Dining Ideas May 2019

An Exciting Gastronomic Adventure Awaits 

at Nizza

By Hiranmayii Awli Mohanan

Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara’s resident French-Mediterranean restaurant, Nizza, has launched its swanky, new menu. Nizza’s focus is on showcasing high-quality dishes that come with a twist, with its muse being the South of Europe and the Mediterranean Sea. 

Not only known for its fine French-Mediterranean menu, Nizza is famed for its refined contemporary yet casual French Riviera-inspired ambiance. This restaurant is an architectural delight, with light colours playing off in its interior and a blue-and-white flooring, evoking the sea and skies that bring comfort and style that’s cool and calm. Its chic, pool-deck milieu is reminiscent of the coastline of Cote d’Azur with modern glass parasol pool bar, comfy beach cabanas, and low modular seating. From private parties to pre-dinner drinks and everything in between, the options at Nizza cater for everyone. 

Nizza’s new enhancements come as part of the hotel’s Executive Chef Kim Gates’ role to enhance the food & beverage offerings of the hotel. In his current role at Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara, he oversees the hotel’s culinary operation in its entirety, including all food and beverage outlets, in-room dining, catering and banquet offerings. He also plays a key role in the development of the hotel’s food and beverage excellence. 

This restaurant’s new extensive menu offers guests a myriad of tantalising selections that will have your mouths watering.  The highlights include Salade de Nizza (arugula, cherry tomato, artichoke, fennel, avocado, manchego cheese, toasted almonds, argan oil and cider vinaigrette), Vivaneau Grenobloise (local, pan-fried red snapper, pomelo, grapefruit, lemon, gooseberries and caper berries) Longe d’agneau (lamb loin sous vide, fava breans, beetroot moutabel, heirloom vegetables and thyme jus) – just to name a few. The team at Nizza makes it a point to utilise local ingredients as best they can while the other ingredients are imported, assuring a quality, dining experience.

Seafood lovers can rejoice as Nizza offers a multitude of fresh seafood items, catering to every palate. Plateau de fruits de mer (grilled lobster, prawns, king crab, red snapper, calamari, mussels and oysters) is a majestic platter comprising fresh, cold and grilled seafood, suitable for sharing between two to three persons. Sole Meunière (sole fish fillet meunière-style, sautéed wild mushroom and garlic parsley cream), on the other hand, is a very comforting dish that is tender in consistency and exudes playful flavours that tease the palate. No menu is complete without a perfect Black Angus ribeye or a juicy rack of lamb, so worry not as some of the old favourites can still be found on the new menu.  

In addition to the new menu, Nizza has also introduced a range of signature cocktails, crafted by the hotel’s mixologist, Joel. They are are buzz-worthy and act as a perfect aperitif before heading in for dinner. Among the highly recommended cocktails are French Highball and Luxe Tropicale. The French Highball is refreshing and simple, comprising soda and whiskey combo served in a tall glass. The Luxe Tropicale, on the other hand, screams an island drink with its fruity and zesty quality. It’s made of vanilla liqueur, amalgamated with passionfruit, lime juice and topped with champagne for added fizziness. Guests can opt to have a drink at the al fresco pool bar before heading in for dinner or have the libations delivered to the table to accompany your meal. In addition, there is a selection of fine wines to complement the cuisine. 

Nizza is the hotel’s speciality restaurant and is open every Wednesday to Monday from 4.30pm to 10.30pm.