Monday, November 30, 2009

LaVaca Steak House @ Changkat Bukit Bintang

This Restaurant is closed.
It will be turned into a wine/whisky Bar.

La Vaca

La Vaca is "cow" in spanish terms. This is a new joint in the-already-restaurant-crowded Changkat Bukit Bintang but having a steak house there afterall is not such a bad idea.

I was here dining on the 1st day that Mr. Werner opens its door to his new addition of restaurants in Changkat Bukit Bintang. This is his fourth shop after El Cerdo, El Cerdito Tapas, Werner (a pizza place and lounge) and now this. And I thought I was fast but no, Sean had already blogged about it here a day after that, being always ahead of me in the KL dining scene. Oh well, I'll just blog about it a month later then (always a procrastinator).

The Interior

Much can be said about the interior because it's simple yet warm. That night itself, we happened to dine beside the interior designers of this place and we really complimented them on the good job. The clever use of wall papers of bricks and stones makes the place a rustic charm and yet easy to maintain for the owner. I love the window. Don't you think it's pretty?

The Menu

Besides the steak dishes like Australian Grain Fed Sirloin, Tenderloin, US Rib Eye and Wagyu Rump Steak (Prices range from RM68 to RM108), there's also dishes for the non-steak eaters like NZ Lamb Chop (RM58), Fish & Seafood (Prices from RM55 - RM78) and sausages (RM26). The starters are adequate with choices such as salads (RM28), Spanish air dried beef with rock melon (RM 38), Pan Fried Beef Bone Marrow (RM28) and soups to choose from.

Bread & Garlic Butter

Florida Crab Cake (RM26)

Not many places does crab cake and thus we needed to assess the quality of the crab cakes here. La Vaca passed the test and the crab cakes here are truly recommended and they are served together with the tropical tartar sauce.

Australian Grain Fed Tenderloin Center Cut Fillet (RM88)

This is definitely a hearty meal. It doesn't look much for 7oz of meat but it is certainly filling. The steak was done medium rare and I must say it was very well seared because the steak is tender and moist. The mushroom sauce that goes with it was done beautifully with generous servings of big mushroom slices.

Dinners without drinks are never complete. France might have its champagne, Australia has its sparkling wines, Italy has its prosecco, Spain its Cava and now we are having the German sekt. It's not sex but sekt. Sekt is the German term for sparkling wine. That night we had a bottle of Henkell Trocken. It was on promotion for RM158++ a bottle and RM28++ a glass. Actually it tastes just like any sparkling wine, light and crisp with fruity aromas.

Their wine list is extensive because it's the same as the wine list from Werner's or El Cerdo. If you're unsure, you can always ask for the help of Mr. Werner's best sommeliers, Max and Kah Men. They can recommend something to go with your food and they are really professional. Thus, we listened to their recommendation and ordered a bottle of MC 2005 Marques de Caceres from Rioja which is the best wine producing region of Spain.

Yes, the prices are steep just like El Cerdo's but it's nice to spoil ourselves once in a while since I can't afford dining here everyday anyways. They also serve fresh oysters which you can see from the oyster tanks the minute you walk in. So, do give it a try and let me know what you think about Mr. Werner and his steak afterall he's got a reputation on porcine cuisine.

(decided to stop posting on Australia for a while... a bit sien...)

La Vaca Steak House
Changkat Bukit Bintang
Tel: 2143-2268
For La Vaca Part II (More dishes) Click here......


Sean said...

mr werner's empire keeps spreading! at this rate, in 5 years' time, he'll own half of changkat bkt bintang! he's such a cool guy, he always seems genuinely friendly and really listens to customers' feedback.
and btw, thanks for the publicity! :D

foongpc said...

Oh! Never been to this place! Looks nice! LOL at sex (sekt) : )

Huai Bin said...

Hmm..I've never been to this one before. Considering it's at Changkat I don't think I can afford it with my current financial situation. Haha! Too many purchases lately. :)

CUMI & CIKI said...

which reminds me.. my post is in there somewhere! nicely written my dear;)

CUMI & CIKI said...

which reminds me.. my post is in there somewhere! nicely written my dear;)

KY said...

dinner without drinks are only never complete if u're an alkeeholiccc :P

kampungboycitygal said...

4th! mr werner is going to rule the changkat bb stretch!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

wow, werner does look kinda different from the el cerdo days, grown a beard ar he..

love the diff cuts of steak..yumm.

eiling lim said...

Sean:Haha... thanks to patrons like us! He's a very nice guy and he remembers his customers very well. service is impeccable too.

Foongpc: Try it if you like steaks.

Huai Bin: yeah, a lil too expensive for your financial status now... wait till salary time hehe...

Ciki: Still haven't found your post?

KY: Drinks can be just water lol~

Kampungboycitygal: I'm sure he would like to!

Joe: Same look boring mah. must change a bit from time to time.

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