Must-try places for Spanish food and wine
Cava Restaurant & Bar
Cava may be pork-free but its selection of meat and seafood dishes will keep you satisfied. Its Cava's Specialty Arroz Negro – squid ink paella with squid, prawns and garlic aioli – is a crowd favourite while its Sangrias are not to be messed with. Cava's Crème Catalana, its rendition of the crème brulee, will be the perfect end to your meal here too.
Address: 71, Jalan Bangkung, Taman Bandaraya, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Telephone No.: +603 2093 6637
Operation Time: Daily: 12pm – 3pm; 6pm – 12am
[Photo: Cava Facebook]
Taking up the space where Coquo used to be, Deuce is an eatery that encourages its customers to share its delicious platters. It may not have a menu as extensive as its wine list but trust us when we say its small plates of deep fried kale, smoked Cecina and the well-loved 'Octopus' are well worth your money. Those with a sweet tooth can go for its yummy cocktails or the experimental desserts like the 'Avocado'.
Address: D1-G4-6, Solaris Dutamas, Mont Kiara 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Telephone No.: +603 6211 2822
Operation Time: Daily: 6pm – 12am
[Photo: Deuce KL]
Dubbed as one of the best pork restaurants in Kuala Lumpur, El Cerdo is certainly one of the oldest in KL. It's been running for 11 years now and serves German Bak Ku Teh among other porcine dishes like pork shoulder steak and roasted Ibérico ribs. El Cerdo also offers a wine list that caters to all wallet sizes. Make sure to try the Sangria here too.
Address: 43 & 45 Changkat Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Telephone No.: +603 2145 0511 or +6013 3094197
Operation Time: Daily: 12pm – 2.30pm and 6pm – 10.30pm
[Photo: El Cerdo]
Located in Bangsar's bustling Telawi area, El Meson's tapas are not one to be missed. It's Paella Mixta – paella with meat and seafood – as well as its pork knuckles, which are slow cooked and crispy fried, are a one-way ticket to paradise city for your taste buds. El Meson also offers a long list of wines, rosé wines, spirits, beer, cocktails, mocktails, coffee, tea and freshly squeezed juices.
Address: 61-63 Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Telephone No.: +03-2282 8290
Operation Time: Mon & Tue: 11am – 12am; Wed – Fri: 11pm – 2am; Sat & Sun: 8am – 12am
[Photo: El Meson]
Located in a quiet corner at Verve Shops (they just moved!), Fat Olive was opened by Chef Kike (pronounced as Key-Kay) and advertising executive Stacee. The eatery serves tapas, risotto, burgers, sandwiches, cold cuts, seafood and desserts. It also offers a range of red and white wines.
Address: G-3, VERVE® Shops No 8, Jalan Kiara 5, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Telephone No.: +603-7887 5068
Operation Time: 1st to 25th monthly. Daily: 11.30am - 3.30pm; 6 - 10pm
[Photo: Fat Olive Food Garage Facebook]
Havana Bar & Grill
Anyone who's familiar with Changkat will know Havana. It's one of the best spots in the party district for a cold one and some great salsa tunes – some nights you'll see a live salsa band and dance shows too! Havana also has over 60 cocktails on its menu that include rums from Cuba and Barbados. The bar also serves Cuban parajo cigars that come from Cohiba, Montecristo, Hoyo de Monterray and Romeo Y Julieta.
Address: Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Telephone No.: +6017 756 1187
Operation Time: Mon – Fri: 4pm – 3am; Sat & Sun: 2pm – 3am
[Photo: Havana Bar & Grill]
This Spanish restaurant boasts of good food with one of the finest hams in the world – the Ibérico Ham. It's other signature dishes also include the Jamon Ibérico, the Lobster Paella, and the Puplo a Feira, which is octopus served with paprika potatoes. Besides a wide selection of wines, the restaurant also offers beer, rosé, cider and cocktails. Have your wine served in a porron for party!
