Been down with pretty terrible headaches this weekend due to the crazy hot weather. I’d do the rain dance but that would just set my nausea off too. So if you are reading this, do have a word with the Rain God about this KL weather, k? I’ve been guzzling water like I’ve been stuck in a desert for days. How I wish I can be transported to somewhere nice and chilly, right about now.
The whining aside, let’s transport our mind to the south, specifically South America. Imagine the vibrant cultures, latin music, sexy salsa dancers, and not to mention a myriad of delicious food with various cultural influences. That’s right, I’m talking about La Boca Latino Bar, a little bit of South America right in the heart of KL.
Nestled just behind Tom, Dick and Harry’s Pavilion, La Boca is a lively Latin American restaurant with plenty of characters. This is evident by the bright multi-coloured decor and notes of Latino theme-art. I like how their facebook page advertised “handsome Latin American waiters” because that’s certainly not far from the truth. Perfect for a girl’s night out. *wink* Or in our case, a combined birthday dinner/booze up.
Literally translated as Fish Croquettes, these sure hit all the right spots. Perfectly crunchy with fluffy interior consisting of flaky fish and potatoes, made better with the piquant tomato based dip.
I simply cannot resist a good ceviche, and this was exceptional. The chunky salmon, cured in lime juice, married with pico de gallo and corn: you can taste every simple component here and the flavours definitely woke up all my taste buds. The Cassava chips are house-made and irresistible. The allure of crunchy food has been widely documented.
Yet another dish with plenty of crunch: the Empanadas might resemble our local curry puffs but they were filled with delicious creamy beef which went really well with the chunky tomato dip.
This dish brought plenty of “oohs” and “aahs” round the table. Doesn’t the puffy dough just look so inviting?
This is a classic Argentine “stuffed” pizza with turkey ham, melted mozzarella, tomato & kalamata olives. Interestingly the tomato paste (pizza sauce) is served on the side, without it the pizza itself did taste a little bland. I’d love to see more cheese too.
La Boca has a Churrasco Latin barbecue station which serves steaks, roast chicken and lamb. Evelyn ordered an Angus striploin, cooked medium rare to share. The meat was slow roasted over a flamed rotisserie, which keeps the meat tender and flavourful. No sauce was needed for this. I liked how it was served with a huge salad lightly dressed.
Caipirinha is the national cocktail of Brazil, made with a sugar cane hard liquor called Cachaça, sugar and lime. This reminds me of a good Mojito. Very pleasant to drink and cooling too.
Churros are my ultimate weakness in desserts, especially if it comes with Dulce De Leche (rare in Malaysia). A little disappointed with the texture though as it was a little too chewy for us. But forgivable with such good dips!
Not pictured were Nachos (addictive with lots of toppings), 2 La Boca burgers (apparently really good) and La Boca’s signature Fajita (didn’t get to try that as I was really full already) but the total bill was just over RM300 for 6. Pretty reasonable I think.
We adjourned to Tom, Dick and Harry’s after dinner where my favourite Local Band Mad Sally was performing (you might remember that I joined them for gig last year), and even got up on stage to sing a few songs with them. Fun night!
I’ll return to La Boca with Frank in tow for sure.
La Boca Latino Bar
C3.10.03 Pavilion KL, 50150 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/LaBocaMalaysia