It was my eight marriage anniversary so I decided to bring the family to Al Dante Kuching, which was an Italian restaurant in Saradise BDC.
The restaurant had high reviews on Facebook and it seemed like a nice place. It is non-halal because they serve pork.
Making reservations at Al Dante Kuching
Anyway, I called the number displayed on both Google and TripAdvisor, but it didn’t work. I finally found another number on at their official Al Dante Kuching Facebook which rang, but nobody picked up.
By then, I figured perhaps it wasn’t my luck to dine at this particular restaurant.
Therefore, I decided to check out other fine dining restaurants in Kuching and see if they fitted something I was looking for (which to be honest, was rather vague).
Anyway, soon after, Al Dante Kuching called me back and they confirmed my booking at 7PM that night.
Ambiance and atmosphere at Al Dante
My wife came back hungry, so we left for Al Dante almost immediately. Since Saradise is quite a distance from our place, it took us about 30 minutes by car.
Upon arrival, there was a notice outside the door that said the place was fully booked. I was glad I called in advance.
There wasn’t anyone at the door, so we just walked in after scanning MySejahtera and doing all the Covid-19 SOPs.
Inside, the counter was not manned, so we stood there for a minute, wondering how we could get their attention.
Thankfully, a staff member noticed us and immediately took us to our seats.
The seats were comfortable and the table was wide and clean. Tables are well spaced from one another so there’s a good amount of privacy from one table to another.
I liked the interior of the restaurant which was minimalistic and simple. Christmas songs played in the background and there was only a few tables occupied.
The only downside is that the restaurant does get rather slightly noisy if there’s a crowd of good friends celebrating at one of the tables. This could be solved with a private room, but since the restaurant doesn’t seem to have one, it’s truly understandable.
Either way, if you want to have a nice chat with some friends at Al Dante and would be worried you happen to dine with such a crowd, outside seating is an option.
The menu at Al Dante
After we were seated, we were immediately presented with the menu.
The prices of food and drinks here were rather above average for a fine dining restaurant but that’s expected.
Anyway, the waitress gave us a couple of minutes to digest the order and make our choices. When she came back, we were ready to order.
I choose lamb with black pepper sauce, my wife went for fish and chips and my daughter, opted for pasta. We also ordered peperoni pizza and caesar salad.
It wasn’t long for the dishes to be served and they can be seen below.
I personally felt the dishes were generally delicious and tasty, and the portion was adequate as well.
The black pepper sauce that accompanied my lamb was one of the better ones I’ve had, almost mimicking Kenny Roger’s black pepper sauce, which to me is by far the best.
Thought on their service
I didn’t not communicate with the owner of the place, but I did communicate with the waitress and waiters at Al Dante Kuching.
I felt they were excellent, responsive and polite.
As a bonus, it was nice to see one of the waiters playing a special Happy Birthday song on the piano for someone who was celebrating her birthday.
You don’t see that often in Kuching, so it’s really something.
Final review of Al Dante Kuching
We spent a good hour plus in the restaurant and left after we had finished our meals.
I paid RM232 for the meal but I was satisfied with the level of service and dishes they had offered.
I wouldn’t mind returning in the future and I hope they can maintain their quality and service.
If you are considering Al Dante, I do recommend them.
However, sitting outside would be best if you want to have a good conversation with your partner or friend, because if there was a crowd among the customers, it can be quite hard to talk.