We never thought much of Spanish cuisine until we visited Spain. We were blown away. The paella we had was amazing, not to mention the pintxos/tapas.
Tapas Club is one of the most talked about Spanish restaurant in town. Located at the Dining Loft of Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Tapas Club is the first outlet in Malaysia, after having two successful branches in Singapore and Indonesia. Tapas Club is founded by chef Jose Alonso (executive chef of Singapore’s Binomio) and Manuel Berganza (who previously spearheaded New York City’s Michelin-starred Andanada) that aims to bring both affordability and authenticity in its cooking to the Asian market.
Garlic Prawns – RM26
Gambas al Ajillo is one of our “must-have” tapas, and also one of the the most popular items here at Tapas Club. The best part for me, is the delicious garlic and chilli infused oil left to dip your bread into even after you’ve eaten the prawns. Remember to ask for extra servings for bread!
For the month of October,3 signature dishes are available – Iberico Pork Skewers, Eggplant Chips and Stuffed Piquillo Pepper.
Stuffed Piquillo Pepper – RM27
Stuffed with minced beef, the spicy smokiness of the Piquillos is a fantastic foil for the juicy filling.
Iberico Pork Skewers – RM25
These Iberico pork skewers were amazingly tender and taste wonderfully aromatic in Tapas Club’s secret marinade.
Eggplant Chips – RM19
These thinly sliced crispy eggplant were dangerously addictive! Love the sweet honey drizzle, making it a sweet and savoury snacks to munch on.
Chicken & Seafood Paella – RM78
The paella at Tapas Club is a feast of exotic flavors and textures. It was done perfectly – Spanish rice simmered in flavourful stock belly-warming Spanish spices! Don’t forget to fight for the thin caramelized crust of rice at the bottom of the serving pan.
Squid Ink Paella – RM78
This glistening, black squid ink paella was super flavourful – the addition of squid ink adds a depth of flavor to the rice.
Deep Fried Suckling Pig – RM27
We couldn’t resist the paper thin crispy skin, sweet and tender meat of this Catalan style suckling pig. SO good!
While others were enjoying their Spanish wines and Sangria, I was enjoying my dp-it-yourself hand pour single origin coffee from Brazil and from Indonesia.
For sweet ending, how could we miss out the Churros con Chocolate (RM20). Coated with a mix of sugar and cinnamon spice, it was soft and chewy on the inside and crispy on the outside.
Do remember to try out their signature ‘Tapas Club’ Cheesecake (RM28) that features dollops of rich and creamy cream cheese served with almond crumble, berries compote and caramel sauce.
Tapas Club @ Pavilion KL
Add: Level 7, Dining Loft, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
Hours: 10.30AM-11PM Daily