Ohla Tapas & Cocktails Intermark Kuala Lumpur is set in the middle of the hustle and bustle of KL city – in front of Jalan Tun Razak which faces traffic congestion day and night. Pushing the door in, you will be welcomed with a contrasting scene that will lead you to a cozy, relaxing gastronomic experience.
Ohla Tapas may not have the most grandeur dining environment or most spacious area for gathering, parties, events, but this doesn’t set Ohla Tapas back from becoming one of the most noteworthy restaurant for fine, modern Spanish cuisine in Kuala Lumpur.
There is no need for an over appealing interior at Ohla Tapas & Cocktails (though it is pretty close on this, bold red furnishing with dark finish cheerful, modern cutting edge vibe), as their amazing wines and Spanish Tapas are the evergreen, ultimate highlights, all the way from Spanish to KL with no compromise on quality and authenticity.
Hence, true gourmands and diners with curisouity to understand more about the new dining evolution in this city will know where to head to for the best Spanish tapas in KL, enticing their tastebud with an array of starters and dishes specially crafted by experienced, talented kitchen team headed by master chef Toni Valero Ruiz, who worked before in Celler de Can Roca and Mugaritz, which are among the top restaurants for tapas in the world. Both Celler de Can Roca and Mugaritz are taking first and fourth place respectively, on San Pellegrino’s 2013 world’s best restaurants list .
No worries if menu in Ohla Tapas is filled with language you are not familiar with at the first glance, as there’s simple English translation accompanied along. Or, just call for their knowledgeable staffs to introduce for some recommended dishes. Begin with Spanish marinated olives and chillies, immersed in a bed of olive oil. Plump, juicy, appetizing.
Ohla Tapas & Cocktails is prides for their alcoholic selection from creative cocktails from the bar to Spanish cider, Spanish beers, Tequilas, Sparkling wine, rose wine, white wine, etc. The choices are more than sufficient, if you need a guide, the staffs are more than ready to recommend according to your preference. Gold 24 brut Cavas sparkling wines is our favourite by far, delivering a fresh, creamy and ripe fruity notes.
Anchoas del mediterraneo RM4.50/unit
Medditerranean anchovies steeped in olive oil, garnished with parsley and garlic. Slimmy, good to eat even just on its own.
Jamon iberico de Bellota y “pa amb tomaquet” RM45.00
While waiting for our mains to arrive, we had a plate of Jamon Bellota iberico ham, putting together paper thin cry cured ham with “pa amb tomaquet” specially made by chef. “pa amb tomaquet” is actually a crusty bread grilled in Jasper smoky oven, lightly smothered with tomato and garlic.
Get a piece of “pa amb tomaquet”, drop a few drips of olive on it, then place one or two slices of cured ham sourced from one of the best quality native Iberian black pig. Flavourful, smoky, salty, crispy, sweet tomato-ish.
Ensalada de hierbas mezcium, cebolla, manzana y uvas con vinageta de miel, frutos secos y queso azul RM19.5
A healthy mix of salad combining onion, apple, tomato, blue cheese and grape dressing with honey and nuts vinaigrette. Seems to be the most pretty dish in Ohla Tapas. Dreamy, colourful.
Foe, huevi 62 y pure de patata trufado RM48.00
One of the best foie gras we have ever tasted in KL. Perfectly pan seared to slightly charred at the surface for a pleasant charred, Ohla Tapas Foie Gras is encapsulated with delicate richness, juiciness and buttery within, melt-in-the-mouth. Creaminess added with 62 degree egg and truffle potato puree.
Arroz negro con all i oli de rustido RM42.00
A plateful of Mediterranean black beauty with “all i oli” – squid ink rice deeply infused with umami sweetness of seafood till the grain. Flavouful, salty, but addictive. If you found it rather sodium loaded, no, it is not because of salt, there is no salt added to the dish at all. The savouriness is imparted from the flavours of seafood itself during cooking.
Pulpo del mediterraneo a la parrilla con patata y Pimenton de la vera RM34.50
Mediterranean homemade cooked grilled octopus with potato and Pimenton de la Vera
Delicious, bouncy grilled octopus packed with juiciness in every bite, oozing the most original sweetness of this seafood goodness. Juices released from the octopus gracefully mixed into the creamy potato puree, adding pleasing umami sensation.
Lomo de bacalao confitado, garbanezos con morcilla de burgos RM38.00
Definitely the must order in Ohla Tapas. A small serving of comforting confit Spanish cod fish loin served in organic chick peas pan fried with Burgos black sausage. The cod fish itself was buttery smooth, flaky, perfectly cooked to medium firmness.
Cordero lechal, leche infusionada con romero reducida con rucula y salsa de cardamomo RM39.50
Spanish suckling lamb with rosemary and milk,reduced with rocket and cardamom sauce. Minimal in gaminess, perfectly locked with tenderness that we once doubted if we were tucking in lamb. Sooo delicious.
Cochinillo iberico a baja temperatura con verduras RM38.50
Slow cook iberico suckling pig with vegetables in Ohla Tapas is not shadowed either, equally good as the suckling lamb (or better as we are real fan of suckling pig). Very crispy skin, layered with a balanced layer of fat and lean meat beneath. Amazing texture. One bite and we were sold. Hands down.
Tabla de quesos espanoles con nueces, membrillo y manzana RM27.00
Cheese lovers will rejoice with premium selection of cheese that Ohla Tapas has to offer in their menu. Savour few types of Spanich cheeses in one go, pair them with apple, quince and walnut.
Platano caramelizado con brandy, helado de platano y candles de chocolate blanco RM20.50
End the meal with one of the few desserts in Ohla Tapas- a set of caramelized banana with brandy, banana ice cream and white chocolate candies.
Ohla Tapas & Cocktails (It is located outside the building facing the main road. Next to Red Lobster. Turn left if you are coming out from the main entrance with Dome Cafe on your left)
Lot G-18, Ground Floor,
The Intermark, 348,
Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: 012 – 663 2651.
Opening Hour: 11.30AM- 2.30PM, 6.00PM- 10.00PM