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ELITE Review: Cava, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

What’s it like to taste the signature dishes of Cava along Jalan Bangkung, Bangsar? We were recommended to try out Cava and as a result, we came with expectation to try their well-known authentic Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine. How did it turn out? We had more surprises than what we expected!

Located along Jalan Bangkung which is well-known for its lines of notable restaurants, Cava’s exterior setting of stone walls and barrels had immediately drifted us to a cozy Spanish ambiance. The restaurant has a lush interior – candlelit chandeliers illuminating dim yellow light which matches well with the navy-blue glasses and red curtains.  

1. Specialty Arroz Negro Paella    (RM54++)   

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Prawns lined in a circle with their tails centralized towards a good dose of mayonnaise at the center.

The first and also the most eye-catching signature dish for us was the “Specialty Arroz Negro Paella” (my heart actually danced for a second when the dish was brought out). We were all allured by its decoration – on top of the paella, prawns lined in a circle with their tails centralized towards a good dose of mayonnaise at the center – amazing! Not sure if we were too imaginative but it looked like a blossom (a rose, maybe?). A fair amount of squid ink was used to make the black paella which made a huge contrast with theprawns. The Spanish rice soaked up an oceanic flavor from the prawns. No one would want to miss the mild briny flavor of the sea which came from the fresh squid and prawns combined together in one dish. The paella is also made with garlic aioli which helps getting rid of the fishy flavor the dish might have.

The prawns are fresh-catch as your palate will instantly get a feeling of how tender and juicy it is right at the first bite. Give it a try by dipping the prawns into the spicy hot sauce that comes along. To be fair, it might be a bit too spicy but we really love its unique flavor and the heat that heightened our appetite.

2. Spaghetti Aglio Olio Pulpo a la Gallega    (RM38++)

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The tangy yet juicy Spanish octopus tentacles went extremely well with the springy and smooth spaghetti was really soul-satisfying.

Voila! This simple dish quickly became my favorite with merely one bit. The spaghetti appeared as elegant as you can find in many dishes here. To be honest, we did not have high expectation towards it at first due to its not-so-fancy-looking but we were so wrong. Why so? The tangy yet juicy Spanish octopus tentacles went extremely well with the springy and smooth spaghetti was really soul-satisfying. The aglio olio was sprinkled with paprika which gave a lingering mild spicy flavor. It would be a loss if the paprika was not presented. Imagine you are having a bit of spice mixing with the gummy and stretchy texture of the tentacles in the mouth. Hmm…  

Spaghetti Aglio Olio Pulpo a la Gallega is a true burst! I would not add any additional flavor to the dish as it is already extraordinary and unforgettable. The spaghetti went crazily fast into our mouths and not a speck of things left behind.

3. Baked Suckling Lamb   (RM168++)

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The lamb had a satisfying airy light crisp skin.

And finally, all lamb appreciators should keep yourselves calm as here comes the suckling lamb. Presented simply, the dish amazed us (we all wowed) as it was so enormous and it came along with such mouth-watering scent. What a sumptuous feast! The first cut into the lamb was delightful as we all agreed the lamb had a satisfying airy light crisp skin. A tip for anyone who wants to have an enjoyable first cut: start from the edges first as it would come with more meat! About the meat itself? I personally would love it more if the meat was a bit tenderer. Still, the lamb’s juiciness and richness made it scrumptious and irresistible!

What I would love more is a bit of bursting flavor, which would make it even more outstanding. We cannot but notice some creamy mashed potato that radiating an enchanting aroma. We believed the potato was coupled with the flavorful gravy from the lamb juice which made it more flavorsome. The sides did not let us down either. Overall, the dish itself could do all the talking! 

If you love to pay Cava a visit and try these significant dishes, please notice that you can always save your time waiting by make a reservation here.

And good news for all food lovers out here, all of the signature dishes listed above are now available to be redeemed on TABLEAPP ELITE. (and yay, who would not love free food?).

