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SVAGO: pleasurable bites in the heart of KL
by Melina M.

Then of course, there is the food. There is a plethora of eating places at Suria KLCC, with Svago as the main French-Italian restaurant there. Compared to other Italian restaurants, Svago has the advantage of one of the best locations, being right in the heart of the city. You can get here easily using the LRT and enjoy excellent views of the vibrant KLCC Park and lake from the balcony of the restaurant.

Though Svago has been around since 2013, the award-winning restaurant has recently been refurbished, with a complete revision of their menu. On the ground floor, you’ll find the bistro Limoncello, a sister restaurant to Svago; while Svago is the semi-fine dining restaurant on the first floor. Now both floors share the same revamped new menu under one roof.

Guests at Svago can choose to sit either in the elegant and intimate air-conditioned dining area combined with a cosy lounge upstairs, or in the more laidback al fresco casual dining area downstairs.

Also, there's a balcony upstairs where you can sip on after-dinner cocktails or have a cool beer against the backdrop of the stunning KL night skyline; and enjoy live bands playing soulful jazz music from Tuesday till Friday after 7.30pm.

The new Svago menu comprises a myriad of western cuisine ranging from all-day breakfasts; to small bites including the classic Italian pasta, burgers, wood-fired oven pizza and risotto; to more hearty gourmet fare. Chef Basilo Martin and his culinary team take pride in using only the freshest ingredients available, such as freshly flown-in seafood and top quality meats.

Upon our arrival at Svago on one late afternoon, we decided to head upstairs to enjoy a vantage view of the adjacent KLCC Park from our corner table. Since it was an odd hour to be eating, there weren't too many other diners around and it felt rather nice to have the place all to ourselves.

We weren't very hungry so we decided to order the Antipasti Platter (RM39 for 2 persons) to nibble on. It arrived at our table beautifully presented on a sharing plate; a delightful smorgasbord of small bites evoking the flavours of Italy. There were assorted croquettes, calamari, chicken drumettes, homemade meatballs served in spicy tomato sauce, and garlic ciabatta.

We particularly liked the dainty little croquettes, which are fried potato rolled in breadcrumbs with different fillings. Each croquette presented a joyful little surprise. We had one with a mochi-like filling, another one with fish filling, and one with mushroom filling. The thin crispy skin of the croquette was tasty, while the inside was bursting with juicy flavours.

The chicken drumettes were well-seasoned with a soy garlic taste, and the fried calamari was deliciously chewy. The meatballs were a tad small but very savoury; we were craving for more. The garlic ciabatta was crispy and buttery, with a slight hint of garlicky flavour. This bread is perfect for soaking up the robust tomato sauce from the meatballs.

The next dish to arrive at our table was the Pan-Seared Lemon Sole (RM42), served with ratatouille and wedges.

The roasted potato wedges were a good counterbalance to the piquant ratatouille, made from finely chopped vegetables such as eggplant, zucchini and peppers. The lemon sole was fresh and zesty, but a bit dry. A drizzle of olive oil would have made the whole dish better than the bland sauce that came with it.

Honestly, between the two dishes, we much preferred the Antipasti Platter; a perfect snack with a whimsical contrast of flavours and textures. It's simply nice to munch on small bites of savoury food on a warm afternoon, complete with a glass of cold-pressed juice. And that was exactly what we ordered, two glasses of juice - Lime Juice (RM12) and Green Guava Juice (RM12).

So, you might want to check out Svago if you happen to be shopping at KLCC and want to find a nice place to relax and have a quick bite. Although the food is a bit pricey here, it’s a small price to pay for the spectacular view of the city. We recommend exploring their all-day breakfast menu, served with complimentary coffee or tea until 12 noon. Additionally, Maybank cardholders can enjoy 20% off the à la carte menu from 3pm to 10pm.

You can find Svago at Lot G45B-136, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur. Opening hours for SVAGO @ Downstairs are 9am till 12am and for SVAGO @ Upstairs are 12pm till 12am.

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