Friday, May 18, 2012

Fresca @ Mid Valley Gardens

Fresca Mexican Kitchen: Round Two. Earlier entry: May 7, 2012.

Fresca's menu is massive enough to warrant multiple visits (though the ceviche is elusively out of stock every time we're here); these prawns sauteed with guajillo chilies and garlic (RM21++), served with flour tortillas, have a nice Spanish tapas feel, but some might consider them too oily.

Sopa de fideo _ traditional Mexican chicken soup with angel hair noodles (RM14++). Always fun to sample comfort-food broths from different countries; we lapped this up, though it could have been thicker and richer.

Fried corn quesadillas, served street-food style, stuffed in half-moon parcels with portobello, button mushrooms and mozzarella cheese (RM14++). Similar to empanadas and something of a distant cousin to curry puffs; convenient finger food, fluffy and pleasantly grease-free.

Portobello mushrooms filled with beef bacon, peppers and cheese, baked in tequila sauce (RM18++). The flavors of Mexican cooking come alive through this one's spicy-tangy creaminess.

Beef-stuffed soft corn enchiladas (RM27++), smothered in sinful melted cheese and red chili sauce, served with refried beans, guacamole and red rice. Perpetually a pleasure; not too sure though whether we prefer Fresca's interpretation over the one at Frontera in Jaya One.

House-made nougat ice cream (RM8++), satisfying for the sweet tooth.

Flan de la casa (RM14++), a soft, milky-eggy creme caramel. Served with a sugary shot of soda, syrup and blueberries.

Tequi-lime pie (RM15++), a cross between cheesecake and a tart, scented with tequila (too subtly, we think) and lime.

Midnight Flight To Mexico (amaretto, lime, cinnamon). 

Incognito In Mexico (reposado tequila, beer, cranberry juice, orange juice).

Opening promo: buy a Margarita Grande for RM35++ (we chose kiwi, on the rocks) ...

... And get a regular-sized Margarita (we had mango, frozen) worth RM23++ for free.

Special Sangria, with red wine, cointreau, cognac and overnight-marinated fruits.

Alejandro (gin, cucumber, fresh mint, lime juice).

Bloody Mary, built with chili-infused vodka.

Elderflower Affair (reposado tequila, campari, elderflower essence, lime, grapefruit).

Fresca Mexican Kitchen and Bar,
G-242A, Ground Floor, The Gardens, Mid Valley City, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2201-2893
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29 comments:

  1. Ah the shot they served with the flan de la casa wasnt alcoholic afterall!

    Your photos are so bright, so much nicer than mine!

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    1. Baby Sumo: oh, we had suspicions about whether it could be a shot of alcohol, since the price was only RM14++, so we asked the staff. i think it's slightly brighter to sit near the bar. and the drinks might arrive a few seconds faster for customers close to the bar too, heh :D

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  2. Portobello mushrooms and the Tequi lime tart are on my to order list. :-)

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    1. The Yum List: nice choices for light nibbling on a relaxed evening :D

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  3. Empanadas always remind me of Ikea's curry puffs! It's a pity that Ikea in Australia don't have them! Instead they have this yucky pizza roll (calzone-ish) and I'm pretty sure they're frozen ones! HAHA

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    1. Vien: ooh, this reminds me, i think it's been eight years since i last had those yummy, potato-filled curry puffs at ikea! though i'm definitely a fan of empanadas in general. such an addictive snack, great finger food :D

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  4. The quesadillas and enchiladas looks good :3

    I might try the Alejandro...cucumber, mint n lime r the keys for me :D

    Between Fresca n Locos, which shud I try first?...hmmmmm :)

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    1. Ulric: i'm always a fan of enchiladas and burritos. perfect to satisfy carbohydrate cravings :D yeah, the alejandro came recommended by the outlet owner, though i preferred the midnight flight to mexico for its cinnamon =) hmmmm, partly since you work in the city, i think i'd say check out loco :D

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    2. Got good food will travel far...Loco it is...danke :D

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  5. I love how cloyingly vague you can be, my friend. Hehe. The enchiladas do look good --- a messy, happy affair! :)

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    1. Kenny: heheh, modern survival skills include the art of vagueness. they should give classes on it at university :D yes, i could gobble up the whole enchilada by myself, in less than two minutes! =)

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    2. That Sopa de fideo reminds me of the goulash soup we had in budapest, not thick but quite tasty. :D

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    3. CK: ooh, sounds like good goulash! it's been a very long time since the last time i ate goulash. i'm not sure where to find goulash in KL anymore. there used to be a restaurant at changkat bukit bintang that served it, but that restaurant closed already :D

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    4. You could teach that class, sir.

      And Budapest goulash, yums! :D

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    5. Kenny: i'd give you a solid "B" for that class. you're no slouch in the vagueness department yourself :D
      ahhh, now i'm wishing i could blink twice and find myself magically transported to budapest at this moment for an 11:30pm supper of goulash :D

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    6. Hahahahhaha.... Well, yeah. I'm no teacher's pet but I ain't gonna fail that class fer sure. :P

      Goulash is nice as brunch too. Really.

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    7. Kenny: being a teacher's pet can lead to all sorts of, ahem, benefits :D oooh, goulash for brunch. let's hope it won't be long before some outlet puts it on their breakfast menu. let's petition the red beanbag to do it! =)

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  6. amaretto with cinnamon? how is it taste?
    I like to drink Amaretto..
    Flan de la casa looks like those ipoh egg custard.. looks delicious...

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    1. Simple Person: it's an interesting combination. the amaretto has that almond taste, and the cinnamon make it sweeter and gives it a stronger aroma :D oooh, i like ipoh egg custards also! =)

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  7. We were talking about this place over the weekend. I still haven't got a chance to go check it out.

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    1. Smitten By Food: it's a nice place to kick back and sip on well-prepared cocktails after a long day at work :D

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  8. What a coincidence! We are going to have Mexican food tomorrow, and your post has just ignited my cravings. :D The stuffed portobello looks like something I'd order too. So cheesy!! Did I read tequila?? YUM!

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    1. Iamthewitch: oooh here's wishing u a meal filled with fabulous fajitas, brilliant burritos, excellent enchiladas and terrific tacos! :D

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  9. I could do with the comforting chicken soup and a few cocktails to nurse this maddening headache! near my home...i should be there sooner than i think i should.

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    1. Missyblurkit: yikes, I hope you'll wake up tomorrow with a clear head, ready to enjoy the weekend! And yup, hopefully you'll enjoy the food and drinks at fresca too :D

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  10. I like how they design the cocktails.

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    1. Josarine: oh yeah, very well-constructed :D

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  11. although the prices seem a bit pricey, but given a chance, i would love to try the mexican chicken soup with some hairy thing HAHAHA :P

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    1. Ken: heh, that's an interesting way of describing it. hope you get the chance sometime :D

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