It’s not like that anymore…

Those days, when my girl was teaching in the school in the jungle, we would send her back there on Sundays after the weekend at home so dinner on Sunday night would be a quiet affair, usually leftovers, the mum and I.

Well, it is not like that anymore these days. We would usually go out for lunch on Sundays as come evening, my girl may be busy getting ready for school the next morning. Last Sunday, however, my girl said she would like to go out for an Italian dinner, her treat, and of course, we made our way to our favourite in town. Looking through my posts, it seemed that we had not been here since May last year, so long ago!

To start off, my girl picked the mushroom soup (RM8.00)…

Mushroom soup

…which came with two slices of garlic baguette. We had had this before here and it was always good but not this time around. It was rich and creamy all right but we could hardly detect any taste of mushroom in it. Perhaps we caught them on one of those not-so-good days.

Usually, we would order their seafood aglio olio pasta that we enjoyed a lot but this time around, my girl wanted the pasta al nero di seppia, the one with squid ink (RM24.00)…

Squid ink pasta

…for what she called “the smell of the sea”. Yes, we all agreed that it was very nice, despite the colour and no, there was no unpleasant “chou chor” or fishy smell. I sure would not mind having that again the next time we drop by here. As a matter of fact, among the customers who came in after us, there was a big group and they too asked for the same. It sure is rather popular, it seems.

We did not want a meat dish as we thought that would be too heavy and we decided to order another pasta dish instead. My girl wanted to try their salmone (RM22.00)…

Salome pasta

…with its tomato-based sauce which I quite liked as it was freshly made and did not taste like tomato or bolognese sauce straight from the bottle. Both the ladies loved it too!

Needless to say, my girl wanted a pizza, her favourite here, the Bracio di Ferro, no less or what they now call their spinach egg pizza (RM32.00)…

Bracio de Ferro

…and yes, as always, it was very much to our liking.

Ever since I saw the panna cotta in my blogger friend’s post that day, I had been thinking of going for the one here but much to my dismay, for reasons unknown, they had taken it and also their very nice chocolate fondant off their menu. Now there is just a choice of either their tiramisu or their crème brûlée and I did not feel like one nor the other that night and decided to go without dessert in the end.

Service was great and prompt – the very nice and friendly young boy and girls were conversant in English and even though they did make some attempt to communicate with us in Mandarin, we would not let them. After all, this is a western restaurant, period. They used to play nicer songs – that night, there were mostly Chinese songs on their playlist except for this one and this one. Somehow it feels kind of different when you are not playing the right songs to match the ambiance and the mood.

My girl insisted on picking up the tab that night and the total came up to RM86.00, not cheap but it sure was worth it considering that we did enjoy the dinner very much.

BISTECCA & BISTRO (2.307630, 111.848188) is located off Jalan Sena – you drive into the area of shops directly opposite SMK Deshon and go straight to the end, make a u-turn and head back to where you come from – you will see it in the first block of shops on your left.