Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Top-notch Options for the Beef Connoisseur at Westin

It is all about getting the best at Qba Latin Bar and Grill as some of the finest beef from around the world has prominence on its menu.

Known for its strong Cuban influences, Qba has added another feather in its cap as it positions itself as the place to go for premium beef cuts.

The menu is cleverly doctored to introduce First Flavours (featuring sumptuous appetisers), soups in Second Flavours and Third Flavours – from the Grill, which takes diners through a “meaty” adventure of sorts.

Side dishes: For something on the side, there are options like (clockwise from left) Rocket Lettuce and Avocado; Pursalane, Cactus, Tomato and Goat Cheese and Saffron and Tabasco Mash.
Just what does this mean?

Well, meat and more meat, to be exact, and diners can decide on the marinade as the meat can be chargrilled either in Latin marinade (oregano, cumin, garlic, sherry vinegar, citrus) or natural (seasoned with pepper and salt).

Classy outlet: Qba Latin Bar and Grill in The Westin Kuala Lumpur.
What is meaty about the whole affair is that the menu offers Australian Corn Fed Black Angus Beef – aged 200 days or aged 120 days, Australian Grass Fed Beef, Argentinian 'Las Lilas' and Australian Wagyu, top-notch options for serious beef connoisseurs.

Qba chef Darsin Joseph said premium cuts were introduced because regular diners looked forward to having good quality steaks at the outlet.

“We decided to change the menu and include high quality premium steaks to give our diners what they want,” he said.

He said the imported beef selection was aged for a required number of days, guaranteeing the tenderness of the meat.

Joseph stressed that aged beef was chilled and not frozen.

“The longer you age beef, the more pricey it becomes and the more intense its flavour,” Joseph said.

Lovely desserts: Coffee Granita with Chocolate Mousse and Churros (left) and Guava Cheesecake, Maple Ice- Cream, Ginger Crumble Biscuit.
The Qba Tasting Steak Plates are ideal for those wanting to try a variety of beef cuts.

For example, if a diner opted for the Shorthorn plate, the kitchen would serve Black Angus Corn Fed 200 days, Black Angus Grass Fed 200 days and Las Lilas – in fillet-sized pieces, on a plate.

The Longhorn version features the likes of Las Lilas, Wagyu and Black Angus Yearling fillets.

The menu also includes Milk Fed Baby Lamb options with Rump, Roasted Rack of Lamb and Marinated Roasted Leg.

Diners are advised to give advance notice of an hour when placing an order for the Roasted Leg as this weighs two kilograms and requires extra cooking time.

Duck breast, BBQ Glazed Chicken and fish (cod, salmon, halibut) share a spot on the tasting steak plates section, catering to diners who might want something other than red meat for the night.

To spice up the menu further, chillies from around the world like Ancho Chilli, Chipotle Peppers, Serrano Chilli, Piquillo Peppers and Habanero give a new twist to certain salads, sauces and appeti-sers.

Finally, the Fifth Flavours of Qba is, of course, the sweetest section.

To entice your taste buds, there are dreamy desserts like Coffee Granita with Chocolate Mousse and Churros; Crema Catalana Grilled Strawberries; Guava Cheesecake, Maple Ice Cream, Ginger Crumble Biscuit; and Cinnamon Dusted Churros, Mexican Hot Chocolate.

Qba Latin Bar and Grill
The Westin Kuala Lumpur Hotel and Residences
199 Jalan Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-27318333
Business hours: Mondays to Saturdays (5pm till late); closed on Sundays.

Source : STAR
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