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To locate an excellent Mexican restaurant locally is hard to find. Yet now I believe I have found one with love that had recently open its door to public that litte did I know, that this area had been renovated and house two restaurant. Fresca Mexican Restaurant & Bar is one of the latest addition to The Gardens Mall with contemporary setting that install I fell in love with the lovely homey ambiance

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Fresca means “fresh” or “cool” in Spanish, the official language of Mexico. All their food are being serve with finest ingredients that are mostly imported to ensure that the authentic food quality is there.

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As upon arrival the waiter and watires warmly greet you as they quickly arrange our seating place for us by handling us menu after that.. Lots of questions being asked as many alien item dish name and they promote it well, along with what is good to try out for first time diners. We are impress.

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Love the ambiance in here as the setting is quite homey to me with mix of salvage planks and wooden comfort furniture being well arrange and pair along.

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here are a lot of expats who loves to chill out after office hour hitting the bar for a couple of mug and certainly another great place to hang out for a drink

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Price wise are very reasonable.

As for the night before the meals, I must say that we are lucky to be pampered with many of their signature cocktail that certainly match up to the ones I had internationally

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1) Lychee Margaritas Libation @ RM26 – Gin, fresh lime, muddled lychee & lemongrass

2) Tiramisu e Giu  @ RM26 – Whisky, kahlua, hazelnut, milk, choco sprinkle

3) Kiwi Lychee Siesta @ RM26 – Vodka, lychee liqueur, muddled kiwi and lychee

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1) Classic Margarita @ RM23

2) Sangria @ RM23 – overnight marinated fruits, cognac and Cointreau

3) Mango Margarita @ RM26

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1) Blue Mountain @ RM23

2) Jalapeno Margaritas On Rocks  (front) @ RM23

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(Behind) – Electric Blue Magarita @RM23

(Front) – Blue Mountain @ RM23 – Blue Margarita with Tequila Reserva 1800 Anejo (100% agave, aged for over a year)

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1) Alejando @ RM23

2) Midnight flight to Mexico @ RM26 – Ameretto, Fresh Lime, and Cinnamon

 

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After some alcohol, we were serve with hot bowl of some, taste is pretty unique that is quite mild in taste yet sourish at the end. Sopa de Fideo  @ RM15 – A simple chicken soup with angel hair noodles – Recommended!

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Guacamole with chips @ RM20. Start off with a simple starter that just brighten our day up. It look simple as we got it from the supermarket shelf but te main ingredient is The mashed up avocado is intensely creamy and thick that make it kick!

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Nachos Grande @ RM27 – Tortilla chips topped with re-fried beans, Monterrey Jack cheese, ground beef, Jalapeno Chiles, guacamole and sour cream. Comes on a large plate for sharing.

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I just love the taste of it and cant stop munching and this is the first time I finish all the Jalapeno as usually it put it away

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Another unique starter that I come across is this Jalapeno Poppers @ RM16

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YAp Correct, it is being deep friend along with the outer layer is Jalapenos and such spicy sourish taste pair perfectly with its sweet and fragrant Mango chipotle salsa just a match in heaven.

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Yap, not only that, see how cheezy it is. . 😀

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Tacos Ensenada @ RM20 – Flour tortillas with beer battered fish and homemade coleslaw.

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Camarones al Ajilo  @ RM24 – Tiger prawns sauteed with fragrant Guajillo Chiles and garlic. Served with two pieces of flour tortillas.

The prawn is juicy and sucullnet as it was just so instant that the dish was put onto the table and without being picture the first prawn was rape by Eunice. 😀

Temptation is just there with aroma and texture of it. Wrap It with pita bread and trying to dig a bit of the sauce to spread on the bread is just a perfect one.

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Costilla Asada @ RM43 – Succulent short ribs in a homemade barbecue sauce, slow braised for 3 hours for an off-the-bone tenderness. Served with creamy mash potatoes and sauteed vegetables.

I have never tried ribs in Mexican style as by presentation itself it had won our heart over. Extra marks for It as it smells so good that I have to swallow my saliva. Cutting of it was easy as it was so soft just by using fork able to cut it thru. Well marinated till the whole meat is flavourful and grill to perfection that did not make the edge burn yet its juicy – highly recommended!

