Sunday, October 18, 2015

Palillos Spanish Yakitori @ Changkat Bukit Bintang

Palillos is one of 2015's most unexpected new eateries - a Japanese-inspired joint that specialises in skewers, spearheaded by a Spanish chef who founded Changkat Bukit Bintang's popular Pinchos tapas restaurant six years ago & professes to be a fan of Subang's Sumi-Ka yakitori bar. Expect a harmonious marriage of Japanese gastronomy with some Spanish sensibilities.

Right off the bat (or the binchotan white charcoal grill, in this case), there are many unique ingredients here that seize the attention - take a seat at the counter & start with the flavour-packed pork, from Iberico belly (RM7), Iberico ribs with pimenton smoked paprika (RM8) & Iberico collar with truffle oil (RM9) to chistorra chorizo (RM6; savoury cured sausages) & regular pork belly prepared with shiso leaves (RM6) or with a pungently sweet-salty, creamy combo of dates & blue cheese (RM9).

The extensive selection is confidently cooked, retaining all the essential succulence & resulting in an enjoyable smokiness, from meaty sticks of Spanish quail (RM9), rosemary-rubbed Spanish suckling lamb chops (RM15) & ox tongue (RM12) to the ocean's fresh bounty of Spanish octopus with pimenton paprika & olive oil (RM8), Spanish Carabinero large red prawns (RM19), Japanese oysters wrapped in pork belly (RM10), shrimp in serrano ham (RM7) & squid with shiso leaves (RM7).

The main chicken-based section hits the right notes too, featuring thigh meat (RM4), tail (RM4), gizzard (RM4), crispy-juicy wings (RM10), melt-in-the-mouth liver with tare sauce (RM4), breast with wasabi aioli (RM6) & tsukune meatballs made with a mix of chicken & pork (RM5), pretty much as satisfying as what you'd find at the Klang Valley's Japanese-run yakitori venues.

Palillos harks back to the heydays of Changkat, when engaging eateries were the norm, not the exception, on this street. Save space for both the starch & the fibre - we like the baby potatoes in bravas sauce & the grilled rice with butter (RM5 each, one reflecting a Spanish classic & the other intrinsically Japanese), eggplant with thyme (RM4), lady's fingers (RM4) & eryngii & shiitake mushrooms (RM4 & RM6). Order a few bowls of salads that nicely complement the skewers: Japanese cucumber with ponzu dressing (RM7), tomatoes with ginger (RM8), romaine lettuce with quail eggs (RM11), olives prepared with anchovies, yuzu, sake (RM9) & springy kimchi with olive oil & pine nuts (RM8). Outlet founder Roberto took more than a year from thought to conception for Palillos, & his effort establishes an impressive impact with interesting touches in nearly each recipe.

Even the desserts are distinctively delicious: Spanish melon with sake (RM9), yuzu ice cream (RM7), grilled pineapple with vanilla ice cream (RM12) & our favourite, a skewer of grilled marshmallow with strawberries (RM5), made with quality ingredients handled with expertise. There's also no lack of liquor - wine to sake. Many thanks to Palillos for having us here.

Palillos
18A, First Floor, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. Open Mon-Sat, 630pm-11pm. Tel: 03-21105051

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16 comments:

  1. tsukune meatballs, spanish octopus and lamb chops for me please! :D

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    1. Rebecca: i think you'd devour your choices quite happily :)

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  2. I really like the ambiance, Sean, and the recess lighting and exposed brick adds a certain je ne said quoi, which is appealing. :) I would grab some lamb and rosemary and the salad, please! :)

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    1. Linda: you're right, this place does have a certain je ne sais quoi! :D

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  3. I meant "je ne sais quoi". LOL! :)

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    1. Linda: heheh, no worries, i understood what you meant :)

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  4. Melon with sake? This gives me an idea!

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    1. Ken: a good idea, i hope! :)

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  5. Wow, a lot of variety! Nice! :D

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    1. CK: yeah, can easily have a very filling dinner here! :)

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  6. Spanish produce but Japanese yakitori-style cooking....what an interesting and beautiful pairing! Is the grilling done in an enclosed area?

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    1. Contact.ewew: definitely distinctive! the grilling is done in front of a counter where customers can sit, but it's still quite far away (a few metres behind), so there won't be any discomfort or odours from the process :)

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  7. Spanish Japanese fusion? Yakitori...satay...kebab...what's in a name! As long as something tastes nice, that is all that matters.

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    1. Suituapui: if that's what matters to you, it does taste very nice, heheh :D

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  8. So many creative options for yakitori.. definitely gives me inspiration for my next BBQ activity!

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    1. Iamthewitch: ooo, that could be a very fun BBQ indeed! :)

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