Sunday, March 2, 2014

Nexo Spanish Restaurant @ Nexus Bangsar South

There's consistent cause for celebration whenever a Spanish restaurant opens in KL, especially one that ventures beyond the staples of meatballs, olives & button mushrooms to brave the fearsome realm of pig's head recipes.

Nexo launched recently in Bangsar South's new Nexus complex; it operates all day long throughout the week, so customers can stroll in at 4pm on a Wednesday & still be able to order everything from gazpacho to leche frita.

Try the tapas: Nexo's aforementioned pig's head emerges in fine, fried form, essentially fleshy croquettes coupled with pickles & garlic aioli (RM17 before taxes). An acquired taste, but all offal is, after all.

Squid cooked with its own ink, caramelised onions & rice crackers (RM18). Or try calling it by its more evocative Spanish name, "chipirones en su tinta."

Sardines prepared with sherry & garlic (RM15). The rest of the tapas selection comprises temptations ranging from octopus with potatoes & paprika to mussel-&-prawn croquettes with spicy tomato sauce.

Moving on to main courses: Nexo's bacalao (RM57) is worthwhile, well-executed salted cod loin, moist & meaty with bacon, polenta & a buttery blend of Roncal cheese & lemon.

For folks strictly NOT on a diet: Suckling pig confit (RM52), as fatty as imaginable, with pork jus & a carb-laden potato gratin. The grilled asparagus can only sit by helplessly.

And of course, there's still more to the menu, everything from lamb rack with harissa paste, yogurt & couscous to sea bass with potato-leek terrine & pisto sauce.

What's a Spanish eatery without cold cuts? Nexo has a solid assortment of acorn-fed jamon iberico de bellota & sausages.

And of course, paella. Nexo's rendition is respectable, RM63 for a seafood-heavy serving that two or even three can share.

Sangria costs RM26 by the glass & RM90 by the jug, offering slight savings for folks who order the latter & plan to drink a lot.

Spanish wine, RM18 per glass & RM95 by the bottle.

Nexo has both an air-conditioned interior & a shaded alfresco area that's breezy enough for Bangsar South's after-work crowd.

Nexo Restaurant & Bar
G-13, Ground Floor, Nexus, Bangsar South, Jalan Kerinchi, Kuala Lumpur
Daily, noon through late. Tel: 03-2242-2226

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24 comments:

  1. Oooo the bacalao sure looks good! And I think the suckling pig would make anyone wanna go OFF their diet .. hehe ;)

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    1. Baby Sumo: heh, yeah, good cod =) haha, that suckling pig should be labelled a diet-destroyer! :D

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  2. I was especially tempted by the cod, looks perfectly done. I just had a spanish dinner (tapas as well) few days back in penang, quite good too, i'll blog about it soon :D

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    1. Ken: the spanish sure know how to treat their cod right! :D

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  3. The suckling pig confit makes me crave siew yoke, haha :P

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    1. CK: haha, ya, hopefully when you're back in KL, you'll be able to enjoy some siew yok and/or suckling pig :)

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  4. Spanish at a nice location...will give them a try =)

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    1. Ulric: hope you enjoy this place! i think it has decent potential; let's hope it works to live up to that potential :)

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  5. Impressive. Suckling pig? Ooooo....I want!

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    1. Suituapui: pretty irresistible, that one :)

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  6. My pants are feeling tight just thinking about the suckling pig confit ;-)

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    1. The Yum List: it'll be tough to lose the weight i gained from eating that! :)

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  7. I love asparagus, Sean, and bought some today...had it tonight with some barbecue chicken. Delicious. :)

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    1. Linda: that sounds like a really enjoyable meal, and i'm glad you did enjoy it! asparagus is generally not my favourite vegetable, but that might be because i'm partial toward leafy veggies :)

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  8. This really looks like a proper tapas restaurant! I like how they did the pig's head into croquettes and squid cooked in it's ink. I like the entrees too, I remember the days when La Bodega was as good as we got. Haha!

    Looks promising Sean, and I really like the Macallan display. I wonder if they have any fine and rare whisky bottles...

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    1. Huai Bin: heh, yeah, the selection is here is not as extensive for now, but i believe they're aiming for quality over quantity. i knew i had to order the pig's head croquettes and squid :D ooo, interesting question about the whisky. am sorry i didn't ask, since i'm not a fan of whisky, heh ;)

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  9. OH my, that area is a place to watch out for for sure. So many offices .
    the photos in this post are gorgeous Sean. Your photography skills = marvelous :)

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    1. Rebecca: yeah, and it's pretty jammed for workers trying to leave in the evening, so it's good to have a few places they can hang out while waiting for traffic to ease :) wow, thanks! that's very kind! i appreciate it :)

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  10. yay another spanish restaurant in town...hmm, sean... i'd like to know though, based on your experience so far... which restaurant(s) in the klang valley serve(s) the best paella you've ever tasted?

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    1. Sue: the paella at Nexo is pretty decent, it's hearty and flavoursome. i also like the paella at Mediteca at Fraser Place and Moussandra at Solaris Dutamas :)

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  11. this is opened by my friend and good to see that the review is good. I've yet to try but hopefully during my next trip back to KL

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    1. Eiling: oh, it's great to hear that you know the people behind this place. ya, i think you'll enjoy this place too! :)

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  12. It looks really a great place..dishes looks mouth watering,
    ."spanish tapas london"

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