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.
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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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