Eat Drink KL: Pisco Bar @ Mesui

Monday, January 21, 2013

Pisco Bar @ Mesui

Pisco Bar, a South American restaurant launched this month within walking distance of Changkat Bukit Bintang, could do for ceviche & chicharrones what Pinchos Tapas Bar has done for Spanish croquetas & calamares in this neighborhood.

Pisco Bar boasts a friendly service team, sleaze-free setting, relaxed vibe & well-priced menu by Peruvian chef Miguel Hokama (a familiar face from Mont Kiara's now-closed Ristretto); wouldn't hesitate recommending this for an after-work hangout in the city.

Start with snapper ceviche (RM18+), raw fish marinated in "leche de tigre," or tiger's milk, a tangy-spicy formula of lime juice, onions & chili peppers that's considered both a hangover cure & an aphrodisiac.

Mussel & tuna ceviches are also available, each tinged with different types of South American chili peppers: amarillo (yellow), rocoto (red) & mochero (small yellow).

Plantain chips come complimentary with the ceviche; customers might also want to check out the tiradito (not pictured here), a Japanese-influenced carpaccio-like concoction of thinly sliced tuna topped with tiger's milk & soy sauce.

Causitas (RM18+), reminiscent of maki rolls, except with mashed potatoes instead of rice. Creamy carbs stuffed with avocado, soft-shell crab, prawns & prawn roe.

Pisco Bar's empanadas (RM16+) are addictive, some bursting with beef, others with pork.

Other worthwhile options: Street food of beef heart skewers with sweet potatoes ...

 ... more mashed potatoes, with tuna, olives & quail eggs this time ...

... & succulent stewed lamb with chickpea "tacu-tacu."

Naturally, Peru's Pisco Sour cocktail is a highlight here, delightfully delicious. But we also like the Peanut Butter & Jelly shooter, comprising frangelico & cranberry.

Chilcano De Pisco (pisco, ginger ale, lime juice, angostura bitters) & Elderflower Martini (vodka, elderflower syrup, sweet & sour mix).

Pisco Bar,
29, Jalan Mesui, Off Jalan Nagasari, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2142-2900
Open nightly, except Mondays.

This restaurant is available for bookings under TABLEAPP, which enables customers to make instant reservations at Malaysia's top restaurants, while saving time and money in the process. Reserve your table at this restaurant by clicking here.