Monday, 14 January 2013

La Mexicana, New Menu 2013, Ampang, Malaysia

New Year, New Resolutions

The New Year brings new resolutions and La Mexicana has exciting things in store for guests in 2013. Starting with extended opening hours, clients can now visit seven days a week from 12noon until 11pm, 365 days a year. Lunch, dinner, afternoon snacks and post work drinks are now all lip-smacking possibilities. Tequila and tacos or Margaritas and mole, whatever your hankering, La Mexicana’s doors are open.

La Mexicana, authentic Mexican, best Mexican restaurant in Kuala Lumpur
The colourful interior of La Mexican is adorned with artesania from the country. Details are inherent in the design from the flower motifs on the wooden tables, to the rustic polished cement floors, brightly painted walls, ceramic serving dishes and even the staff's embroidered shirts. 
La Mexicana, authentic Mexican, best Mexican restaurant in Kuala Lumpur
Chef Carmela is the genius behind the menu. Stubbornly sticking to serving authentic Mexican cuisine, no adaptations, she imports necessary ingredients from her homeland and makes everything from scratch. Tortillas and cheese are two things many restaurants might skimp on, but not Chef Carmela! Her insistence that all be made 'casero' (in house) is testimony to the authenticity behind the menu.

Tequila, Mezcal, Beer and Margaritas!

The drink list is quite extensive for a small restaurant. As you might expect though, a decent selection of tequilas are highlighted including Tequila Alban, Sauza, Jose Cuervo and Patron at all levels, starting from bottom shelf (RM16 a glass) and going all the way up to Jose Cuervo Reserva de Familia (RM45 per glass).  A Michelada - Corona beer and lime juice  poured over ice in a salt rimmed glass - is a refreshing start, just as is a Margarita a “La Mexicana” combining Tequila, triple sec, tuna (cactus fruit) and lime juice. Mondays to Fridays, 5 – 8pm, sees Margaritas at “two for one.”

La Mexicana, authentic Mexican, best Mexican restaurant in Kuala Lumpur
A "La Mexicana Margarita" is a recommended start to any visit. Don't miss the Buy One Free One special offered Monday to Friday 5 - 8pm.
La Mexicana, authentic Mexican, Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, tequila, tacos, Margaritas
Michalada - A refreshing way to serve Corona - beer, lime, ice and salt rimmed glass.
La Mexicana, authentic Mexican, Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, tequila, tacos, Margaritas
Mezcal with 'sal de gusano' (worm salt! - worms from the agave leaf are dried, crushed and mixed with chili to form this tasty rim)
La Mexicana, authentic Mexican, Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, tequila, tacos, Margaritas
Mezcal with Sangrita

More Appetizers, More Appetizing

The expanded appetizer list coordinates well with the drinks menu. A cocktail, mescal or beer and, a couple of starters, tallies less than RM60. Aside from the fact that authentic Mexican cuisine is certifiably delicious, pork and vegetarian options leave even more clients satiated.

La Mexicana, authentic Mexican, best Mexican restaurant in Kuala Lumpur
"Tlacoyos de Requeson" - Crispy fried corn dough stuffed with homemade cheese (like ricotta), served topped with cream, and molcajete red sauce. RM20
La Mexicana, authentic Mexican, best Mexican restaurant in Kuala Lumpur
"Tlacoyos" de Frijol - Crispy fried corn dough stuffed with refried bayo beans, served topped with cream, cheese and  molcajete red sauce, RM18
La Mexicana, authentic Mexican, best Mexican restaurant in Kuala Lumpur
"Tacos de Bistec con Chorizo" - three tacos filled with juicy beefsteak and homemade “chorizo” served with coriander, onion and molcajete red sauce. RM25
La Mexicana, authentic Mexican, best Mexican restaurant in Kuala Lumpur
"Queso Fundido con Champinones" - Mouth watering melted cheese, mushrooms, with flour tortillas and salsa verde. RM18
La Mexicana, authentic Mexican, best Mexican restaurant in Kuala Lumpur
Cerdo "Yukateco" - Pork tenderloin in a creamy pumpkin seed sauce with Habanero chili and fresh tomato salad. RM56
La Mexicana, authentic Mexican, best Mexican restaurant in Kuala Lumpur
Crema "La Mexicana" - Refreshingly delicious creamy chilled beetroot and chili soup garnished with crispy fried tortilla strips. RM24

Saporific Start to 2013!

