Monday, March 7, 2011

La Bomba

With a Peruvian chef helming the kitchen, La Bomba serves South American favorites that might help reinvigorate Starhill's rarely changing dining scene.

Ceviche _ raw fish fillets marinated in lemon juice and accompanied by lettuce, corn & boiled sweet potato. Tasted fresh and tangy. Quite a bargain, costing only about RM15.

Callao-style mussels, prepared in the fashion of Peru's main port. Plump, juicy mollusks, showered with lime juice, corn kernels & rocoto peppers _ minus the heavy creams that often overwhelm mussel recipes.

Chicharron. Nicely breaded, without any excess grease. A hearty platter that should be shared, but flavor-wise, these were essentially mere fish nuggets.

Lomo Saltado _ vinegar-marinated sliced beef tenderloin with red onions, parsley, tomatoes, fried potatoes & rice. Not bad, but not quite what we expected. Seemed like a regular stir-fried bovine dish (though that isn't necessarily a bad thing).

Brazilian oven-baked spring chicken "xinxim," marinated with lime & herbs. Reputedly the best-loved dish of legendary footballer Pele. The meat was ordinary, but it went well with the not-so-typical accompaniments of creamy crayfish, peanuts, green beans & sweet plantains.

Caipirissime (rum, crushed lime, sugar) & Caipiroska (vodka, crushed lime, sugar).

Salsa Colada (rum, banana liquor, orange juice) & Batida (white rum, mixed fruits, milk, sugar, fresh lime). By the way, salsa classes are offered on Wednesday nights, but advance booking seems necessary.

La Bomba,
Lower Ground Floor, Starhill Gallery, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2143-9418

17 comments:

  1. The new section of Starhill has opened?

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  2. The xinxim sounds interesting... I wonder if eating it will impart us with Pele's legendary talent with the feet? :P

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  3. Wasn't there a really popular song (waaaay back) called La Bomba? Or was it La Bamba?
    (Anyways, the ceviche looks good!)

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  4. ermm.. since I'm also not very adventurous, I'll give this place a pass.

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  5. michelle: new section? hmmm, this is a kinda old-looking side section, but i'm not sure what it used to be :D
    lfb: pele was also known to be quite a casanova. i wouldn't mind that talent instead of the kick-balls-into-goals thingy :P
    j: la bamba was a number one hit in 1987! ok, that is kinda way back (i was only in standard five then, but i do recall the song playing often on the airwaves, heheh) :D
    eiling: i'll probably never visit south america, so this is the best way for me to try that continent's recipes =)

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  6. Wow.. La bomba? Reminds me of the fire station.. What does it mean I wonder? :) The Ceviche looked so very raw but interestingly so! I'd love to try the bowl of raw fish myself!

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  7. iamthewitch: heheh, i know 'la bomba' is the title of a ricky martin song, but i don't know what it translates into :D i like ceviche, there used to be a nice mexican restaurant at plaza damansara that served it =)

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  8. Well, since I have already retired that particular talent of mine (darn that Devil! cis!), I guess I have to stick to his other footsy talent. Hehe.

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  9. Ceviche does look lovely! And it must surely be light enough to balance out the grease & alcohol attack after! Love it when all the stars are aligned for a good time! :-)

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  10. lfb: noooo, don't retire that talent! you can still use it to keep the romance alive and furiously burning between you and the prada-loving one :P
    min: oh yeah, instead of feeling terribly guilty over this meal, i only felt mildly guilty, heheh. if only there had been a salsa class that evening, i might have been able to exercise all that grease away too! :D

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  11. J is funny! La la bamba.. la la bamba!

    I feel like calling her La Bimbo:P teehee (runs and hides)

    Sean, we must come here.. we MUST!

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  12. ciki: eeeks, j will come and hunt you down if she ever reads this (though maybe not; luckily you both have a great sense of humour, heheh!) :D

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  13. La la la la la la bomba. La la la la la la bombbbaaa. :)

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  14. (Grrr. I will creep up on Ciki during Combat class n hhhheeeeyak kick*)

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  15. j: get someone to take a photo of that! heheh :D

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  16. Nein. Have told better half to quit Prada-loving ways. Gotta scrimp and save! :P

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  17. lfb: but why lah ... u're both not russian peasants! :D

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