Monday, October 01, 2007

Tucking into Spanish tapas at La Cocina, USJ Taipan

KY ajak me to go makan La Cocina at USJ Taipan last Friday.

38 USJ9/5P, subang Jaya.
Tel : 03-80232395.

Our wonderful host, Mr Jeganathan (owner and manager) has experience being a chef on the QE2 and decided to open a Spanish cuisine restaurant in Malaysia after seeing the dearth of such restaurants over here. In any case, here's what we had. Click on the thumbs for larger pics.

Sangria... fresh and undiluted. The wine used was of decent quality as I could still taste the intense wine flavours swirling around with the orange peel.

Battered Calamares - thoroughly enjoyed this with the accompanying garlic mayo. Can taste the spices in the batter and the squid is fried just nice (fresh and not tough).

Gambas (shrimp) in olio, garlic and wine... superb with bread to dip with.

Wonderful mushrooms and lamb meatballs. Very flavourful. Among the best tapas I had.

The most fascinating Tigres (mussels croquette) served in mussel shells.

House specialty - paella negres (paella cooked in squid ink). This dish can look scary at first due to the intense black colour but the seafood taste is subtle and tasty indeed!

Desserts - almond tart and crema catalana (which is superb - the crusty caramel on top sets off the custard cream underneath perfectly)!

Some details of the restaurant which complements the light Spanish music playing in the air.

La Cocina also has a wine club (with some great value for money wine dinners) and a fine selection of wines handpicked by Mr Jeganathan (who was also a former sommelier).

I must say that the food is really good. I was impressed by the cosy relaxed atmosphere of the place. I was also appreciative of how familiar the management was of the guests (many of them are regulars). Friday nights are Salsa nights so you can go enjoy the revelry on the start of the weekend while tucking in to the joyous food (by the way, kitchen closes at 1am daily so you know where to look for tapas for supper). Will definitely go again and sip some good wine while tucking into tapas.

Thanks again Mr Jega!

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