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T.Dining Malaysia Tatler Best Restaurants - - Italian -

Take a 45-minute drive away from Kota Kinabalu’s cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict and you’ll land in this ex­cel­lent Ital­ian eatery in beau­ti­ful Shangri-la's Rasa Ria Re­sort, over­look­ing mag­nif­i­cent beach vis­tas.

A de­light­ful starter, hark­ing to a ‘Dif­fer­ent idea of a seafood salad’, is the aptly named in­salata di pesce. An­other ex­cel­lent ap­petite-whet­ting dish is the cipolla – stuffed pied­mont onion with ameretti bis­cuits and fontina cheese fon­due.

Try the aragosta as a main dish. The de­lec­ta­ble lin­guine comes with large chunks of fresh lo­cal lob­ster in tomato sauce, olive oil, gar­lic and a slight hint of chilli. A wor­thy meat dish is the sen­sa­tion­ally pre­sented l’ag­nello brasato alla birra. On this visit, Chef Luca is per­son­ally on hand to pour in his spe­cially con­cocted sauce that’s a sub­tle mix of sweet, sour and bit­ter flavours. No one flavour over­pow­ers the other, and it jives very well with the fall-off-the-bone ten­der lamb meat flanked with mashed potato and sautéed cab­bage leaves.

There’s no bet­ter way to end the sump­tu­ous meal than with the sig­na­ture Ex­presso-o tiramisu. Bit­ter notes from the separately added cof­fee com­ple­ments the light sweet cream, bis­cuits and sprin­kling of minia­ture meringue droplets.

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