Italian Prosecco Brunch at Villa Danieli, Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur

[Review]

 

Villa Danieli has long been one of my favourite Italian restaurants in Kuala Lumpur, largely due to the fact that it’s a free-standing trattoria hence you don’t feel like you’re walking into a commercial restaurant but more like into a Tuscany styled Italian cottage in the countryside. Of course through the years chefs have come and gone hence the style of the dishes changes a bit – from very traditional to the slightly more modern (while keeping to the authentic fundamentals of Italian cuisine of course) and everything in between.

 

Chef Gaetano Di Stefano (left)

 

I was very blessed to be able to try Chef Gaetano Di Stefano’s (the current chef at Villa Danieli) creations at two (2) different events over the past year namely:

Dining in the company of gourmands at the Chaine Des Rotisseurs “An Italian Christmas Affair” Dinner

https://timchew.net/2016/12/21/chaine-des-rotisseurs-an-italian-christmas-affair-dinner/

“A Chanterelle Affair” featuring a very mushroom inspired dinner

https://timchew.net/2016/07/13/july-happenings-at-sheraton-imperial-kuala-lumpur-hotel/

Gaetano cooks up authentic and traditional Italian favorites, with signature dishes like Pappardelle with Lobster in Tomato Basil Sauce, Oyster and Sea Urchins Risotto and Pizza Siciliana. However being (relatively) young, he is not afraid to be adventurous and incorporate modern ingredients or cooking styles into his dishes, especially for special menus or occasions.

He began his culinary journey when he was 20 years old at the Stagione Estiva “Fiat Playa”, Punta Marana, Italy. He developed a profound passion for cooking, which drove him to many towns and cities in Italy to obtain valuable knowledge from well-known chefs all-over before exploring the world.

He started as a Commis de Cuisine at the Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz, Gozo, Malta, and wa eventually promoted to become the restaurant’s Chef de Partie. He then joined the Sheraton Jumeirah Resort & Towers in Dubai, United Arab Emirates as Sous Chef and was in charge of the Italian Ciao restaurant. In 2014, he was appointed the Italian Chef for Hilton Labriz, Seychelles, Silhouette Island before coming to Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur to helm the kitchen at Villa Danieli.

This time round, we headed over to try Villa Danieli’s brunch which runs from 11.00am until 3.00pm every Sunday. This is no ordinary brunch as while parents dine-in, a fun and exciting cooking class will run by Chef Gaetano, teaching the little ones cooking tips and tricks during the Italian Prosecco Brunch time from 11am till 3pm. Working in teams of two to four, children will be taught to prepare simple and easy recipes which they can try at home. The cooking class is held in Villa Danieli’s kitchen, and participants are presented with Sheraton Hotel’s apron, a Chef hat as well as taking away the prepared food back home. Each Sunday will feature different recipes that the little ones can learn and enjoy.

Back to the brunch, there’s a Villa Sommeliar Apperitif Selection@Bianco Bar in Villa Danieli from 11.00am to 12.00pm afterwhich you can enjoy the brunch where a wide selection of fresh baked pastries and antipasto, a la’-carte dishes and fruits, desserts and free flowing Prosecco awaits!

The salad and antipasto bar serves appetisers such as the Confit Baby Octopus with Kalamata Olive, Chargrilled Cod with Potatoes, Cannelini Beans with Baked Salted Ricotta Cheese and EVOO, Homemade Smoked Salmon with Capers, Beef Carpaccio with Mustard Dressing and more. There’s also an assorted selection of freshly shucked oysters which is extremely popular (but is constantly refilled), Boston Lobster Ravioli with Shimeji Butter Sauce, Honey Pumpkin with Gorgonzola Soup, Red Mullet with Garlic Crostini and Steamed Fresh Mussel with White wine.

 

These were very fresh and as expected – very popular among diners. But fret not as they are constantly replenished.

Best enjoyed with toms bubbly Prosecco!

Or even some cocktails!

Smoked duck – tender and flavourful!

Fresh seafood galore!

Loads of cheese!

 

Accompaniments for the cheese

Freshly baked bread!

The pizza oven

The pizza was totally unlike the commercial/ fast food ones. Baked to perfection and smothered with melting cheese!

The carving station had tender roast beef with side dishes like roasted pumpkin

Seared tuna – a really pretty sight!

The salad bar for those who like their greens

The culinary team hard at work preparing the food for us. As the restaurant has an open kitchen, it can be quite fascinating watching the chefs in action!

  

The main a la’-carte dishes are freshly made to order and includes Homemade Squid Ink Fettucine Aglio Olio with Salmon Roe, Sauteed fresh Clam with Garlic, Coriander and Saffron Jus, Rosemary Marinated Lamb Rib on Roasted Garlic Potato, Shallot Red Wine Sauce and Dried Fruit Salsa and Grilled Loin Strip with Parmesan-Potato Pave, Balsamic Braised Yellow Onion and Porcini Jus.

 

Live band duo – Tango performs some soothing tunes during the brunch to keep guests entertained

The made to order appetisers were served in mini form which was great as we could try more dishes! VIlla Danieli’s famous mushroom soup (luxurious with lovely hints of truffle oil) is a must have though so don’t skip it!

The lasagna was the star main of the day. As a lasagna lover, I must say that this was the best that I’ve ever had. Cheesy, flavourful and loaded with meat.

The risotto was also extremely delicious and loaded with seafood!

A traditional branzino

The grilled seafood platter was also pretty good!

The pasta was cooked al dente which is not cooked through, the traditional Italian way. The Malaysian way though is to cook it to death until it becomes totally limp and soggy.

The squid rings may look a bit burnt but they somehow were not!

For dessert, there’s an array of Western-style mousses and creams, flans, tarts, cakes and crumbles and ice cream!

 

A puff pastry filled with dark chocolate!

 

Unlike many seafood buffets out there which usually becomes quite a “pasar malam” or market as guests rush for the premium food items like oysters, etc.etc., the buffet at Villa Danieli was very civilised. In fact the atmosphere was very relaxed with groups of friends and families enjoying the fare, as well as the live band. We did notice a group of aunties however they were not the noisy kind although I’m sure they exchanged lots of juicy gossip.

I must say that this was a very relaxing and enjoyable brunch where we took our time to savour the food with lots of bubbly in between. Definitely a very nice place to bring your loved one or friends for an afternoon of good food, company and conversations!

 

Price

RM148 nett/person, RM74 nett/kid (9-12 years old) – Food Only

RM248 nett/person – Sommelier’s Red & White Wine Selection, Beer, Soft Drinks and Chilled juices, Coffee & Tea

RM336 nett/person – Prosecco, Sommelier’s Red & White Wine Selection, Beer, Soft Drinks and Chilled juices, Coffee & Tea

Every Sunday, 11:00am to 3:00pm

 

Hours :

Lunch-11.00a.m to 3.00p.m (Mon-Sat & Public holiday)

Dinner-6.30p.m to 10.00p.m (Daily)

Shisha Lounge-11.00a.m to 10.00p.m

Villa Sommeliar Apperitif Selection@Bianco Bar – 11.00 a.m – 12.00 p.m (Sunday)

Phone : +603 2717 9922 , +6032717 9900

Website : www.villadanielirestaurant.com/

Email : villa.danieli@sheraton.com

 

Thanks for having us!

 

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