Earlier last week we were invited to attend a Tapas Club New Menu Launch. Fans of Spanish food and foodies alike will be delighted with the new flavours and enticing dishes from Tapas Club Kuala Lumpur, located in Pavilion.
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur is an award-winning, world-class urban development located in the heart of Bukit Bintang, the shopping paradise of Malaysia. First opened to visitors on 20th September 2007, and recently expanded with a new Pavilion Elite wing, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur blends the best of the international and local retail world and is positioned as the ‘Defining authority in fashion, food and urban leisure’.
Tapas Club Kuala Lumpur, first opened its doors in July 2018, is the birth of Spain’s sophisticated delicacy to the wider public, offering authentic flavours from the Iberian Peninsula. Helmed by Executive Chef Jose Angel Alonso and one-star Michelin Chef Manuel Berganza (the first Spanish chef in U.S. to earn a one-star Michelin rating), Tapas Club presents diners with an exquisite palate and creativity with the richness of classic Spanish flavours.
They believe in serving the cuisine that is close to their hearts, which is much perceived as a fine-dining concept, both Spanish chefs envision to offer these special flavours at an affordable price in a premium restaurant setting.
You can expect a seamless pairing and synergy of two great Chefs at work as they put together their experiences from Singapore and New York to produce 17 brand new dishes from carefully selected ingredients and a combination of flavours to offer Spanish food of the highest standard.
Without any further delay, I would like to jump into the food review:
Spanish Omelette with Truffle Aioli (RM25)
Labeled as their best seller and rightly so, the omelette was the first dish they served. This mix of confit potato with caramelized onion, wrapped in a fried egg until golden brown and topped with aioli and slices of truffle was cooked perfectly. The flavours worked exceptionally well together to give it a feel of a fairly light, but at the same time fulfilling starter!
Garlic Prawns (RM25)
This relatively conventional staple of Spanish cuisine, pan fried prawns and garlic in olive oil, topped with prawn stock and parsley did justice to the Spanish cookbook. The prawns were large, juicy and fresh served with crispy, toasted bread that you are able to dip into the sauce.
Pork Cheek with Spanish Piquillo Pepper (RM25)
One of the more recent introductions to the menu, slow cooked pork with herbs and spices, pan fried with brown sauce and served with mash potato and asparagus.
Pork Belly with Cabbage and Potato (RM25)
This marinated pork belly paired with stir-fried cabbage and potato made us crave for more. Pork belly had incredibly juicy seasoned flesh with a crackling skin on top. It was certainly my highlight of the food served on the day!
Garlic Chicken (RM25)
Marinated chicken with garlic and ginger, pan fried until golden. Served on a bed of a thin sliced confit potato. This garlic chicken is the ultimate comfort food! Tender chicken smothered in a garlic sauce was simply irresistible.
Seafood Pasta (RM38)
Chefs special seafood pasta, cooked with homemade stock, topped with mussels, prawns and clams. Available for a limited time only! It had a very light cream sauce that did not overpower the seafood.
Spicy Soft Shell Crab Paella (RM68)
Another chef’s special and only served seasonally, this bomba rice on a paella pan in Sofrito sauce looked stunning. The taste certainly delivered as well. The bomba rice was cooked so it remained partially chewy and you felt a slight kick from the spices as you kept digging into it. Not enough to put you off, but enough to make you appreciate and enjoy it even more!
Squid Ink Paella (RM68)
According to Tapas Club themselves, it is their best seller Paella. It was my favourite as well. This Squid Ink Sofrito, bomba rice on a paella pan, topped with clams and squids made us all crave for more. Once again the rice was cooked just right. I have a feeling they perfected cooking their paella and consistency will remain through out!
Chicken and Seafood Paella (RM68)
For Chicken and Seafood paella they once again use bomba rice, cooked on paella pan in sofrito sauce. This time though, it is topped with chicken, prawns, clams and various other seasonal sea foods available at the time. A Spanish meal in my books is not complete without a paella to share and there are many to choose from at Tapas Club.
Churros with Chocolate Sauce (RM22)
Just like churros you get from the street vendors in Barcelona and Madrid their churros were crispy on the outside, dusted with sugar and paired with warm chocolate dipping sauce.
“Tapas Club” Cheese Cake (RM22)
Lastly, a little less traditional to Spanish cuisine, we tasted their signature dessert. This smooth cheesecake mousse was scooped on top of a crumby almond and biscuit base. Homemade mixed berry coulis and a sweet toffee sauce were drizzled across the top.
A combination of sweet, creamy and crunchy texture played wonders to our taste buds. Certainly, a Must Try! A dessert for all those with a sweet tooth!
Top 5 dishes on the day:
- Spanish Omelette with Truffle Aioli
- Pork Belly with Cabbage and Potato
- Garlic Chicken
- Squid Ink Paella
- “Tapas Club” Cheese Cake
I believe everyone in attendance left feeling incredibly satisfied. They were really good hosts, with very well trained staff and accompanied with delicious food. What else could you really ask for? For those of you who are looking for a little bit more then just Spanish Tapas, I would highly recommend their Sangria and wine selection. With very reasonable prices and constant promos on their drinks, Tapas Club in Pavilion is a good place to go for any occasion! We certainly will be back and very much hoping to see you there.
Tapas Club Pavilion
Lot 7.01.01 Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
168 Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur 55100
Tel: +603 2110 2718