Wednesday, May 2, 2012

El Rincon @ Changkat

Replacing Le Bouchon at the corner of Changkat Bukit Bintang, El Rincon swaps its predecessor's French fare for Spanish sensations. It's one of 2012's most promising restaurants.

Meals here start with complimentary "Pan Tumaca" _ warm, crisp bread spread with olive oil, tomato, garlic and salt. A simple but surprisingly satisfying Catalonian toast.

Andalusian gazpacho, another classic, the liquid equivalent of tomato salad. El Rincon boasts a Spanish chef and at least one Spaniard on a service team that emanates warm professionalism, so customers can be assured of authenticity.

Northern Spanish anchovies _ slick, slimy and salty _ in a roasted bell pepper salad.

What a load of tripe: Braised veal tripe and chorizo in tomato and pimento sauce. This hearty stew is an acquired taste, not for the faint of stomach, but it's ideal for a cold, rainy evening.

Fleshy Iberico pork cheeks, offering a coarse, crimson-hued chew for red-blooded carnivores.

Suckling goat roasted in its own juices. Goat isn't the most tender meat, so this is understandably tough, with a gaminess that not everyone will enjoy. But it has a rustic charm, and it left us high on a protein rush.

Jordan de Asso, Grenache, 2010.

All in all, El Rincon is the perfect companion eatery for tapas specialist Pinchos next door, though they're not affiliated with each other. Prices? A three-course meal with wine will surpass RM100 per person.

El Rincon,
Amigo Sentimieto Coliseum, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.
Open daily for dinner.

32 comments:

  1. Pork cheeks!! Me want!

    The roasted bell peppers reminded me a little of sundried tomatoes. :)

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    1. Michelle: strangely, i prefer beef cheeks to pork cheeks, but both are yummy! :D heh, and i prefer sundried tomatoes to bell peppers =)

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  2. What a hearty meal! Never really ate goat (mutton) before.. maybe once in primary school and it was from the school canteen. Does it taste like lamb??

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    1. Vien: the suckling goat seems quite similar to lamb, since i guess baby goats and baby sheep would share some red-meat similarities. but it's less gamy than adult goat meat (mutton)! :D

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  3. 2012 seems to be the year of the Spanish invasion in KL!

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    1. Baby Sumo: i hope the invasion continues! i like it! :D

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  4. Suckling goat sounds interesting, don't think I have eaten goat before. Which one you prefer? Suckling pig or goat? lol :P

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    1. My guess? Suckling holy rabbit! :P

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    2. CK: oooh, suckling pig, definitely! the pig has a nice flavor, and i like the crisp skin and the fatty layer under the skin :D

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    3. Kenny: i'd rather eat a holy cow than a sacred rabbit :D

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  5. And I was wondering why Le bouchon is closed for renovation. This is not owned by the previous owners of Le Bouchon right?

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    1. Eiling: ooh, i'm not sure, but i think it's a different management. some of the furnishing seems similar though :D

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    2. El Rincon is own by the original owner of Le Bouchon KL.

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  6. somehow i think everything would be twice as good if it was.. pork? :P

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    1. KY: you're in luck! there's actually pork served here! pork ribs, pork shoulder, pork cheeks :D

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  7. the anchovies look really huge :) and i havent sample any suckling goat before, would love to try

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    1. Fish: oh yeah, these anchovies are tastier than our local ikan bilis, i feel :D and ya, suckling goat is quite interesting. i think other restaurants in KL that might serve goat include el meson at telawi =)

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    2. i love the whole idea of el rincon you should try suckling lamb or the broken telur with hamon and wine selection is fantastic

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    3. Medjooldates Harirayahampers: oh yeah, there are some really great dishes here! :D

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    1. Kenny: anchovies + cockles would be Double Yums! :D

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  9. There is something abt the wine^^

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    1. Xjion: something good, I hope! :D

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  10. Love how they just took over and recycled the decor. LOL!

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    1. Qwazymonkey: heh, save costs lar. times are tough! ;D

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  11. The pork cheeks are awesome...I could do with it after a whole day of halal food.

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    1. Missyblurkit; ya, I try to order pork cheeks whenever I see it, since it's not as widely available as ribs, belly, etc. I hope you get some porky pleasure before the week is over!

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  12. Now I'm excited. This looks authentic!

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    1. The Yum List: i think it's as close to spanish flavors as we can get in KL! definitely as good as a lot of the stuff i managed to have in madrid =)

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  13. Hi Sean,

    I'm trying to look for the restaurant's contact to make a booking for this Thursday. Do you happen to have their contact number as you're the only one who have reviewed El Rincon so far. Thanks!!

    Mich

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    1. Michelle: sorry, their number wasn't listed on their receipt. i don't think you'll need a booking though. there's plenty of seating inside the restaurant, and it's never crowded for now =)

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    2. 603-2142-7633
      14, Changkat Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur.

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