Brunches and Hi-Teas have become a favourite of mine, given how weekends are now (very) precious to me and I want to enjoy them as best possible. On days we don’t host friends over for brunches, rif and I try to go out for leisurely brunches – often with good coffee and sometimes, with bubbly.
I was quite excited to hear about the bubbly brunch and hi-tea promotion at La Bodega Lounge in Bangsar, a bubbly treat featuring seven exclusive Spanish Cava with accompanying canapés. We went for the hi-tea; RM220++ for unlimited servings of Cava and a hi-tea carousel of illy crèma, assorted macarons, chocolate brownies, crème catalane, grilled salmon and toasted Panini.
And the Cava paired nicely with all the above.
Come to think of it, Cava generally pairs well with canapés – it’s all about picking the right Cava for you. For rif and I, we both enjoyed the Bodega Muga (La Bodega’s house pour) best. This is a good Spanish sparkling wine in my opinion; full bodied with a zippy acidity and tight bubbles. A refreshing finish, I felt. Am totally ordering this on my next brunch outing with the girls this weekend!
The Brut Rose was less to my liking. This had finer bubbles and moderate intensity, but not much of the zippy nature I look for in a bubbly.
Brut Nature was a tad drier, with lemon notes and slightly bitter accents. This was better than the rose – bolder, with more character. This went well with the chicken liver pate I ordered. For some reason, I always order the chicken liver pate whenever I visit a La Bodega. It’s become a habit and one that isn’t too expensive – if I’m not mistaken, it’s RM18 per portion.
Anna de Codorníu Brut NV had the nicest packaging in my opinion and was the smoothest in texture among the seven cava. This had hints of almond and citrus grapefruit – fairly enjoyable. It wouldn’t make the top of my list for cava but it is a pretty decent bottle.
The Cava Rosado is a very versatile sparkling and this paired quite nicely with the grilled salmon and also the pate. I liked the nose for this – fruity aromas, while the mouth was fresh and citric, with a long finish. I was under the impression that Rosado Cava would be a bit heavier, but this was very light and elegant.
I liked both the Brut Reserva and Seleccion. The former was medium-bodied with a good fruit intensity and long finish while the Seleccion had floral notes and a lively finish. I had them both with the crème catalana and brownie – good stuff.
If Hi-Tea or Brunch isn’t your thing, you can opt to just go for just the unlimited servings of Cava (RM180++). For lightweights like myself, a glass of Cava is going at RM30++ for any of the bottles or get the discovery tray – RM90++ for a sampler of all the seven cavas. Since I’ve tried all seven, I’ll go for a bottle of Bodega Muga (RM190++) when I visit again this weekend.
The Cava Fest is available till the end of August 2014 and those celebrating their birthdays in July/August will get a complimentary bottle of Cava when you dine in. For more information about the Cava Fest, check out the official website here.
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La Bodega Lounge
18-1, Jalan Telawi Dua,
59100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03 2287 3808