Friday, November 20, 2009

El Meson @ Telawi, Bangsar

El Meson, supposedly Spanish for The Tavern, is a breath of fresh air at Telawi, offering non-halal tapas and other European specialties. It's like a cross between El Cerdo and La Bodega.

The Andalusian bean soup with pancetta is a thick, hearty starter, with lotsa kidney beans and cured pork belly at the base of the bowl.

Calamares Rellenos (squid stuffed with minced meat sauce). An interesting change from the typical squid recipes. Imagine fresh, not-too-chewy squid immersed in a gravy that looked like rendang but tasted like a rich bolognaise.

Paella with pork, chicken and chorizo. We weren't impressed with this initially, since it tasted somewhat Oriental and lacked the aroma of saffron. But it was still well-prepared _ a far cry from the mushy paella at many other outlets.

Confit of milk-fed suckling lamb leg with couscous and roast potatoes. Our favourite for the evening. The lamb tasted almost like fowl, with a fall-off-the-bone texture that made every bite a delight. Rather steeply priced at RM128, but it can easily be shared by two.

The size of the roast suckling pig was also kinda daunting, but the crisp skin and succulent, flavoursome flesh made it pretty addictive. Definitely as good as El Cerdo's, even though the "breaking the plate" ceremony isn't practiced here.

Penamonte Tinto (Tinto de Toro, Spain).

El Meson,
Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru.


  1. Glad to see some interesting items on the menu like the squids & paella w pork!

    Seems to worth atr trip eh? ;p

  2. tng: yeps, will definitely return soon for the tapas. btw, the tapas prices are not too bad. only slightly higher than la bodega's ...

  3. interesting, another place for suckling pig!

  4. OOooh itu babi sangat besar! Muka dia macam tengah "in pain" Happy friday

  5. joe: yep, for those in the area, no need to battle traffic to changkat bb anymore :D
    qwazymonkey: really? i thot it looked like it was trying to crack a smile =)

  6. Paella... been ages since I had me some. *drools*

    P.S. Mebbe that can be a new dish... The Smiling Babi Bakar? :P

  7. lfb: well, nothing to stop ya from getting some, rite :D p.s. yeah, pigs are more expressive than chickens and duck, so we shouldn't let their faces go to waste ;)

  8. Gahhhh... I don't know about the face of that pig gracing the table! Hypocritical I know but a subject I simply cannot bear to argue or to win! :-S

  9. 550ml: yeah, i admit it's certainly a sight that evokes mixed emotions. but i guess that's the traditional way of presenting a suckling pig, spanish-style...