This is review #7 out of a 13-Part Food Blog Post Series from my recent trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from the 4th – 9th August 2011 🙂
Levain was CRAZY packed! There were people everywhere and the queues were massive and seemingly never ending. It was massive when I got there, and it was massive when I left. This is really strange – why would Malaysians want to spend their Sunday afternoon eating pastries and cakes and pasta? :p
Oh yeahh… I forgot the whole “take for granted” factor. Of COURSE Malaysians love to indulge in something more Western on a special Sunday instead of heading off to their usual kopitiams. If I was still living in Malaysia, I supposed I would too!
|Photo by Cheryl Chu. Beef Aglio Olio and I quote Cheryl’s feedback: “I can say that it’s better than Ben’s Seafood Aglio Olio @ Pavilion. I’ll give this a 3.5/5″|
|Photo by Amy Lim.|
Levain offers an impressive selection of pasta during the day. It’s actually quite comparable to any other Italian restaurants you may find in Melbourne. The best thing about this place is you not only get to order hot pasta meals but also be able to indulge in delicious pastries and desserts!
I knew the moment we decided to meet up here that I was going to try their macarons. My tummy didn’t have much room for anything else on that day anyway, so macarons were all I ordered.
It was so difficult choosing what flavors to try – so I just asked for one of each. No, I didn’t eat them all myself… there were at least 10 other people on my table to share the macarons around! :p
In terms of flavors, the macarons were your usual sweet macarons you’d get in any other patisserie that sells good macarons. Texture was spot on, crunchy on the outside, gooey on the inside, crumbles as soon as you bite into it. I suppose they’re very much comparable to the macarons I had from Zumbo – only these macarons were sooooo much cheaper when you convert the Malaysian Ringgit to Australian Dollar!
I didn’t get to try anything else (again, my apologies I was SO full!) so here are some photos of what was on offer at the bakery section:
Had an Iced Chocolate to go with my macarons and tasted some of the chocolate desserts my sister ordered and everything was just a delightful sweet treat. Not much to complain, not much to rave about either. Levain is just a pleasant place (but very busy!) to meet up with friends or family and have a wide range of pasta, pastries, and desserts to choose from.
Sorry for the semi “blah” review – quite hard to really do a good review when the focus of this outing was more to catch up with people rather than to actually taste and pay close attention to the food – plus I was FULL! I hope the photos did most of the talking 🙂
55100 Kuala Lumpur,
Monday to Sunday 7.30am – 9pm