El Meson @ Telawi, Bangsar revised

November 26, 2009

Click here for previous review of El Meson (Nov. 2o).
We hurried back here to try the tapas that we had missed the first time around.

Boquerones (fried Spanish anchovies wrapped with bacon). We had mixed feelings about this. It had a nice smoky taste but was rather dry and hard.

Piquillos Rellenos (Spanish peppers stuffed with beef and minced pork). Our favourite for the evening. The soft, sweet peppers were oozing with loads of creamy, flavoursome meat.

Calamares a la Plancha (griddled baby squid). Super-fresh stuff, prepared in a lovely recipe that allowed the squid's natural taste and texture to shine.

Manchego and serrano croquettes. An addictive snack, not overly oily or salty.

Iberico pork strips with honey and paprika over a bed of caramelized potatoes. The pork was nice and tender, but the star was the melt-in-the-mouth, subtly sweet potatoes.

Prawns wrapped in pancetta with apricot sauce and julienned crispy leek. On the other hand, this one WAS slightly too oily and salty. Still worth trying though.

Sauteed chicken liver with sherry and onion marmalade. The best chicken liver we've had in years. The sherry made it awesomely tender and imparted an extra sweetness that turned each mouthful into a taste of heaven.

Iberico pork shoulder with potato & bacon dauphonoise and baked apple. The meat was bit too bloody for our liking (especially since it was pork, not beef or lamb!). Nevertheless, it was a generous portion, with well-selected sides.

Sangria (red wine, rum, orange liqueur, sprite, fruit pieces), Cafeini Martini (kahlua, creme de cacao, butterscotch, espresso, milk), Very Berry Mojito (bacardi razz, monin fruit, monin mint, soda, lemon).

Juicy Lucy (gin, orange juice, cranberry, soda, monin blood orange, monin wild mint), X-Rated on the Beach (x-rated, peach schnapps, pineapple juice), Toasted Almond (skyy vanilla, kahlua, amaretto, milk).

El Meson,
Jalan Telawi 5, Bangsar Baru.