Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Estilo Tapas & Charcoal Grill @ Publika

Wrapping up our trilogy on Estilo, one of Publika's hottest/coolest hangouts this month. 
Earlier entries on Estilo: March 11 & March 15.

Tackling tapas: Crunchy croquettes, thematically conceived _ some filled with chicken & egg, others with mushrooms & truffle oil.

Get stuffed: Save stomach space for Spanish peppers padded with minced beef (RM18++) ... 

... & baby squid puffed up with savory minced prawns (RM18++).

Creamy oven-baked goat's cheese in crisp filo pastry, beautifully balanced with pumpkin jam & caramelized shallots (RM16+).

A mash not monstrous: Truffle-scented potatoes, with no gravy required.

Estilo, a no-pork place, serves fun variants of paella, including this fowl one filled with turkey chorizo, chicken & French beans. Two or three can share this RM54+ serving.

Charcoal-grilled Aussie Black Angus rib-eye, RM72+ for a succulent 200-gram steak.

Another plate of protein power: Suckling lamb (RM38++), sliced thinly for easy eating.

Estilo's house-made meat sauces: Blue cheese, green chili, peri-peri & black pepper.

Estilo's list of desserts is short but, well, sweet: The best bet might be the apple tart, cooked to order for a 15-minute wait, served fresh & warm with vanilla ice cream.

Mexican Coffee, splashed with Tequila Patron XO Cafe.

Two types of Sangria, one with white wine, X-rated & strawberry liquor, the other with red wine, rum, orange liquor, sprite & fruit pieces (RM25+).

Martinis are marvelous here; try the watermelon one (complete with olives nevertheless).



Estilo Spanish Tapas Bar,
Lot 34, Level G2, The Square, Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-62039883
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44 comments:

  1. Looks like I be getting some croquettes n baby squid on my next visit...their NZ mussels tapas is good too! =)

    I find the flavours of their goat's cheese tapas to be superbly balanced! :D

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    1. Ulric: definitely a lot of goodies available here, ya. i'm sorta tempted by their anchovies on tomato bread & rotisserie spring chicken as well (though i feel full just thinking about their wide menu) =)

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    2. Haha...true...gotta round up a gang just to try their 1kg T-bone served on a hot stone for DIY grilling! =)

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    3. Ulric: that's a big one (even though one-fifth of the weight might be the bone, hmmmm). oh, the 200-gram rib-eye was quite decent too =)

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    4. Haha...thanx for d heads up...I also will try their lamb ribs tat u had from ur prev visit! =)

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    5. Ulric: the full portion of the lamb ribs is quite gigantic and caveman-sized, based on a plate I saw on another table :D

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  2. We have a Charcoal Grill here in Sibu too - chefs back from Singapore. Not bad...but location not so good so I have not dropped by for a long long time.

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    1. Suituapui: I guess it's a place u can head to when u feel the lust for smoky succulence! :D

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  3. Hi Sean, this all looks very good...and fascinating. Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. Linda: thanks for your kind words =)

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  4. Baby squid with minced prawns, I had something similar before and I love it very much! Hmm can try the version here.

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    1. CK: ya, too bad there are only two pieces of squid on that plate. i can happily eat four pieces, i think! hope you will like the version here =)

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  5. Estilo's house-made meat sauces: Blue cheese, green chili, peri-peri & black pepper - these are fab, though not much was needed for the suckling lamb. Was it nice and tender? Cos mine was a tad dry.
    I did enjoy the goat cheese very much as well as the Squid salad. We had the paella too, but the seafood + meat paella version.

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    1. TNG: yeah, the sauces are also not really needed for the steak, since the meats are flavorsome enough on their own. ooh, i thought the lamb was good, not dry although not exactly juicy since it was sliced thinly. but it was definitely not chewy at all, heheh =)

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  6. so many nice choices! and i'm eyeing those suckling lamb slices which was not available the last time i was there!

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    1. AugustDiners: yeah, they've been slowly and steadily expanding their menu this month. i think the full menu is now available! hope to bump into u here sometime, heheh =)

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  7. that slab of beef and the baby squid is what I really want for breakfast now!

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    1. KY: wah, beef for breakfast! spoken like a true carnivore, heheh! :D

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  8. looks good! suckling lamb sounds like a good idea now.

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    1. Suanie: yeah, not a bad stop if you're in publika and wondering where to eat. the lamb's good value for money, i think, can share among two people =)

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  9. Spanish peppers padded with minced beef & baby squid puffed up with savory minced prawns should be nice I guess ;-)

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    1. Melissa: both good choices, quite flavorsome =)

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  10. Estilo sure does look worthy of a visit. That row of sauces in mini glass jars is an attractive serving idea.

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    1. The Yum List: oh yeah, fans of spanish food should be appeased here. and ya, it's also cool that they serve four complimentary sauces with the meat, not just one :D

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  11. Hi Sean,

    Just came back from Singapore and tried Sabio by the Sea in Sentosa, a similar Spanish Tapas joint. Would love to try this and it sure looks good from what I read here.

    Wilson

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    1. Wilson: sabio sounds good! i guess if you're still craving tapas, then you can check out estilo too! :D

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  12. I love the look of the pastry with goat's cheese, even though I might not be a fan of goat's cheese :P The paella looks good too, but I still think seafood paella is the best :)

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    1. Iamthewitch: ya, the presentation for the goat's cheese pastry is very attractive indeed =) ooh, i agree with u. paella that contains both seafood and meat would be the most flavorful and satisfying! :D

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  13. Suckling lamb sounds good! :-)

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    1. Pureglutton: it's good, not gamy at all! :D

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  14. One of this year's nicest new restaurants! Good food, interesting menu, friendly service. Music is a tad loud

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    1. Footfringe: a good reason to keep returning to publika! :D

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  15. hey this looks like a nice tapas place and the suckling lamb does caught my attention! We need more tapas places in KL definitely!

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    1. Eiling: ooh, your wish is gonna come true! there are actually several more spanish and tapas restaurants lined up to open in kl over this year! :D

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  16. RM72 is pretty reasonable for a 200gm ribeye! And I agree with eiling. Good to have more tapas places in KL. :)

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    1. Bangsar-Babe: yeah, prices here are definitely very fair. and ya, i'm always happy whenever a tapas restaurant opens, cos most of KL's tapas outlets have been quite good :D

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  17. Apple tart looks gorgeous!

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    1. Missyblurkit: it's worth ordering for dessert! :D

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  18. Croquettes and goat's cheese...I'm already planning a visit! You just can't beat Tapas.

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: true, and Estilo has my hearty recommendation for anyone looking for tapas in kl :D

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  19. Hello there ! Cool write up and nice photos ! Hope you had a pleasant experience in Publika. Look forward to your next visit.

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    1. Publika: always love heading to publika :D

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  20. Hi there, thank you so much for covering this restaurant. Will definitely be heading there soon. However I'd just like to bring to your attention a small error - there's a small mistake in their phone number, it's 03 62039883. Again thanks for your wonderful posts and looking forward to trying this place out!

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    1. Balveen: thanks for that! i've made the correction. hope you enjoy your meal =)

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