Wednesday, November 11, 2009

La Vaca @ Changkat Bukit Bintang

El Cerdo might be all about The Pig, but its newly opened sister restaurant, La Vaca, is dedicated to The Cow. This is a fine addition to Changkat, destined to be a mainstay for years to come.

Pan-fried beef bone marrow and butter mushroom on toast. One of the most sinful, cholesterol-laden recipes imaginable, but the melt-in-the-mouth marrow is so, so good.

Fresh oyster baked on onion soubise with beef ham and Swiss cheese. Not the ideal way to appreciate oysters, but tasty enough to seek second or third helpings.

German-style steak tartare. A creamy blend of raw beef with egg and an alcoholic mix.

Ten oz of Wagyu beef rump steak. Not extraordinary, but still a competently executed platter that should please steak lovers.

Braised ox tongue with Madeira sauce. If you can get past the ick factor of eating the tongue of a cow, this is actually quite good. Smooth, tender and mild-tasting, with a well-prepared sauce that provides a kick of extra flavour.

Jumbo Rocky Mountain Oyster Beef Sausage. This might look like a safe, ordinary sausage, but it's really not for the faint-hearted. Stitched together from an unidentified combo of cow innards, it's definitely an acquired taste that we wouldn't rush to recommend.

Idaho baked Russet potato with chilli con carne. Eat this and you'll instantly weigh one pound heavier. But it's worth it. The chilli con carne is extraordinary: fresher, spicier and more satisfying than any other version we've had in the Klang Valley.

Cantine Bellosguardo, Sangiovese, Italy.

La Vaca Steak House,
Changkat Bukit Bintang.
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  1. All that beefy goodness is lost on me! I haven't touched beef since I was five! I have to say though, that steak tartare has fascinated me for years... on account of watching a horror movie (also something I haven't done in a while) and a scene where the predator wolfing this down before turning to her prey... OK I digress..

  2. Dad would love this joint, being the beef lover that he is. Hmmmm, may just bring him there to celebrate his birthday ;)

  3. Now that's what I'm talking about. I love my beef more than my pork. Can have a whole meal of it without wanting to puke. I mean there's only so much pork one can take in a meal.

    So any ideas when they're gonna open a dedicated restaurant for poultry, seafood, and *gasp* vegan?

  4. Ah, bf will be very happy to hear abt the beef"topia". Must try this place soon, since he's such a beef-lover.

  5. excellent .. raw beef raw egg.. this i gotta try!

    Oh ya, btw, pls could you kindly update our site link to cumidanciki dot com.(pls ignore if you have!)

  6. oh my....

    Stupid Q - but necessary.
    In case i got drag here by Unka, anything that's non beef here? ;p
    I do eat beef, but uummm.. got depends on mood. Not like BREAD, CAKES & chic & fish & unagi ;p. Can eat anytime!

  7. 550ml: hey, u'll probably stay in better health than those of us who eat red meat! still, there's something primal about gorging on a half-bloody steak ... a feeling that we don't really get with fish, fowl or even pork...
    unka: it's actually a nice, cosy place for a family outing. they even play classic country music on the sound system :D
    qwazymonkey: a vegan restaurant at changkat? that's a cool idea actually!
    boo: yeah, this is a nice change from the usual steakhouses like san fran, victoria and jake's...
    ciki: sounds like raw lust there!
    tng: oh, that's a valid question, since there are many who don't eat beef. but yeah, they have a small selection of seafood and chicken too :D

  8. Shit. I was there on the 1st day of opening and you beat me to it. Mr. Werner was cooking that night. i had the crab cake which is nicely done and also the wagyu rump steak and down it with the German sakh and a bottle of MC spanish wine.

  9. eiling: we might have been there on the same evening! nearly ordered the crab cakes too, but decided to make it an all-meat dinner :D

  10. "Rocky Mountain Oysters" refer to the bull's testicles if I'm not wrong. First time I've heard of putting it in a sausage ? Would that explain the funky taste.

  11. jon: omg, u're right! no wonder the waitress was reluctant to properly explain what it was!

  12. the potato and toast sounds yums..but since it's all about beef- the mains were just ok?

  13. sc: yeah, we weren't too impressed by the steak ... but i guess that's partly because a lot of other places serve good steak too :D