I love Italian food – it’s all about the richness of its flavours and freshest of ingredients.
So I was super pscyhed to finally try out Natalina, offering Roman Cuisine cooked by Chef Diego Reali.
It’s usually fully booked so do book in advance.
Natalina is one of the restaurants under Cinnamon Group which also runs a premium lineup of other restaurants like Aliyaa, Nadodi, Nero Nero and many more.
You can check out Natalina’s full menu here.
First up on the list, we had Burrata.
Freshly imported Burrata with wild rocket salad and tomato confit. It sounds so simple but this is really the star dish and our favourite!
It’s sweet, rich and creamy – the salad and tomato confit pairs it so nicely! Talk about starting the meal with a bang.
We also had Eggplant Parmigiana – minced oven baked eggplant with mozarella and tomato sauce reduction.
This is also really good! Cheesy and tender – it had a similar taste profile to the Burrata.
So far the Appetizers have really set the bar really high. The portions were pretty generous too.
By then I started to wonder if we had chosen the right dishes – would we get cheesed out after our mains?
We ordered Fettucine Ai Porcini – pasta ribbons sauteed with porcini mushrooms, truffle paste and Roman pecorino. Truffle makes everything better – this was good too but I felt it was slightly too salty for my taste buds.
We also had Ravioli Ricotta E Spinaci – Ravioli stuffed with spinach and ricotta cooked in sage butter sauce finished with truffle pecorino. To me, this dish was the least memorable – I did appreciate having the spinach to clean my pallette/ a good balance after eating so much. But it was just okay.
Overall I felt the mains were good not great. Perhaps it paled in comparison considering how good the appetizers were or that we ordered too many dishes with cheese in it and was too full to fully appreciate its flavours.
Regardless of how full we are, there is always space for dessert!
We ordered a classic Tiramisu and boy it’s sooooooooo goood. Guaranteed to satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth!
Right through Natalina’s dining area is a door leading to Frank’s Bar – a Sinatra inspired Speakeasy Cocktail bar.
PRO tip : You can actually order dishes from Natalina and have it at Frank’s bar instead.
Love the vibe and music here – it’s chill and offers interesting cocktail mixes.
For our first round we ordered (according to the bartender) the two most instagrammable drinks on the menu (serendipity!).
Ramen Beats : Bombay Sapphire gin, kizakura karakuchi sake, morinokura shiso umeshu plum liquer, sakura tea flower syrup, lemon juice, japanese bitters shiso and white chocolate noodles. – The element of the chocolate noodles were a good twist!
The Artist’s Mind : Dewar 12 year old whiskey, montenegro amaro, ginger and lapsang syrup, lemon juice and smoke bubble. The smoke bubble offers a good touch of theatrics – time to whip up that boomerang shot!
You can check out their menu here.
For our second round, we asked the bartender to whip up a combo based on our taste profiles. I asked for something sweet and sour and got a nice refreshing citrus cocktail while my partner who is a whiskey fan got a mix of 3 whiskeys – with Drambuie being the star ingredient; a touch of sweetness!
Overall really liked Frank’s Bar and would definitely revisit 🙂
Natalina Italian Kitchen
Address: 03-06, Avenue K, 156, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone: +6012 673 3860
Address: Right through Natalina
Phone: +6012 674 4860