Written & Reviewed by Choy Kwok Ming
Recently, I was asked to try out DV Ristorante Pizzeria’s Christamas Eve Dinner menu. For those who have never been there, DV is a lovely, airy restaurant located in the suburbs of Bukit Damansara. Situated next to the school field of SK Bukit Damansara, it occupies an end lot of a short row of shops. It is not hard to find, if you are familliar with the area or with waze. Because it’s in a quiet neighbourhood, parking was not an issue. Specialising in Italian fare, I observed a clientllle of mainly expats, tucking into simple Italian dishes such as pizzas and pastas. They even constructed a wood oven to cater to the pizza purists.
On to the dinner. The proposed dinner would consist of a 4-course menu, with a complimentary glass of Prosecco, an Italian sparkling white wine.
The starter: Bresaola Wrapped Scallops
Breasola is an air-dried, salted beef. Here, the chef has paired it with succulent scallops, laid on a bed of arugula, Sicilian blood oranges and shaved pecorino. I loved the way the tangy blood orange marinade gave the mild tasting scallops a sourish sweet twist on the tongue. The scallops were further enhanced by a sweet, musty smell from the bresaola. Definately an enticing starter.
The entree: Tortelloni in double boiled consomme. This is a tradisional home made tortelloni (a ring shaped pasta), stuffed in chicked and beef ham, served in a rich broth. The tortelloni reminded me of the famous Chinese xiao long bao, where the broth was the star of the show. Unlike xiao lung bao, DV’s entree came with generous helpings of broth. The broth was rich and delicious, and I actually finish it before biting into the sweet tortelloni. A touch of pepper would have given the broth a little more character, me thinks.
The main course: A choice of either Bollito Misto, Veal Involtini or Monk fish fillet. Bollito Misto was the first main course option on the list. It is a simple dish of selected meats that has been simmered for a few hours to extract, and be served in its own delicious broth. The chef had placed before us a plate of beef cheek, ox tongue and chicken and beef sausage, served with a side dish of pickles. This dish was easily my favorite and I loved the meats.
Eaten with the pickles, I enjoyed how the sourness of the pickles complemented the beefiness of the meats. The cheek and tongue almost melted in my mouth, after having been boiled for so long. The resulting broth was equally sumptuous, though an added sprinkling of earthly herbs would have enriched the broth further.
The second option was Veal Involtini. Basically, it is DV’s version of veal roulade accompanied with seared foie gras. In this dish, the chef had created a stuffing that comprised of organic spinach, silver anchovies and sauteed shallots. The veal, while enjoyable and beautifully presented, was mild tasting, and was easily overpowered by the rich, melt-in-your-mouth foie gras.
The third option, was the Monk fish fillet. The monk fish is native to the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Having a texture that is medium in firmness, the chef had decided to pan sear this fish and serve it with scallops, mixed lentils and asparagus tips. A mild tasting dish, it does go well with the Prosecco.
The dessert: Panettone. Panetone is a form of sweet bread loaf originally from Milan, traditionally served at Christmas time. At DV’s, the chef served the panetone with vanilla sauce and chocolate. Utterly sinful and decadent. The sweet bread soaks up the rich vanilla sauce and melts your heart with every heart warming bite. It reminded me of how I used to pour sweetened condensed milk all over soft, fluffy, raisin sweet buns when I was a child.
If the set dinner is insufficent to appease your craving for Italian cuisine, DV also has a wide selection of pasta, pizza and main courses. I sampled thier Prosciutto e Funghi, Risotto ai Funghi and Spaghetti allo Scoglio. While I found the rice in the risotto a bit rougher than what I am used to, I was amazed at how the chef managed to bring out the wonderful mushroom flavours in their dishes. Definately something to sample again in the future.
DV’s Christmas eve dinner is priced at RM170+ for adults while kids below 12 enjoy a special price of RM60+. Its definately value for money for a traditional Italian Christmas eve dinner.
DV Ristorante Pizzeria
65-77, Jalan Setia Bakti,
50490 Kuala Lumpur
GPS coordinates: Latitude 3o09’19.9 Longitude 101o39’21.5