Thursday, February 12, 2015

2015 Menu: Nexo Spanish Restaurant @ Nexus Bangsar South

Olé! For fans of Spanish fare in KL, it's time to check out or return to Nexo, which is blazing in a bold new direction this year, with a kitchen led by terrific young chef Isaac Goh, whose talent, skill & eagerness to hone his craft make him a man to watch.

Recent changes in the setting have made Nexo more comfortable, both inside - where a matador & charging bull loom large over sofas - & at the breezy alfresco area outside. Nexo still serves numerous tapas, mostly costing between RM15 & RM25, but its true highlights now are its Iberico pork dishes, made from the meat of Spanish acorn-eating Iberian black pigs. For this Chinese New Year season, you can even order a one-of-a-kind Iberico pork yee sang (RM48++ for regular, RM88++ for large).

Nexo's Iberico selection is impressive - everything from Iberico cold cuts to tapas of Iberico jowl & Iberico sliders to paella with Iberico loin & pesto pasta with pan-seared Iberico, mostly ranging in cost from RM30 to RM80. Isaac wisely recommends the Iberico belly, very meaty, offering a blissfully tender chew & beautifully pure flavour, served with pickled onions; it's a testament to Nexo's respect for its produce & understanding of how to satisfy the palate by nailing a recipe's taste & textures.

With meat this marvellous, the trick might be pursuing the perfect way to prepare it to let its flavours shine. Nexo does that, with its elegantly sparing use of marination & seasoning, steering clear of heavy-handed sauces. Grab an Iberico spare rib with your fingers & sink your teeth into it, biting through the savoury caramelised exterior & relishing the juiciness of its flesh.

Local pork proves it's no slouch though; we love Nexo's whole suckling pig - with its gloriously crisp skin & luscious flesh, coupled with a flavour that's simultaneously rich & clean, this is as fantastic as it gets. It's a splurge at RM300++ & must be ordered two days in advance, but if you love suckling pig, it's a should-try; sufficient for four patrons to share for a main course.

Slow-roasted suckling lamb leg, also a victory, with a delicate, distinctive sweetness, more nuanced than intense, lovely in its smooth, white leanness, kept simple with a mint yoghurt dip. Requires a one-day advance order; a RM210 portion feeds two.

 And whether you want wine or whisky to complement your food, you'll find it (Spanish reds & whites start at RM22 per glass; single-malts at RM24). Many thanks to Serena, Reuben & the rest of Nexo's team for hosting an exceptionally enjoyable meal.

Nexo Restaurant & Bar
G-13, Ground Floor, Nexus, Bangsar South, Jalan Kerinchi, Kuala Lumpur. Beside Souled Out. Open daily. Tel: 03-2242-2226

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21 comments:

  1. Ooh, seems Spanish cuisine is becoming quite the hit in KL.

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    1. The Yum List: a great thing for those of us who love the wonders of spanish cooking! :)

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  2. I won't get into what I think about bullfighting, Sean, but being the animal lover I am, I am pretty sure you already know. :) The food looks delicious!!!

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    1. Linda: true, there are many who justifiably feel the same way about bullfighting ... but you're right too, the food here is splendid :)

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  3. Omigosh!!! I was drooling away till I saw the whole thing sprawling like that. LOL!!!

    Spanish brings to mind a joke about bull's testicles...but I'll save that for another day. Hehehehehe!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: ya, it was tricky trying to photograph the suckling pig! :) i shall ask you for your joke another day :)

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  4. I don't think meat gets more tender than that! Wowza.

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: wowza definitely describes the way we felt about this meal :D

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  5. Hmm... a little too porky for me, i think i'll go for the lamb :P

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    1. Ken: i think you'd like the lamb ... it's lovable! :D

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  6. And the vegetables and potatoes were just as good! I loved the lamb and pork ribs, yum yum yum

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    1. Footfringe: i'd happily devour all those potatoes, but the meat took precedence, heheh. luckily no scrap of lamb went unfinished :)

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  7. I spot Iberico yee sang on their menu. Oh and the ribs sure look enticing!

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    1. Baby Sumo: ya, iberico yee sang definitely sparks my curiosity :) and those are mighty ribs indeed! :D

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  8. Wahh.. everything sounds so good!
    Don't mind trying but where to find friends who would join me for this (price-issue) .. Hahah!

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    1. Rebecca: heh, yeah, maybe head for the tapas to try first, since those are in the 20-ringgit range :D

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  9. I've heard about iberico pork but have not had them before :(

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    1. Contact.ewew: ooo, it's worth trying ... its flavour feels a little more pleasing sometimes :)

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  10. Iberico pork yee sang sounds interesting, would like to know how it tastes, hehehe.

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    1. CK: heheh, we should check it out, ya :D

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  11. Hello! Good Day from Michelle @ http://vinamy.com/americas-restaurant-recipes/

    The foods sounds delicious! I like the way it was cooked! I'll visit this place soon:).

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