Mediteca at Fraser Place is merely 5 minutes walk from KLCC. The restaurant specialises in Mediterranean and South European cuisine. Mediteca is no stranger to foodies who appreciate good food and wine as they offer wide varieties of tapas and wine.
Just mention the name, Mediteca, and I will get “Ohh.. The restaurant with good looking chef/founder..” and “The yummy ham you must have and check out the chef!” Wow ladies.. Hold your ovaries. So, what about the food? Should be good too, right?
Thanks to Evelyn for extending the dinner invitation. I get to sample the new menu at Mediteca and Chef’s specialties. Quite a feast to the eyes. I mean, the food was handsome. I mean it was #foodgasm. Ahh.. Nevermind! *sips drink*
Upon arrival, I was served with a glass of Prosecco – crisp and bubbly. A rewarding prize after braving through the traffic after work.
Never start drinking with an empty stomach. We have a basket of fresh homemade bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar to nibble while waiting for the first course.
Truth to be told, I always had the impression that Mediteca is a place for a romantic dining atmosphere, where love birds will indulge in themselves, but I have mistaken. It doesn’t matter if its a meal for one or two, even better if you’re here in a group. That way you get to sample more dishes and share a bottle or two or more.
Pan Con Tomate Y Serrano means toasted bread topped with Serrano ham, chopped tomatoes and dehydrated tomato skin. Looking at it at first made me just want to pinch the ham and eat it on its own without the toast, but it is the toast that complements the ham well to go with the bubblies.
The Arancini comes in a pair of deep fried riceballs with mozzarella and ham. A mouthful of cheesy ham bomb! Take a bite of the ball and a sip of Prosecco and you will find how well it rolls in your mouth.
Petite Croquettes made with spinach, potato and garlic, topped sundried tomato paste. Delightful cheesy bite. It’s so veggie, I feel guilt-free eating it.
Yet another bread based dish is this Crostone which comes in a block which looked like it came out fresh from the oven. A sneak peak of porchetta can be seen under the generous melted cheese.
Beautiful Beetroot Salad – baked beetroot, baby spinach, tomato, leek and sausage. These beetroots are specially imported from Australia. Baked in salt to rid the earthy taste. I’m not a fan of beetroot because it has really strong earthy taste but Mediteca just got my interest in liking their Beetroot Salad.
As we proceed to the first course, we switched to Chilean white wine, Santa Carolina Gran Vino Blanco. The wine has a pale golden yellow appearance and it shows intense tropical fruit, flowers and soft citrusy aromas and flavours. An ideal pair with salad, fish and seafood.
Pasta Fruitti di Mare is a hearty “fregola” pasta baked with seafood and a tomato based “cartoccio” style. Fregola pasta looks and texture is similar to barley. It’s a seafoody affair in a bag. Delicious and fresh squid, clams, mussels and prawns makes it even more delectable.
This simple looking baked maccheroni smells so good! Name sounded like Macaroni and yes, it is macaroni and made similar to mac and cheese but more awesome. The Maccheroni consists of mac, cheese, walnut, breadcrumbs and parsley.
The Risotto Milano is so comforting and delicious! Perfectly done saffron risotto with seared pork sausages that keeps you scooping in as every bite is rich and cheesy.
When you start on red, you go red all the way. Here we have the 2012 Bodegas Carlos Serres Tempranillo Rioja Old Vines from Spain. Fruity and best paired with any kinds of red meat such as beef, lamb and even pork (even though it’s not red).
The Moroccan consists of lamb rump served with stuffed capsicum. Something new.. My first time having capsicum stuffing and it was exquisite! The capsicum flavours sink into the stuffing and pairs well with the juicy and succulent lamb rump.
When the Seared Beef Entrecôte was served on our table, I couldn’t help but drooling over at the oozing goat cheese on the steak. Served with mashed pumpkin at the side, the steak was perfectly done – pinkish meat, juicy and succulent. Just want to suck all the meat juices and swirl with wine in your mouth. Divine.
At this point, we were all very full but there’s always room for desserts. Other than well fed with excellent food, desserts here are absolutely fantastic.
I normally don’t order Apple Tart for desserts as I find it very filling and usually have it for tea breaks. But I’m glad we had it for desserts and it is great for sharing basis. Apple, sable and cinnamon are well balanced and I love the tart shell (which is rare) for it’s buttery and rich texture.
I don’t mind having the Mille Foglie all to myself. It’s like a tower of crispy sandwich with tropical fillings. Delicious lime custard and glazed pineapple with slices of grapes. Simply delicious and I love the delicate crispy mille foglie.
So for those of you who crave authentic Italian Mediterranean and of course some porky goodness then Mediteca is the place for you! Well, what more can I say? It’s one #flowersbloomfromears dining experience.
Happy hours promotion is from 5pm to 8pm. Kick your heels off and drown yourself with Mediteca’s Italian cocktails and enjoy a delicious spread of tapas and snacks from their counter with no additional charges! Every last Thursday of the month is Jazz Night at Mediteca. There are drinks and wine promotions. So, stay tuned to the next post as I share my dining experience with Mediteca’s Gypsy Jazz & Wine Swirl with Douch Manouche.
Monday-Saturday: 11.30am till late
Sunday: 5pm till late
Lot 163, Fraser Place
(5 minutes’ walk from KLCC)
GPS Coordinates: 3.154342, 101.708685
Tel: +603 2181 2426