La Carne by Kopimeo @ Shah Alam

December 10, 2017

By Aiman Azri
Meat and bread, the basic building blocks of many meals, form the foundation of La Carne, which means ‘meat' in Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and apparently, Shah Alamese.


Red-meat roasts take prime position: Herb-crusted beef rump (RM15 for 100gm) and lamb leg glazed in rosemary-pomegranate molasses (RM33 for 150gm with a choice of salad like cannellini beans with feta crumbs), both leaping on a gravy train that furnishes flavour and moistness. Might be worth requesting the gravy on the side instead, since a little of it travels a long way.

The char-grilled aged Australian rib-eye steak with chimichurri sauce provides solid value for RM 58 - there's a lot of protein to chew through in what feels like more than the 220 grams promised, alongside a satisfyingly singed ensemble of roasted garlic, roasted tomatoes and roasted potato with sour cream.


You can't miss the sight of the oven smouldering in La Carne's background. A Half-&-Half Pizza (RM28) offers a dual sampling of toppings, one carnivorous, the other vegetarian - the Quack! Quack! with savoury smoked duck slices, arugula, mozzarella, parmesan and San Marzano tomato sauce, the Popeye with spinach, sunflower seeds, garlic and white sauce. Good textures; a bit more flavour for the hand-stretched dough crust - perhaps through experimenting further with flour choice, fermentation or the baking process - might make this great.

The sandwich selection includes the Chicken Do Chua, with slices of lemon-herb roasted spring chicken stuffed into a baguette, with pickled carrots and daikon, sriracha and Japanese mayo, served with a soup of the day - tomato basil, potentially(RM20). In this case, if you like the heavy flavours of, say, Malaysian street burgers, this could be up your alley.

La Carne by Kopimeo
33, Jalan Tengku Ampuan Zabedah 9/b, Shah Alam, Selangor. Open Mon-Thu, 4pm–11pm; Sat-Sun, 1pm-11pm. Tel: 012-206-0326
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