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Avanti Italian-American Restaurante @ Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa

It all began with a sudden crave for steak. Ever since I had the slab of Maria’s heavenly Charbroil Australian Wagyu steak, there was no turning back – I am now a Wagyu Steak convert. To fulfill my desire for this expensive luxury food I went to Avanti, an Italian-American restaurant in Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa. Instead of the many other well known and established steakhouse like Prime at Le Meridien, I chose Avanti simply because of its location.
I didn’t have the mood nor patience to get through the traffic jam leading to KL’s city center, especially on a Friday night. Besides, I didn’t read any complaints on the restaurant’s food after Googling around so I thought it should be alright. Sadly I went home a disappointed, a few hundred bucks poorer and did not had my cravings fulfilled, at all.

spicy-seafood-soup

The night started well though, with unlimited supply of crusty bread to go with the tuna or dipping them in olive oil while we waited for our main courses to arrive. Our soup – Southern Italian Spicy Seafood Soup was perhaps the dish we enjoyed the most throughout the night.
Being robust and flavorful, a blend of different seafood like scallop, prawn and squid are prepared along with a generous amount of sliced shallot. Since this is fine dining it shouldn’t be surprising that a serving like this cost RM29. Did your jaw drop? lol.

wagyu-beef-tenderloin

Among the choices of Chateaubriand (beats me), Entrecote Double (omg what is this lol), Beef Tenderloin, Rib Eye and Strip-Loin, I chose Grilled Australian Chilled Wagyu Beef Tenderloin for being the most tender part of the beef.
For RM98 you get a 220gm tenderloin marinated with jalapenos, Tabasco and soya sauce, which is served with grilled Roma tomato, corn on the cob, mashed potato and choice of mushroom sauce, black pepper sauce or tarragon bearnaise (I have absolutely no idea)

wagyu-beef

While the tenderloin was tender and cooked perfectly pink inside, the taste was utterly disappointing. It tasted bitter with little beef flavor, let alone Wagyu. Maybe because I am new to this fine dining thingy, or maybe I don’t know how to admire Avanti’s grilled Wagyu, but I couldn’t find myself enjoying it at all.
And realizing that each bite I took (that I didn’t like) was costing me RM10 or more, it was certainly adding insult to injury.

australian-seabass

SL ordered a pan fried Australian Sea Bass weighing 200gm @ RM56 that night. Before being pan fried, the fillet was marinated with lime juice and cilantro, then served with Lemon Butter Sauce. It was not bad, but nothing worth writing home about either. Still, it fared much better if compared to my pitiful Grilled Wagyu Tenderloin.

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avanti-italian-restaurant

If it was any consolation, at least the live band was great, service was top notch and the well-decorated restaurant was a beautiful sight to behold. After lamenting this disappointing experience to a friend who have dined here before, I gathered from him that the kitchen had a change of chef not long before we went.
Now, that explains the dip in food quality. If that’s really the case, I guess I was really unlucky not being able to catch the original chef when he was around. Because according to my friend the food was excellent before this. Sigh, if only I knew this earlier.

Avanti Italian-American Restaurante (Website)
Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa
Contact: 03 7492 8000 Ext. 3176
Business Hours
Lunch: 12.00noon – 2.30pm (Tue – Fri & Sun)
Dinner: 6.30pm – 9.30pm (Tue – Sun)
Closed on Saturday for lunch, and on Monday for lunch and dinner

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  1. 60 mos, 2 wks ago

    im sure the taste meant its not fresh beef? nothing to do with the chef?

  2. 60 mos, 2 wks ago

    Guess now when we google, your post will be a good indication of their Wagyu. I think Angus Steak House or Jakes Chargrilled Steak should be good, especially their Wagyu. I haven’t eat that before but the normal steak is already quite good.

  3. 60 mos, 2 wks ago

    Do they still have the singing chefs there? I liked their Sunday lunch buffet last time.

  4. 60 mos, 2 wks ago

    Hi foong, there was no singing chefs, but a singing captain lol

  5. may
    60 mos, 2 wks ago

    Maria’s steaks are still the best! never fail me =D

  6. 60 mos, 2 wks ago

    glad that Maria’s making it big over in Klang valley.
    seriously, the place looks posh enough for a fine dinner for two.
    pity about the wagyu though. did you ask the chef or lodge a complaint?

  7. 60 mos, 2 wks ago

    Possible, it could be because of bad seasoning as well. I will never know now.

  8. 60 mos, 2 wks ago

    I haven’t tried the really well established steakhouses yet eg Prime, but so far Maria’s the best for me

  9. 60 mos, 2 wks ago

    Nope, we just paid and left. I take it as a bad luck. The restaurant is really lovely though.

  10. 60 mos, 2 wks ago

    Have heard only good things about Avanti so this is disappointing to see… but seeing that I don’t eat beef, unlimited supply of the seafood soup will be good enough for me!

  11. the real red
    60 mos, 2 wks ago

    After reading your blog, I realized that, if YOU DO NOT KNOW what a Entrecote double or sauce bernaise is, you should not write about food, since you have no idea what you are doing.

    Reading this, is like reading about monkeys in space

  12. 60 mos, 2 wks ago

    It’s great to know you know what that sauce is, I am new to fine dining. And like I have always said, I am just a blogger, not any food critic. If you think only food critics can blog, then this blog is not intended for you to read.

  13. the fake red
    60 mos, 2 wks ago

    dun troll i tell u

  14. 60 mos, 2 wks ago

    Not everything in the Internet is correct and also not everyone knows every single thing.

    A food blogger is definitely not the same with a food critic. What does blog means? lol…

    Btw, VK, your pictures looks great. :)

  15. 60 mos, 2 wks ago

    what is entrecote ? am too lazy to google that, perhaps u sir can enlighten me by allowing me to view some of your writeups ? that wud be utterly impressive and enlightening.

  16. 60 mos, 2 wks ago

    Dear VK,

    We’d like to extend our appreciation for your candid comments pertaining to your recent dining experience at the Avanti Italian-American Ristorante. Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa takes all guest feedback seriously, and views them as an opportunity to better meet guests’ expectations in the future.

    We recognise that the Grilled Australian Chilled Wagyu Beef Tenderloin was a little out of the norm the day that you dined with us. However, it would be our distinct pleasure to invite you back to dine with us upon the arrival of our new Italian chef on 1 December 2009. Chef Claudio comes with a great flair and passion for preparing Italian cuisine, and we are certain that you will have an enjoyable meal indeed.

    Do let us know when we can expect you back.

    Yours sincerely,

    ROLF JAEGGI
    Executive Chef
    Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa

  17. 60 mos, 2 wks ago

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  18. Sonic
    60 mos, 1 wk ago

    the foods there not bad , been there a few times .especially the buffet, heh.

  19. 53 mos, 3 wks ago

    so, VK, will you give second chance for this restaurant?lol
    .-= jeffrey´s last blog ..Italiannies@Sunway Pyramid =-.

  20. 28 mos, 2 wks ago

    Thanks for sharing!!!
    was considering to cele my hubby burffday there, but give up now. :)
    JM´s last blog post ..Grill Pork Ribs make easy!!

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