Right smack in the centre of the podium of PJ Centrestage is Enorme. You can’t miss it. Actually, I didn’t even know about this PJ Centrestage until someone told me about Enorme. Opened since last December, Enorme has been quietly dishing up simple Italian fares to its clientele. Basically it’s a pizza and pasta joint, with some antipasti and mains thrown in. Oh, it also has a Brunch menu.
“Enorme” is enormous in Italian and the inspiration for this chosen name lies in the enormous sizes of their pizzas. They serve wood fire pizzas with diameters ranging from 5” to a gigantic 22” with prices from RM11 to RM65. I counted more than 10 items on the pizza menu itself so you may face a tough time deciding.
Of course I chose the most decadent one, their Carbonara Pizza (RM13/32/60) laden with crispy streaky bacon, heavy cream, button mushrooms, Italian parsley, mozzarella and decorated with an egg yolk right in the centre. Its rustic delicious porky elements scored all the points, as far as I was concerned. Do not miss this.
Well, there are other types on the menu, topped with sinfulness like Parma ham, pancetta, bacon and honey baked ham. Yes, Enorme serves the full spectrum of porkiness on their pizzas, like any self-respecting authentic Italian joint should be.
Battling the temptation to have another porky dish, my resolve won the day with Enorme’s
Anatra Pasta – Pulled Duck Confit Pasta (RM32). Tender strips of duck meat were tossed with sundried tomatoes, Italian parsley and a light parmesan sauce covered the al dente spaghetti. I’m generally an aglio olio fan but I didn’t mind the light sauce here as it was not cloying at all.
I actually started my meal here with lighter bites of a salad, soup and a fried mushroom but I got carried away with the pizza and pasta.
The deep-fried battered Portobello (RM23) was really good. Served with tasty sautéed chicken strips and sweet onions covering the huge portobello, this was almost a mains by itself. Eat it immediately to savour the crispy batter skin with the thick succulent mushroom beneath.
I enjoyed the seafood-based Zuppa Di Mare (RM38) soup swimming with fresh tiger prawns, crab meat, codfish, squids and venus clams. The thick tasty broth has been simmered with cherry vine tomatoes giving it an uplifting tangy nuance and dipping the crusty grilled baguette into this divine soup was one of the more pleasurable moments dining in Enorme.
There’s this very promising sounding salad in the menu – Insalata Aragosta (RM22) with diced lobster meat, diced apples, celery, light mayo, diced red chillies and drizzled with lemon juice on bed of mesclun salad. However, I didn’t quite care for it as the lobster meat was quite elusive.
The two meat dishes I tried were pretty good. Carre Di Maiale (RM51) was a 250g chargrilled US Pork Rack served with baked tomato and orzo with green peas. The pork chop had a nice layer of fat marbling and was tender enough.
However, the Piatti Di Agnello (RM55) proved to be a better bet. The pan-seared lamb rack coated with pistachio crust were beautifully done with gorgeous pink and juicy centres. Sautéed lentils and caponata completed the delicious ensemble.
For desserts, interesting names like Deconstructed tiramisu (RM19) and Passionfruit Granita (RM16) turned out to be just average in my books. Unless you can’t do without sweets to end a meal, I’d suggest to skip these and maybe indulge on another pizza.
Enorme stocks a good selection of Australian, New Zealand and some Italian wines for diners to pair with their food. I’d go back any time for their delightful thin-crust pizzas!
P-G-20 Podium PJ Centrestage
No.1, Jalan 13/1, Seksyen 13
46200 Petaling Jaya
Tel: +60 3-7661-0651
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