Showing posts with label Tapas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tapas. Show all posts

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Wine Appreciation at Gallo Wine Bar Taman Desa Old Klang Road Kuala Lumpur

Wine appreciation takes a new level at Gallo Wine Bar which recently opened its' door to serve wine from all over the world and food menu that are specially crafted to be paired with these fine wine. At Gallo Wine Bar you will be able to enhance not only your knowledge of wine but to be able to appreciate the finer details of wine appreciation.

Gallo Wine Bar Location Address Map
5-1-1, Jalan 2/109F, Taman Danau Desa,
58100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

On entry to the wine bar, one can feel the ambience and atmosphere that is cosy yet homey. Most of the seating setup here are of the chesterfields settee and gives you the English continental feel that prepares us for a night of great wine and nice food.

At Gallo Wine Bar, one can easily order the wine of your choice thru the ingenious Wine menu that is segregated by its originating country, region, type of grapes, body and its fruitiness. This will make it easy for you to really understand your need for that special wine to be paired with the food.

The night started with the introduction of the wine of the month which is the Litoral Leyda Valley Chile Pinot Noir 2012 by our host.

Our first tapas for the night is the Cheese Crackers (RM18.00). Cheese is the best partner for wine and what a nice way to start off our review with this simple Cheese Crackers. We like the wafer-thin crust of the Parmesan Cheese which is paired with Honey Sauce, Rock Melon and Green Apple

Next on is the Lambor Guinness (RM18.00); a dish of in-house made lamb meatball. The meatball which is wrapped with the bacon is stewed with the Guinness Sauce. Although a tad of saltiness, the sauce is really enticing and eaten with the garlic bread that is served as a side was just the right start.

The Mushroom Threesome (RM18.00) is a delicate dish that comprises the combination of sauteed Portobello Mushroom, Fried Button Mushroom and Eringi Mushroom which is topped with Duck Bacon, Onion Ring; makes it nice starters.

The next dish is not really my favourite as I am not a real fan of Mac and Cheese. But this Grown Up Mac and Cheese (RM35.00) was cooked in the pan to ensure that it is kept warm for as long as possible. The use of the Jack Cheese which is served with the Duck Bolognese Sauce and topped with pan fried Duck Sausage makes the difference that had me take in a couple of extra spoonfuls. 

This is followed by the Smoked Salmon Roll With Vodka Cream (RM18.00). Served with a mixed green salad with Orange it has a tangy taste that went well with the Vodka infused cream that is wrapped with the smoked salmon roll with a topping of the caviar to finish it up. Another perfect dish that paired well with our wine.

Next on is the Beef Brisket Asian Slaw Mantou Sliders (RM18.00) A move from the norm is this sliders dish, The mantou is steam first before frying it to give a nice soft spongy texture on the inside while a slight wafer thin crust on the skin of the mantou. Nice combination although some might find it a little too sourish from the use of the young mango slices.

For a taste of BBQ item, we had the Yakitori Station Sea Prawn with Pickle Papaya and Lemon Zest (RM18.00). We like this BBQ prawns as it has that zesty lemon taste with every bite. Eaten with the pickled papaya which has a slightly sour taste bring out the best in the wine.

The second dish from the Yakitori section is the Not Your Ordinary Chicken Teriyaki (RM15.00). Tender Chicken leg meat is skewered in between with the cut leek and coated with the teriyaki sauce.

The last tapas we had is the Mushroom Pizza (RM18.00)  A nice combination of everything mushroom that comes combine with the right balance of mozzarella cheese with a thin crust that makes it savoury for the wine. A strong aroma of truffle was evident as the pizza arrives at on our table.

For dessert, we had the Brie (RM16.00). The Brie Cheese is served on a hot pan and was a nice combo with the Cranberry Sauce while the Gooseberry and Strawberry add a sour dimension to this dessert with the Walnut giving you a nutty crunch feel for this dish. 

If you are one of those beginners wine drinkers, you might just go for the monthly Wine of the Month or ask the staff for the right wine to be recommended to you.

