Ohla Tapas & Cocktails, The Intermark

I don’t believe in pleasing people. It is a trait that is both good and bad about me. Good because I don’t have to change myself to conform to society and bad because, in my line of work, you need to kiss ass almost every day. It doesn’t matter if you’re good at what you do – you need to be that, and also a people pleaser. So I’ve learnt.

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OOTN

Striking a balance between my personality and work is a case of Jekyll and Hyde. It’s a constant struggle. I’m just glad I get to leave work behind after 7pm and spend quality time with rif. Which is why I find date nights very important – they allow me to dress up and explore new places to dine.

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Spanish beer was on promotion that night

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Pickled olives and gherkin

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Long table with tall iron bar stools

Ohla Tapas & Cocktail is a newcomer in the KL food scene and one that’s on our food list. We visited the place on a weeknight where it was less crowded, and allowed us the luxury of catching up as we watch the chefs prepare dinner from the long bar.

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Pumpkin soup with vegetables and orange

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Simple flavours

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Grilled scallop with Iberico pork belly and lemon mash potato

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A beautiful sight

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Pan fried foie gras with truffle potato puree and confit egg

The foie gras (RM55) was served with egg confit and a bed of truffled mash – beautifully seared and pink at the centre. I soon forgot the office chaos I battled that evening. Also delicious was the scallops (RM40), wrapped with Iberico pork belly and grilled to juicy perfection. Every bite was a burst of savoury and sweet, with subtle flavours from the lemon mash potato.

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Mediterranean Seafood Black Rice with Aioli

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Juicy langoustines

Oh La’s small menu also includes Mediterranean Seafood Black Rice (RM45) with langoustine, a rich dish of squid ink rice tossed with bits of scallops and topped with two langoustines. The rice, infused with lobster stock, was cooked al dente and well-seasoned. This was mixed together with aioli to complement the seafood.

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Pan fried tuna with caper dust and onion, red pepper and egg plant roasted with thyme

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Placed on a miniature cut-glass dish

I loved the pan fried tuna (RM45), with caper dust and onion, red pepper and eggplant roasted with thyme. The tuna slices came topped with glistening black roe, on a cut-glass plate like a piece of art. Flavours were subtle – the fish was soft and accentuated by the smokiness of the red pepper and salt from the roe.

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Suckling lamb burger with Manchego cheese and frites

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Crisp, charred edges

Less stellar was the suckling lamb burger with Manchego cheese and frites (RM25). While this was good with beer, it didn’t blow me away. I didn’t like the lamb patty, which tasted a tad dry and underwhelming. This wasn’t our initial pick, but the wagyu steak was unfortunately unavailable that night, hence this choice.

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Vanilla and white chocolate soup

Dessert included the catalan cream (RM20) and vanilla and white chocolate soup with black chocolate ice cream and strawberries (RM25). The latter was fun to eat, with fizzy bits of rock candy that crackled in the mouth. Catalan cream was respectfully good – straightforward, simple and satisfying.

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Black chocolate ice cream and strawberries

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Catalan cream

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Rich, creamy and melts in the mouth

Our bill came up to RM325, inclusive of two beers each. Not exactly cheap considering the tapas size portions, but flavours were good and ingredients were of quality.

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Date night

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Ambiance: 7/10
Price: 6/10
Food: 7/10 (non halal)
Verdict: Small menu but good food.

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Ohla Tapas & Cocktail

Ohla Tapas & Cocktails
Lot G-18, Ground Floor
The Intermark
348, Jalan Tun Razak
KL City Centre
50400 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 012-663 2651
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Trying out OpenSnap

I used to be a fan of the Foursquare app because that was one of my source for tips when it came to ordering food at new places. But there were little or no pictures, which got a bit boring towards the end. So my interest died. When I was introduced to OpenSnap, I found the concept more helpful – a personalised food photo album that details restaurant information, location and also tips.

