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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Food: 7/10 (non halal)
Verdict: Small menu but good food.
Ohla Tapas & Cocktails
Lot G-18, Ground Floor
348, Jalan Tun Razak
KL City Centre
50400 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 012-663 2651