Thursday, April 22, 2010

Qba @ Westin Kuala Lumpur


One of the most vibrant settings to be found in a KL hotel.


Qba specialises in beef, as well as a vast variety of tapas for customers to nibble on while savouring the restaurant's salsa music.


Saltiest complimentary nuts ever! They could have been made entirely of salt.


Potatoes Rioja-style, with chorizo & olive oil fried egg. A super supper snack, with heaps of starch and grease to soak up all the late-night booze.


Freshly shucked Irish Pacific oysters with Latin salsa. Not the best ever, but good enough to drown out any oyster cravings.


Rocket leaves, Cabrales blue cheese, fresh figs & hazelnuts. A flavour-packed salad, with lots of luscious figs buried beneath a mountain of other ingredients.


Poached bone marrow with lemon jus & deviled quail eggs. Less thrilling than we had anticipated; stick to Dish for a heartier, more sinful version.


Pecadillo con Huervos (the "Cuban Nasi Campur"). A massive mix of white rice with beef hash, fried egg (again!), braised canary beans, plantain banana crisps, avocado, pineapple & cocoa bean salad. Might be tastier if the rice had been fried instead of being steamed plain.


Longhorn Tasman eye fillet with blue cheese fondue & braised shallots. Forgettable, despite the clear effort put into creating this recipe.


Wagyu eye fillet, wild mushrooms & truffled taro cakes. Coulda been more succulent.


Master Kobe sirloin with almond & apricot beignets & sea urchin sauce mousseline. Not as sensational as Kobe beef ought to be, though the use of uni was a tasty twist.


Kechetini (ketel one vodka, lychee, creme de cassis) & Just As Nice (baileys, drambuie, peach schnapps, fresh cream).


Ciudad Mexico (tequila, cointreau, cranberry juice, lemon juice) & Escorpion (light rum, amaretto, grand marnier, orange juice, lemon juice).




Qba,
The Westin, Kuala Lumpur.
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18 comments:

  1. Hmm...all didnt sound very promising..
    But hey.. I want that Nasi Cuban Campur!!
    Perfect chap fun! ;p

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  2. tng: yeah, everything on qba's menu always sounds really exciting, but somehow, the food only sometimes lives up to expectations. i think eest and prego are better bets if you eat at the westin....

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  3. Hmmm. I think I was there. Was I there? Yup, I think I was there. I remember that the beef was hardly memorable. Hmmm. I don't remember eating those potatoes. Maybe I wasn't there after all. Oooh that reminds me, I still have a voucher to use there and I think it should be expiring soon. Story of my life.

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  4. lemongrass: hmmm, i don't recall seeing you there while i was gorging on those potatoes or guzzling those cocktails, so i'd say you weren't there. :D vouchers, vouchers ... my renaissance hotel voucher has expired...

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  5. Oh didn't know that Qba serves nice food. The last time I was there, I was so drunk and was dancing with 3 guys! Lol..

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  6. eiling: yikes! heheh, yeah, most party-goers head to the bar downstairs :D

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  7. Those are pretzels.. not nuts.. =)

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  8. irene: oops! maybe a mix of pretzels and nuts, heheh? :D

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  9. Salty nuts? Hmm, can be tasty depending on the sorta nuts... :)

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  10. lfb: yikes! u gotta get your mind outta the gutter sometime :P

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  11. hmph, thus far the food in the westin has failed to impress la.

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  12. fbb: i'm easy to impress, heheh. but ya, there seem to be too many misses among the hits...

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  13. Hello From The Westin Kuala Lumpur,

    Thank you for all of your valuable feedback. We would definitely strive to better our misses. =)Will pass this message on to our chefs.

    Have a good day ahead!

    Be well,
    Yoke May

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  14. yoke may: thanks very much for the response. i do like all the restaurants at the westin, especially prego and eest. =)

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  15. Hi Sean,

    Well, we realised that's where most of our guests deviate to, Prego and EEST. Perhaps you could let us know what a foodie like yourself look for when savouring Latin American cuisine? We receive many generic comments on the food but we would like to know what are the likes and dislikes of diners. =)

    Cheers,
    Yoke May

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  16. hi yoke may,
    the menu at qba is definitely exciting, with a lot of creative dishes that we can't find anywhere else in kl. but the problem is in the preparation: the flavours just don't come out. a lot of items are rather bland, including the "cuban nasi campur" and the steaks. could u think of ways to spice it up (i don't mean to make it spicy, but at least more flavourful).
    in that sense, prego and eest fare better, because most of the dishes there are both interesting and very tasty.
    prices might be a factor too ... the cocktails at qba are really too expensive (though it's good that u sometimes have promos such as the mojito happy hour). it's easier to have a more affordable meal at prego and eest.

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  17. Hi Sean,

    I would say, our chefs deviate towards the traditional flavours and tastes of how the Latin American people prepare their food. Us, Asians definately like stronger flavours. One of the reasons why Prego and EEST are so well-received is because of the burst of flavours in the dishes. =)

    Thank you for taking the time to let us know. It is very much appreciated. =)

    Be well,
    Yoke May

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  18. yoke may: no worries. will definitely still be chilling out at qba from time to time =)

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