Wow, these photos were taken quite some time ago, all forgotten… please excuse the quality too, it was dark outdoors.
Cafe Barbera is an Italian cafe/restaurant set in a charming European-styled bungalow somewhere in Bangsar. It caters for indoors as well as outdoors dining. I wouldn’t recommend dining outdoors though because of the hot weather and the dusty road with exception if you were visiting in the evening and were seated at the sheltered side porch.
As it happened, when we were there the indoors dining area was closed for a private event so we settled for the table at the side porch. It was comfortable, cozy and romantic with candles for light. The staff was extremely attentive and friendly. We were impressed.
Unfortunately, i can’t say the same for the food served at Cafe Barbera. While it was not bad, the food was only average.
Prawn Aglio Olio (RM29.00) looked good and wasn’t bad although it was a little bland. The Chicken Parcel (RM33.00) which is braised chicken thigh with carrots, spinach, turkey ham, capsicum and cheese; served with mashed potato. It was interesting but best eaten while it is hot. It’s rather cloying after a while since the mushroom gravy is quite rich. The mashed potato didn’t do it for me – too dry.
I always order Caeser Salad whenever i have a craving for salad but i had a sudden urged to try something different this time. I picked the Prawn Avocado Salad (RM20.00) because i love avocado.
It was simply… strange. 2 large grilled prawn accompanied by avocado and orange slices, cherry tomato and mesclun salad with a tangy dressing. While i generally love salads with a tangy taste (the Sicilian Chicken Salad at D’italiane Kitchen is delicious), here the dressing was too much and too runny almost as if the ingredients have been left on the plate for too long.
Thanks but no thanks.
One dish that i actually liked was the Mushroom and Cheese Pizza (RM26.00). The thin crust was crispy while the pizza itself is delicious albeit a bit overly creamy.
Also not bad was the Mushroom Bruschetta (RM14.00) just because i’m a big fan of bruschetta lol. Love the freshly toasted bread and again it was a bit too creamy but acceptable.
I find it quite strange that the Lamb Shank (RM39.00) to be served with fettuccine, vegetables and grapes. 1. lamb shank is already very filling let alone to be ate together with pasta, 2. fettuccine drowned in thick black pepper gravy is just not my kind of thing.
However, the lamb shank was tender and robust. I’d leave the pasta alone though.
Besides Italian cuisine, Cafe Barbera also caters for the local Asian taste. Here we have the Nasi Lemak (RM19.00) which is cannot attest for since i didn’t actually tried it myself. But according to dad, it was only mediocre.
Of course, we also tried the coffee because Cafe Barbera is quote famous for their coffee isn’t it? I’m not sure whether people are still raving about coffee here since the few reviews i read was from years back.
Here’s the few that we ordered:
1) Cappuccino Napolitano (RM10.00)
2) Napoli (RM12.00)
3) Cappuccino Italiano (RM10.00)
I’m not knowledgeable in coffee but i know what i like and they were not bad. Wished they didn’t get us cold cappuccinos though…
18 Lorong Maarof,
59000 Kuala Lumpur
Business Hours: 9.00 am–11.00 pm
GPS Coordinates: N 3°7’43.9″, E 101°40’29.5″