Qba @ Westin Kuala Lumpur

July 15, 2010

Qba's specialty might be steaks, but beef isn't essential for enjoying a full meal here.

Baja-style beer-battered prawn tacos with chive & habanero aioli. Surprisingly satisfying, thanks to a hearty helping of fresh-tasting ingredients. The bread was soft and fluffy, the prawns inside were juicy and the garnishes were pleasantly gooey.

Crumbed soft-shell crab fried with olive oil. Crisp and meaty, but not greasy.

Cuban beef empanadas with Chilean pebre (OK, OK, we could have completely skipped beef, but this sounded irresistible on the menu). Curry puff-like concoctions, stuffed with tender, flavorsome chunks of beef. And nope, not spicy at all.

Seafood paella. Not as moist as regular paella, but the grains were well-separated and richly infused with the scent of saffron. Quite a fair amount of prawns, squid and mussels buried beneath the mound of rice too.

Fried spaghetti. Mix the egg yolk with the spaghetti to give it a nice creaminess. Otherwise, it'd be fine as a stomach-filler, but pretty forgettable.

Rum-flambeed, coffee-scented bananas with short cake & yogurt ice cream. Warm, perfectly ripe bananas, accompanied by silky smooth ice cream. What's not to love?

Freshly made squash bread pudding with brown sugar & prunes with cinnamon ice cream. Don't decline the desserts here; some taste better than the savory stuff.

Caramelized Argentinian crepes with dulce de leche & caramel ice cream. Delightful enough to make me entertain thoughts of visiting Argentina for more of the same.

Click here for previous review of Qba (April 22).

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