By Invitation: Bravo Italiana @ I-Avenue

Written by Lingzie

Topics: By Invitation, Italian Food

My first encounter with Bravo Italiana a few months back was rather mediocre, mainly because I had only tried one main dish and an appetizer.


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I vowed to go back again for a second visit. This time, I came away pleasantly surprised!


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Our first course was a Mixed Bean Soup (RM6) which is a soup of the day. It was certainly a good way to kick off the meal. Large portion, filled with lots of different mixed beans , lentils and even some pasta. A very wholesome soup indeed! Would be really good eaten piping hot on a cold rainy day!

bi13The Bruschetta (RM8.80) however, left me wanting. I was expecting a burst of sour tomatoes and fragrant herbs, drenched in olive oil on a soft baguette.  Instead, I found the bread here rather hard and dry. Also, I felt that it could do with more herbs and olive oil. Perhaps my taste buds are more used to Bella Italia’s version.

bi11The Scallops Glatine (RM28 for half a dozen) is perhaps my favourite dish from the meal! The scallops were fresh (not to mention huge!). Very tasty and rich with lots of cheese, cream and mushrooms! A definite winner!

bi12The Baked Oyster Vesuvio (RM28 for half a dozen) may look similar to the scallops but it has a totally different taste. The oysters are baked with tomatoes and capsicums, topped with cheese. Personally, I prefer the scallops to the oyster which were also good in their own way.

bi10My favourite main dish would probably be the Italiano’s Combination (RM39.80). Its a combination of steak, fish and prawns. I loved the steak and the prawns! The fish, being a freshwater fish, had an ‘earthy’ taste to it which I did not fancy. Otherwise, this would have been near perfect. Quite a big portion so small eaters may want to share and save room for dessert later (trust me, you MUST save room for dessert!!)

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  1. email2me says:

    Wow great shot with your camera …. your photo shooting skill really keng! No image stabiliser lo ….

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  2. cariso says:

    After that day, I finally witnessed and believed how chocoholic + dessert queen you are. 🙂

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  3. Hey, The Strawberry Panna Cotta is really awesome. It’s a total change in your photo shooting skill.

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  4. lingzie says:

    email2me & New kid – the photos are not mine! see the last paragraph? the photos are by Albert of camostudio. he’s a pro photographer 🙂

    cariso – hehehe see liao also scared hoh? must really learn to control myself… 😛

  5. I love Bruschetta as a great start to a great meal… but yeah, when it’s a letdown, I’m usually in a poor mood (or appetite, really) for the rest of the meal. Ah well.

    P.S. Thank so much for your kind offer to take me around Penang when I come up. I hope to do so soon! (I’m off to Sabah tomorrow, followed by Perak and Perlis. Groans.)

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  6. wow..*starting to plan nx trip to Pg…*
    & I’ll bring some desserts frm KL and we pig out ya!

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  7. allie says:

    Lingzie, Gimme 5! Strawberry Panna Cotta is my favourite despite I’m chocoholic too! Haha

    allie´s last blog post..Penang Restaurant | Bravo Italiana Part II (Heavenly Desserts)

  8. I guess I’m still an entree person first and foremost… the combo dish made me sit up! But why the use of freshwater fish? The local ones generally taste of mud and have too many bones!

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  9. ck lam says:

    I think its difficult to control from taking too much of those desserts and drink…all of them are so mouth watering.
    Will sure to try it out 🙂

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  10. Christine says:

    I’m so into the scallops! 🙂

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  11. lingzie says:

    LFB – well…there’s always dessert to end the meal on a sweet note! lol. safe journey!

    thenomadGourmand – yes yes yes! lol

    allie – yayy!!! we must tell the owner to put panna cotta in the menu on a daily basis la! heehee

    550ml jar of faith – yeah i do notice a lot of places using freshwater fish…wonder if there’s any way to get rid of that earthy taste?

  12. lingzie says:

    ck – ya loh. luckily all 4 desserts not available at the same time… so in future…can control a bit kua… 😛

    christine – oh then im sure you’ll like the scallops here, if you’re a cheese fan too! 🙂

  13. very nice review and the desserts make me drool. lol

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  14. gina says:

    Wah.. how many of you makan worr?? I am so damn jealous! Haha! 😀

  15. MisSmall says:

    The scallops and oysters looked really good! Great pictures btw. 🙂

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  16. OMG! did i see baked oyster I want some too!

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  17. buzzingbee says:

    wow I didn’t know they offer so many types of desserts!! yummy…

    buzzingbee´s last blog post..Dim Sum High-Tea

  18. CHUN POH KEONG says:

    I have tried the pizzas ,it was the best of the best in the pizzas industries . It was better than Pizza Hut .

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