Monday, January 21, 2013

Pisco Bar @ Mesui

Pisco Bar, a South American restaurant launched this month within walking distance of Changkat Bukit Bintang, could do for ceviche & chicharrones what Pinchos Tapas Bar has done for Spanish croquetas & calamares in this neighborhood.

Pisco Bar boasts a friendly service team, sleaze-free setting, relaxed vibe & well-priced menu by Peruvian chef Miguel Hokama (a familiar face from Mont Kiara's now-closed Ristretto); wouldn't hesitate recommending this for an after-work hangout in the city.

Start with snapper ceviche (RM18+), raw fish marinated in "leche de tigre," or tiger's milk, a tangy-spicy formula of lime juice, onions & chili peppers that's considered both a hangover cure & an aphrodisiac.

Mussel & tuna ceviches are also available, each tinged with different types of South American chili peppers: amarillo (yellow), rocoto (red) & mochero (small yellow).

Plantain chips come complimentary with the ceviche; customers might also want to check out the tiradito (not pictured here), a Japanese-influenced carpaccio-like concoction of thinly sliced tuna topped with tiger's milk & soy sauce.

Causitas (RM18+), reminiscent of maki rolls, except with mashed potatoes instead of rice. Creamy carbs stuffed with avocado, soft-shell crab, prawns & prawn roe.

Pisco Bar's empanadas (RM16+) are addictive, some bursting with beef, others with pork.


Other worthwhile options: Street food of beef heart skewers with sweet potatoes ...


 ... more mashed potatoes, with tuna, olives & quail eggs this time ...


... & succulent stewed lamb with chickpea "tacu-tacu."

Naturally, Peru's Pisco Sour cocktail is a highlight here, delightfully delicious. But we also like the Peanut Butter & Jelly shooter, comprising frangelico & cranberry.

Chilcano De Pisco (pisco, ginger ale, lime juice, angostura bitters) & Elderflower Martini (vodka, elderflower syrup, sweet & sour mix).


Pisco Bar,
29, Jalan Mesui, Off Jalan Nagasari, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2142-2900
Open nightly, except Mondays.

This restaurant is available for bookings under TABLEAPP, which enables customers to make instant reservations at Malaysia's top restaurants, while saving time and money in the process. Reserve your table at this restaurant by clicking here.
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36 comments:

  1. Awesome review as always Sean!

    Did a double take on the tiger's milk - thought it was literal. Heh.

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    1. Huai Bin: thanks! and yeah, i dunno why it's called tiger's milk, but the name does conjure some interesting imagery! :D

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  2. urm, just wondering.. why no state price de?

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    1. Mr Lonely: the ceviches are about RM18 each, the cocktails all in the RM20-something range

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    2. i see.. thanks for the info~ XD

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    3. Mr Lonely: no worries!

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  3. Tiger's milk...wat creativity! =)

    Colourful and flavourful...summore got pork and beef empanadas...wats not to like! :D

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    1. Ulric: rawwwwrrr! was a bit surprised that pork is served here, but it allows them to dish out a whole spectrum of authentic recipes. hope you get a chance to check them out sometime =)

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  4. Pork on the menu! This is certainly good news! And comes in well since I was chatting about South American food over the weekend with the cousins as a result of missing our aunt who's still in Guatemala. LOL.

    I must add that pricing is decent too!

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    1. Missyblurkit: ya, this is a great addition to kl's dining scene, since we don't have many places that serve this sort of south american food. and nearly all the dishes here cost below RM30! :D

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    1. The Yum List: a cause for celebration! :D

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  6. The rolls look good - I would prefer potatoes over rice anytine...in those. Yummm...the empanadas for me anytime!

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, potatoes are creamier, heheh. love that roll. and the empanadas were good, meatier than malaysian curry puffs, heh =)

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  7. Did the peanut butter & jelly cocktail actually contain and/or taste of PB&J?

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    1. Timing: heh, well, the frangelico supplied a nutty flavor, while the cranberry tasted jelly-like :D

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  8. Ceviches & empanadas, I miss my trip!
    But not so much on Pisco Sour, lol.

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    1. CK: oh yeah, if u feel like u're missing the food from peru, can come here and try the ceviches. oooh, i love pisco sour. it's one of my favorite cocktails now! :D

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  9. I guess you'll be making another trip there soon? :)

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    1. Bangsar Babe: not sure about soon, but hopefully sometime this year, heh! :D

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  10. South American dishes certainly looks colorful, the Tapas which I have not tried before looks like a cruncy thing !

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    1. Wong: yeah, a riot of vivid colors! and some interesting flavors too :D

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  11. that is nice...
    there is another new eatery add into your list..

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    1. Simple Person: yeah, i think pisco bar has the potential to become a very popular hangout =)

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  12. I need to tell my colleague about this place, a Peruvian

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    1. KY: ooh, maybe he/she knows about it already, from whispers among the peruvian community in kl =)

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  13. I love ceviches.. and I think they're really healthy too!

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, perfect for guilt-free snacking! :D

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  14. Ah Peruvian. How does this compare to the Peruvian feast we had at Ritz?

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    1. Rebecca: ooh, the dishes here are less sumptuous, but more of the everyday-variety. definitely worth a try :D

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  15. Hurrah! A peruvian restaurant arrives!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: and not a minute too soon! :D

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  16. My buddy Miguel.. way to go. Yes I've yet to visit his place.. he keeps callingggggg :P hahaha

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    1. Ciki: oooh, make time for Miguel! He's got a good place here on his hands, and I think it's gonna do really well! :D

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    2. yeah.. on the way there tonight.. LOL

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    3. Ciki: yay! drink a pisco sour on my behalf :D

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