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The OpenSnap App

It is an extension of the OpenRice portal, so you can access restaurant information and use the app to locate nearby restaurants through pictures. I find that useful because I get to keep myself informed with new restaurant updates and share my discoveries with other fellow OpenSnap-pers.

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Share your photos and get featured

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Dish search: Curry Laksa

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Search by location

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Bangsar Village

You can also comment on other photos uploaded by OpenSnap-pers, something I do to confirm if a place is worth visiting or a dish is worth ordering. The search can be narrowed down to a particular dish, restaurant, location and even nearby food spots, if you’re can’t decide what to eat.

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Senjyu in Bangsar Village

It is also an outlet for me to grow my food photo-taking skills because you tend get stuck with one signature angle after a while. Looking through these food photos via the app challenges me to do better. Kiasu mentality haha!

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Ramen at Ippudo

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Katsu rice

I’m not big on the sticker function though, but many are using it to add character to the picture. I prefer my images clean. If you’re one of those who thrive on stickers, this is right down your alley. They have a sticker library for you to play with.

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Coffee at VCR

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Lunch at Humble Pie. Also shared on my OpenSnap page.

Since it’s under OpenRice, the restaurant contact details and address are usually properly listed. That’s something I find very important because you need to have the contact details available for reference and/or reservation.

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Kimchi Jjigae

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One of the better ones I’ve tried. From Hauen Khon.

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Dim Sum at Tai Zi Heen

It is fairly easy to join – just download the app via Google Play (Android) or AppStore (Apple). Unfortunately, this app isn’t available for Windows and Blackbery yet. Now that’ I’ve gotten the formality out of the way, let me tell you what I don’t fancy about OpenSnap.

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Follow me!

Why you all no follow me??! :( Come come la. Follow me on OpenSnap so my profile doesn’t look so pitiful…

Chow Kiat Bak Kut Teh, Klang

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Potfuls of goodness

Like most Malaysian food, there are many variations to bak kut teh, a delicious medicinal broth with meat, cooked till perfect tenderness and infused with all the herbal goodness. I’ve eaten at numerous bak kut teh places to be able to tell a good one and the best bak kut teh I’ve eaten thus far is at Chow Kiat in Klang.

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Bak Kut Teh at 9am

The restaurant operates from wee hours in the morning till they run out of good cuts. I was told that usually happens around 10am. We went there at 9am, in time for all the good stuff. Sam did the ordering and he went all out. Ok I’ll admit, I was darn pleased he went all out and ordered the whole works — belly, ribs, big bone, stomach, “kawan” and several more pork cuts that I’m not familiar with.

Unlike many places that serve bak kut teh in a claypot with assorted vegetable and tofu puffs, Chow Kiat serves it the traditional way. Unadulterated and in small porcelain bowls. And for soup guzzlers like me, the broth is refillable. At least a second bowl or so. Ask them for a third or fourth and you might just get ‘the eye’.

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Perfectly tender and falls off the bone

The meats and soup were really, really good stuff. It was so good that I finished a whole bowl of rice at 9am. I don’t usually eat heavy that early in the morning but this was too good to resist. Heck I would even get up at 6am just to eat this.

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Dark herbal broth

I didn’t care much for the yau char kwai. It was average but decent enough to go with the bak kut teh. Next time, I’m going for the entire “kawan” cut and all the pork belly I can stomach.

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Larger than my arm!

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Best eaten with crispy rice crullers (yau char kwai)

Try this when you’re around the area. Wait, let me rephrase that: Please drive all the way there for this bak kut teh experience. :D Thank you Sam of Ken Holdings Berhad, for this great recommendation!

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Ambiance: 5/10
Price: 6/10
Food: 8/10 (non halal)
Verdict: Really good Bak Kut Teh.

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Chow Kiat Bak Kut Teh

Restoran Chow Kiat
Jalan Kapar, Kawasan 18,
41400 Klang, Selangor

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