Thursday, October 27, 2011

Gecko & El Habanero

Gecko Gastrobar is a casual hangout in Damansara Perdana with plenty of potential; we've been particularly intrigued to hear that alcoholic ice cream will be introduced here soon, infused with Macallan 12-year single malt, Johnnie Walker whiskey, kahlua & Guinness Stout.

Tragically, none of the liquor-laced ice cream was available on our recent visit, so we settled for Gecko's savory stuff instead. The French-style duck sausages were worth trying; saltier than we'd have liked, but rich with meaty flavor.

A real sausage fest: North African-inspired chicken merguez, enjoyably juicy & well-seasoned. Gecko's sausages are made in-house, free of preservatives.

Clearly in a fowl mood this evening, we geared up for the grilled chicken chop _ marinated in Gecko's "secret spices," according to the menu. Commendably moist & tender, though the flavor could be punched up a few notches.

Chilean red, fairly priced at about RM90.

Following our failure to sample Gecko's whiskey ice cream, we wandered the Klang Valley for REAL whiskey to drown our sorrows. Our search brought us to the corridors of Capsquare...

... specifically El Habanero, a bar serving Jack Daniels whiskey (& Hennessy cognac) to lift our spirits back up. We live to drink again another day!

Gecko Gastrobar,
Menara Bata, PJ Trade Center, Damansara Perdana.
Tel: 03-7492-1035

El Habanero,
Capsquare, Kuala Lumpur.
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19 comments:

  1. I never had duck sausages before. This should be interesting. :)

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  2. Somehow or rather...Gecko & El Habanero rhythms :P

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  3. Michelle: yeah, duck sausages can have a pretty distinctive taste, though they can be a bit gamy at some other places :D
    Ulric: heheh, and both names sound like they could actually be Spanish restaurants =)

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  4. "We live to drink again another day" So so apt, especially for my disposition today! Just got prescribed lethal dose of flu meds from the GP, so at least I'll have a recovery drink to look forward to!

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  5. Min: yikes, maybe you can down those meds with a hot, yummy bowl of soup & a virgin bloody mary! but at any rate, hope you'll be up and merry-making by this weekend! =)

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  6. oh yay PJ Trade Centre! Been wanting to go back to Mayfair ever since our first visit. Guess we have another reason to go now. Sausages = My Love. lol

    Adam

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  7. Adam: heheh, yeah, why is seasoned processed meat so darn addictive?! whenever i see "homemade sausages" on any menu, i can't help ordering them! :D

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  8. Fortunately no actual geckos were harmed during the making of these sausages. ;P

    Sausages + beer = Bavarian heaven! Yay!

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  9. kenny: ya hor, with a name like gecko, i'd expect to see some scaly stuff on the menu (or some lounge lizards prowling the dance floor) :D oh, there'll be beer buffets here soon, just in case you ever find yourself at damansara perdana =)

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  10. Gosh I was expecting to see something lizard-inspired in the menu, luckily there were not! (Terrified of those squiggly cold things :P ) Looking forward for your review of whiskey ice-cream when they become available! :)

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  11. iamthewitch: heheh, i've tried crocodile meat before at other outlets. i guess crocodiles can be considered big lizards :D am hoping to try the liquor ice cream too. hopefully next month :D

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  12. The price of the wine seemed fair and the food seems like it's a nice pair with beers!

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  13. eiling: yeah, it's still too early to tell whether this place will be a long-term success, but it's pretty promising! :D

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  14. Not really been back to D.P. since I move out of that area. Heard it's terribly congested these days.

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  15. kenny: hmmm, not too bad actually. kota damansara is like 10 times worse!!! and ermm, brickfields is 100 times worse, heheh :D

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  16. Hi guys, thanks for visiting my new restaurant Gecko Gastrobar but i am so sorry that you guys didnt get to try out the alcoholic ice cream and dessert range as we have yet to launch our new menu. We are still in a midst setting up the place for the soft launch. Do follow us on facebook and twitter at GeckoGastrobar for details of the coming soft launch and promotions. Thanks!

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  17. Joanne: no worries, we'll be back later to try the ice cream & everything else. Good luck with the launch! :D

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  18. U got to let Joanne (as above ) knw in advance if you were to try the ice cream.
    Anyhw, i havent tried either but those who went fr a tasting session told me it was good!

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  19. Rebecca: am looking forward to it! I've tried other types of alcohol-laced ice cream before, including Guinness, but not whiskey so far! :D

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