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To those who prefer something light in taste then Pescado Mojo de Ajo  is one of the dish that you can hunt for. Fish lightly pan-fried in a fragrant butter sauce, topped with chunk pieces of roasted garlic. Served with Mexican white rice and mixed salad. RM42

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Fajitas Mixed (Chicken and Beef)  @ RM41 -Sizzling plate of chicken & beef tenderloin, bell peppers, onions. Served with guacamole, pico de gallo and chipotle cream sauce

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Carne Asada a la Tampiquena  @ RM54 – Grilled tenderloin the Mexican way, with onions, Mexican red rice, enchiladas verdes and refried beans.

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Apple Enchiladas – Baked flour tortillas filled with apples, served with homemade nougat ice cream.

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This is one of the best Mini Churros that I have come across so far that deep fried to perfection love that the Mexican donuts rolled in sugar and cinnamon, served with chocolate sauce. @ RM13 REcommended!

I am happy that I have discover a place that serve Mexican food very delicious that most of the food order are beyond words, cocktail serve with alcohol level are just perfect for me as according to the bar tender you can order slightly stronger and love the ambiance. I would surely be returning again and a recommended restaurant by me if you are looking for nice Mexican food and a perfect place to hang out with nice food.

Location:
Fresca Mexican Kitchen & Bar

Lot G-242A, Ground Floor,
The Gardens, Midvalley City,
59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
GPS : N03 07.053 E101 40.659
Business Hours:  11am to 11pm (Mon-Thurs, Sun)
11am to Late (Fri – Sat)
Tel :             03-2201 2893

Awww, sometimes I do wonder how long will it takes me to get there to earn that kind of money to let me spend on what I want, as in not to be super rich, but just nice. Sometimes I sure do wish that if I do not get to travel overseas or locally I do have that kind of feeling I want myself to be pampered in a 5 star hotel. A night or 2 would be great. Till then, is one of my wish and also working my ass towards there.

We were here for a food review session and of course like one of our foodie VIP is down to this event too, CK which is famous in the up north and she bring me and Coco up to this Exclusive Residence Longue for refreshment and show us around with Keegen being a very nice guy to tour us around. This longue is located on the 26th floor of the hotel to host guest that stay in an exclusive room.

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I sure do not mind to spend my whole day here, lazy’ing around, enjoying the view, blog and online to utilise their free online services, bringing my whole group of friends to chill together

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This would be my most preferred area that makes me think of that Heineken advertisement having the whole fridge by myself, which is all foc.

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If you are a fan of mocktail or cocktail, they do have a mini bar upon per your request the person in charge of that day will hand made one for you, besides that you also can enjoy the finger food that prepared upon.

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Then Keegan is one of the managers there that introduce us his specialty in making cocktails. He introduce us ‘Lime Margarita’ for CK which she enjoys it a lot, not very strong in alcohol flavor that did not overpower the taste of the lime, what we would say is just perfect taste for her. The salt that sprinkle around the glass edge is good, that the after taste that left in our tongue is still salt taste.

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Then I got myself ‘Long Island Tea’ which he did it mild for us as I had empty stomach and my stomach was growling. It’s a mixture of 5 alcohol that he mention to us and I find it very good as the way I like it, doest taste strong alcohol in it but take 2 or 3 glass is enough to kill us off, taste mild that did not over power the tea taste but the amount of alcohol added in, I would say is strong. Don play play~

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Then Coco had ‘Cappucino’ as she is not feeling well, with honey as the spoon to stir in it. She just love her cup of coffee.

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Then we get a peek into CK’s room, if I were given a chance, I wouldn’t mind to camp there for 1 week. Every day wake up got breakfast, with big and specious bath room and a great study table area for me to do my stuff.

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Then we head down to Serena Brasserie for the Mexican food buffett with CK and me.

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A modern and spacious interior setting with light with dim lights to set on the environment is a great way we can enjoy our food.

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In this event, Nikko hotel had take this opportunity to organize this event with Embassy of Mexico that presents ‘Mexico. A Festival of Flavours’ that featuring renowned ‘Chef-Owner Daniel Ovadia from Paxia Restaurants’ in conjuction with Mexico’s Bicentennial Celebration.

Mexico: A Festival of Flavors will highlight the rich cultural heritage and evolving gastronomy of Mexico, that gives them a new challenge in our modern world, changes in taste in preparing and preserve the original of the taste. Paxia restaurant is one of the award winning restaurant that is well recognize in the country itself for its exquisite taste and with the chef around, you can just enjoy the original taste of it.

