Food is no longer only a necessary; it has become an experience. It is an adventure to search for the best place that offers flavors that you cannot take off your mind. For me, food is the way I understand culture – based on my observation, each chef has their own way of preparing their food hence why you will not get the same food with the same taste anywhere. It can come close, but never the same.
However, with the pandemic and Malaysia being placed under a Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), we can no longer move freely searching for food to satisfy our foodie soul. That doesn’t mean you cannot bring these flavors to the comfort of your home. I am not talking about fast food or “Mamak” restaurant orders but classy, high-end lunch and dinner. That’s right – to know more keep reading this blog.
Tapas Restaurant – Chasing Flavors (Food Delivery)
I know many of you must be shocked to read this ; Tapas has delivery? Are you sure?. Yes, I am very sure because I got myself some really good food delivery from this Tapas restaurant. As Malaysians, we have experienced the best food culture but with the CMCO, we can no longer enjoy the freedom we once had hence Tapas restaurant wants all of us to have good meal at the comfort of our own homes. They offer quite an interesting menu for delivery – refer to the image below :
I tried 4 of the items from the menu above, which is Braised Lamb Osso Bucco, Pumpkin Soup, Semolina Fruit Cake & Mince Fruit Pie. I am sharing my experience so that you can also know more about it however taste buds differs for everyone hence this is only my opinon, rather my experience.
First of all, I would like to thank Tapas restaurant for enabling this opportunity where I am able to taste mouth-watering food without going out of my home. Trust me when I say I’ve missed it so much because ever since CMCO, I either cook at home or order from any restaurants nearby. I am not a fan of fast food restaurants hence that is totally not in my list.
Back to Tapas restaurant, they have sent me four dishes for me to try. I do have my favorite and you will know as you read along. I will explain as detailed as possible about each dish.
Braise Lamb Osso Bucco
Ossobuco or osso buco is Italian for “bone with a hole” (osso “bone”, buco “hole”), a reference to the marrow hole at the centre of the cross-cut veal shank. I have to be honest that I am not a fan of red meat or rather choose not to eat it but I never shy away from trying a new dish hence I gave this a try.
This dish comes with the main dish and two toasted bread. Now, the main dish, which is the Osso Bucco comes in its own flavorful gravy. It is filled with generous amount of carrot, tomatoes and onions which I can make off. As for the meat itself, it is quite tender and soft to taste which is suitable for those who dislike hard meat – like myself. I don’t prefer chewing my meat way too much or when it takes to much time to break it down.
Despite my non-preference for red meat, I enjoyed this dish because it has the perfect mixture of all the required taste. It is spicy but not so much, it is sweet but not overwhelming hence when you actually taste it – the flavors alone gives you a pleasure like never before. At least for me, that is what I felt. You can eat the dish with anything else like risotto, spaghettis, pasta or just with plain bread but I truly like the bread that they have included – it tastes bland on its own but when it is dipped in the gravy, it tastes so good! So good that I have been craving for it since. Oh did I mention that the bread has some nuts and raisin in it? Yes, its a soda bread. You really want to try this for yourself.
- Braised Lamb Osso Bucco
- RM 28.00
- Comes with two pieces of soda bread.
- Delivery : Placed in a transparent bag, wrapped around a foil
- You might need to re-heat it if you are living far from the restaurant. You just have to heat the dish in a microwave at 140 degree for 15 minutes.
Pumpkin soup is a usually ‘bound’ soup made from a purée of pumpkin. It is made by combining the meat of a blended pumpkin with broth or stock. For your information, this quite a famous dish during Thanksgiving. Also FYI, this is the first time I am trying this out.
The pumpkin, just like the osso bucco, comes with two bread that looks like Marraqueta. The consistency for the soup is thick, which I believe suitable for those who are on a diet, because it can keep you full for a long time. As for the taste, it is both sweet and savory which I think is the reason why the pumpkin soup is pretty good. The quantity given is quite reasonable hence I was not able to finish it at the same time, so I saved it for my dinner – which still taste good after sitting in the refrigerator for couple of hours.
You might ask why bread with pumpkin soup? Generally, pumpkin soup is smooth and relatively thick in texture, hence pairing it with crispy breads is for contrast reason. Did I enjoy the pumpkin soup? Yes, I did and I think it is quite a healthy dish and suitable for vegetarians.
- Pumpkin Soup
- Comes with 2 pieces of crispy bread
- Delivery : Placed in a transparent bag, wrapped around a foil
- You might need to re-heat it if you are living far from the restaurant. You just have to heat the dish in a pan on a slow fire for 12 minutes
Semolina Fruit Cake
Who can resist a good fruit cake? Classic fruit cake made with soaked unsweetened dried fruit. A festive, flavorful, and moist fruit cake to enjoy all holiday season – we have this during Deepavali as well hence it is no longer a Christmas thing!
A fruitcake should be rich, it should taste like dried fruit and spices and alcohol – and if you try out the wrong one, you might end up disliking it for life. I had my struggles with fruit cakes for years before coming across some that I really like. Luckily, the one from Tapas falls into the one I like. Once I tried it, I literally messaged my sister and told her, we need this for Deepavali.
Fruit cake itself is a dense cake, hence the flavor shouldn’t be over-powering each other and the Semolina Fruit Cake from Tapas restaurant is by far one of the perfect ones. One bite will want you to ask for more which eventually what I end up doing. It was my desert after my lunch, cake for my tea time and breakfast for the next day ; I actually ate the whole 1/2 kg within 2 days and if that doesn’t explain how delicious it is, then you really need to get one for yourself to try it out. I am sure you will agree with me.
- Semolina Fruit Cake
- RM80.00 (1kg)
- Acetate liner wrapped around the cake to avoid drying and placed in a very pretty box. Suitable if you are looking to give it to your loved ones.
- Can be consumed immediately, do place it in the refrigerator if you want to consume the next day (make sure it is wrapped as well)
Mince Fruit Pie
Mince fruit pie is a sweet pie of English origin filled with a mixture of dried fruits and spices called “mincemeat”, that is traditionally served during Christmas season. This dish is made off a range of fruits, and spices such as cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Although this is quite a famous dessert, it is actually the first time I am trying a mince fruit pie and immediately became my favorite.
It is so tiny and cute – totally instragramable 😛 but it is so delicious! I love anything that is crusty from the outside but totally soft from the inside. I am craving for it as I am writing this, literally mouth-watering dessert and a MUST HAVE if you are planning to place an order from Tapas Restaurant. As for the taste, its a well blend between sweet and sour, and the crust compliments it well.
- Mince Fruit Cake
- RM15/5pc Small (20gm), RM30/5pc Large (56gm)
- Place in a pretty box with ribbon.
- You can put into the refrigerator and consume anytime you want.
Overall, I am pleased with the menu and the price is reasonable as well. Will I order again? Maybe but I would definitely go for the semolina fruit cake and mince fruit pie because these both are my favorites!
Address : Tapas Restaurant – 368, Jalan Tun Razak, Taman U Thant, 50400 Kuala Lumpur