Recently, I am constantly being task as a food directory with many friend starting to ask, any nice food to eat in KL. Just a few days ago only that we celebrated my friends birthday over at Little Pig at The Hub, SS2 is one of a new upcoming eatery hub that hide in this housing area. Discover this place place through a blog and find that to support some new local talent.
Read up that chef Yong Yu Khim learns his craft of Spanish food in Singapore’s Barcelona-inspired FOC Restaurant. I would say that his is a new modern Spanish Cuisine with some twist in their food ingredient. I have always love this kind of small modern hidden restaurant, that you will get to enjoy some unique food especially with local chef.
This place is rather new as they are about 6 weeks old and currently still on soft trail run.
The best place to sit if you are not in a big group, of course at the bar section. I always like to see chefs in action and how my food is being prepared and presented, then served right in front of you. But with such high setting, I doubt you can see much action.
The place is rather cozy and simple with nice Spanish song as the background. The place is also break into 2 section. The front part is for dining and the back part is a bar.
If you are not here for their food, do check out their cocktail and also beer. A simple nice place to catch up with your friends too.
For a start, we started off with Whisky Sour @ RM 33 & Old Fashion @ RM 33. Both the cocktail is indeed nicely crafted. If you love your drinks strong, here has pretty nice decent amount that is overpowering the classic flavours. Once a while I do quite like this. Do give it a try. Besides that, I also ordered one of my favourite beer Estrelle Barcelona Beer @ RM 25 & Sangria (1 Jug) @ RM 90.
For food there are not many pages for you to flip around, as there is only front and back.
As everyone arrived, we kick start with Bread with Tomato @ RM 10 – Crispy Bread Slices, Extra Virgin Olive oil, Tomato Roma. Believe the bread is made from scratch as it is soft, fluffy and nicely toasted with spread of tomato on the top which is not too sourish yet a hint of nice fragrant and mild end sourish to my liking. Dont mind to have the whole plate myself.
Love their Iberico Ham @ RM 28 – Fine Cut cured Ibberico Lomo Loin Ham, Salchichon, Chorizo. Not too salty, cut to perfection on the super thin slice cut, yet the loin part they used is slight chewy and fragrant. Certainly pairs well with Spanish white wine.
Tortilla Classic Omelette is awesome. @ RM 23 – Fried Spanish potato agria millie-feuille, aiolie and chipotle sauce. I believe they steam the egg then baked in the oven. Done to perfection that the center is soft and eggy with the top part perfectly baked that give you a slight burn as it need. A well balance of flavor. Indeed one of a starter dish that you shall not miss.
We order a mix Croquetas – Ham (left) and Mushroom (right). Both are equally good for starters as they are generous with ingredients.
Something unusual that I will order as it was a recommendation by the waiter, so we decided to give it a try. Green Pea Salad @ RM 18 Sous-Vide Onsen Egg, Pea Pure, Peas and Chives Oil . Uniqely presented as when you mix it all together, sous-vide egg gives you a creamy edge along with the pea puree. Best for sharing with 1 spoon each to enjoy a freshness flavour of it.
By reading the description in the menu, it is definitely one of a must order item for me. Crispy Pork Belly Eel Bao @ RM 34 – 2 Homande bao with Spanish Duroc, Pork Belly, Dutch Eel, Pickled Cauliflower, Teriyaki Sauce, Egg Yolk gel. Not your usual bao that it use tecnical skils to craft on it. With the egg gel on the top and stacks of flavours is just pretty spot on!
This is indeed not your usual paella. Squid Ink Filini Paella @ RM 88 (L) Instead of the rice grains, this is more like a short bee hoon being cook to perfection. The saltiness and mild creamy, light better end of Saffron is indeed one of the best squid ink paella that I have had so far. Punch with flavour and the salty is to my liking. A well prepare stock to cook it (what I have learn that paella must be salty from the stock as it is good wine pairing – for local context we might find it slightly over salty but this is perfect)
Duroc Pork Belly Paella @ RM 94 (L) – Duroc Pork Belly, Pig Ears, Scallop, Saffron . Scallop pan fried to perfection, soft, fresh and good. Stock base to cook this is pack with flavours and saffron cream on it, give sit the edge to make it slightly creamy. This have its own unique style of flavour and with pig ear give you a nice chewy bite. I like it.
Iberrico Pork Ribs @ RM 60 – 12 hours slow cooked, Cherry Tomato’s, & Padron Peppers . Certainly believe this piece of pork ribs is being slow cooked in a control temperature. L0ok at the colour and texture. Soft and near melt in your mouth. A glass of shiraz red wine is a perfect combination.
Presca Iberica @ RM 58 – Chorizo Ketchup, Pickle Apple Sheet and Red wine Black Garlic Jus. Felt that the meat is slightly overcook and a bit tough. The sauce of black garlic juice is perfect. Just dip slightly on the chorizo ketchup and eat it with apple sheet is a bite punch with flavours.
A dish that never go wrong as my friend requested to order this. Shancuko Wagyu Cube Rolls Marbel Grade 5 – 200g @ RM 145 – grain fed 300 days, sides of pequillo, peppers and bravas. Nothing special about this as the beef is cook to medium rare and top with a sheet of red pepper and crusted potato. Do eat it together at one go as it gives you different taste and texture.
Strawberry & Cava Granitta @ RM 24 – Yuzu Strawberry Gel, Vermouth Jelly, White Chocolate. Looks plain on the outside but I find it lack of white chocolate (or it could be grated it out) as the taste of strawberry gel and vermouth jelly is overpowering the taste. A great dessert to end as it gives freshness and like a palate washer. The taste are more towards sourish end.
There is no actual huge shop signage as this kind of modern dining are meant for you to find them. They sit in Level 1.
Had the birthday celebration here and our bill certainly do not come cheap as most food we order is either 2 or 3 portion.
My personal recommendation in my list:
- Mix Crouques
- Squid Ink Paella
- Crispy Pork Belly Eel Bao
- Iberico Ham
- Tortilla Classic Omelette
- Iberrico Pork Ribs
Do make a reservation before you head there. Pretty good food and certainly do not mind to come back for special occasion. One of the best Spanish food in Pj or best Spanish food in KL at the moment. (This is if you are looking for modern Spanish food dining)
-= KA CHING =-
The Hub, Lot B1-06 ,
19 Sentral, Jalan Harapan,
SS 2, 46300, Selangor
Mon-Thurs: 6pm – 10.30pm
Fri – Sun : 6pm – 1.30am
Tel: 016-222 2708