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Chef-Owner Daniel Ovadia

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I kick start my meal off with cheese section. I tried all the 3 cheeze and also only found out that CK is also a cheese lovers, we enjoy 3 of those cheese and I personally prefer the 1 if eat it raw, the one in the middle, strong in cheese flavor and the one on the front piece, to baked inside and oven with a toast or pizza sure taste very good.

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Appetizer section with Mexician infusion.

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Oyster and Sahsimi which is very fresh, again I hantam alot.

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They also do have a mini Italian section, which I love how the chef prepared my white sauce of spaghetti.

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Start off with very first in list of Mexican food, ‘Beef Papperoni Pizza’ with huge slices of onion, and cheese melt on top, spread with cheese and chili powder is just good.

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‘Corn Soup with Green Sauce Spaguettini’

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‘Tortilla Soup’

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‘Fish Tacos Al Pastor, Dehydrated Pineapple, Guacamole, Onion and Coriander’

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‘Baked Duck, Mango and Manzano Chile Sauce with Flour Tortillas’

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‘Oaxaca Cheese Enchiladas with Pasilla Chili Sauce’

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‘Red Rice with Fried Plantains’

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‘Duck Enchiladas with Green Pipian and Red Onion’

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‘Fish fillet with shrimp buttered with Chile Anchio’

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‘Beef Fillet with Poblano Mole Sauce and Rice cooked with Horchata’

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‘Aztec Pudding with Duck, White Truffle and Foie Gras’

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‘Huitlacoche Ravioli with Three Cheese Sauce’

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‘Fish and Shrimp Meatballs with Tomato Sauce and Rice’

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Desert Section

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Fresh cakes, which is soft like cotton that with one bite and melts on tongue is something I prefer.H (36)

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‘Pineapple Tartlette. Mexican desserts: 2nd pix from left: Caramel Fritters with Piloncillo Reduction. Pix on right: Abuelita Chocolate poured fondant with Vanilla ice cream’
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This is my bowl of pasta which cook in white sauce, not too salty but very creamy filled with bacon, chunks of onions, sausages and mushroom is top notch.

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With crossover of local delights we did try out their ‘Fried Noodle’ which is pretty good too, fried with wok hei and quite dry.

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The Desert that I go hunt after.

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‘Pineapple Crumble’

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I had my Vannila and Yam Ice creap top with chocolate fudge, almond and gummy bears.

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A coffee for end of the meal would be good. Fresh brew coffee with a strong sence of the coffee bean and end the brew with a very nice foam on top just taste good.

I enjoy myself at this unique experience of Mexician food in this hotel, as it is quite aunthentic as I have tried before. Thanks to Kattie for giving us such a great hopitality.

The Mexician buffet offers on a very limited time that starts from 23rd March till 3rd April at Serena Brasserie.
Buffet Lunch – RM68 ++ per pax
Buffet Dinner-RM80++ per pax
Set Dinner – RM150++ per person.

Mexican Wine Dinner @ Serena Brasserie (31st March 2010)

For food and wine connoisseurs, spend an enchanted evening at Serena Brasserie and take delight in the 6-course Mexican Wine Dinner. Dine on some of Chef Daniel’s specialties, each one perfectly paired with the finest selection of wines. A glimpse of what’s in store:-

“Shepherd” style fish tacos with dehydrated pineapple sheet matched with Casa Grande Chardonnay, Casa Madero ‘08.
Dry fideo with fresh white cheese and pasilla chilli sauce accompanied by Cru Garage Sauvignon Blanc, Torres Alegre ‘04.
Steak fillet with black chilli sauce and chochoyotes with Casa Grande Shiraz, Casa Madero ‘05 and Paoloni Nerone, Villa Montefiori ‘06.

Price: RM288.00++ per person. Limited seats of 60 persons.

Mexican Culinary Demonstration @ Serena Brasserie (27th March & 3rd April 2010)

Sign up now for the culinary demonstration by Chef-Owner Daniel Ovadia and learn a secret or two in the art of contemporary Mexican cuisine preparation. Limited to 20 participants only on first-come-first-served basis at RM150.00++ per person inclusive of Mexican Set Dinner at Serena Brasserie and recipe booklet.

Tequila and Mezcal Tasting @ Bentley’s Pub (30th March 2010, 6.30 pm)

For those with a passion for tequila, this is one event not to be missed. With three different tequilas and four types of Mezcal for your tasting pleasure plus a host of delightful Mexican snacks to enjoy.

Price: RM80.00++ per person (inclusive of Mexican snacks)

Location:
Nikko Hotel,
Jalan Ampang, KL

For reservations: 03-2782 6228

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