Address: Level 1, Sky Avenue, Genting Highlands 69000, Pahang, Malaysia.
Operation Time: Mon – Thu: 3pm – 10pm; Fri: 2pm – 12am; Sat: 12pm – 12am; Sun: 12pm – 10pm
Telephone No.: +603 6105 2724
[Photo: Resort World Genting Facebook]
Established by Marta Alonso and her husband Finn, this eatery takes pride in its paella which is cooked in a family-style pan. You'd also want to try Marta's Jamon Ibérico ham, skewered pork pinchos, ham croquettes and the delectable churros that took over 50 times of trial and error before Marta was satisfied with the result. Instead of indulging in a glass of red (which can never go wrong), why not try the refreshing gin and tonic concoctions?
Address: The Signature, 3, Jalan Sri Hartamas 22, Desa Sri Hartamas 50480, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Telephone No.: +603-6411 0832
Operation Time: Daily: 11.30am – 11.30pm
[Photo: Marta's Kitchen]
Mercat Barcelona Gastrobar
Bustling Mercat's menu is always evolving so don't expect to see the same things on the menu all year round. But its crowd favourites like the Tortilla de patatas (Spanish omelette with potato and onion) and the Calamarcitos (baby squid with vegetables) are still menu staples. Sample the dishes with a glass of red, white or rosé. The outlet also serves up a wide range of Gin & Tonic.
Address: 51, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Telephone No.: +603 2201 5288
Operation Time: Mon – Thu: 11am – 12.30am; Fri & Sat: 11am – 1.30am; Sun: 10am – 12.30am
[Photo: Mercat Barcelona Gastrobar]
Pinchos Tapas Bar
The Spanish favourites like cured meat, Ibérico ham, chorizo, smoked anchovies, olives, Manchego cheese and more are all available here alongside a range of house specialty gin and tonics, Sangrias, and of course, wine.
Address: 18, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Telephone No.: +603 2145 8482
Operation Time: Closed on Mondays. Tue – Sun: 5pm – 3am
[Photo: Pinchos Facebook]
Pisco is one of those places that is the perfect combination of good food, good music and great fun. Its exposed brick walls, black and white photographs of pop icons, and second storey dance floor make up the recipe for a good night out. It's home to a seafood and pork-focused menu that includes assorted tapas, deep fried baby squids, the Pisco Parmigiana and the Cebiche. Of course, it also offers a selection of cocktails, spirits, beer and wine.
Address: 29, Jalan Mesui, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Telephone No.: +603 2142 2900
Operation Time: Closed on Mondays. Tue, Thu & Sun: 5pm – 1am; Wed: 5pm – 2am; Fri & Sat: 5pm – 3am
[Photo: Pisco Bar]
One of Melaka’s well-known eateries has got to be Salud Tapas Bar. Located along Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, the authentic Spanish restaurant serves up mean platters of Iberico ham, gazpacho, and of course, paella. The Sangria, as well as the list of wines here, are also not to be missed out on.
Address: 94, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, 75300 Melaka, Malaysia.
Telephone No.: +606 282 9881
Operation Time: Closed on Tuesdays. Wed & Thu: 2pm - 12am; Fri - Sun: 1pm - 12am. Mon: 3pm - 12am
[Photo: Salud Tapas Facebook]
The word 'sapore' means flavour in Italian and boy does it pack lots of it. Make sure to try its Flavoured Tuscany Pork Lard that's thinly sliced pork fat seasoned with rock salt and black pepper. It's a melt-in-your-mouth kind of delicious and would go perfectly with the wines offered here. The generous portions here definitely call for sharing the food with friends and family. We did say ‘Spanish’, the outlet uses everything Mediterranean and that includes Spanish gin, wines and also cured meat; down to their salt and olive oil.
[Photo: Sapore Facebook]
Address: 18, Persiaran Ampang, Desa Pahlawan, 55000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Telephone No.: +03 4266 6362
Operation Time: Daily: 11.30am – 3pm; 6pm – 11.30pm
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