Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Casbah

Casbah: Round Two. The year is still young, but this is my favorite new restaurant of 2011 so far, edging other contenders like The Han Room, Earth Food & T Forty Two.
Click here for earlier entry on Casbah (January 11).

Queso Fonduta. A mouthwatering mix of luscious beef sausages with creamy, boiling-hot Manchego cheese fondue. Once you start dipping, you won't stop (till everything's gone!).

Boquerones (marinated anchovies with garlic & olive oil). Savory, slippery and slimy.

Ouzie-style roasted leg of lamb with Arabian rice, lamb jus & harissa sauce. Fork-tender, barely gamy meat with moist, aromatic rice. Thoroughly satisfying.

"Manti" stuffed with chicken, garlic yogurt, sumac & paprika. Meaty morsels, wrapped in pillowy pasta shells. As light and tasty as the best of Italian ravioli.

Salmon poached in Lebanese olive oil with smoked eggplant puree & dill potatoes. Succulent, fresh-tasting fish, irreproachably prepared.

Baby squid a la plancha, with arugula, olives, radish & chick peas. Springy seafood, whipped up in a salad-ish recipe that kept the full briny flavor of the ocean intact.

Prawns Escabeche (roasted prawns with garlic, ancho chili & pickled veggies). A tangy treat, perfect for snacking; tidbits like these give tapas a good name.

Paella Valencia. Gently laced with saffron, this might not be the best paella ever, but the fluffy bomba rice was nevertheless very nicely cooked. Loaded with enough beef sausages, prawns, clams & mussels to make every bite extra enjoyable.

The cocktails here are stellar. Spanish Lemon Drop (belvedere vodka, sherry, fresh lemon) & Opiate (bombay sapphire gin, midori lemon, absinthe).

Magic Mo'Kool Berry Bliss (cotton candy floss, fresh lemon, absolut mandarin vodka, cranberry) & Mandarin Whisky Cocktail (yamazaki 12 years single malt, cointreau, shao xing rice wine, angostura bitter).

Chocolate Espresso Martini (fresh-pulled espresso, bailey's, white cream de cocoa) & Spicy Mango Chelada (mango chili infusion, fresh lime, tiger beer).

Casbah,
Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur.
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29 comments:

  1. The paella is not that nice because it's missing the added egg? :)

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  2. aiyah.. the paella looks fabulous to me until I read "beef sausages"... I'm a Kuan Yin devotee!!

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  3. I keep forgetting that this restaurant exists .

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  4. J: heheh, I wonder when we'll have our next chance to see a paella topped with egg. Maybe not for years, at this rate! :D
    Leo: ooh, I guess if u're here, u could definitely ask them to omit the sausages, and they'd probably replace it with extra prawns and mussels to male it a pure seafood paella =)
    Michelle: u're too young to be forgetting important stuff like this, hehee. try to remember this time, ya :D

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  5. Aiks! We should have gone here last night instead of the, uhm, pseudo-Russian place? Hehe. Actually that was right fun... seeing you polish salad after salad.

    :D

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  6. lfb: aiya, your poisoned stomachs would have protested at all the cheese and heavy oil served here. hopefully u're both back in the pinkest of health today :D
    strangely though, i feel no healthier despite having eaten all that lettuce, carrots, cabbage, beets, etc. i guess it's a myth that veggies are healthy. okie, back to beef tonight then! :D

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  7. Veggies are only healthy when you eat them regularly - 5 salads in one sitting doesn't really count! :P

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  8. lfb: this sounds eerily similar to what someone else once told me: sex is only healthy when u do it regularly ... five partners in one sitting doesn't really count! :P

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  9. As lively a start to restaurants as it is to film I see! Manti and salmon looks good! This is going to be a fine fine year!

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  10. min: oh yeah, 2010 was a really, really good year for new restaurants, but i'm crossing my fingers that 2011 will somehow be even better! here's to more exotic cuisine being offered in KL, and not only italian (even though i love my pasta) :D

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  11. ROFL... Oh but five partners in one sitting could be so much fun, even if it doesn't count! (Five salads in one sitting? Not so much fun.) :P

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  12. lfb: "COULD be so much fun?" sounds like you're not speaking from experience then. you know what they say, "two's company, three's a lot, four's even better, five ... oh my GAWD!" (that might not apply to salads though. but maybe to plates of pasta) :D

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  13. "Oh my GAWD!"? Well, I've certainly heard my fair share of that moaned in my direction. Heh heh.

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  14. i hear the cocktails are to die for. better use my card here before it expires.

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  15. Lfb: as in, "oh my GAWD ... Hurry up and finish already"? Sounds logical :D
    Lemongrass: you have a mandarin oriental discount card? Oooh, bring meeeeeeee! :D

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  16. Your first post wasn't as inspiring, but this got my attention!
    Wotn be here soon thuough.. no time ;(
    I havent even stepped into Nathalies tis month and i stil owe Aja a trip to T fourty Two.
    Sigh..

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  17. Tng: heheh, I think you'll prefer t forty two, cos the size of the desserts menu there is triple compared to casbah! And the location in bangsar might be a bit more convenient for you too :D

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  18. was just listening to your podcast on KLUE. thought it was hilarious!

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  19. Shaun: eeks! Thanks, I appreciate that. I honestly think I sounded terrible though ... barely coherent and swallowing my words. But live and learn, rite :D

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  20. Wait, you have a podcast? When? Where?

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  21. you sound just fine! at least you didn't sound like you were hogging the mike, unlike somebody else..hehe

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  22. the cocktails are pretty good and potent!!! having a mild hangover today from them cocktails. i love the anchovies...and their baklavaaaaa!!! yarmmy

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  23. lfb: erkgh. if u must know: http://klue.com.my/articles/3599-KLue-Foodcast-02-Cock-and-Bull-Stories
    shaun: phew! thanks for the reassurance. i wish i could give it a second shot, since i think i can do better, but thanks for letting me know that i was comprehensible at least, heheh
    fbb: sniff sniff, sounds like i missed quite a fun event yesterday. haven't managed to try the sweets and desserts here yet, but will do that during the next round! :D

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  24. Oh hooray! A link! Me can't listen now, but will do so once back home this evening. Hooray! I feel so proud... know talented and femmes folks likechu... :D

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  25. lfb: after u listen to it, u'll change your opinion to 'untalented and frivolous' :D actually u'd be perfect for podcasts cos u speak clearly and convincingly!

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  26. i think after i have that cheese fondue, I won't have any space left for other food. You're really a good eater man!

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  27. eiling: heheh, practice makes perfect! :D

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  28. Oooo yea....the cocktails were good! So potent. :D

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  29. bangsar-babe: ahhh, sorry i missed seeing you here that evening too! couldn't make it for the event...

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