Tinto @ Desa Sri Hartamas

September 25, 2016

Buen provecho! There's cause for celebration whenever a Spanish restaurant opens in KL, especially one that does justice to the tasty traditions of tapas, paella, cheese & wine - at Tinto, patrons should start with a plate of tenderly cooked potatoes topped with a runny egg & intensely savoury ham (RM28), a profoundly pleasurable patchwork to send our palates to paradise & back. Keep hamming it up with the best of the butchery, a sumptuous chorizo platter that showcases the compelling flavours & textures of top-flight chorizo iberico bellota, salchichon bellota, lomo embuchado, & wild boar salchichon (RM68).

Seafood is capably tackled; the grilled octopus succeeds with a fleshy succulence (RM65), while the squid stuffed with minced pork conveys its own kind of meaty juiciness (RM33). The classic potato omelette pulls off an irreproachable balance of potato & egg (RM16), & tri-coloured capsicums with blue cheese (RM15) & marinated olives (RM12) perform well in supporting roles.

Tinto's paella proves worthwhile too, prepared with chorizo, seafood & bell peppers, with a potent, stick-in-your-mouth flavour, the moistness of the rice underpinned by an accomplished socarrat, the lovely caramelised crust at the bottom (RM68). Save space for the cheese platter, a solid Spanish selection of firm varieties with pronounced characters, including Manchego Viejo, Manchego Gran Valle, Picos Blue Valdeon & Murcia al Vino (RM48). Our satisfaction extends to the Sangria (RM90 per jug), a good gin & tonic made with quality components (RM20) & a pleasantly robust red wine picked from Tinto's cellar (RM150).

Tinto by Romanee Petrus
38-1, First Floor, Jalan 24/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur. Mon-Sat, 4pm-12am. Tel: 03-2857-4808

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