Coquo Restaurant & Wine Bar @ Solaris Dutamas – Review

Coquo Restaurant and Wine Bar - Prawn Carpaccio

Most Creative Tapas Restaurant in Kuala Lumpur – Coquo Restaurant & Wine Bar

From the former Spanish tapas restaurant and bar at The Intermark, Ohla, chef Toni Valero’s latest adventure brought him to Solaris Dutamas with Coquo Restaurant and Wine Bar. Coquo means “I cook” in Latin, and in this restaurant, chef Toni Valero and his team are the ones that cook relentlessly in order to serve some best tapas in town currently.

Since Cuquo is so near our home, we just walked over one evening in hope for something different for dinner, and we got just what we were hoping for.

Coquo Restaurant & Wine Bar
The Restaurant
Coquo Restaurant & Wine Bar
Inside the restaurant

Cuquo carries our favourite cider, Aspall, so we ordered plenty of those throughout the night. The menu was simple with only 2 pages, categorised under “To Bite”, “To Share” and “To Finish”. Appetisers start at RM22++, and the most expensive main, Prime Rib is capped at RM88++, and every else in between RM30-RM40++.

Coquo Restaurant & Wine Bar
The simple menu
Coquo Restaurant and Wine Bar - Aspall Cider
Aspall Cider, best in draft but we’ll take bottles too

We started with some olives (RM22++) from the “To Bite” menu, and moved on to the most interesting dish of the night, Prawn Carpaccio (RM38++). This tapas is served with laksa/Sarawakian caviar and crunchy prawn crackers, to go with the thinly sliced prawn carpaccio drizzled with spicy oil. Cuquo intended the dish to be a “deconstructed Sarawak laksa”, where we had to break the prawn crackers, add some of the carpaccio and some caviar to top it up. Every mouthful was just simply a delight, and I loved every mouthful of it.

Coquo Restaurant and Wine Bar - Prawn Carpaccio
Prawn Carpaccio
Coquo Restaurant and Wine Bar - Prawn Carpaccio
This is how we eat the Prawn Carpaccio

Next, Octopus (RM36++) was served up covered in wood smoke. It was such a fun dish to watch the Octopus unveiled right in front of us (just check out the video below).

Coquo Restaurant and Wine Bar - Octopus
Octopus

We also ordered Mackerel (RM35++) and Salted Cod Fish (RM36++) as we both love fish. The deboned Mackerel was great with the tomato puree, while the Salted Cod Fish was firm and went well with the vichyssoise (a thick white soup made of boiled and pureed leeks, onions, potatoes, cream and chicken stock).

Coquo Restaurant and Wine Bar - Mackerel
Mackerel
Coquo Restaurant and Wine Bar - Salted Cod Fish
Salted Cod Fish

Last of our “To Share” dish was Cuquo’s signature 150 gram Prime Rib (RM88++), served with Malaysian Rendang paste. I loved this combination of flavour! The meat was lightly caramelised over the edges and raw in the middle, paired perfectly with the intense Rendang paste.

Coquo Restaurant and Wine Bar - Prime Rib
Prime Rib
Coquo Restaurant and Wine Bar - Prime Rib
Rendang Paste

For our sweet ending, we had the Curry Leaf Ice Cream and Lemongrass and Pandan Pannacotta (both RM22++ each). The Curry Leaf Ice Cream was a bit strange to my taste with the strawberries in Szechuan pepper and jasmine green tea gelatin, as I’m a plain vanilla kinda girl.However, the Lemongrass and Pandan Pannacotta was definitely my type of dessert, with the smooth and silky texture mixed with macadamia nuts sprinkled on top.

Curry Leaf Ice Cream
Curry Leaf Ice Cream
Lemongrass and Pandan Pannacotta
Lemongrass and Pandan Pannacotta

Overall, it was a lovely dinner, although we spent way too much on the Aspall Cider. The final bill came out to RM512 (≈US$119), of which over 1/3 went to the drinks. I love Cuquo’s creative takes on fusion tapas, mixing Spanish and Malaysian elements in their dishes. I’d some of the best dishes in a long while here at Cuquo, and will definitely return for more.

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Coquo Restaurant & Wine Bar Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/CoquoKL/
Address: D1-G4-6, Solaris Dutamas (Publika), Mont Kiara 
50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +60362112822

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Coquo Restaurant & Wine Bar

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8 comments

  1. These dishes look sooo good! The prawn carpaccio is making my mouth water, the prime rib looks well prepared, and I would love to try the curry leaf ice cream (I do like strong flavors). Thanks for the tips!

  2. The prime rib and rendang looks amazing. I love the fusion of Malaysian food with Spanish tapas sizing and preparation. Some of the most original food dishes evolved out of blending cultures from across the world.

  3. I’m intrigued with the dishes!! Everything is so beautifully presented. The deconstructed Sarawak laksa looks particularly interesting. I’d love to taste it myself!

  4. That prime rib looks divine! My mouth is watering right now. You know, I’ve never gotten into cider, but I’ll have to give it a try. I’ll start with Aspall!

  5. What a creative menu — I love the Malaysian tapas concept. The desserts are beautiful, and the lemongrass pannocotta sounds like such a light and refreshing way to end the meal.

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