Thursday, June 10, 2010

Carmen's Vinothek @ Changkat

Werner Kuhn has closed La Vaca at Changkat Bukit Bintang, replacing it with two new outlets: Carmen's Vinothek opened this week, while The Whisky Bar should be ready soon.

Enomatic wine dispensers, similar to the ones at Hakka Republic Wine Bar, are the highlight here, enabling customers to sample nearly two dozen wines in tasting portions of 25ml (about one-sixth of a regular glass) that cost below RM10 each.

Food-wise, it's non-halal at Carmen's (thankfully!), though there's nothing unusual on the menu. But since good service is always worth noting, Carmen's staff members deserve praise for their friendliness and efficiency.

Complimentary starters of Jamon Serrano (cured Spanish mountain ham) & pastries.

Coffin Bay Pacific oysters with red wine vinegar. Fresh and brimming with flavor.

Oysters Kilpatrick (baked oysters with pork bacon) & Oysters Rockefeller (oysters with creamy spinach & breadcrumbs). Basic recipes, perfectly prepared.

Pork liver pate. Soft, creamy and exceptionally aromatic.

BBQ pork ribs. Messy to handle, but marvelous to sink our teeth into.

Luis Filipe Edward Carmenere Gran Reserva, Colchagua Valley, Chile '07 & Los Vascos Grande Reserve, Cab Sauvignon, Colchagua, Chile '07.

Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Blanc Aquarelle, France (2005) & E. Guigal Cotes Du Rhone Blanc, Viognier, France (2008).

Domaine Antoine Ligeret Chablis, France (2005) & Yarra Yering Chardonnay, Yarra Valley, Australia (2005).

Kaesler SGM Shiraz, Barossa Valley (Australia, 2007) & Villa Maria Cellar Selection, Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand (2007).

Leeuwin Estate Art Series Shiraz, Margaret River (Australia, 2006) & M. Charpoutier La Bernadine Chateauneuf du Pape (France, 2006).

Carmen's Vinothek,
Changkat Bukit Bintang.


  1. Pork liver pate! Woots!
    And the ribs was pinkish! Nice!
    Me guessin atr visit is soon?

    So jz serving beef aint cutting it here? Must hv pork? I thought i read a few promising reviews of La Vaca..

  2. tng: i'll return here once the whisky bar is open, which should be within the next couple of weeks. even though i don't even like whisky, heh :D yeah, frankly i preferred la vaca, which had a wider and more interesting menu...

  3. for once i actually recognise one of the white wines you tried!

    well a pity abt la vaca, havent even stepped foot in there!

  4. joe: y'know what ... despite all the wines that i drink, i can never remember the differences between them or how to properly describe them. i know i don't like cabernet sauvignon, but that's all i know :D yep, la vaca lasted less than six months!

  5. what a lovely restaurant name. Wonder what Vinothek means?
    BTW, any idea when Gtower Penthouse restaurant is opening?

  6. augustdiners: vinothek apparently is german for "wine library." a name that suits this place! :D as for g tower, they're taking their time with the f&b outlets. i've asked, but there isn't a scheduled opening for that restaurant yet.

  7. ooh this place is another werner's place and is a project under Carmen, his sommelier. Didn't know it was opened already. Now waiting for the whisky side to open. hehe

  8. eiling: ahhh, so that's where the name carmen came from! i hope it does well. it's a nice place that looks like a cross between a pub and a french restaurant, even though the chairs aren't all that comfortable. yep, am looking forward to the whisky bar too ... though as of now, the furniture hasn't been brought in there yet!

  9. I notice that other places, like 789, also own a similar kind of wine dispenser that preserves the quality of an unopened bottle for a longer period. I wonder what Werner's direction is for this new place and whether he'll get lucky with this the same way he's succeeded with El Cerdo. Will keep my fingers crossed for him.

  10. lemongrass: ooh, it's been ages since i've been back to 7atenine. i guess all these guys can afford to purchase the machine and large amounts of wine. it's almost like a wine cellar here. but yep, i hope it lasts much longer than la vaca! :D

  11. Enomatic wine dispensers- greatest invention ever. i also wish they did enomatic caviar dispensers :P

  12. Ciki: u should patent that idea! It could be the next big thing :D