Spanish delights at Sentidos Gastrobar
Feast Village, Starhill Gallery,
181, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2145 3385
Business hours: Noon to midnight, daily.
Restaurant offers a la minute dishes and free flow of selected alcoholic drinks in two-hour promotion every Saturday.
YOU can have your fill of Spanish food at Sentidos Gastrobar Starhill Gallery located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.
The restaurant is offering a Spanish food buffet paired with a free flow of selected alcoholic beverages from 8pm to 10pm every Saturday.
Themed Viva la Vida, the promotion is on until the end of December.
Unlike other buffet spreads, chefs at Sentidos will whip up your meal upon order.
The dishes are written on a blackboard above the salad and bread bar and usually there are about eight items to choose from.
During our visit, Grilled Lamb Cutlet, Wagyu Beef Meatball, Grilled Chicken Cumberland Sausage and the Spanish Paprika Chili Cheese Toast were some of the treats in store.
The dishes came in bite-sized portions, also known as tapas in Spanish and customers can order as much as they want.
We ordered the Grilled Lamb Cutlet and the portion was just right and left room for us to savour other dishes.
“It was cooked with our own special marinade of paprika and smoked garlic,” said the restaurant’s sous chef Kok Yew Nin.
The 30-year-old self-taught chef first learnt the art of cooking as a 14-year-old at a Chinese seafood restaurant.
After that he worked as a chef on a cruise ship for eight years at the age of 18.
“This is when I learnt several styles of cooking, including Spanish cuisine as the head chef on the cruise was really good with Spanish food,” he said.
Kok then went to Spain for five months and later worked in France for a year.
In 2012, he trained in Germany for six months.
Kok brings all his expertise to Sentidos.
For the Seafood Paella (top pic), Kok uses eight different spices, all of which are imported from Spain.
“This dish is very popular with the customers here,” he said.
The paella is included on the buffet menu and has a generous amount of prawns, clams and squid.
Kok also recommended the BBQ Honey Chicken Wings, which is cooked using his grandma’s recipe.
The chicken wings are served on a skewer and glistens with honey.
Similar to the lamb cutlet, only one chicken wing is served per order.
Kok said the dishes listed on the buffet comprise some that are not on the restaurant’s menu.
“If I have something new, I will put it on the board as part of the buffet menu,” he said.
Everything on the menu is pork-free.
“This was actually a challenge as traditional Spanish cuisine has a lot of pork.
“However I have managed to tweak the dishes,” said Kok.
All this can be washed down with a selection of alcoholic beverages such as beer, red and white house wines and five choices of cocktails, namely caipirinha, caipiroska, magarita, sangria and mojito.
To turn the Viva la Vida nights into a party, Sentidos is offering special rates for guests who come in a group of four or six.
The price for one is RM98++ but for four guests and above, it is RM90++ and RM88++ for six and above.
This is the writer’s personal observation and is not an endorsement by StarMetro.