Saturday, August 10, 2013

El Sid's South American @ Bukit Damansara

Returning to El Sid's to check out its complete menu. Earlier entry: July 18.

Ceviche (RM16 before taxes), comprising tangy shrimp accompanied by avocado & mango. Might these shrimp have been cooked with heat? Maybe, maybe not; it's much too tricky to tell.

Quinoa salad (RM18), a hearty helping, drenched in chimichurri-inspired sauce that might be creamier & more mayo-like & mass-market than necessary.

A riff on Peruvian 'papa rellena,' stuffed with chili con carne. Comes out kinda like TGI Friday's baked potato skins. El Sid's other savory offerings include lomo saltado beef sandwiches, grilled sardines, cod fish fritters, courgette omelets & breaded jalapenos.

Cookie-like sweet corn tamale cakes (RM14) with salsa verde.

South American sweet treats here include 'alfajores' caramel-coconut cookies (RM12).

The cocktail list is extensive. Of course, Pisco Sours are available.

Numerous beverages here are spiced up with chili. This one's like a fiery Bloody Mary: Tequila, orange juice & tomato juice, shaken with honey & chili flakes, topped with some Lea & Perrins.

Potency is unexpectedly poor but the cocktails are cheap. Authenticity? Debatable. There seems to be a somewhat 'processed/commercialized' feel to both the food & beverages here that some patrons might nonetheless be fine with.

Chatelle VSOP brandy, gin, condensed milk & freshly brewed coffee. El Sid's atmosphere is good though _ energetically friendly. And its team has clearly worked to provide customers with something different from the typical, tried-&-tested pub. Maybe that's what counts the most.

Fairly fun tequila shooters: Tequila Fuego (with jalapeno syrup & hot sauce) & Dirty Sanchez (with Baileys & Kahlua).

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

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22 comments:

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    1. Baby Sumo: heheh, those cookies might be quite addictive for customers with a sweet tooth :D

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  2. nice pics, ur partner is so lucky to have dine with you.

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    1. Cquek: good company does help to put a positive glow on our recollection of the meal =)

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  3. Certainly some intriguing and colourful food to be had...need to pay them a visit...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: it's quite an enticing menu. And broad-ranging too, since they try to draw from different countries, from Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and more =)

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  4. I love and warm and friendly ambiance!

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    1. Linda: there's definitely an exuberant sense of color here, both in the cooking and the setting! =)

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  5. Looks good. I supposed its a bit more of fine tuning for now?

    The pisco sour looks very inviting.

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, am optimistic that maybe they'll find their stride as the weeks go by. since this bar is run by the team behind sid's pubs, they definitely know what they're doing, heh =) it was a bit of a weak pisco sour, to be frank, but i guess a weak pisco sour is better than no pisco sour at all, heh :D

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    1. Wong: heheh, good for customers who like a fiery time =)

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  7. Quinoa salad is something I'd love to have now! =D

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    1. Waverly: I love quinoa salads in general! Always a nice treat to see them available =)

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  8. Oh no, please don't mix lovely quinoa with mayo! Yikes. I agree with you though, sometimes the commercialized mass market stuff sadly is what sells.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, you're right, I wish they had used a lighter chimichurri dressing to partner with the quinoa salad. The mayo-like sauce bogged it down a bit too much. Essentially becomes a junk-food version of salad, heh =)

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  9. Didn't have much local dessert when we in South America, I want to try that alfajores. :)

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    1. CK: oh ya, South American desserts seem to be quite sweet. I guess maybe the people living there enjoy having a lot of sugar! :D

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  10. Ok. Will skip for now. Lol!

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    1. Rebecca: crossing fingers that we'll be hearing better things about this place in a few weeks/months :D

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  11. Seeing quinoa in their menu already caught my attention. Most restaurants don't have this.

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    1. Sycookies: ya, i try to order quinoa whenever i see it too. one of those power-packed health-food recommendations that taste terrific! :D

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