Cava

71 Jalan Bangkung,
Taman Bandaraya,
Kuala Lumpur.

Monday – Saturday: Noon: 12 pm – 3 pm, 6 pm – 12 am
Sunday: 6 pm – 12 am

 

 

 

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The robust flavours of Mediterranean cooking are perfect for summer eating just like in Malaysia. With its simple preparation characteristics, Mediterranean cuisine is best described as cooking by using the most frugal ingredients possible. Find out more on where to savour this cuisine in Kuala Lumpur here.

Sapore at Ampang

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An Italian, Spanish-Mediterranean restaurant located strategically in Ampang, simply brings you an authentic taste of Italian and Spanish food. With its interesting slogan – “Serving you Artisan Food and Fine Wine”, Sapore promises their classic dishes which they belief in bringing people together through food. The chefs might also surprise you with some dishes off the menu!
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Mezze Bar & Bistro at Medan Damansara

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At Mezze, what you see is the all fresh and new ideas constantly changing and evolving from time to time on their menu. Their tapas are always complemented by a vivacious variety of small plates, charcuterie and cheese boards and not neglecting their wide selection of main courses. You can never go wrong when you come for Mediterranean cuisine here as the key to Mezze is flexibility where flavours are catered to local taste buds. When you think of Mediterranean, think of Mezze!
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The Point at Damansara Heights

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This is an intimate venue which combines two different concept under one roof, that offers modern creative Asian and European dishes using fine ingredients in a casual dining environment. From their very own tapas to own twist Classic Bruschetta to a very fine sea urchins menu to tempt your taste buds, assure you that you will ask for more! Always remember to go to The Point with your stomach empty.
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Cava at Bangsar

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Cava is the place for authentic Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine, featuring the favourites that include tapas, paella and steaks. If you cannot decide what to eat here, you can always choose their ever-affordable Executive Set Menu, priced at RM28++/person, a 3-course set menu where you can choose their mains from seafood to poultry to meat selections. There are a lot more in the a la carte menu should the set menu is insufficient to satisfy your cravings for Mediterranean dishes.
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La Cucina Mediterranean Kitchen at Pullman Bangsar

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I'm naturally a muscular gal with some curves, so eating a Mediterranean diet makes my body happy.
– Debi Mazar

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Authentic Spanish and Mediterranean at Cava, Kuala Lumpur

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Irresistible Mouth-Watering Tapas at COMO

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To the blue sky and ocean!

Sunny and mild chimate.. this is what people generally perceived Mediterranean. Characterised by the use of olive oil and wine, Mediterranean cuisine is a relatively recent cuisine. Check out these top Mediterranean restaurants in KL and start to get familiar with the cuisine!

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Located at the busy restaurant strip area of Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, O’ Galito Mediterranean Restaurant & Bar presents signature dishes from the likes of Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Greece. On the menu includes Portuguese Chicken Piri-Piri, Italian Linguini with freshly-sourced seafood, tender Braised Beef Cheeks, and Tiramisu. Headed by half Spanish, half Italian Chef Domenico Piras, the restaurant vows to delight patrons with true Mediterranean dishes, with the use of quality imported ingredients and pair with some of the finest brands of spirits in the market.

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Eclectic and arty, the bare-brick-wall Leonardo’s Dining Room & Wine Loft is inspired by the spirit of the Renaissance that Leonardo Da Vinci epitomised. The central concept behind Leonardo's goes beyond simply good food. On the menu is a wide selection of global dishes including Spanish Iberico Black Pig Shoulder Loin Steak that gives a melt-in-mouth texture while Ranjit's Pasta is widely recommended by patrons too!

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Quietly tucked away from the hustle and bustle of main road, Mezze Bar & Bistro presents fusion dishes with a combination of French, Italian, Greek, Spanish, and North African Mediterranean influences. On Friday and Saturday nights, the cozy venue will make space for a low-key jazz night from 9.30pm onwards. Jazz veterans Michael Veerapen, Rachel Guerzo and Dasha Logan have graced the stage here. Make sure you try their duck liver pate before good music comes alive.

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