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Sirocco Italian Restaurant, Malacca Holiday Inn Hotel

строителство на къщиåWhat makes a good holiday trip? Stay in comfort and good food of course. Continue from my previous post on Holiday Inn Melaka, where I introduce about the hotel rooms and facilities they have a mid range Italian Dining located right at the lobby floor.

There are 2 sections of the restaurant which 1 part is right in front of the wine room and the inner restaurant which is facing the open kitchen.

The place are ideal for business talk and anniversary celebration where you can choose a bottle of wine or champagne to celebrate anything. Ambiance wise are pretty quiet and not  like fast food restaurant which you can barely hear what your guest are talking.

Privacy corner where it is outside the main dining hall. This is the place where not many guest around u. You are pretty secluded and have plenty of privacy.

The main dining hall area that surrounding the open kitchen.

I am kinda impress with their efficiency here. Such a compact kitchen manned by 4 to 5 chefs and still very well organised. They even have a wood fire oven that use to bake all the breads and pizza. Thumbs up to the lead chef that head this kitchen. You don’t see people bang into each other even working in such a tight place.

Wood Fire Oven baked bread with balsamic vinegar and virgin olive oil dip for the start.

For the night, we got a bottle of Church Block Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz-Merlot Mix Red Wine from McLaren Vale, Australia. To my surprise it is pretty easy to drink and goes well with any western foods especially pizza. The wine is fruity with a spicy tinge result from the Shiraz.

Funghi Dell Arrosto con II Famaggio di Capre – RM35

Wood fire oven roasted Portobello mushroom with goat curd cheese.

Cappesante saltate con Dadolata di Vegetali – RM25.50

Succulent Scallop with vegetable stew made in capsicum, shiitake mushroom, oyster mushroom, button mushroom, zucchini and carrot.

Sirocco Caesar Salad – RM22

Classic Caesar Salad consist of Romaine lettuce tossed with Beef Bacon, Anchovies and Grated Parmesan Cheese. This can never go fail and shall be the starter.

Zuppa di Conghiglie – RM19.50

Cream of seafood chowder with vegetable. Creamy soup with succulent prawns and clam.

Minestrone Di Verdure Classico, Pesto – RM18.50

Classic minestrone with basil pesto. A perfect choice for those who want to start off slow where this is purely made from fresh tomatoes. Some people can’t start off with seafoods and meaty soups.

Zuppa di Funghi, Aromatizzo al Tartuffoc – RM19.50

If the minestrone are not your type, this is the fail proof soup. Mushroom soup can never go wrong. There are a hint of truffle but not strong enough. But still it is tasty with plenty of black mushroom cook with it.

Branzino In Costa di Sale, Patate Novelle al Vapore, Burro al Limone – RM50.80

Oven baked salt-crusted sea bass with steam new potatoes with lemon butter sauce.

The service are pretty good which they even help you to remove the salt and bones. Just serve you with what you should place in your mouth. The lemon butter sauce are ideal to dip in all sorts of seafoods.

Costolette di agnello con Caponata – RM68

Lamb rack done in ratatouille style topped with tomato sauce. Perfect for lamb lovers where the rack are pretty well marinated and juicy.

Smoked Salmon Pizza – RM25.00

This is the all time best selling pizza at Sirocco. Thin crust, hand tossed and topped with smoked salmon, sour cream plus drizzled with olive oil made it sound simple but is a satisfying choice.

Gamberoni – RM32

Spaghetti tossed cook king prawn, chilli, parsley, garlic and arugula is one of the favorite pasta choice for family guest. This can be eaten by anyone. It is not too spicy and the tomato tangy flavor are kid’s favorite.

Risotto al Funghi Selvatici e Parmigianno – RM32

Risotto cooked with wild mushroom and parmesan cheese. We find that this is rather decent choice if you want to get full. Nothing beats rice when filling up your tummy. This risotto is an healthy option where it is cooked with wild mushroom cream and topped with grated parmesan cheese.

Tortino Caldo al Ciocolato – RM19.80

Warm chocolate tortino with vanilla ice cream. This will melt your heart of after a long day journey in Melaka. The hot chocolate ooze out when you cut them.

Zuccotto – RM16.80

Oreo cookies Mud Pie

Canolli – RM16.80

Orange cream with brandy snap rolls

 SIROCCO

Holiday Inn Melaka
Jalan Syed Ab. Aziz
75000, Melaka
Toll Free: 1 800 801 881
Tel: +606 285 9000
Fax: +606 285 9111

A Tailor Made Melaka Food Trip For Food Ethusiast

This food trip is tailor made for a group of 4 in one car. I have done this a couple of time with my housemate down to Melaka from KL just for a day trip just for food. We usually will try to target to reach Melaka at 9am at max for our breakfast.

