Seafood Paella @ Flamenco Restaurant and Bar, Plaza Damansara, Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur

>> May 8, 2010

Flamenco is a style of music and dance which is considered part of the culture of Spain. However, in this part of the world, there's a nice little restaurant in Plaza Damansara named after it.

Flamenco Restaurant & Bar

The above picture was taken after the meal. It was really cold in the restaurant, hence the fogginess on my lens when leaving it..

Parking was always easy around Plaza Damansara in the night.

The place was quite empty on that Friday night. According to what I've heard, the place is more popular for lunch.

Anyway, the manager was very helpful (I forgot his name). I have to admit, the small crowd allowed him, the ONLY staff to provide us with exceptional service. The owner Angie, stopped by later on. Apparently, they have recently opened another restaurant in Starhill.

Flamenco has a wide variety of tapas. Their tapas was laid out nicely like a buffet with the price written beside it. I am sorry to say, the tapas didn't look too appetizing.

We started with a couple of appetizers. By the time the food arrived, I've had probably grown mold. If it wasn't for the politeness and the chattiness of the manager, I think I would have caused some trouble. It was probably due to the fact that there were very few customers, hence they let all the cooks off or something.

Deep Fried Calamari

The squid RM12 came with mayonnaise. It wasn't anything great.

Caesar Salad

The salad RM15 came with the usual dressing made of anchovy. The unique thing about the salad here was it was served with a poached egg instead of hard boiled egg. The salad was so-so as well.

Baked Escargot

The snailed RM20, was baked in a saltless garlic butter. Accompanied with slices of bread for dipping, it was alright. I rather the snails be served with their shells because I like to remove them myself right before eating.

Spaghetti Oriental Roast Duck

The pasta RM38, was very good. When done well, duck goes exceptionally well with pasta. I've tasted quite a few good duck pastas around. This pasta here could certainly add to the list.

Seafood Paella

The paella RM48 is meant for 2. The Spanish rice was cooked in a paella pan and topped with prawns, mussels, la-la,squid and fish. The taste of saffron, although not very distinct, was certainly present (some people don't fancy the taste of saffron so I guess its alright). However, there was this after taste of gasoline on the rice. I was quite disappointed with this dish after hearing so much about it. I guess flaming the food or somehow exposing it to gasoline spoilt its taste.

As for dessert, Flamenco didn't have 4/5 of the desserts on their menu. Angie promised us a tiramisu on the house when we come back.

All in all, Flamenco certainly didn't lived up to expectation. I heard from many that they serve one of the best seafood paella in town. However, most of the other dishes were alright. I may return one day to try their paella again though.

*Opinions expressed are solely based on my personal experience

Pricing: About RM60 per person.

Map to Flamenco Restaurant & Bar

22 & 22M, Medan Setia 2,
Plaza Damansara,
Bukit Damansara,
50490 Kuala Lumpur,

Telephone number: 03 2093 0032
Fax number: 03 2093 2931

Opening hours:
Monday-Friday 12-3pm, 6pm-12am.
Weekends 6pm-12am.


kenwooi May 8, 2010 at 11:57 PM  

really good food! making me a little hungry edy =P

Tummy Rumble May 9, 2010 at 12:17 AM  

@kenwooi: haha.. thanks for dropping by..

J2Kfm May 9, 2010 at 11:39 AM  

I like Paella, had them once in Moussandra before at the former KL Plaza. A mix of everything, served hot on a pan.
Though I kind of share your sentiments on the WAITING part. Good thing their PR skills was tip-top huh?

Tummy Rumble May 9, 2010 at 3:30 PM  

@J2Kfm: haha.. I guess it was cos only 1 chef of cooking that night.. hence the long wait..

"Joe" who is constantly craving May 12, 2010 at 2:21 PM  

aiks, no body, no food, what kind of restaurant is that?

Ching May 12, 2010 at 4:44 PM  

Hey TummyRumble!!

I used to come here all the time! To me, I feel that their standards has dropped!! They used to be really really good! Cause I did go back after a bad visit and it kinda disappointed me yet again :( Unless I'm just unlucky to always go on their off days!! haha

Tummy Rumble May 12, 2010 at 11:30 PM  

@Joe: haha.. standard has been dropping man.. No idea why..

Tummy Rumble May 12, 2010 at 11:30 PM  

@Ching: hello! oh well, I think their standard is going south.. time to find another place for paella.. haha :)

thenomadGourmand May 18, 2010 at 10:28 PM  

Aiyo.. guess i won't be visting anytime soon..but I'm thinkin of Opus..a good tiramisu...hmm ;)

Helpful list of eateries ard KL/PJ u got here! ;)

Tummy Rumble May 19, 2010 at 1:05 AM  

@thenomadGourmand: Opus is good.. Their food is generally not bad.. Their tiramisu is quite light but I liked it lah..

Thanks :)

Boo August 11, 2011 at 12:21 AM  

Hey Hey people Please come back :) im currently working there as the chef.:) we have staff more than enough now :) do come back for a nice meal. thx :D

Boo August 11, 2011 at 12:23 AM  

We are currently gonna make new desserts :) so i really hope you guys or gals could come and have a meal or 2 :) wont disapoint you :)

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