Spanish chitter chatter and boppy Latin tunes pledge genuineness to the setting. The rustic Hispanic décor and direct-from-the-homeland beverage list are only second to the scrumptious cuisine. It seems that La Mexicana is off to a saporific start to 2013!

Reason to visit: additional appetizers, new prices, extended opening hours and authentic Mexican cuisine prepared by not one but two Mexican chefs!

La Mexicana
The Terrace at Hock Choon
Jalan Nibong (off Jalan Ampang)
Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
+6 03 425 35251

28 comments:

  1. Ahhhh!!!! Must KIV this. That's one kind of food I did not get to eat in NZ. Wanted to try a tex-mex place in Welly but did not manage to do so in the end.

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    1. Ooh, I think Malaysians will enjoy authentic Mexican very much. It's very flavorsome similar to intensity to many local dishes but with very different tastes.

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  2. Michalada is really nice..
    normally i just had a lemon in the corona..

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    1. Yeah, I thought that was a nice version too.

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  3. I should have planned a day's layover in KL on my way from Australia to Penang so that I could try some of the fabulous restaurants you keep reviewing.

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    1. Yes! You should have! Next time. :-)

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  4. Beetroot soup and bogof margharitas sound like two good reasons to visit for me!

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    1. Hee! Margaritas are awesome. Maybe we should make our next get together happy hour at La Mexicana. :-)

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  5. Wow those margaritas look so good.. especially halfway through a working Monday! :(

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    1. Hee! A reminder of the weekend. Makes it a hard start to the week. :-)

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  6. ooo, it's such a sweltering afternoon right now, a sip of la mexicana's margarita would be such bliss! :D

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    1. And two for one is even better right...

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  7. Never a fan of Tex-Mex food but the colour of the beetroot soup looks really attractive!

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    1. Oh my, this is by no means Tex-Mex! Authentic Mexican cuisine - possibly the only place in KL who does it.

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  8. I love the deco and how colourful this place is! :D

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  9. Nice review, lovely photos and a lovely range of cutlery and crockery!
    Duncan In Kuantan

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    1. The cutlery and crockery definitely add to the atmosphere.

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  10. Are tortillas included? =D

    Anyway, I've searched for The Terrace when I went to Hock Choon, but couldn't quite find it. Is it the big building behind Hock Choon?

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    1. For the fondue yes tortillas are included. The Terrace is directly behind Hock Choon.

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  11. I've become such a fan of this blog while planning our trip to Malaysia (Langkawi/Penang/KL) in February. Now that the accommodation is booked (totally inspired by the reviews I've read here), I'm dreaming about all the fancy drinks and delicious meals we'll enjoy on our trip.. Margaritas and yummy food at La Mexicana is definitively on our to-do list while we're in KL.
    Thank you for all the great tips! :)

    Love from Norway

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    1. Hi Nina!
      Do let me know when you arrive and of how long will you stay in Malaysia?
      Cheers,
      Monica :-)

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  12. I love this place... looks like I need to visit this soon... love their ceviches & tacos.... superb authentic fare at its best!

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    1. It might be time for a revisit. Not far from me too! I'll join you. :-)

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  13. Had another lovely night at La Mexicana. I like the ambience there more than anything. Though the margaritas are pretty good too....

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    1. Glad you liked it. It's one place that you're assured of a delicious meal every time. :-)

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  14. My hubby and I just returned from lunch at La Mexicana. Having grown up in Arizona (USA) not far from the border of Mexico, I have missed these flavors so much! Every dish we tried was absolutely delicious and tasted like I was back home. This will definitely be a place that we return to often! Thanks so much for making us aware it was here!

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    1. That's great to hear! Chef Carmela is now making her own cheese too. That's something worth trying when you return.

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