Thursday, 14 February 2013

[Review] Convivium

We're aware that this little gem has been around for quite some time now, we've been wanting to try this out for ages and we finally did, on a Saturday night with Le Cousins.

The place was just nice and cozy, with not that many tables set out, it feels somewhat homey. It is designed with mainly wooden panels, an open kitchen and little knick knacks filling the racks. It's probably the Christmas decorations though, we went last month after Christmas.

Complementary bread sticks to start the meal.

Cold Cut Platter - 160thousand
Had this as our appetizer, it came with salami, 2 types of prosciutto and parma ham if i'm not mistaken, served with bread. They were light and full of flavour,

Clams Mussels Soup - 45thousand

Mushroom Cream Soup - 35thousand

Both soups were disappointing, the Mushroom Cream Soup was too thick and filling. We'd recommend ordering a heavier main, and leave out the soup.

 Green and White Tagliatelle with Meatballs - 65thousand
The 'official' name on the menu was something else, but that is what it says on the receipt.
A tomato based pasta served with meatballs, the sauce itself was decent, but the meatballs were really good!

Tagliatelle al Porcini - 65thousand
Homemade tagliatelle served with sauteed porcini mushrooms.

Tortellini al Salmone con Burro e Salvia - 65thousand 
 A homemade pasta filled with salmon in butter and sage sauce. We were taken aback when this dish arrived on our table, thinking who would want to order this little one. Boy, were we wrong, this was really yummy and skillfully seasoned, just enough butter to taste but not too overpowering.
Definitely a recommended dish!

Pizza Carnivora - 80thousand
Tomato based with mozzarella and beef bolognaise

 Tagliata Mushroom with Truffle Oil - 180thousand
The star of the night!! Medium cooked steak served with mushrooms and truffle oil. When it came it didn't looked convincing like the Tortellini, we even let it sit on the table for quite awhile, not daring to try it. 

However, this is hands down one of The Best Steak, we've ever tried. It smells good, tastes good, textures good; it deserved an A++. This coming out from our foodie Cousin A, really is a feat, considering he lives in a country where steak is almost a staple.

Pannacotta - 30thousand
Being an Italian restaurant, Le Sister thought it'd be a good idea to order a pannacotta. Definitely a miss from us. The texture's all wrong and thick, and too milky. The only dish that we did not finish. Such a disappointment.


Gelato Sorbetto Sampler - 70thousand
Came with 9 flavours in shot glasses: 
Gelati - Risotto Mascarpone, Earl Grey, Bacon, Squid Ink, Red Velvet
Sorbetti -  Orange Basil, Lychee, Lime Rosemary, Strawberry Chilli

We didn't get to try the Bacon, they were out of it, so we had 2 servings of Red Velvet in exchange. Although the Gelato sounds tad gross, they tasted mostly creamy. They did not taste exactly like how it originally is. We all prefered the Sorbetti more, as they were light and fresh, especially the Orange Basil and Lychee. Strawberry Chilli was alright as well, you only get the chilli kick as an aftertaste.

Definitely a fun one to try when you're dining in a group.

Cold cuts and cheese for sale as well, if you find them addictive at the end of the meal.

It's definitely a place we'd stop by when we're feeling for a homey Italian or a good steak. :)

Convivium Cafe Deli
Jl, Panglima Polim IX No. 1
Kebayoran Baru
Jakarta 12160

Telephone: (021) 7269963

Business Hour :
Tuesday -Sunday
11:00AM - 10:30PM

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