me break into song!
Haha.. Don't mind me. Just feeling silly. :)
Anyway, *clears throat* Las Vacas used to be just a butcher/ meat distributor located in Kelana Jaya.... Then they started a small restaurant section which took off very well, and now expanded to a second outlet in Mont Kiara.
Mini language lesson (Spanish):
Literally: The Cows.
(Las = The, Vacas = Cows)
(According to Babel Fish)
The new location isn't too hard to find - it's in the small corner shop lot where the original Marmalade used to be/ sort of in between Baskin Robbins and Coffeebean Mont Kiara:
There is a pretty well stocked cooler inside where you can buy fresh meat (different types of beef/ lamb) but as for dining in, like I said - it's quite small (only about 7 tables):
The menu is also fairly limited (revolving mainly around beef, beef, beef and some lamb) but there are several good types of steak** available and also a few lighter items like sandwiches and salads.
(** eg. Wagyu, Angus, grain fed, etc)
We started off with the Beef bruschetta (RM 10):
The crusty bread topped with a small heap of juicy, peppery minced beef was yummy!
(Although just a tad too salty)
We also had another starter - the Beef wrap (RM 18):
Looks simple (and not very appetising), right?
They were awesome - AWESOME, I tell you! :D
Fairly thin but tender slices of beef, lightly seared and wrapped around crunchy French beans and carrot slices, with a slather of melted cheese - all are normal ingredients, but when put together? - YUM.
Moving on to the mains - the Lamb burger (RM 19):
It was massive.
Tastewise though, it was just ok (to me) - Juicy patty and no discernible flaws but dunno why, somehow it just didn't rock my world.
(Just call me fussy loh.. haha...)
Of course, going to Las Vacas and not ordering steak would be sacrilege so we went with the Grain fed Rib eye (RM 24 per 100g):
The steaks are very simply prepared there - just grilled with a little seasoning tossed on, emphasising/ relying on the quality and freshness of the meat:
There are no sauces to mask any imperfections but it's fine (as much as I like a good mushroom sauce with steak) because what you get is a nice thick, juicy steak. :)
I'm pretty sure that I asked for 200g of steak but somehow, the friendly guy taking our order decided that I can eat as much as Sooj (who btw is a HEAD TALLER THAN ME at 6' 3") so I was served 300g of steak too.
(Oh, but I did manage to finish it loh... *blush*... Haha....)
All in all, a good (and very filling) meal.
Just strange that as much as I liked the steak, what I really LOVED was the Beef Rolls.
(Want. To. Eat. Now...... *pout*)
Take note that there is no dessert served at Las Vacas. When asked, the wait staff will recommend you go next door to Baskin Robbins if you feel like having something sweet to cap off your meal.
So it's: Restaurant/ butcher - serves yummy fresh steaks (almost) straight from the source, friendly service, simple yet comfortable ambience BUT limited menu, no desserts and area is quite small (only about 7 tables?) so do book ahead to avoid disappointment
Las Vacas @ Shoplex, Mont Kiara, KL
LG, Lot 1A, New Wing Mont Kiara Shoplex,
Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara,
50480 Kuala Lumpur
(Right next to Baskin Robbins/ where Marmalade used to be)
Ambience : 6
Service : 7
Price** : RM 50++ per person
Parking: Limited in the Shoplex parking lot***
** Approximation - 2 course meal, excluding drinks
*** You can also try parking inside Plaza Sunrise...
Telephone No.: 603-6205 2258
Opening Hours: 10am - late (Closed on Mondays)
(Kelana Jaya outlet. Address: No.23, Jalan SS 5A/11, Kelana Jaya 47301 Petaling Jaya. Tel: 03-7874 0711)
NO PORK SERVED
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