Wednesday, July 9, 2014

La Casa @ Solaris Dutamas

A new era has emerged for La Casa: After six years at Desa Park City, the respected restaurant recently moved to Solaris Dutamas following a severe rent increase, with another branch expected to be launched nearby in Mont Kiara within two months.

La Casa occupies a strategic position in front of Publika's outdoor square; its menu is extensive, but we'll begin our exploration with the brunch menu, bursting with distinctive temptations, such as a single-pan serving of olive-laced duck pate, beef sausage (can be substituted with chicken), fried eggs, roasted potatoes & cherry tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms & toast. RM32++.

Here's what makes La Casa worth recommending: The restaurant painstakingly makes its own pate, sausages & even bread (focaccia, croissants, baguettes, brioches & more) at its Bandar Manjalara central kitchen. The result is fresh-tasting food with honest & reasonably robust flavours, heartily executed by a team that takes its cooking seriously.

We'd eagerly wake up early for the chunky duck pate alone, but there's some more surprising components in La Casa's 14-item brunch selection: Fluffy, pesto-tinged gnocchi (constructed with U.S. potatoes), pretty much as satisfactory as any we'd find in KL's full-fledged Italian eateries, partnered with savoury sausages that supply a rather rustic bite, a rocket salad, plus La Casa's pleasurably runny rendition of eggs en cocotte. RM26++.

Yearning for baked eggs? Not a problem: La Casa serves a chicken-&-egg version, with soft yolks & hot, melted cheese blanketing a layer beneath of Mexican-inspired pulled chicken & baked beans. RM20++.

La Casa's spicy-tangy, broth-like interpretation of beef hash typically comes with fried eggs (RM22++), though if the kitchen isn't too busy, poached could be possible. The rest of the brunch menu (available 10am through at least 2pm) comprises the likes of waffles & pancakes; pizza, pasta & a wealth of main courses including oxtail stew & duck confit are available during other hours.

Have a sweet tooth? Indulgences galore, from macarons to lemon tarts, line the front showcase, all baked by La Casa's team.

Extremely few cafes in KL offer the Mont Blanc dessert of pureed chestnuts & whipped cream. La Casa is one.

Sesame Noir (RM13++), a memorable creation, with sesame sponge, white chocolate mousse, milk chocolate ganache & black sesame cream, plus a framboisier (RM13++) that's well-measured in taste & texture.

Coffee enthusiasts have a compelling reason to check out La Casa: This cafe is one of only several that obtain beans exclusively roasted by Japanese maestro Kato San. A Central American theme prevails for this blend.

Affogato? Absolutely. Especially since even the vanilla ice cream is made at La Casa.

Thinking of tea? Try The Natural Tea Company's fragrant lavender flavour (or apricot peach, or raspberry razzle).

Wondering about wine? That'll be available soon (beer already is). Many thanks to the team at La Casa for hosting this lunch.

La Casa
A4-G2-7, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur
Tues-Fri, 11am-10pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-10pm. Tel: 03-6211-8875

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31 comments:

  1. Amazing dish presentations here, Sean, and I am always amazed at the artistic coffee creations.

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    1. Linda: yeah, i loved how each recipe was assembled here. very appetising. and the coffee was nicely presented too :)

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  2. Seems the eating options are endless in that area. It makes it easy to just go out for a meal and decide what grabs your fancy when you're there.

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    1. The Yum List: that's true, we're really spoiled for choice in the publika and solaris dutamas vicinity :)

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  3. I see runny eggs everywhere here...definitely worth a visit! :D

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    1. Ulric: i especially like their fried eggs here (simple but impeccable) and also the baked and cocotte ones :)

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    2. Ya...the cocotte with the pesto-tinged gnocchi and the rustic sausages is the one tat I will be aiming for =)

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    3. Ulric: yup, i was very pleasantly surprised by the fluffy and flavoursome gnocchi ... it was good-quality material, and as long as the kitchen can maintain the consistency of their food, i think you'll be satisfied too. for the sausages, they tasted like real meat, there was a nice bite to them, they didn't taste like artificial/overly-processed sausages at all :)

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    4. Thanx...tats a real good endorsement of the food served here =)

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    5. Ulric: ya, i think it helps that they have friendly and beneficial ties with other restaurants. their sausages for example are made partly with material and guidance from the folks from La Vie En Rose :)

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  4. Oooo their cakes look so so attractive..... pretty lil French cakes, it'll sure be hard to choose a fav!

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    1. Baby Sumo: that's true, i had to resist trying more than three, since we were quite stuffed by the savoury brunch fare already :D

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  5. The Mont Blanc dessert looks interesting! Would love to try!

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    1. Jkdrooling: yeah, I think it's worth checking out the next time you're at Solaris Dutamas :)

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  6. wow, this place is definitely worth bookmarking. Everything looks amazingly good

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    1. Footfringe: and just a five-minute journey from your place, heheh. i think you'd enjoy a (late) breakfast here. it's quite calm and breezy before noon :)

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  7. so many egg!!!
    I love it~

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    1. 十六: heheh, ya, eggs make a brilliant brunch :)

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  8. None in Penang offers Mont Blanc :/ I think i'll like their food

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    1. Ken: hopefully there's be one or two this year :) yup, i liked the food here too :)

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  9. Drooling all over that sausage. Slurpsssss!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: good sausages too, very meaty :)

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  10. It was a surprise when I saw La Casa moved out from DPC which is quite near to me!

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    1. Choi Yen: yeah, hopefully it'll manage to do well at its new solaris dutamas and mont kiara branches too :)

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  11. Seriously good ways to start the day there...eggs galore!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: eggs-tasy!!! :D

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  12. Yay! New place to try at Publika this Saturday! Am there every weekend and getting heartily sick of the usual haunts... =P

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    1. Sooyin: heheh, i kinda know what you mean, but it's almost amazing that we can get tired of the places at publika, since there are so many of them :D

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  13. they really make the food polution business .uknow the gueat who eat the green meat at desa park ciry that meat was lamb curry that was totally spoiled that food also they sale at desa park city

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