Every shopping mall seems to be vying for best christmas decorations with their fantastic displays. I have visited Suria KLCC which boasts their yearly ginormous tree. This year round, it's decorated with white reindeers all the way till the top. The Curve has gone all blue and silver sparkly balls. I must admit the most impressive one I have seen so far are the Christmas decorations in Mid Valley Megamall. They had fashioned a quaint little gingerbread village in the concourse area, decorated the trees with peppermint swirls while iced cookies hang from the ceiling. No pictures of the village since I was rushing through the mall that day but if you do get a chance, do visit it. Yet to wander into 1 Utama but I did hear they're going for a Mickey Mouse theme this year.
Back to food, last weekend we made a trip through the crowds of people in Suria KLCC to visit the PIKOM fair. Luckily we had season parking or else it would have been a nightmare to find a space since everyone was there for the sales and the fair. It's been ages since we ate at California Pizza Kitchen hence we decided to drop by. As usual the place was packed with people. My favourite place to sit there is either near the windows where you see the fountains and the park or when there's limited space, on the bar counter. You get great service since you're just next to the bar and see the action in their open kitchen.
First up, we had their Avocado Club Egg Rolls which came stuffed with avocado, cheese, bacon bits and chopped tomatoes in a deep fried spring roll. I thought this wasn't really fantastic as the spring roll wasn't crispy enough.
As usual, we will start disagreeing on what we should order for pizza. I was keen to try the seasonal Turkey Calzone but Splashie Boy was veering towards the Sweet and Spicy Italian Sausage one. We eventually settled for the sausage pizza but it was really dissapointing. So little sausages and tons of onions instead. Even the crust was not as crispy as I remember it to be.
By then I was annoyed since I had better memories about this place. I also suspected we must have ordered a dud in their menu as I vaguely remember eating that pizza before and it definitely came out short the last time too. To test if the food had totally changed, we ordered a regular dish - Portobello Mushroom Ravioli with tomato sauce. Luckily this turned out as good as we remember. Chunks of portobello mushroom were stuffed with herbs and cheese in the ravioli and the tomato sauce was divine.
Not too sure if any of you are regulars at this place but I felt the food standard had dropped since they first started. This could be because the original kitchen crew had already moved on and it's a newish lot manning the kitchen. Do let me know your experiences at this place, if any. Would love to hear from you.
California Pizza Kitchen
Tel No: 03 - 2382 0802
*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.