Friday, April 06, 2007

Neroteca, Sommerset Building

A colleague had been raving on and on about how good the ribs being served here. Ribs? In an Italian restaurant? Sure or not. Blog hopping resulted in floggers raving about the pastas and salads. No mention of ribs.
After many rounds (I lost count) of confirmation of the availability of this supposedly finger licking dish, my dearest worn down colleague told me to just go eat there and if they fail to present ribs, he will reimburse me. Yay, the power of buggerroo-ing (Boys & girls, I seriously doubt there's such a word). =P

I gathered 3 friends and we went on a Friday evening. Parking was ecpc. However, the open space parking directly opposite the beigy orange Somerset service suites collected RM2 while the one further collected RM5. O.o"

Service, swift and courteous. Our waiter spoke in English with a very thick accent (can I say thick tongue instead as it did sound like his filled his mouth). Once plonked into my seat in the rather tight restaurant space, I scanned the menu. Yes, there is ribs. Friends ordered the rest for sharing. These dishes (served in big plates, naturally) were fighting for space on our rectangular shaped table:-

Various types of bread with a plate of olive oil for dipping.
See those white dots on the bread? Aha! That is salt. My first time. Always had sugar on bread. Never salt. Interesting stuff.

We ordered the 1st item of their Special of the Day:-The lobster was very fresh and succulent. Very good but we would prefer a bigger portion of pasta. From the picture it is obvious that the Royal Spaghettara was totally smothered by the mixed seafood. The spagetti looked more like garnishing than the main meal.Costina [grilled pork ribs served with mustard and onions]. We find it tough, definitely not the fall off bones texture. I love the caramelised onions (cannot see in the blur picture) though.Bucatini [amatriciana with onion and bacon]. Strictly for onion afficiendos.Our bill:-Contact number and address:- Neroteca, Somerset

MUST make reservation unless you are early. A friend arrived just before 7pm and was just a step ahead of a couple to grab the last available table. Phew. Just before 9pm after they have cleared our table, we were politely asked to vacate to accommodate the next reservation.

17 comments:

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

I've tried the food in Nero Vivo but not Neroteca (I think they're related?). Wah, u sure know how to enjoy your food, girlfriend!

wmw said...
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wmw said...

Mmm...all these eateries popping up. Where to find the time to eat? Must work harder too...Ha ha ha, else "no money to feed the tummy".

Precious Pea said...

Wah...pricey leh....agree with wmw, must work harder to support my eating adventure.

Xiu Long Bao said...

!!!...this is really expensive. For the same price, we can go for buffet at Hilton.

Someone who is constantly craving said...

I have to send you a bill for a new keyboard..because the amount of saliva thats coming out after looking at that lobster claw has virtually drowned my keyboard..HAHA...heard heaps abt dis place..lunch n dinner wif wine can easily go into thousands..

jason said...

Another fine dining experience eh? The Bucatini looks promising to me :P

Melting Wok said...

tummy, does the waiter speaks like sean connerry hahahaha, thick thick wonderful accent ? *wink* btw, the ribs is so weird looking shaped :( The lobsters, and pasta however looks delish :) hey, don't u love tt rock salt dash over the bread, yummy eh ?
p/s: parking is espc<-- ??

Kok said...

Tummythoz,
Wow, the bill came out to be so expensive! But, in an Italian restaurant, I think it's about that price.

Happy Easter to you!:)

Rasa Malaysia said...

I don't really like Italian food, other than seafood pasta (tomato sauce please and not jelak cream sauce). The lobster and seafood pasta thingy looks good in my eyes. :)

boo_licious said...

That's nice they didn't charge you for the Bucatini. Hey, trying to contact you, can you email me at boo_liciouskl@yahoo.com? Thanks.

Fezzaboy said...

Ah... was planning to go there this coming Saturday for my girl's birthday...

Likewise, been hearing quite a lot about this place too... so can i put my bill this Saturday on your (tummythoz) tab ar?

Tummythoz said...

lyrical lemongrass, heard N'teca is subsidiary of Vivo.

wmw & precious pea, that's why work 5 long days & dine well at d most, 1 short meal per week (unless somebody's treating).

xiu long bao & kok, ya-lor. That's why I have to check cash & card limit first before I step into places serving such dishes.

someone who's constantly craving, maybe do like me? Wrap keyboard & monitor wrapped in plastic before visiting foodblogs? =o)

jason, not a fine dining environment. The busy rectangular spaced restaurant was real noisy.

melting wok, haha. No, not Sean Connery-ish. More like Sylvester Stallone.
ecpc = easy peasy

rasa malaysia, tomato based seafood pasta, that's my 'safe' italian order!

boo_licious, will do.

fatboybakes said...

how strange....was just telling u to go there right?!

Paprika said...

I like going there for lunch, the salads are a meal on its own and the sandwiches are good too. Also probably the cheapest coffee in the area at RM5! I also did not have a good experience with the ribs. Tough and dry. Thats where I first met FBB!

fatboybakes said...

yes, yes, paprika, over the marzipan piglet.

Tummythoz said...

fatboybakes, that's why went somewhere else last nite. Anyway, thx for d suggestion.

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