El Iberico Pavilion is a casual table-service restaurant situated right in the very heart of Kuala Lumpur in Pavilion KL, Bukit Bintang, opening their doors for the first time back in 2017. For many of you I am sure that their location Pavilion KL needs no introduction, described by some as the gem of Kuala Lumpur and the jewel of Bukit Bintang. Famous both locally and internationally with tourists and residents alike.
This superb, award winning shopping complex is the home of eight precincts, housed in a 1.37 million sq ft retail haven with over 550 outlets offering the finest selections of shopping, dining and urban leisure. With so much to do and see here, Pavilion KL makes for a very unique and unforgettable “shop and dine” experience.
El Iberico Pavilion, on the 4th floor of Pavilion KL, specialists in Iberian Breed Pork and definitely one of those dining outlets in this complex that will leave you with unforgettable memories. Not least because of their already famous Iberico “Black Pig” Pork dishes. All the pork is fully imported from only trusted suppliers in Spain’s Iberian Peninsular. The most popular dish from their Iberico pork selection is the beer and honey mustard ribs, marinated for 24 hours before cooking.
However, this dish is only the highlight of the experiences and delights of some of their other, already satisfied guests but rest assured there is plenty more delightful Iberian pork dishes and other cuisine on their menu, including beef, chicken, burgers, a wide selection of pastas, rice and pizza too. Take a look at the food gallery on their website for more photos of their delicious food. For the lighter eaters or early birds among us, they also have a brunch and tapas section with lighter dishes available and a breakfast menu from 10am to 12pm daily. For people on the go or the busy office workers nearby you can grab lunch at a reasonable price with their set lunch menu available on weekdays (Mon-Fri) between 12pm and 3pm. If you are thinking of coming with young children then fear not, they also have a separate kids menu.
El Iberico Pavilion is fully air conditioned inside with a very welcoming feel with friendly staff and a beautiful, clean, crisp ambience both inside and outside, should you choose to sit outside. All of which lends itself to a predominantly Spanish theme with high quality furnishings, décor and tableware.
Beautiful, eye catching wall mounted paintings which all help to create and set the theme for this Spanish restaurant. El Iberico Pavilion is suitable for all walks of life, from party groups or business meetings to couples, individuals and even young children. They have a large area towards the back of the restaurant which can be used for larger or private groups of guests.
El Iberico Pavilion are also becoming well known for their extensive array of cocktails which you can find here on their drinks menu. However, please remember that they change the cocktail menu quite regularly and without notice in order to keep their regular cocktail lovers happy and stay up to date with the latest cocktail trends. Join them for their “buy one get one free” Cocktail Happy Hour on weekdays between 4pm and 8pm, or wine by the glass, “buy one get one free”, between 3pm and 7pm also on weekdays. We will be sampling some of their cocktails in this review so we will bring you more on these later. As you will see from their drinks menu they also have a very wide selection of other alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages available.
El Iberico Pavilion have their own, very slick website which features their menus, events, galleries, on line reservations and more. They are also featured on the website of the shopping complex itself. If you are driving, you can relax in the knowledge that parking is in abundance in the basement of this huge shopping and leisure complex.
Our Dining Experience
We arrived around 12pm for lunch and there were three of us dining today. We ordered one starter for sharing, three main dishes, two desserts also for sharing, two cocktails and strawberry milkshake.
First up was of course the Cold Cut Sharing Platter (RM65) and a Bread Basket (RM12) for sharing between the three of us. I had actually been looking forward to this dish all week and it didn’t disappoint one bit. Bringing back memories of my time living and working in Spain this delicious platter consists of three different types of cheese, Italian Scamorza, French Brie and Parmesan, complimented by water crackers.
Two types of Spanish dry cured ham, Serrano and Iberico. Iberico Spanish ham is considered to be some of the highest quality pork in the world. Not forgetting the Chorizo which is pieces of thinly sliced spicy Spanish sausage. A selection of pickled gherkins, pickled sweet onions, black and green olives placed in the centre of this delightful platter. Neatly presented and finished off with a couple of long stems of fresh rosemary. All of which went down brilliantly with an assortment of lightly toasted bread.
Then came the main courses. The delicious, medium rare, Grilled Australian Beef Tenderloin (RM88) came topped with a stem of fresh rosemary resting on a bed of glazed, lightly cooked vegetables, cooked just enough to maintain their crispiness and goodness, including asparagus, broccoli, carrot and small roasted baby potatoes sliced in half.
The Trio Burger Slider (RM48) came served on an elongated wooden platter complete with potato fries on one end and a separate serving of mayonnaise on the other. Three mini burgers served on wholemeal bread each containing either pork, chicken and beef all with dressings of salad, cheese and a thickly sliced tomato on each.
The Seabass Al Papillote (RM65) was presented wrapped in the parchment paper that it had been oven baked in. Served with mixed vegetables including roasted potatoes, black and green olives, sliced onion, and cherry tomatoes.
The fish clearly very fresh, soft, tender and just fell off the bone with a nudge of the fork. Nicely presented and topped with fresh leaves of parsley, fresh rosemary stems and slices of lemon.
We had two desserts for sharing. The first was the Spanish Almond Tart (RM18) made with almond parfait, chocolate sauce and berries. Very well presented on a plate decorated with sliced stawberries and blackberries, the almond tart itself topped with carefully placed buttons of dark chocolate, delicious!
Our other dessert was the Crema Catalana (RM16) this was definitely our favourite of the two desserts. For those of you who don’t know, the recipe for this dessert originates from the Catalonia region of Spain. A famous custard based dessert, this creamy dish is ordinarily made with milk, cream, egg yolks, sugar, vanilla, orange peel, and cinnamon. Topped with sliced strawberries and berries.
As I mentioned earlier El Iberico Pavilion are well known for their wide selection of cocktails so we thought we should try a couple of them.
The Pisco Sour (RM32) was my favourite. Made with Bacardi rum, egg white, sugar syrup, concentrated lemon juice and a few drops of Angostura bitter sauce. Definitely the lemon juice and the bitter sauce that gave it that amazing tangy kick. Topped with fresh cloves, a slice of orange and rosemary stem.
The El Iberico Signature (RM35) although for me personally the winner was definitely the Pisco Sour this signature cocktail was also very nice. Made with Gin, peach puree, sherry, egg white, sugar syrup and concentrated lemon juice. Topped with cloves, a slice of lemon and a fresh stem of rosemary.
We had a great lunch with excellent food served with a smile. The quality and presentation we have seen here really outweighs any other Spanish themed restaurant we have seen so far in Malaysia.
Since their Iberian breed pork dishes have already proved popular and well known, we thought we would put to the test some of their other dishes and, as you can see, they did not disappoint.
Although only a sharing starter, my favourite of the day was definitely the Cold Cut Platter and coming second, had to be the Grilled Australian Beef Tenderloin.
Since the change of ownership in November 2018 El Iberico Pavilion has definitely improved and building a strong following. Next time we will be back to try their famous Iberian Pork dishes. Definitely worth a visit!
El Iberico Pavilion KL
Lot C4.05.01 Pavilion
168, Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Mon – Thu : 10am – 11pm
Fri – Sat : 10am – 12pm
Sun : 10am – 11pm