If you’re in Kuala Lumpur and have an insatiable attraction to wine-pairing dinners, the city is a great place to be at. Just awhile ago, we had the pleasure of experiencing Villa Danieli’s Spanish Wine, Italian Dine wine-pairing dinner featuring Pares Balta, Dominio Romano and Grata Vinum wines together with specially selected dishes from the restaurant.

The Place: 

The restaurant is just by the poolside on level 5 of Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur.
The restaurant is just by the poolside on level 5 of Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur.

Villa Danieli is a charming stand-alone restaurant located on level five of Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur, just by the poolside. The interior is cosy and inviting, with a wood-fire oven and open kitchen in plain sight. Come evenings, lighted candles offer a more romantic ambience as you take it all in — the traditional Italian-styled wall mural by Mindy Lehrman Cameron, the high ceiling in the middle of the room, and the wonderful-smelling food set in front of you.

The Dish:

This is the grilled scampi served with cauliflower mousse, black caviar and gazpacho sauce.
This is the grilled scampi served with cauliflower mousse, black caviar and gazpacho sauce.

The menu of the night consisted of five courses, each including a carefully selected Spanish wine. We started with a Scampi Alla Griglia (Grilled Scampi served with cauliflower mousse, black caviar and gazpacho sauce) paired with the Parés Baltà Blanc De Pacs 2012, Prellada, Macabeu & Xarel-lo; which had a surprising amount of spice coming from the gazpacho that mixed well with the saltiness of the black caviar, and the smooth creaminess of the cauliflower mousse.

The other courses include an Essenza Di Finocchio (fennel essence served with homemade tortellini stuffed with cod and lemon) paired with Parés Baltà Ros De Pacs 2013, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Syrah; Ravioli di Vitello (Veal Ravioli served with celeriac truffle puree, dried cherry tomatoes and veal jus) paired with Camino Romano Tinto Fino 2014; a Filetto Di Manzo In Crosta Di Erbe (Black Angus tenderloin with herb crust served with Sicilian caponata and rosemary beef jus) paired with GrataVinum 2πr 2010, Garnatxa, Carinyena, Cabernet Sauvignon & Syrah; and a dessert of a Pera Cotta Con Mirtilli Rossi (cranberry poached pear served with vanilla ice cream).

The lemon thyme sorbet is by far, one of our favourite palate cleansers.
The lemon thyme sorbet is by far, one of our favourite palate cleansers.

The tortellini stuffed with cod and lemon was refreshing and interesting, we could clearly taste the lemon zest and we really enjoyed savouring it together with its wine counterpart, the Parés Baltà Ros De Pacs 2013, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Syrah. We also loved the veal ravioli and all the homey, heartwarming feelings it induced. The ravioli was tender, juicy and creamy enough to make us want more (despite our stomachs protesting from lack of capacity), together with the Camino Romano Tinto Fino 2014.

Verdict:

It was truly a night of fantastic Italian dining and Spanish wining. The menu we tasted was priced at RM350 nett per person and if you’re interested in joining or organising your own wine-pairing dinners, the team at Villa Danieli will be happy to help. Overall, we enjoyed the food and wine very much. You should definitely pay Villa Danieli a visit once if you haven’t, for a fix of good, Italian food.

Villa Danieli, Level 5, Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 3 2717 9922, www.villadanielirestaurant.com