Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Bar Madrid @ Jaya One

One of the most promising new outlets to hit Jaya One in a long time, Bar Madrid offers non-halal tapas that are reasonably priced and satisfyingly tasty.

Overall, it's good but not as great as El Meson, the other recently opened tapas joint (for reviews of El Meson @ Bangsar, see: Nov. 20, Nov. 26 & Nov. 28). Those three visits weren't enough to sample El Meson's many temptations, but Bar Madrid only needs one more trip.

Catalan Toast (baguette topped with serrano ham & manchego). This isn't wimpy bruschetta for the health-conscious; it's a sinful combo of carbs, protein and fat for hearty eaters.

Baked aubergines with mushrooms. Having recently watched Julie & Julia, I think it's safe to say that Julia Child would have approved of this creamy, cheese-laden concoction.

Butterfish with aioli on baguette. Slightly less guilt-inducing; the fish had a fresh, smoky flavour and wasn't too salty.

Chorizo Fritos (cured Spanish sausages). Tender and juicy, but we weren't too sure whether this was authentically Spanish. Tasted more like frankfurters.

Baked scallops topped with sofrito sauce. A light, tomatoish treat.

Grilled Iberico Pork Ribs. Requires 30 minutes of preparation, but worth the wait if you enjoy awesomely fatty, addictively succulent slabs of meat.

Piquillo peppers with seafood. Exuberant colours, vibrant flavours. We're major fans of recipes with minced meat or seafood stuffing, so this was one of our favourites that evening.

Ragout of Iberico on potato galette. Kinda oily, but this thick, boneless stew was really tender and flavourful. Comfort food for lazy carnivores.

Ladero Tempranillo. A bargain for RM70.

Bar Madrid,
Jaya One.


  1. OMG! Just got over the dizzy ecstacy of El Meson, and now another joint to hit. Crazy! Lamenting on the lack of Spanish food, and suddenly two hit KL. You are right. Meson was wonderful. Help! I can't keep up with the new restaurants!

  2. Walao weii...none stop suddenly those onlaught of Spanish outlets!
    Its like hip to go tapas now eh? ;)

  3. Sudden craze for everything Spanish, this actually looks promising. esp the iberico pork dishes.

  4. you see la.. all this talk about El Meson.. i feel like i'm traveling and eating at snail pace cf. you ..

    Anyway, bar madrid has lovely bright walls! what happened to our makan session.. pffft :P

  5. anything porky deserves to be visited :) since I can't eat anything beefy...
    Jaya One is just a few stones' throw away from my place in PJ.. of course, El Meson is not that far too :) and Pressroom... sigh...

  6. android: it's gonna get crazier soon! there are 5-6 more high-profile restaurants opening this month :D
    tng: yep, it's nice to have more tapas outlets. great food to share and sample in small portions
    j2kfm: it seems like the current fad, but i'm not complaining =)
    ciki: nevermind la, remember ths story about the hare and the tortoise? in the end, the tortoise overtook the hare! as for our makan session, how to schedule when u're forever out of the country :P
    joe: judging from what i've been eating these few weeks, i'm more spanish than chinese :D
    leo: hmmm, if i had to choose between pork and beef, i think i'd pick pork! anyways, keep these places in mind and check them out whenever u can =)

  7. Wah, need to put on my running shoes and catch up with you on all these new restaurants. Then again, u've already tried everyting on the menu. How lah liddat?

  8. the tapas looks very delish, and glad to hear that its mostly good. didnt even noticed it's existence eventhough i was over at Jaya One just last week! :p

  9. Oh gosh, we're gonna go tipsy over tapas at this rate. It's a nice sorta Spanish intoxication... ;)

  10. qwazymonkey: hey, u have an advantage, cos i don't even have running shoes! anyway, like i said, remember the tale of the hare and the tortoise ... in the end, the tortoise overtook the hare!
    sc: yeah, i didn't even realize it had opened, but we were there by coincidence for something else. check it out next time :D
    lfb: better get ready to get drunk as a skunk! :D

  11. do you have the tel no for this outlet?

  12. eiling: yikes, sorry, it's not on the receipt

  13. i went there a couple of weeks back, the food there isnt all great, i mean the tapas arent as good as what u mentioned but their special was really nice, their special was pork sandwich which consisted of home made pork patty and a mix of pickled chillies, onions and some diced tomatoes, there are pro's and cons but id say the outlet opposite bar madrid faired better

  14. Nick: I haven't been back here since December, so I hope there hasn't been a dip in quality since then. That special does sound tasty ... U might prefer el meson at telawi if u're looking for excellent tapas

  15. try the Sapporo draught beer at RM19++ in Bar Madrid only...

  16. shireen: thanks for the info! :D