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Review: Flavours of the Mediterranean by Armada Hotel Petaling Jaya

>> Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Utara Coffee House of Armada Hotel Petaling Jaya is inviting you on a journey to the Mediterranean through their selection of dishes, featuring Flavours of the Mediterranean :) Enjoy a variety of dishes with the Mediterranean touch from 1st October - 31st December 2013 at really affordable prices, starting from RM20.00++ a dish.

The spread features dishes from France, Greece, Italy, Spain & more. Extra virgin olive oil, tomatoes, olives, yogurt, cheese & seafood are key ingredients for Mediterranean-style dishes. So what are the dishes featured, you would wonder?

Spanakopites (RM20.00++/serving)
If you've a pie/pastry-lover, you'll love to sink your teeth into the crispy Filo pastry snack that wraps the medley of feta cheese, spinach & onions :) Inspired by the Greeks, this snack is very flavorful, fragrant & fresh to the palate.

Chicken Ala Provencale (RM23.00++/serving) 
A southeaster France specialty, this dish features a piece of succulent chicken breast roasted with fragrant red peppers (paprika) & basil, & served with black olives & basil cherry tomatoes. Garlic, tomatoes & olive oil make up the "tomato salsa look-alike" to give the dish a tangy touch.

Turkish Lamb (RM30.00++/serving)
Enjoy a trip to Turkey with this tender racks of lamb (New Zealand lamb) that's marinated overnight with black pepper corns, lemon & rosemary. The dish is served with cinnamon raisin rice to complete the meal :)  I felt that it could do with more 'juice' as it was a tad dry although still tender & pink.

Asparagus & Cheese Risotto (RM22.00++/serving)
Using the Arborio rice, an Italian short-grain rice, Chef Chew & his team has pulled off a simple yet delish risotto. The risotto is cooked perfectly that it's still chewy & even in the creamy, it didn't feel too starchy. Smooth, creamy texture - pretty good :)

Crustacean Platter (RM35.00++/serving)
This is one of the most common representations of Mediterranean food - seafood! You'll have the best of seafood variety all on one platter with the gratinated shrimp scampi served with pesto spaghetti, served together with the oyster Rockefeller - juicy oysters with creamy Parmesan cheese baked together to perfection, & marinated baby octopus ala Japanese on golden zucchini. My favorite - the oysters! :D *slurp*

Salmon Ratatouille (RM22.00++/serving)
For the health conscious, you won't be disappointed as the team at Armada Hotel Petaling Jaya did not miss your preference out of their promotion! This simple French-inspired grilled salmon with stir-fried vegetables in olive oil & tomato-based sauce will satisfy your every nutritional needs. The salmon is fresh, well done (not over-cooked & dry), & has a flaky texture that will put a smile on your face each time you take a mouthful. Least fattening dish on the promotional menu! :D 

Grilled Romesco Tiger Prawn (RM26.00++/serving)
Expect a freshly grilled large tiger prawn lying on a bed of pesto spaghetti, ready to be enjoyed by a hungry someone...ah, who can resist such 'invitation'? The prawn is cooked in the Romesco sauce, a nut & red pepper-based sauce from Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain, then topped with almonds, pine nuts, roasted garlic, roaster tomatoes, & extra virgin olive oil. Paired with the pasta, it's indeed a dish bursting in flavors in every bite.

Basil Scented Chicken Paprika (RM35.00++/serving)
Perfect for those who love some "lean & mean" poultry dish for a meal., this generous piece of chicken breast is pan-fried & served with some spinach risotto with some 'attitude' ;)  The risotto is cheesy but not over-powered by cheese - you'll just keep digging in for more! It accompanies the light, peppery chicken breasts, making the dish simple, yet sophisticated at the same time. 

Cake of the month: Carrot & Pineapple Cake (RM28.00++/800g cake or RM7.50++/slice)
We often hear the phrase, "save the best for the last" & yes, we had the opportunity to also taste Utara Coffee House's Carrot & Pineapple Cake!

Moist & fluffy cake :)
It didn't have as much grated carrots as I have expected & the taste of pineapples aren't very evident, but I can testify that the Mascarpon cheese topping + the "brown sugar" taste in the cake were not too bad a combination. It's a good dessert for those who like something not too sweet, slightly salty (from the cheese) & slightly tangy (also from the cheese topping). 

Head on to the Utara Coffee House to satisfy your cravings for Mediterranean cuisines. The prices are very affordable & you'll get to dine at a comfortable & relaxing ambiance restaurant as well. Enjoy!

Utara Coffee House
Hotel Armada Petaling Jaya
Lot 6, Lorong Utara C, Section 52
46200 Petaling Jaya
Tel: (+603) 7954 6888, ext 4557

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