Gallo Wine Bar Location Address Map

Monday, April 6, 2015

Interlude Tapas Bar & Restaurant TTDI Kuala Lumpur - International Tapas and Bar Malaysia Review By Best Restaurant

Serving Tapas dishes are getting popular of late especially Restaurant that also serves liquor as these food usually complement well with these drinks. Best Restaurant To Eat was invited to a special preview to taste some of the special International Tapas at Interlude Restaurant and Bar at 50, Lorong Rahim Kajai 14, Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) Kuala Lumpur.

Interlude is decorated as a simple modern bar setting. It serves a wide variety of liquor drinks that spans from beer, hard liquor, Mojitos, Margarita and popular Mocktails. The ambience and soothing music will rejuvenate you after a hard day at work.

To complement these drinks; Interlude TTDI also serves a wide variety of fusion International Tapas that are master creation of the Chef.

Our first dish on the table was the Grilled chicken breast with mash and chicken jus. I am not a real big fan of chicken breast as I usually find the meat to be very tough and stale but I was surprised that the breast meat cooked with the CONFIT method; explains the tenderness and juiciness of the chicken breast. Served with a bed of buttery mashed potatoes with the chicken jus. It was the perfect start to our review.

The second tapas was the Crispy Pork Belly with Kilkenny Glaze. Super crackle crisp skin of a pork belly is a testament to the quality of a roast pork belly. The secret to this was the Pork Belly was first baked with a salt blanket for 2 hours and after removing the salt blanket; it is rebaked to the crisp. The pork belly is then glazed with a layer of Kilkenny glaze and serve with a side of pickle cabbage that add another dimension to this dish.

Next on is the BBQ Pork Ribs with Guinness BBQ Sauce. The pork ribs were braised with Cinnamon, five spice powder and other herbs for 2 hours. Before grilling the Pork Ribs, it is then glazed with an in-house made BBQ sauce that is mixed with Guinness Stout to enhance and provide the pork ribs with a special smoky malty flavour. 

· This is then followed by the Pork Burger - a thick in-house made pork patties topped with a piece of fried bacon and topped with a piece of melted cheese. Served with a side of French Fries which was sprinkled with Paprika for that added kick.

· After a few meat dishes, we then had the Citrus Chicken Salad - A plateful of fresh garden green salad with herbs i.e mint leaves, Italian parsley with Chicken breast chunks on a Lemon Vinaigrette dressing and topped with Fried Shallots.

· After that, our tastebud was ready for the stronger taste dishes, the first of which is the Baked Snapper in Tom Yam Broth. A Thai inspired dish - the John Snapper Fillet was deboned and cooked with a Tom yam/ Miso broth to gives it a sweet, sourish and spicy taste. It is oven baked and served on a bed of rice. 

For something special we then had the Carrot Parpadelle - This is a 100% Vegan dish. What looks like pasta is actually carrot strips which are finely grated to resemble pasta. Then it is tossed in the pan and added with oregano, cumin and mint leaves with orange and carrot puree to be cooked. 

The signature dish of Interlude is the 17 hours Slow Cooked Pork Belly - Cooking this dish takes a lot of patience and passion as it takes more than 17 hours to cook. The method used to cooked this dish is SousVide, which is a method of cooking food sealed in airtight plastic bags in a water bath or in a temperature-controlled steam environment for longer than normal cooking times and in this case 17 hours. The final result is that the meat is still tender while still retains the meat juice and its full flavour. 

Nantua of Spaghetti with a Selection of Seafood - The Nantua sauce is also known as the American Sauce which has a strong smoky prawns flavours from the prawns bisque and tomatoes which was superbly done. It is then cooked with an array of seafood which include prawns, mussels, squids and topped with sprinkle of green herbs. 

To wash down on the delicious food, we had the Herbal Mint Ginger which has mint leaf, ginger puree, ginger ale and Gingerade. 

and then Melon Berry Crush which is a concoction of Honeydew, Watermelon and Strawberry.

and lastly the Rainbow Shot -It’s a vodka drink -- and not a very strong one, it is made by layering grenadine, sweet and sour mix, orange juice, vodka and blue curacao in a cocktail shaker. Each liquid has a different density, so if done right, they'll layer on top of each other and pour out all the colors of the rainbow in perfect order.

Interlude TTDI is a place where you can chill out while enjoying the delicious International Tapas while drinking your favourite drink after a hard day at work.