Friday, September 14, 2012

La Boca Latino Bar @ Pavilion

La Boca: Round Three. Earlier entries: Sept. 10 and Sept. 13.

Empanadas here are excellent, with buttery pastry and creamy filling (seafood, beef or chicken). Served with a chunky tomato dip that packs a fiery wallop.

Uruguayan salad of mixed greens, onions, tomatoes and carrots, topped with pomegranates to turn a trite recipe into something sparkling in both flavor and appearance.

Pastel de choclo: fantastic Argentinean comfort food of spiced ground beef, butternut squash, black olives and sliced hard-boiled eggs, covered in a melt-in-the-mouth cornmeal crust and served with tomato-garlic crostini. Better than shepherd's pie.

 Cassava and corn tortilla chips keep things cracking.

Lime-cured salmon ceviche, elegant and delicate, with fresh coriander, corn and chili.

Argentinean folded pizza, stuffed with turkey ham, mozzarella, kalamata olives and basil. Essentially like a calzone, expertly executed.

Flour tortillas wrapped around refried beans, guacamole, romaine, semi-dried tomatoes, celery and shaved manchego cheese. Not exactly a salad, not quite a sandwich, but totally tasty.

Going bananas: caramelized and flambeed with creme de banane and grand marnier. 

Churros here come with two gloriously rich dips: the familiar-in-KL Argentinean dulce de leche and the less-often-seen Brazilian Brigadeiro chocolate cream.

La Boca's desserts are sumptuous: try the Alfajores cookies, made luxurious with a stuffing of dulce de leche and almond flakes, served with a kahlua-infused shot of milk. 

Venezuelan hot chocolate. Delicious, with a nice balance of cocoa and milky notes. 

Can't leave with cocktails, whether Mojitos or Palmeras (light rum, white wine, pineapple juice).

 Mambo King (dark rum, cognac, cointreau) and milk-laced Cachaca Margarita. 


La Boca Latino Bar,
Level Three, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.
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30 comments:

  1. Love the brilliant colours of the dishes! I can't wait to check out the churros and the alfajores cookies. Not sure if I would do the hot chocolate in case I fall asleep on the spot:P

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    1. Missyblurkit: oh yeah, vibrant shades; vivid flavors! I think the desserts would satisfy your sweet tooth! I love the dulce de leche that they make here. And the hot chocolate, it costs RM12+, but I think it's worth it! :D

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  2. Wow....so fast a third visit...loving d empanadas =)

    The ceviche must be superb...for u to order it again...hehe :)

    Awesome desserts...noted! :D

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    1. Ulric: oh yeah, i think you'll enjoy the empanadas. they're great for whetting the appetite! oh, and there are two ceviches actually. the first was prawns, and this one is salmon! desserts are definitely worth trying here, so leave a little stomach space for them...

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    2. Oops...sorry...my mistake...old aredi memory not so good...hehe =)

      The golden brown churros looks awesome lar...I got a compartment in my tummy just for desserts lar...hehe =)

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    3. Ulric: yeah, my memory is deteriorating a lot too nowadays! Heh, I always have room for ice cream desserts, but not much room for starchy or cakey desserts =)

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    4. Nowadays I prefer savoury desserts instead of sweet ones...hehe =)

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    5. Ulric; heh, I shouldn't be talking about desserts right now, since I didn't manage to have any dessert for dinner earlier this evening =)

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    6. Urksss...tats not good lar...hehe =)

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    7. Ulric: no sugar but replaced by lots of carbs

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  3. We should go and makan there before our trip, to get the feel of SA food. LOL

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    1. CK: good idea! the owners and chefs at this restaurant include some people from south america, including one from cuba, so we can probably trust their recipes :D

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  4. What a promising place! Looks like almost everything is worth trying.

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, i would recommend nearly everything i tried, especially the south american version of shepherd's pie! :D

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  5. would want to head here ASAP - i love such food! :D

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    1. TNG: the feel of the food here is very interesting indeed! =)

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  6. oooh a new place in pavilion. haven't been there for quite some time and I guess they have a few new bars now?!!

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    1. Eiling: oh yeah, new drinking places at pavilion! at least four so far this month! :D

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  7. The Churros here so cute. fat & short =p hehe....

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    1. Melissa: heheh, ya, interesting presentation. easy to eat! :D

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  8. How many people ate all the above? Surely you didn't finish them all by yourself, right?

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    1. Bangsar-Babe: this meal was happily shared by two people :D

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  9. OOh the churros looked super cute! Short and plump like baby churros.. I just want to pop one of them into my mouth right now! With the dip of course! :D

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    1. Iamthewitch: oh yeah, the "baby" churros would be great even on their own, warm and fluffy, but add the creamy dip and it's heavenly! can imagine nibbling on these while watching a movie, heh :D

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  10. Everything's so colourful!! heheh the churros are so plump, cute and small!!! which is dangerous cause they're easier to eat and eat and eat....... :P

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    1. Vien: yeah, i like food that stands out and grabs you with its appearance! :D heh, if i had a complaint about the churros, it's that the portion was too tiny! i could have eaten three portions of that! :D

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  11. the uruguay salad looks very fresh and nice..

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    1. Simple Person: ya, it's a good, crisp, crunchy salad that'll pop in the mouth! :D

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  12. I must try this when im back d..

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    1. Cindy: hope you'll enjoy it! :D

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