Monday, March 26, 2012

Loco & Bier Bar

The two main empires on Changkat Bukit Bintang are consolidating their power; first, the folks on the northern tip who run Magnificent Fish & Chips, Havana & Racks have launched Loco, bringing Mexican cuisine to this street.

These "flautas" _ deep-fried corn tortilla flutes filled with crispy duck & spicy habanero dressing _ had us at "hola." Reminiscent of Malaysian fried popiah.

Thanks to a Mexican who oversees the menu, customers can be assured of authentic fare like tostadas _ mini-pizzas topped with refried beans, chicken, lettuce, avocado, shredded cheese & salsa pico de gallo (tomatoes, onions, chili & lime).

Chipotle garbanzo dip, a spicy version of Middle Eastern hummus or tahini, originating from central Mexico. Loco makes all these salsas & spreads in its kitchen, ensuring fresh flavors. Prices are fair; very few dishes here cost more than RM30.

The food is good & the margaritas are magic; the Coco-Loco (tequila, coconut milk, triple sec & pineapple juice) & Soursop Lychee pack a potent punch. Glasses at RM32++, jugs RM128++.

Honey & Amaretto Margaritas, both with two shots of Jose Cuervo Gold.
P.S. Where's Loco located? It takes over The Social's location at Changkat.

Next up, the force behind El Cerdo, Werner's & The Whiskey Bar in Changkat's south appears to have replaced El Cerdito with Bier Bar.

Bier Bar's own food menu might be unveiled next month, but for now, customers can order from El Cerdo next door. Chocolate churros, to help us keep the Mexican-Spanish theme going.

El Gaitero & Savanna, Spanish & South African ciders.

Tea mixed with white wine. Beer towers shaped like the the Eiffel Tower are also offered here, though we'll probably never try one of those.

We're predicting positive word-of-mouth for both Loco & Bier Bar. Good times!

Loco Mexican Bar & Restaurant & Bier Bar,
Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.
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32 comments:

  1. El Cerdito no more? Guess they'll be seating their diners in El Cerdo once again for lunch. ;)

    The flautas and tostadas at Loco looks very promising.

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    1. Baby sumo: or they could keep using bier bar for el cerdo's lunch, since the ownership is still the same. just realized it makes sense this way, since not many beer-drinkers will head here for lunch :D ya, it's still a soft-launch menu for loco, but it's a promising start. Can't think of any other really good Mexican eatery in the city center :D

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  2. I m more interested in Loco...haven't tried authentic Mexican b4...hopefully it's not so heat-inducing...wait a min...it can't be...cose u have just tried it n u din erupt...hahaha =D

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    1. Ulric: hehe, you're absolutely right. if one can handle thai food with ease, he'd have zero trouble with most mexican food :D

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  3. Was at Loco during the St Patrick's Street Party...and it was only Guinness per se. Now that you mentioned the margaritas are magic, I can see myself heading in quite soon. Food served that night was quite good too.

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    1. Missyblurkit: heh, i guess it's no surprise that loco is good, since all the other outlets in the family (magnificent, racks, havana) are also among the shining stars with high standards at changkat :D

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  4. Yay! Another Mexican restaurant! I love Mexican food.. =D

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    1. Smitten By Food: it's a fun cuisine! :D

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  5. is there real soursop in the soursop drink?

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    1. Michelle: good question! yeps, real soursop, the menu says =)

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  6. i love churros but the ones here looked a bit white doesn't it?

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    1. Eiling: i'm thinking maybe it's a cinnamon dusting? heheh =)

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  7. oooohh the coconut and pineapple juice one sounds very tropical! hehe anything with coconut milk should taste nice! :D

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    1. Vien: to be honest, i'm not a fan of coconut flavors! i usually don't really enjoy candy/chocolate bars with coconut or even cocktails with coconut :D

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    2. That's completely opposite from me! :D haha If I can, I'll put dessicated coconut into everything!!

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    3. Vien: yikes, that would be a gastronomic nightmare for me! i wouldn't really mind if coconuts go extinct during my lifetime, actually :D

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  8. I like how you divided Changkat Bukit Bintang into northern and southern districts, very 'Hunger Games'-ish. Maybe this could be your 'HUNGRY Games' series? :P

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    1. Kenny: boo hoo, this reminds me that i wanted to watch hunger games last weekend, but didn't manage to in the end. (i'm team gale, btw) :D

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  9. Can't remember when was the last time we had Mexican food....:P
    The flautas with crispy duck & spicy habanero dressing look/sound good. I will order that if I visit Loco

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    1. CK: you and i think the same way! the flautas with crispy duck was the first thing i ordered! :D

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  10. Had some delicious Mexican food when I was in Mexico recently. Loco will be perfect for me to weep over my long gone and forgotten holiday, I'm sure! Hehe. Oooh and margaritas too! Those will bring back memories of a different kind. :-)

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    1. Lemongrass: eeee, you went to mexico and didn't take me along! boo hoo ... hmmmmm, i bet sheraton hotel no longer serves the spicy madagascar margarita. here's to drinking at loco instead! :D

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  11. You had me at "magic margarita". :)

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    1. Bangsar Babe: magic margaritas could go well with magic mushrooms! or not, heheh =)

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  12. corn tortilla with duck? that sounds like another innovative creation :) love to try some!

    Latest: Innovative Chinese Buns

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    1. Fish: i like duck, and i like tortilla, so it's a nice match for me :D

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  13. Deep-fried corn tortilla flutes filled with crispy duck !! Yammeh! I wanna have this.Not enough Tex Mex places in KL. Good to know another;)

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    1. Ciki: true! i wish there were a mexican restaurant in every neighborhood in KL! :D

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    1. The Yum List: after two glasses, i felt like dancing too :D

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  15. Sorry but this restaurant can't be considered Mexican. I'll say, Mexican "inspired" if anything... You say a Mexican oversees their menu, well.. they've been ripped off. how many mexicans did you see dining there? None. I went there once, never to return again: the Queso fundido was strange, my Chile Relleno (stuffed chile) was stuffed with shrimp and a weird white sauce.
    Take a look at Pincho's in the same road: it's always full of Spanish and/or Latin people, because they do serve authentic Spanish cuisine. We're not many Mexicans in town (I'll say 20-30) but if Loco served the real deal, you would see us there.

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    1. Paulisima: oops! hopefully there'll be other mexican restaurants opening soon that'll meet your expectations =)

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