Thursday, December 07, 2006

Pizza and Pasta @ California Pizza Kitchen, Suria KLCC, KL

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
First Level
Park Mall
Suria KLCC
Kuala Lumpur

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.

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Babe_KL said...

i thot their standard had dropped since a couple of years back, hence did not return

Flower said...

When I was pregnant with my first one, I love visiting CPK. My fav. was ravioli with portobello mushroom and their plain pizza. Both eaten together with ice lemon tea. I love eating at that time and I was lucky that I didnt put on much weight compare to the amount of food I can stuff myself with.

Anonymous said...

Luckily, the salads there are still pretty yummy...
... although the amount of meat on each serving seems to have shrunk some what.

(.. and thanks for the link!)

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed eating here in the earlier years. Have not been back there for awhile. I agree with you, the food standard keeps dropping on each of my subsequent visits.

J said...

I lived in KL for a year and appreciate the great food pics on your site! Wish I had found it while I was there...

Anyway just commenting to let you know "chuffed" means happy lah.

teckiee said...

yup yup agree with the standards. Everything there is so so to bad now.

Jackson said...

Totally agree with u that their standard had dropped.

Anonymous said...

like that see kiau kiau liau loh, cannot last another Xmas loh ...

c a r c a r said...

hey thanks for the info, i used to visit this place very often last time, their food are pretty good and satisfying, but not now i think... after i stop visiting since two yrs back...

boo_licious said...

babe - it wasn't so bad last time but since the old crew left, I think not so great nowadays.

flower - wow! I guess yr first kid loves food since it gave you such cravings. I personally love their ravioli a lot, it's always an essential order for me.

J - yeah, the food seems to really shrink in this outlet.

wmw - yeah but the place seems to be still packed though.

J - thxs for the tip. Will change that. My Brit slang is really slipping.

teckiee and jackson - wah! at this rate no one will visit this place.

bsg gang - tonixe, how come you change name? Now group effort hence group pix?

carcar - I guess stds have really dropped based on everyone's comment.

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