Bar Italia, Jalan Berangan: The Sweet Escape

While my country heats up with religious tensions, hatred and confusion, I can’t help but think back of the blissful Sunday I spent idling around the streets of Kuala Lumpur. I felt safe, free and still high from all the new year revelries. It’s hard to believe that was just 7-days ago. Unfortunately, today, I can only wish that I was singing the same tune. Suddenly, my new year isn’t all that happy anymore.

International eyes are upon us this weekend. Read news on Malaysia as it appears on the New York Times or watch this youtube report by the Associated Press and you’ll see what I’m saying.

Lest we forget, He is watching us too.


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I enjoy a good lazy Sunday afternoon, as you already know, doing nothing more than just hanging out with some friends at a cozy joint. Last weekend was no different despite it being the last day of my 17-days break from work. Loved every minute of it, but at the same time I was also looking forward to get back to work. I was running out of things to fill up my days with. So, sue me if I’m a workaholic. And as a tribute to the end of my hiatus, I had the privilege breaking bread, or in this case desserts, at Bar Italia with the two Queens of the food blogging world, Lyrical Lemongrass and Boo_licious.

Located just a row behind Changkat Bukit Bintang, and as Queen Lemongrass eloquently puts it, “Bar Italia is Paolo Guiati’s latest venture – a restaurant, gelateria and bar thrown into three floors encapsulating spiral stairways, clean geometrical lines and down-to-earth, modern furnishings.” Expect no big words from me, I just like the ambiance here. It’s rustic, authentically Italian, and most of all it exudes warmth. I feel easy here.

While the food are much hyped about, the three of us were here that late afternoon for one thing only – desserts. More specifically for their selection of mouthwatering gelato. Standing in front of the big freezer-showcase at the bottom of the spiral stairway, we had some difficulty deciding what we want. It was a colourful affair with tubs of gelato overflowing and calling out for us. Each flavours were identified by flavour cards handwritten in their original Italian name. Whenever in doubt, the waitress serving us was happy to explain what the flavours were as she hands us a spoonful to try. We liked her and made mental notes to tip her good. It took awhile more but we finally settled on a scoop each: Pistacchio (pistachio), Nocciola (hazelnut), and Bacio (dark chocolate + hazelnut).

As we sat at a charming hardwood table right at the bottom of the 3-storey high sun roof, we let out little moans in appreciation of our desserts paired with heavenly cups of espresso. For a moment, it felt like we were actually basking the afternoon sun in the streets of Rome. If it wasn’t for the sudden Hi-NRG song that interrupted my little idyllic dream, I could have sworn that I was about to toss a coin over my shoulder into the Trevi Fountain. Oh well, it was a lovely afternoon nevertheless.

Now, looking forward, I hope carefree days like these aren’t gone forever. If you believe in a higher power, please join me in a silent prayer for peace to restore in our country soon enough so we can enjoy endless days of dining out.
29, Jalan Berangan
50200 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-21444499
Business Hours: Open daily, 7.00am till late, except Mondays 5.00pm till late.
18 Responses to Bar Italia, Jalan Berangan: The Sweet Escape
  1. CUMI & CIKI
    January 10, 2010 | 9:19 am

    v cool, love da vespa!

  2. Sean
    January 10, 2010 | 9:36 am

    yep, if only everyone could just get together, share some gelato and settle all their disputes…

  3. chiselstone
    January 10, 2010 | 9:48 am

    Make gelato, not war!

  4. AugustDiners
    January 10, 2010 | 11:06 am

    little moan? :P that good huh?

  5. J
    January 11, 2010 | 12:45 am

    Mmmm – bacio. My fave! :) :)
    (What a great way to spend the day. And yes, if only the troublemakers would get a grip and everything would be lovely and peaceful again…. *sigh* )

  6. thenomadGourmand
    January 11, 2010 | 2:30 am

    yea, thts what w-ends should be made of!

  7. Lyrical Lemongrass
    January 11, 2010 | 2:36 am

    Best gelato in town! Lovely idyllic afternoon, hor. Seems like ages ago, BFF!

  8. J2Kfm
    January 11, 2010 | 3:26 am

    hmm, putting Msia in the eyes of the world. what irony.

  9. thule a.k.a leo
    January 11, 2010 | 4:21 am

    nothing beats hanging out with friends like that… unlike you, it's a luxury for me to be able to sit down with friends on day like this. Coz Sher Ryn couldn't sit still for more than 10 min…

  10. fatboybakes
    January 11, 2010 | 2:50 pm

    grim grim grim…
    but as the reverend mother always says, when God closes a door He opens a window.
    at least you had fun with the queens…very nero-esque, surrounded by queens as rome burnt.

  11. Frat
    January 11, 2010 | 4:49 pm

    I've only dined once privately with the "two queens"… and it was a humbling and educational experience about how little I knew about EVERYTHING!

  12. Just. Hangsing
    January 11, 2010 | 10:00 pm

    The whole world is ready what a sad case Malaysia has become! What an ugly start to 2010.Never the less life must carry on….and the article in the news will only be eclipses of the past!

  13. UnkaLeong
    January 12, 2010 | 12:59 am

    Amen brother. Amen.

  14. qwazymonkey
    January 12, 2010 | 5:55 pm

    Ciki: U should take a ride innit!

    Sean: If only everyone's like us, the world would be a better (and fatter) place

    Chiselstone: But I dunno how to make gelato!

    AugustDiner: Hi! Happy New Year. Yup. It's THAT good.

    J: Bacio's awesome

    TNG: Now if only everyday was just liddat

    BFF: I know, let's do another round!

    J2KFM: Standing in the eyes of the world mah!

    Thule: Well at about RM8 a scoop, yea it's a luxury alright

    FBB: Wah can come up with all Romanesque stories of the past. How old exactly are you? So what other quotes do you know from the Sound of Music? :P

    Frat: It's such an honour I tell you

    Just. Hangsing: Thanks for dropping by. It's really a horrible to begin the year with such news. I really do hope this will just be a passing phase.

    Unka: Hallelujah!

  15. Life for Beginners
    January 13, 2010 | 6:46 am

    For some reason the song "We are the World" is running through my head now…

    We'll keep the faith, bro, we will.


  16. Tummy Rumble
    January 14, 2010 | 6:27 am

    hello… nice blog you have here :)

  17. ToyGirl
    January 14, 2010 | 2:50 pm

    Wow. Two blogs on gelato. My mine's set. I know what to do this weekend. :p

  18. backStreetGluttons
    January 14, 2010 | 3:02 pm

    Its good that you appreciate the peace and cream when you are dining well for omGod ! dunno when that will be shaken "just like dat" by those gila angin ter-banyak without rhyme nor 1reason one wt^4#k