bacon is actually good, looks like the real thing too.

meiyen - LOL, nowadays I think a lot of people copy the style. Sadly most times taste not there as Bakerzin's cakes are really unique. I tried their Black Forest Cake which was so good.

Tummythoz said...

Haha, see toilet, remember me. Don't really have a nice ring to it now, does it?! =] Thx for d thot tho. => Frankly, remember Sari Ratu Grand but just can't recall seeing this. *scratch head* Colour blind, maybe?

Jackson said...

wow....The baked cheese macaroni look good too.... Yum yum....By the way, how much is their cake a?

boo_licious said...

tummythoz - Sorry but it's the truth. This place is between Sari Ratu Grand and Lot 10, can't miss the colours.

jackson - Not too sure as I lost the receipt, think it's cheaper than Bakerzin though.

PabloPabla said...

Ar? Now only I know Tummythoz is a lady :P I should have guessed the teddy bear.

Collecting Moments said...

Hey, I always pass by this place but didnt get to check it out. After reading your review boo, i think i will. I heard its free wifi too, rite? Hows the environment? Nice? comfy seats?

boo_licious said...

pablopabla - Yeah, she's a lady so better treat her well.

honeystar - do try it, environment is nice esp upstairs.

Unknown said...

If anyone goes and is unsure about starters, I would recommend the vietnamese srping rolls. Fresh, not deep-fried, allows the flavours to come through properly.

boo_licious said...

thxs for the recommendation tigerjoe. Will give the spring rolls a try the next time we eat here.

indah_tip said...

i'd like to try asian yummy...just try it boo...^_^

Dory said...

do we need to reserve in advanced if we have about 30 persons?

Unknown said...

Hey, what a great looking pizza. Glad the challenge worked out ok for you!

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