[Food & Beverage]
Now La Bodega has been around for quite a while now and they’re known as the go to place for Spanish tapas and of course happy hours! The reason why I’m visiting and doing a review at La Bodega is because they have a new menu so over I went to the La Bodega at Empire Shopping Gallery in Subang Jaya.
La Bodega at Empire is located on the LG level (same floor as the supermarket and very near The Loaf and Coffee Bean) and was opened back in November 2010. The outlet offers the signature “tapas” menu together with the Deli menu which includes breakfast, salads, sandwiches and pastas, and is open everyday from 8.00am till 2.00am.
The interior of the outlet is furnished with lots of dark woods and the lighting is also not too bright which makes this a really nice place to chill in the evenings over some tapas, sangria, beers, or some Spanish wines. As I got there early I decided to have a 1/2 pint of Stella Artois which goes for RM22.00 nett (happy hour price). Nothing like an ice-cold Stella to end the workday.
My partner in crime arrived shortly after and we decided to try the house white and red wines which were pretty decent.
House White Wine – RM20.00 nett (happy hour price)
House Red Wine – RM20.00 nett (happy hour price)
First up was the Smoked Salmon Salad which had generous slices of smoked salmon and a large piece of buttery garlic toast (I hate places which stinge on garlic butter). The fresh greens and light dressing made this a very healthy start to the meal. For my partner in crime, most days this by itself would be a meal for her.
Mediterranean Style Seafood Soup with grated Gruyère cheese, rouille and croutons. Rouille is a sauce that consists of olive oil with breadcrumbs, garlic, saffron and chili peppers. It is traditionally served with fish or seafood/ fish soup. In this instance, the cheese and rouille were separate so you can add in the amount that you want and slowly stir it into the soup.
The cheese and rouille will slowly melt thickening up the soup which is loaded with lots of seafood including squid, mussels, prawns and fish. This one is a meal in itself and you can have it with the complimentary bread that’s provided. Love the tangy taste of the soup, while the cheese adds in some richness while the rouille gives the broth some texture and spice! I’ll definitely be back for more!
Seared red snapper and clams served with salsa verde in a delightful garlicky sauce. BTW the snapper is hidden underneath the clams and the portion size is pretty worth the price. The fish and the claims were fresh and properly cooked which is very important to me as I really hate getting food poisoning from consuming seafood. Again I ate this one with the complimentary breads and used it to mop up any remaining sauce!
Marinated mixed Spanish anchovies platter with regañas and grated tomatoes. This goes superbly well with beer and is definitely for sharing among 4 to 6 people. A little assembly is required for this dish – first take the reganas which are traditional Spanish biscuits, add some grated tomatoes, then top it with a slice of the salty anchovies and red pepper and pop it into your mouth and savour the explosion of flavours!
The contrast of tastes and textures in that one bite is delightful and I highly recommend you to try it especially if you’re into Spanish tapas.
Berenjenas con salsa de pimientos or eggplant braised in olive oil, chili & herbs goes well with the breads. I’m not too much a fan of vege but my partner in crime certainly is hence we ordered this dish (if it was up to me it would have been meat, meat, and more meat muahahaha!). That’s probably why she’s so slim and healthy while I am…well…let’s not go there.
OK I thought the eggplant was pretty nice and flavourful, and yes…once again I used the breads to mop up the sauce. Oh BTW the breads are refillable and are meant to be eaten with the tapas.
I think it’s good that La Bodega changes their menu every now and then to freshen things up. It remains one of the restaurants/ bars that I will visit for happy hours or a meal every now and then. They have set lunch menus that change weekly, and are pretty reasonably priced.
The outlet in Empire Shopping Gallery can get rather busy on weekday nights so if you’re looking to go in a big group I do recommend that you call ahead to book a table. If your group is around 2 to 4 pax then you can try and walk in.
La Bodega Empire Subang is located at:
LG25, Lower Ground, Empire Shopping Gallery,
47500 Subang Jaya,
Telephone: +603 5634 8388
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday from 8.00am – 2.00am
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