Sunday, December 17, 2017

Celebrate Christmas the German way featuring La Casa Kuantan

Authentic western cuisine is hard to come by in Kuantan. La Casa is proudly owned by this German chef Thomas who's also the head chef 6 years ago. Frequented by Caucasians and locals, it's well liked.

La Casa Kuantan
A-1820, Jalan Telok Cempedak, 25050 Kuantan, Pahang
Opens daily 6pm to 12am
09-568 9921

The restaurant is converted and renovated from a single storey house into a fully functional commercial kitchen with a cosy indoor and outdoor (smoking) dining area, as well as a bar. It's family friendly. At the same time, one can also choose to enjoy a pint of beer at their bar near the entrance.

We were welcomed by the staff at the door. Much to our delight, the familiar fresh bread greeted us at the entrance with a festive Christmas tree.

La Casa special menu of the day

The same bread served to our table with a dollop of garlic dip. This has always been my favorite. So fresh and soft in the middle with a nice crust around it. Goes very well with olive oil and balsamic vinegar too.

Entrée- crumbed calamari with fresh salad. Very cripsy coating but calamari was just cooked and very fresh. Harmonious combination with the dip.

Entree- bruschetta. This is the most generous portion of bruschetta I have ever had. So much cherry tomatoes till it just spills everywhere after a bite. The acidity of the tomatoes with the tanginess of balsamic vinegar becomes a great appetiser.

Main- Roast turkey. A dish befitting the Christmas season. Served the whole drumstick which was gigantic! It's roasted for a long period because the meat just came off the bone so easily and so tender until it just melted in the mouth. Sides- German red cabbage, mashed potatoes, blanched purple and baby carrots.

Main- Duck pasta. Linguine made in house- definitely fresh and taste nothing like store bought dehydrated pasta. The pasta is generously wrapped in lots of olive oil, tomato based cream sauce. Savor this with a few slices of pan seared smoked duck breast (La Casa cooks it slightly caramelized and cripsy)

Enjoy all these with freshly pressed fruit juice- green apple and orange here. Or if you fancy, a beer or a glass of wine.

Dessert- chocolate brownies. Brownies here are less dense but nevertheless chocolatey. Have this with their homemade vanilla icecream which is so smooth and light. Perfect combination.

Dessert- creme brulee. It's hard to resist the temptation not to lick the dish clean because the custard is just so thick, creamy and full of flavors. The caramel layer is also nicely done and not overpoweringly sweet.

Thomas emphasised that the huge Christmas tree at the corner is a real fir tree.

We had a wonderful pre Christmas dinner at La Casa. Therefore, Our verdict is 8/10!

So folks, don't forget to join Thomas and his crew for a wonderful Christmas and New Year! La Casa will open for business as usual during the period except 26 to 29 Dec 2017 (closed for renovation)

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