Rich leather chairs, fine white linen, sterling silver cutlery and soft lighting result in a lovely ambience in the main room of the JoJo Italian Restaurant at the Tropicana Country Club. The ability to dine “al fresco” on the generous veranda with a nice view of the surrounding area, in the air-conditioned comfort of a large private dining room or in the main restaurant, offers something for everyone. We were beautifully looked after by Luca and Nick, both of whom have had some time living in Australia. As I am an expat Aussie, we found a lot in common which added to the dining experience we enjoyed.
My wife, Gudrun, selected a glass of the house wine, an Argentinean Chardonnay and later switched to the house-red, a nice Argentinean Shiraz while my friend and I decided on a few nice cold Tiger beers to accompany our meal. To start we chose JoJo’s pizza, a deluxe house-specialty topped with mushrooms, eggplant, chicken, black olives and mozzarella cheese followed by “Sup lee” Rice Balls. This dish was exceptional and is a mouth-watering Sicilian recipe handed down through generations of lucky Italians, consisting of a delicious tomato bolognese covered with a mozzarella risotto which is then rolled in bread-crumbs and deep fried. “Mamma Mia!” that was good.
Next we enjoyed wonderful spaghetti pasta pesto with fresh scallops followed by a braised lamb-shank cooked with Italian herbs and served with mashed potato absolutely superb and it just fell off the bone. For our grand finale we shared a delicious Tiramisu, an absolute master-piece and some Tartufo – creamy Italian ice-cream made with fruit and nuts and topped with crushed walnuts and almonds. A really good macchiato coffee was the perfect end to our evening. Next time, after you have played a round at Tropicana Country Club, or if you are just in the vicinity, drop in to JoJo and see for yourself just how good Italian food can be.
For more information, visit Jojo at www.dinemalaysia.com
This article was written by David B Bradley
Source: The Expat March 2011
This article has been edited for Expatgomalaysia.com
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