Viva El Sabor at Eccucino, Prince Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur

I’ve always been fond of Spanish food for its vibrancy, be it colours, spices, and a wide spectrum of delicious ingredients. From delectable small dishes (tapas) to the decadent Paella, not to mention my favourite type of desert: churros; how to say no to such a feast? I don’t know about you but I absolutely cannot. So here’s a good news for you: from now until 9th Nov there is a guest Chef at Eccucino, Prince Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur who’s ready to give you an extraordinary gastronomy experience: The Many Flavours of Spain.

Introducing Chef Jordi Gimeno, who came all the way from Barcelona. Chef Jordi has had over 20 years experience of Spanish culinary experience, having worked in many restaurants and organised successful Spanish Food Festivals in other countries; He has also been featured in the Michelin Guide in Catalonia and Sardinia. Safe to say, the dishes he crafted specially for the buffet would be super authentic.

Of course, Eccucino tries to please everyone by having more than just Spanish cuisine. I certainly didn’t mind the cold section of various seafood.

Smoked fish, Oyster dressed with salsa, and behind these an array of sushi and sahimi.

My buffet essentials: Oysters, Smoked Salmon, Sashimi.

See, I’m not that hard to please.

After filling my stomach with the raw seafood, time to check out the tapas!

The Gambas al Ajillo was very popular.
All matters of Spanish omelette.
Croquettes: there are vegetarian version as well as chicken and fish.
Potatoes in all shape and sizes and cooking styles were available too.
Chef Jordi spotted firing up a large pan of Paella.

Moving right along, there are many interesting Spanish dishes and of course I needed to taste all of them!

Squid Ink Calamari Ring on Rice.

Pour over Squid Ink on anything and I’m sold. Though I suppose it’s not the most ideal if you are say… on a date.

More Black Goodness!

For those who are adventurous enough, don’t miss out on the Fiduea, a traditional Catalan noodle dish made with seafood. This one is cooked with squid ink and assorted shellfish, and I love the al dente noodles, absolutely umami with ocean flavour.

Chicken Stew with Prawns

It’s not commonly to see both Poultry and Shellfish in a stew and surprisingly the combination is pretty good! The drumsticks are super tender, and the prawns bouncy and succulent. The broth is just so comforting, it soothed my poor tummy as I didn’t have time at all to eat that day.

Sopa de pescado: Spanish Fish Stew.

Check out the amount of seafood in that piping hot stew! I made sure I took a bit of everything and sip the soup in happiness. Nothing was overcooked and the broth is ever so briny.

Beef Sirloin with Orange, Chili and Garlic

There is no shortage of meat, so pick your favourite. I went for the carving station.

Mmmm come to mama!

The Roast beef was also popular that night, and I was happy to receive a medium rare piece. Great with a side of garlic oil, this was tender with a burst of bovine flavour. My inner carnivore was satisfied.

Of course, one does not go to a Spanish feast without sampling some Paella:

Seafood Paella

Every batch is freshly made on the spot, and disappears as soon as it comes out. So make sure you wait in front of the Chef when he’s cooking it. The rice has obvious hint of saffron, tomato, onion and seafood note. It’s one of the best Paella I’ve had in KL.

Some more main dishes:

Snapper
Lamb, I think.
Butter Chicken
Wok Fried Hor Fun.
There are plenty of desserts to choose from too:
For the sweet tooth.
More desserts.

But of course, I went straight for the churros instead.

Churros, also called Spanish Doughnuts.

We were also entertained by the flamenco dancer accompanied by a guitarist, sure took us away from the hustles and bustles of KL city.

Thank you Prince Hotel & Residence KL for the great hospitality!

The Viva El Sabor promotion at Eccucino is priced at RM98++ per person (Children under 12 free with any paying adult) runs until 9th November 2014 which includes cooking demos (only a few days more!). Sangria and Spanish wines are also available during this promotion period. Do check with the friendly waiters at Eccucino for more information. For additional 30% discount then head on to Prince Hotel’s Facebook page to download a discount coupon.
Eccucino
Lobby floor of Prince Hotel and Residence KL
Jalan Conlay
Kuala Lumpur.
T: +603 2170 8888
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