Thursday, June 12, 2014

Fuego South American Tapas & Cocktails @ Troika Sky Dining

Irresistible strains of South American fever have spread this month to the upper reaches of Troika Sky Dining, where few customers will be immune to the culinary contagion unleashed by Fuego, Eddie Chew & Chris Bauer's latest establishment. It's one of 2014's best new eateries, certain to capture extensive notice in the weeks to come.

This alfresco bar on The Troika's 24th floor _ part of the family that includes Cantaloupe, Claret & Strato _ has been two years in the planning, inspired significantly by 'asado' barbecue-style feasting. But it's evolved into even more than that, thanks to a menu that comprises some of KL's most cunningly creative tapas & cocktails.

Fuego's selection seems to have been created with a twinkle in its founders' eyes. No fewer than five types of guacamole are prepared fresh to order by a 'specially trained guacamole chef' (!!!); this one is mixed with Italian parsley, red chillies, tomato, garlic & lime, topped with salmon roe & partnered with veggie crisps of sweet potato, yam, banana & lotus root (RM25++). Other variations include spicy guacamole, olive-&-caper guacamole & anchovy guacamole.

It's smoke, not smog: Smoked quail eggs on crispy nests of seaweed strips & veggies, topped with spices & herbs. RM25++.

Extraordinary eggs-tasy; the combination proves nicely nuanced in its savoury flavours & part-soft, part-crunchy textures.

This kitchen truly loves its smoke (no surprise, since Fuego's tagline is 'flamed & grilled'). What lies beneath this lid?

 Ravishingly presented snails with parsley salsa, garlic crisps & pickled garlic. RM30++. A top-flight recipe.

Cinnamon-dusted churros secure a very special twist here too, partnered with a creamy-crispy, sweet-savoury accompaniment of salted caramel espuma & dulcey cremeux that's a knock-out for some of us. RM35++.

 Leche frita, traditional fried milk croquettes embellished elaborately with coconut pudding, lime jelly & fresh mango. RM25++.

Don't skip the inventive cocktails. The Mojito sees a makeover: 'Instant rum' with lychee & chilli. RM40++ (ouch for our wallets).

 We ordered a Negroni (RM38++), but we received a glass with an ice ball & a Barbara Taylor Bradford novel?

Secrets of the book: 'Act of Will' conceals a flask of bourbon. Aha! Wish we could keep this book; it could prove mighty useful.

Mixed with Carpano Antica Formula sweet vermouth & Campari for several satisfying sips.

 Other outlets offer still & sparkling water, but Fuego insists on doing things differently. The water here's laced with options of either cucumber & thyme or strawberry & basil. RM8++ per bottle, nevertheless.

Note: Fuego's still in its soft-launch stage, so its furnishing will change & further renovation is being planned (expect a small lounge to surface above the bar). But it might be wise to head here soon before the crowds come (& before the haze returns).

 Fuego currently opens everyday, 6pm through midnight (last orders at 10:30pm).

Fuego Restaurant & Bar
Troika Sky Dining, Level 23A, The Troika, Jalan Binjai, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2162-0886

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30 comments:

  1. I love the atmosphere and views of this place, Sean! As far as the snails go, I have never eaten this, but my father did when I was a little girl. They were called winkles. Don't think I ever could eat them, but I like watching them (when I see them in aquariums). :)

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    1. Linda: oh yes, we happily spent four hours at this place :) i've never heard of 'winkles' used for snails before, but thanks for teaching me that word! i do like snails, they have a nice, meaty-but-soft texture :D

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  2. Shudderssss!!!! I've developed batophobia, scared of heights - didn't use to when I was younger. :(
    Pity the construction nearby spoils the view. Interesting - the drink in a book - that sure brings the term bookworm to a whole new level. Muahahahahaha!!!

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    1. Suituapui: yikes, steer clear of sky-high eateries, i guess. but ya, that drink-hidden-in-the-book is amusing :D

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  3. I love Barbara Taylor Bradford. her novels are amazing!
    As for the food here I would actually pay to try out all these dishes! Looks interesting & CHURROS - I hope those were adeptly made - nt too doughy on the insides i hope?

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    1. Rebecca: ooo, i've actually never read any of her novels, heheh ;D and ya, the entire menu here feels worth ordering (there's more to be written about). the churros here were quite rich, and they were not stodgy, luckily! :D

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  4. The Leche frita certainly caught my eye...can literally imagine the flavours there...and maybe grab myself a bottle of water laced with lemon, lime and mint...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: heheh, you picked some of the most refreshing and lightest items ... perfect for our current muggy weather! yeah, that's the most flamboyant presentation for leche frita that i've ever seen in kl :)

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    2. What can I say...I'm a LLM guy...lolz! :D

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    3. Ulric: and that could mean a lot of different things :)

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  5. So ridiculous.

    "The water here's laced with options of either cucumber & thyme or strawberry & basil. RM8++ per bottle..."

    RM8 for a bottle of water with leaf and sliced fruits in it? Can Fuego be not so cheap and give their customers free "fruit/herb water" after their customers have already spend hundreds of ringgit on food & wine at this restaurant?

    In USA, restaurant-made water is free at even French Laundry.

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    1. Unknown: that's a valid point. we wouldn't have minded saving RM16++ on our bill for water :)

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  6. all these places and dishes are so pretty, so how do I go if I'm not pretty!?

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    1. KY: eh, you're pretty lah, who says you're not?!? :D

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  7. Impressive! They are so creative in presenting their dishes, i like the book LOL

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    1. Ken: ya, lots of flamboyant imagination showcased here! heheh, the book was a pleasant surprise ;)

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  8. Veggie crisps that are served with the guacamole sounds interesting. The food here sounds really fun to eat and the decor is very industrial + neat, I like!

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    1. Baby Sumo: ya, the variety of crisps was a cool touch indeed. a lot of cool things about this place :)

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  9. Nice presentation of that smoked snails! At first I thought those are mushroom, hehe.

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    1. CK: yeah, it's almost like a mini-garden in that little jar! :D

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  10. Hihi, After 5 month, I'm back with one post~ You do enjoy with lots of food yeah~

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    1. Happy Walker: yay, you've returned. here's to some more good food :)

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  11. I guess guests pay for all those innovative touches... very attention-grabbing, I must say. And, of course, the stunning views are also factored in. But the food does look good though :-)

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    1. Pureglutton: yeah, all things considered, especially the factors you mentioned as well as the quality of the ingredients, i think this place is worth a few visits :)

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  12. Sometimes its fun to play with your food...looks like the team at Fuego are enjoying themselves! Love the idea of a guacamole chef...heaven!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: playing with the food was fun indeed! and yeah, i think the team here did a good job. i must speak to the guacamole chef someday! :D

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  13. Beautiful place.. awesome cuisine! What a view... :)

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    1. Ciki: ya, this one could be one of 2014's coolest spots :D

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  14. put this to my weekend list. =D i wan that novel! =p

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    1. Jean: heheh, ya, that 'cocktail' presentation is worth trying :)

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