Thursday, July 18, 2013

El Sid's Bar @ Damansara & Latin Tropical Yoko's @ Changkat

The proof is in the pisco: Here's intoxicating evidence that South American flavors are becoming the toast of this town. Before we begin: Salud!

First up, parking is certain to seem even scarcer soon at Medan Damansara, as hordes of customers will tango a trail here to El Sid's Cocktail Bar.

Geoff Siddle's new venture, the Latin American cousin of Sid's Pubs, is breezy & easy-going, splashed with riotous colors that make this bar rather ravishing.

The signs are clear: Expect to sip Ketangos, Margaritas, Batidas, Mojitos, Pinascas, Sangrias, Daiquiris, Cuba Libres & Caipirinhas. And snack on South American snacks.

El Sid's Bar formally opens Friday, July 19.
El Sid's Cocktail Bar,
1, Jalan Setiapuspa, Bukit Damansara, Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur.
Same row as Sri Ayutthaya, Jake's & Passage To India.

Equally enticing: The long-running Yoko's at Changkat Bukit Bintang has endured a major renovation & overhauled its menu, transforming from a Japanese restaurant into Latin Tropical Yoko's, a Colombian one (!).

Carimanolas, Colombian cassava fritters stuffed with chicken & cheese. Moreish to the max.

What's wrapped in these plantain leaves? Something delicious, we hope.

 Might be 'tamales tolimenses,' pork, peas & eggs bundled in cornmeal.

Or could be 'ayacas,' beef-filled corn cakes that taste, well, rather rustic.

 Colombian Nectar Licor Anisado, alongside Colombian Flag & Bahama Mama cocktails.

Latin Tropical Yoko's,
36, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2144-3378

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36 comments:

  1. wow!!! it doesn't looks like Malaysia! i like the rich colours of the restaurant.

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    1. 女飞侠: yeah, the colors feel really cheerful! :D

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  2. Wat? Din eat any food at El Sid's? U got to be kidding! :P

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    1. Ulric: oh, heh, El Sid's isn't actually open or serving food yet. it officially opens later this week =)

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  3. Nice deco & colorful restaurant! :)

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    1. “追食富迪”: ya, lots of interesting features in the decor :D

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  4. I absolutely love the decor, Sean...especially your second photo!

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    1. Linda: true, they did a tasteful, very admirable job in furnishing the place! =)

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  5. The restaurants I went in South America are not as colourful as these, lol. (Or maybe just those I had visited :P)

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    1. CK: hahah, ya, maybe some countries are more colorful than other countries! :D

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  6. Have yet to try to the food in either. I did have a little twirl on the dance floor though at Yoko's. Good music. :-)

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    1. The Yum List: ooo, i don't dare to step onto the dance floor, cos i truly do have two left feet! heheh :D

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  7. hehe, nice food again! XD

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    1. Mr Lonely: here's wishing all of us many more days of nice food =)

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  8. Wow...everyone's going Latin these days!

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    1. Pureglutton: heheh, it's a welcome trend indeed. lotsa interesting recipes :D

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  9. Uhh....something new to me...I meant the Latin food ^_^
    LOL! You went to El Sid's Bar just to take photos?

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    1. Melissa: ya, it's still unusual in KL, but luckily we've been getting more and more of this food in the past year =) heheh, El Sid's is actually not open yet :D

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  10. Unfamiliar with such stuff but sure would love to try!

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, I haven't had much experience with recipes like 'tamales' either, but they're fun to taste! =)

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  11. I need to have those spanish bak chang!

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    1. KY: haha, that's a cool comparison :D

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  12. Oh, you didn't have any cocktails at El Sids?

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    1. Baby Sumo: cocktails will be available when they're officially open :D

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  13. Really like the way it is decorated. Especially that long row of high chairs facing the street!

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    1. Wong: yeah, the layout of the place is really nicely thought out. That row of chairs could be a popular area to chill out and socialize =)

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  14. Love the rich warm colours at El Sids. Cocktails will certainly be a good reason t brave parking woes in Medan Damansara though I think it'll probably be better after working hours.

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    1. Missyblurkit: ya, the colors really feel welcoming, and you're right, they're so vivid and attractive =) I think I'll head here on weekends, and hopefully parking will be easiest then! :D

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  15. I can only imagine the taste. Great!

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    1. Cquek: worth checking out! =)

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  16. I just don't get Yokos. Must check it out :P

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    1. Ciki: hope you enjoy it! it's a splash of latin flavor in changkat :D

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  17. darn... i havent been catching up .. I'll need to try La Boca before anything else..

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    1. Tng: la boca's definitely recommended for some South American food (though I hear it's becoming more commercialized and mass-market) =)

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  18. The colours are definitely interesting. Much to my fascination.

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    1. Sycookies: true, very vibrant, very striking hues! :D

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