I have been receiving many messages regarding my whereabouts lately, so if you don’t already know, I have just moved to Australia. It’s not a sudden move, and it’s something we have planned for a while but it’s definitely not easy. Anyway, before I start writing on my new adventure, allow me to complete the last few food posts during my final week in KL. Today’s post will be about Qba Latin Grill at Westin Hotel. We have heard stories about the steaks here so we couldn’t wait to try them out.
Medium rare steak
Dinner started with complimentary warm bread rolls that came with a salsa dip. The breads were soft and warm, but I especially loved the salsa dip that was hot and spicy! Saucer ordered a glass of red wine because he said steaks wouldn’t taste as good without wine. Wines here are priced on the higher end, as should be expected from a 5-star hotel.
Red Wine (RM45)
Upon the waiter’s recommendation, we chose the Scallop and Western Tiger Prawns in Romesco Sauce. This came with 2 scallops and 2 tiger prawns, topped with a couple of asparagus stalks. Believe me, I’m all about scallops and prawns but I was a little disappointed with the size of them on this plate. The scallop was measly and the prawn was not exactly very succulent. I’m not sure if it’s the way they cooked it or that they’re not fresh but Saucer and I agreed that we’d definitely had better ones.
Scallop & Western Tiger Prawns in Romesco Sauce (RM48)
For our second course, we chose the Tomato Soup with Avocado, Cheese, Guajillo Peppers and Fried Tortilla. I liked the way they presented this dish, where they placed the ingredients of the soup in the bowl first, and poured the soup on top of them in front of us. That way, we got to see what was inside the soup clearly. The tomato soup was creamy and tangy, but I’m not usually a fan of anything sour so I shall not comment on this. Also, the black piece in the soup – Guajillo pepper – was extremely spicy.
Fillings of the soup
Tomato Soup with Avocado, Cheese, Guajillo Peppers, Fried Tortilla (RM28)
When it came to main course, we both had different cuts of the Certified Australian Angus Beef (CAAB) that was grain fed for a minimum of 120 days. Saucer chose the Rib Eye, while I had the Sirloin, both at 300gm. The rib eye was grilled quite nicely, to a perfect medium as requested by Saucer. There was a layer of fat in the middle that actually gave it a level of tenderness and flavor, but Saucer still preferred the steak he had in Favola.
CAAB Rib Eye 300gm (RM130)
As for my sirloin, it was exactly medium rare like I requested, pink but not very bloody. I thought it was the best way to eat sirloin since the lean cut tends to be dry. However, as much as it was grilled perfectly without being overly dry, I found the steak to be lack of flavor. It was tender and juicy but just wasn’t very flavorful. Perhaps that’s the reason they provided a choice of sauces to go with the steak – either Chimichurri, Habanero Tequilla BBQ sauce, Roast Tomato Chilli Salsa or Mexican Salsa Roja. I thought the Chimichurri and Mexican Salsa were quite nice with the steak.
CAAB Sirloin (300gm)
Missing my Saucer
Other than the less than impressive dishes here, we have to give credits to the environment. This was probably one of the most private restaurants around, with perhaps less than 10 tables or so on the upper floor (there’s a bar downstairs), giving us privacy in a romantic environment. There was also latin music playing all night long, with it getting a little louder towards the night. So it’s quite private but not very quiet, thanks to the bar below. But with the exorbitant prices that they’re charging for their steaks, I don’t think I’ll be returning in the near future.
View from our table and of the bar below
Qba at Westin Hotel KL
Qba Latin Bar & Grill
199, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel No.: +603-2731 8338
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat (6.30pm – 10.30pm)