Saturday, September 11, 2010

El Meson @ Bangsar KL

el meson... the spanish table

I think if you have read this blog of mine long enough, you would have realised that I seldom try new restaurants. It's usually a repeat of a few restaurants that I blogged about. That's because I kept on going back to those I really enjoy and I know that they would not disappoint. In other words, I'm a "safe" kinda person and I lacked the adventurous personality when it comes to food, and everything else.

On last Friday night, if I were not to tag along with Yiling to for dinner, I would not even have tried this place until I turn 27. It just never crossed my mind because they are so many new restaurants mushrooming in the Klang Valley.

Bowl of Olives (RM8)

This is the spanish olives salted with anchovies. It's not something I would like to order but since Calvin likes it, I also took one of the smaller ones to try. I still do not like olives. Period.

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms (RM18)

This dish is a little confusing because when I read the name, I would have expected it to come in more than 1 mushroom! It's stuffed with minced beef and chorizo and then topped with melted cheese. Although they misled me into thinking it's more than 1 mushroom, it was still satisfying. I would think again spending RM18 on this mushroom(s).

Iberico Bellota (RM39)

Now, the disappointment sinks in. I know very well that the jamon iberico bellota is the finest jamon iberico out there because this ham is from free-range pigs that roam oak forests along the border between Spain and Portugal, and eat only acorns (bellota). And the ham is cured for 36 months. This one that we had here had barely any tastes and it's definitely not what I've eaten at my favourite Spanish restaurants. Even the colour doesn't look the grade.

Iberico Presa (RM62)

This shoulder of Iberico served with potato & bacon Dauphinoise with apple sauce should be something I recommend not to order. When we were asked how we want the meat to be prepared, we wanted it medium. But when it came, we found that the meat is well done and since it's sliced so thinly, about half a centimeter, how could the chef possibly would have made it medium? So, we asked the waitress and she took our plate to the kitchen and asked the chef. A minute later, she appeared and told us that "the chef says it's medium". That's it?!! Ok, we finished up the dish and continue to be hopeful that the next dish will be ok.

Risotto with Rabbit

I know, how could anyone would want to eat that cute little rabbit?!! Me! As long as your rabbit is not missing, don't be angry at me. This dish, served with mushrooms and truffle oil is such a letdown! I think they overcooked the meat as it tasted more like chicken than rabbit to me. Maybe they both tasted the same but I still think that they really need to improve!

The whole dinner is such a disappointment. It's not right for me to conclude that this is a no-go-restaurant because I have yet to try other dishes but certainly with these "supposedly" signature dishes, how could they go wrong? I'm not trying to boast but if you want to eat better Jamon Iberico, or better Spanish food, try Pinchos, El Cerditas & Carmen's Vinothek. They told me the jamon iberico supplies come from the same source but having eaten at Carmen's just 2 days a go before this dinner, I wasn't convinced with the explanation.

So after 200 ringgit poorer and still not satisfied, we were tempted to walk over to Nirvana for some reliable mamak food but we didn't. Yiling and I had a cup of Boost juice instead and thanks to her for footing the bill. I won't make a fuss at the restaurant when it comes to situation like this, I just won't go again if I have to pay.

El Meson espanol
No. 61-63, Jalan Telawi 3,
Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2282 8290

[Disclaimer: This is strictly my honest opinion and tastes vary with tastebuds. Please do not even waste your time trying to sue me because just like my sister, we ain't rich! Thnx]


TheGunner said...

I was wondering what the disclaimer was for. Haha.

Anyways two hundred bucks for a unsatisfactory meal, even if it was paid for, was certainly not worth it.

YilingL said...

tummy not satisfied, but pocket very damaged... & yes, i think spending rm200 on Delicious is even better or buying a monopoly set is even more worth it!

TheGunner said...

Yes... I can't argue against your Monopoly set!

Sean said...

Yikes! They were really good when they opened last year!

Anonymous said...

When you pay for the food and don’t know the owner, you are more critical of the food. If you know the restaurant owner or the food is free, you are almost always positive.

eiling lim said...

The gunner: Exactly lo. Could have used the money for other restaurants instead.

Yilingl: yeah should have bought another monopoly set!

Sean: Maybe the quality went down?

Anon: I beg to differ. 1st - I also didn't pay for this dinner
2nd - In my recommended top picks for KL eating places, none of them is a free review from the owners as well
3rd - I don't know the owners of Rakuzen, Fukuya, Pinchos, Haikara and etc but I still like them. Can explain?
4th - If you want to judge me, at least give yourself a name.

suituapui said...

Rabbit?, thanks! Not Elmer Fudd! Th emushroom is the only one that looks good...but RM18 for one? I think I'll pass.. Gosh! Do such restaurants survive? You people over there must be really really rich...

eiling lim said...

STP: Not me!! Others are! The restaurant surprisingly is quite popular.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

a pity, i thought the food was decent the first time i went, haven't returned after though.

eiling lim said...

Joe: This was my first time there and therefore, I won't know if they used to serve better food. Maybe I should make a second trip and see or maybe it's my 1st and last visit! lol

KY said...

ah well, when i went there last year it was good tho!

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thule a.k.a leo said...

what!!?? You went to El Meson but didn't order their famed Pork Burger?? But it's kinda messy lor..

sometimes we have to be adventurous a bit... if not, how are we going to discover hidden gems?? Don't always rely on other people's blogs :P

For me, I'd try almost everything at least once

UnkaLeong said...

Hmmm...Never had a problem when I dine there, but in all honesty, I have not been there for a while...

Anonymous said...

Most if not all of your fellow food bloggers beg to differ from you. May be you were not given free food, dessert, wine and whisky?

AugustDiners said...

eek, i have fond memories of this place too! btw i enjoyed reading your blog just because u blogged about "safe" food. :)

eiling lim said...

KY: Maybe my tastebuds are different.

Anob: Ok, sure.

Thule: I left the ordering to my sister so I didn't really have a good look at the menu.

Unkaleong: maybe you should go again to see if it's still the same?

Anon: If you read carefully, they all went there last year and not anymore. What does that indicate? Would you want me to "highlight" the comments for you? Maybe I have bad tastes. If 3 of us having the same food and say it's bad, is it because we didn't get free whisky? Hmm... that's a very intriguing statement. I think I must think carefully about why I didn't like the food. Maybe it is the missing whisky. Still staying anonymous?

AugustDiners: I have my own style and remain true to it. Thanks for dropping by!

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