As mentioned in my earlier post, Tanzini is an Italian fine dining restaurant at GTower. Thanks to the effective marketing and advertising it has become one of the most talked about restaurant in the city. Also, being located at the 28th and 29th floor of GTower automatically grants the diners a spectacular view of the city’s night skyline, guaranteed to provide a pleasant end to your evening.
“From Fram to Table” – it is Tanzini’s motto, to source for fresh and quality ingredients only to be used in their dishes. The kitchen is helmed by Chef Woraphong who has had 23 years of experience in culinary and has worked in various 5-star hotels in Thailand. Ambiance here is simple and unassuming but does not lack elegance.
Complimentary Mushroom Focaccia filled with roasted peppers and mozzarella cheese before the meal starts. Thick and moist with a chewy texture, it is the classic accent to any Italian meal.
Soft Shell Crab Salad @ RM26, served on a bed of organic salad leaves, baby potatoes, fennel and tomato culls. It won’t win in terms of flavor because it is very light on the palate.
Tanzini’s Antipasti Tower (RM50) actually comes in a three tiered platter plated with the chef’s specials of the day. I did not really enjoy this because the meat’s strong ordor was a huge turn off for me. Maybe it is an acquired taste.
Wild Mushroom Zuppe @ RM22, hearty and full of body. The herby flavored broth, made using fresh Porcini, Shitake and Eringi is further scented with a small piece of truffle.
The Cioppino is an Italian tomato-based soup cooked using different combinations of fish and shellfish. It is delightfully tantalizing and we particularly enjoyed the sweet scallop.
As for main course, I had the Aged Wagyu Tenderloin served with grilled asparagus, mashed potato and a Merlot reduction (prepared with wine) priced at RM98 for 160gm. I wasn’t very impressed with the Wagyu, as it tasted rather bland just by itself.
Agnello Milanese @ RM46 comes with two meaty cutlets of Australian Lamb served with olives, eggplant and sun baked tomatoes. Although it wasn’t particularly fantastic, it was definitely better than the Wagyu.
No Italian meal is complete without pasta and the Lobster Truffle Angel Hair (RM44 for Entree, RM82 for Main) here is quite recommended. Compared to the other dishes which had a rather ‘tame’ taste, this pasta was surprisingly flavorsome and could be enjoyed on its own even if it wasn’t served with any lobster. And despite being thin and delicate pasta strands, the Angel Hair pasta still managed to turn out springy with a firm bite.
Tanzini’s Tiger Prawn Vongole @ RM38 – Aglio olio served with grilled tiger prawn and clams. Chef Woraphong gave this dish an interesting Asian twist by including ‘Tau Miu’ sprouts, added for its sweet and crunchy taste. While the huge and undeniably fresh tiger prawn was perfectly grilled, a pity the pasta was overdone.
Chili salsa, olive oil and anchovy salsa tops the huge Grilled Jalapeno Squid @ RM42. Lemon dressing is provided to impart a much required zesty kick to liven up what could otherwise be a very boring dish.
Personally I felt the main dishes here could use some improvements especially in the seasoning because most of them tasted too light. But luckily the desserts fared slightly better. Chocolate Gelato @ RM12/scoop was just OK for me, as it lacked the dense and chewy texture. I think I could make a fair judgement here considering I have tasted one of the finest gelatos in Rome.
Homemade Mango Sorbetto @ RM8/scoop. Among other flavors available are bluberry, calamansi, coconut, kiwi, lemon and rasberry.
Dark chocolate lovers should not miss the Chocolate Pot @ RM20, it would definitely leave a smile on your face. The melted dark chocolate has a mild sweetness level and is infused with orange zest. Served with Tanzini’s handmade almond biscoti.
Coconut Penna Cotta @ RM18 looked interesting alright but sadly the taste was forgettable.
And lastly, Tanzini’s Exotic Cheese Cake topped with a layer of mango coulis and served with a scoop of Mascarpone cream @ RM16. Easily the most memorable dessert of the meal, largely thanks to its beautiful plating.
After we were done with our food we simply went up to the second floor of Tanzini (29th floor of GTower) where it is usually reserved for private dinings or functions. As soon as you step out of the restaurant into the verandah you would be presented with an illuminated view of the city.
I have to admit this was the actual highlight of the evening that makes a long lasting memory. So if you do not mind the mediocre tasting food, Tanzini is actually a restaurant worth experiencing in KL just based on the view up here alone – especially for those special occasions.
Level 28, GTower
Jalan Tun Razak
50400 Kuala Lumpur
GPS Coordinates: N3 09.594 E101 43.192
Tel: 03 2168 1899
Monday to Saturday
Lunch 11.30am – 2.30pm
Dinner 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Closed on Sunday