1. Breakfast – Chicken Rice Ball and Poached Chicken

I personally like Chop Chung Wah more than Hoe Kee. If Chop Chung Wah sold out early or had a long que, then I will proceed to Hoe Kee. Chop Chung Wah only sell chicken rice ball and nothing else versus Hoe Kee had soups, asam fish and their chicken rice ball too. This 2 serves the best chicken rice ball along the Jonker Walk. We have tried the rest of the shop and decided this 2 is the best of our list. For food trip, my advise is to go for taste rather than quantity. Just order enough for 1 person portion each and no extra rice or else you will not able to digest it and try other things later.

Poach Chicken  and chicken rice ball from Chop Chung Wah

Mouth watering chicken rice ball from Hoe Kee.

After the heavy breakfast, we usually hike up the Stadhuys and tour around the surrounding area to look for more food or hike the A Famosa hill. After all the sweat and heat walking around to digest the chicken rice ball, we need something to cool our self down.

2. Dessert All Day – Durian Cendol and Pat Poh Peng

The most famost stall that sell Durian Cendol and Gula Melaka Cendol would be Jonker 88 shop. They are famous for their palm sugar cendol and nyonya laksa. Besides food, they had a museum setup inside the restaurant where you can exhibit some old potteries and coins from bottom of the Straits of Melaka.

Palm Sugar Cendol

I personally like the cendol which sell by Bibik House Cendol & Pineapple Tarts . Here they serve you with an extra bowl of shaved ice plus put as you like palm sugar. The fragrance of the sugar make you irresistible to add more to your bowl of durian cendol.

Durian Cendol from Bibik House Cendol & Pineapple Tarts

For those who don’t like cendol, they can opt for a traditional shaved ice dessert which called “PAT POH PENG”. The shop that sell this great dessert is Min Chong Hygienic Ice Cafe.

Pat Poh Peng – It may look like ordinary “Ice Kacang” but the difference is on the syrups. The brown syrup which usually used in ice kacang is sarsaparilla juice. This one is home made herbal syrup. Besides this bowl of great dessert, this place also sell a great home made ice cream.

The ice cream may not be as good as Haagen Daz. But I dare to say this taste much better compared to those inside the supermarkets. It is more creamy and flavorful and use all natural ingredients like corn and durians. Next continue with the journey of touring around Jonker Walk area and then head to Donald and Lily’s for a delightful nyonya lunch.

3. Lunch for Nyonya Food at Donald and Lily’s

Ayam Pongteh cooked the traditional Nyonya way and dine in the house. Try not to order any rice and noodles when in here. If can go for just the dishes and all of them taste really great. At most share the rice among yourselves.

4. High Tea/Snack Time – Jonker Pork Satay at Xiang Ji Satay House

Xiang Ji Pork Satay

5. Dinner – Satay Celup or Seafood at Portuguese Settlement

Satay Celup at Ban Lee Siang

6. High Tea and Dinner – Mango Juice (If you choose seafood for dinner)

Not to forget to order the tasty and refreshing mango juice to flush everything down and help in digestion.

Mango Juice by Joes Only One Mango Juice at Portuguese Settlement.

7. Dinner – Alai Haji Nasir Ikan Bakar (Grill Fish and Seafoods)

Traditional method of grilling foods

Melaka Best Kept Secret Seri Muara Alai Haji Nasir Ikan Bakar Village

8. Dinner – Pak Putra Tandoori and Naan Bread

Pak Putra Restoran, Best Tandoori and Naan in Melaka

9. Breakfast – Yong Moh Dim Sum and Pork Buns

Pork buns

Yong Moh Coffee Stall Serving Best Juicy Pork Bun and Dim Sum in Melaka

 

10. High Tea – Klebang Coconut Shake

Freshly prepared coconut shake

Klebang Coconut Shake, Melaka

11. All Day Long – Brain Freeze Ice Coffee

Icy cold ice coffee

Brain Freeze Ice Coffee

12. Dinner and Late Supper – Hajah Mona Asam Pedas

Freshly cooked on the spot spicy and sour asam pedas

My plate of stingray asam pedas

Hajah Mona Asam Pedas

13. Dinner – Portuguese Seafood Village

Super big and juicy cockles BBQed

Monster sized oyster! If you are lucky, you may get a pearl!

Seafood Village at Malacca Portuguese Settlement