Curbside Cantina & Andale! Andale!

August 19, 2014

Mexican mania is on the move in Malaysia: This month, we welcome & introduce two new businesses that're trying to tempt customers with tacos & salsa, starting with street truck Curbside Cantina.

We found this vibrantly colourful vehicle making its debut at the Taman Tasik Ampang Hilir parking lot, less than a 15-minute drive from KLCC. Its business hours & locations remain uncertain, but it's expected to be near Jalan Tun Perak at lunchtime later this week, with plans to also stake a claim outside GTower & Persiaran Hampshire from time to time. The only way to know for sure is to stalk 'em on Instagram at @CurbsideCantinaKL.

Curbside Cantina crafts mainly Mexican-influenced recipes with love-it-or-hate-it twists, like this chili con carne with Indian papadums instead of tortilla chips. It's no less than what folks might expect from truck owners Tubby & Noreen, the friendly & creative Malaysian couple who founded the late, lamented Pink Sage (they're back! but in a new, leaner incarnation).

Our favourite is the 'cemita' burger, inspired by the Mexican sandwich of that name, comprising chicken with avocado, cheese, herbs & spices for a hearty meal with unique, nicely balanced flavours. Well worth RM10, the cost of each of Curbside Cantina's very reasonably priced offerings. Oh, chicken tacos are also available.

We're less enthusiastic though about these noodles with slow-braised beef, which carried something of an off-putting, almost alkaline flavour. Noreen acknowledges this one isn't exactly Mexican, but the truck is still finding its footing for what'll sell well. We think we'll be seeing & hearing lots more about Curbside Cantina (which can also be hired for events) in the months ahead.

We also bid 'hola' to Andale! Andale!, equally new in the city centre. This one's in the food court of The Intermark on Tun Razak, helmed by another couple, Stephen & Carmela, the English-&-Mexican force behind Terrace At Hock Choon's La Mexicana.

Andale! Andale! adheres to the culinary traditions of Carmela's homeland, dishing out recipes with a home-cooked foundation. Comfort food like pork tenderloin bathed in salsa verde, served with corn-laced rice, carrots & beans. Also very fairly priced at RM11.50 for a substantial portion with plenty of tender meat.

Fish with morita-style chili sauce (RM11.50). Texturally terrific, with a tasty sauce, though the fish had a bit of an odd flavour that could possibly be blamed on storage issues. Customers can also order house-made corn tortillas (RM3.90 for three) to make their own fish or meat tacos with these courses.

Andale! Andale!'s version of 'horchata' - a rice & cinnamon beverage - makes for an absolutely lovely thirst-quencher. Mexican milk cakes & flan both feature on the desserts list.

 Curbside Cantina Food Truck
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Andale! Andale! by La Mexicana
Outside Jaya Grocer, Lower Concourse, The Intermark, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur
Open daily, with last orders probably at 7pm.

Check out the latest edition of Eat Drink KL: 100 Favourites, featuring 100 recommended restaurants for July-September 2014, including more than 20 new entries for this quarter. 
This eBook is available to read or download at this link: http://eatdrinkkl.publ.com/2014C 
Link expires Sept 30, 2014; see blog entries after that date for new link.

Stay up to date: The Eat Drink KL newsletter is sent by email to subscribers every Monday; it's the Klang Valley's foremost weekly round-up of new restaurant openings (even before they're featured on this blog), F&B promotions & other tasty tidbits.
Subscribe to Eat Drink KL Weekly for free via this following link: 
Note to subscribers on Gmail: The newsletter will be in the Promotions folder of your inbox.

Sausages to sambal. Muffins to marshmallows. Peanut butter to mango chutney. Cornflake ice cream to honey aloe yogurt. Lavender-laced lemonades to lychee-&-guava juices.
Eat Drink KL: Small Businesses, Huge Flavours is the first eBook to help customers navigate the diversity of independent F&B entrepreneurs who bake & boil in their own kitchens, offering some of Malaysia's finest, most fascinating food products.
This resource will be continuously updated with new listings: www.eatdrinkkl.publ.com/businesses