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Monday, April 14, 2014

Ohla Tapas & Cocktails @ The Intermark

If you're one of those (like myself) who is always on the lookout for great food, then you're on the right page ;) Was invited with some other female bloggers to review and try out this new hit in town, situated right at the heart of Kuala Lumpur city.

Yes, I'm talking about Ohla Tapas and Cocktails, a hidden gem located at The Intermark, KL. 

What's to love about Ohla? Firstly, of course, is the quaint setting and interior.

Ohla is set up like a traditional tapas bar with a long dining table with high bar stools- no low dining tables in sight. However, unlike the more rustic and traditional tapas bars in Spain, Ohla has a modern and chic design with colourful wallpapers and ceiling.

Ohla seats around 25 pax at any one time either at the bar or at the high table. I think it's great because that only means less crowd and more privacy! Suitable for a drink after work, or a night out with the buddies for some good tapas + Spanish beer and wine.

Outfit of the night: Chiq Fliq.

We were served with various types of liquor, beer and wine available at the bar, and being someone who appreciates alcohol (occasionally and moderately, might I add), I found it really interesting to have a taste of some many different types of beer, wine and liquor in one night!

Just a few of the many served.

So generous of the peeps at Ohla! The drinks just kept coming til we had to gently decline cos we simply couldn't take in any more hahah.

Meet my neighbours of the night- Chenelle Wen and Karen Kho

Ohla is helmed by Toni Ruiz, head chef at Ohla, who has cooked in some of the finest restaurants in Spain, one of them being Mugaritz- a renowned restaurant in San Sebastian and at El Cellar de Can Roca, recently voted the best restaurant in the WORLD :O

Toni is a passionate, young chef who cooks pure Catalan menu at Ohla- no fusion Malaysian/European cuisine served here.

The menu at Ohla is what you'd get in a top tapas restaurant in Barcelona. Toni displays his skills and leads his team from an open kitchen, equipped with a specially-imported Josper charcoal fired oven.

Here are some of the dishes we had that night.

Mixed Salad- RM22

Mixed salad decorated with flowers, onion, apple, tomatoes and grapes dressing with honey and nuts vinaigrette- a light yet tasty starter with dabs of blue cheese from Roncal valley. 

Fried Scallops with Pork Belly- RM40

This dish was SOOOOO YUMMYYYYY. ALL my favourite food in one dish!

Scallops wrapped in savoury Iberico pork belly, grilled in the aforementioned Josper charcoal-fired oven. A delicious and tantalising combination of seafood and meat served on a bed of lemon mashed potato. A well-balanced dish which imparted a host of different flavours and textures, beautifully presented on a fan-shaped shell.

Verdict: I can have 10 plates of this. *slurps*

Mediterranean Seafood Black Rice- RM45

Langoustines on squid ink rice with a dollop of aioli on the side to provide a little extra richness to the already mouth-watering dish. Langoustines are shellfish known by a few different names such as Norway lobster, Dublin Bay prawn or scampi. This dish is rather similar to the traditional Spanish paella, but the rice was infused with squid ink and a langoustine broth which made it superbly flavourful. SUPERBLY.

SO FRIGGIN' GOOD! If you love Paellas, or never tried Paellas, you gotta try this one.

Roasted Chicken Cannelloni with Mushrooms and Parsley Oil- RM35

The cannelloni is like a Spanish "popiah" stuffed with roasted chicken and earthy mushrooms topped with a rocket salad drizzled with parsley oil. The skin of the cannelloni is tapa, which is milk skin used in place of pasta.

Another yummy dish!

Seared Foie Gras- RM55

Served with a creamy potato puree, black truffle shavings, and a beautiful poached egg yolk. My favourite- Foie Gras served with ALL MY FAVOURITE STUFF!

This was simply a delectable mishmash of flavours and textures- the earthiness of the truffle, richness of the foie gras, and the creaminess of the egg and potato puree. *drools just thinking about it*

A definite must-try!

Wagyu Steak with Baby Pots and Salad- RM100

That is precisely what a good steak looks like- gloriously pink medium rare! Served with mustard herbs butter and baby roasted potatoes and meat sauce, this dish was really to die for! Tender and flavourful strips of wagyu which barely needed the sauce to complement it. The mustard herbs butter added a nice richness and a twist of flavours while the baby roaster potatoes were a delight to eat.


Spanish Chesses- RM25

If you're a cheese lover, you'll go crazy over this platter of cheeses!

Spanish cheeses with apple, walnuts and quince paste- a platter of three cheeses with the mild Rocinate Ovesa Manchego Curado (cured goat's cheese), to Queso Manchego D.O. Ovesa Semicurado (semi cured), to the strong Valdeon Blue CheeseLeon. Served with crusty warm bread, this is a meal in itself for ardent fans of cheese!

Chocolate Ice-cream with Vanilla and White Chocolate Soup- RM25

The presentation for this dish left everyone with ooohs and ahhhs! The vanilla and white chocolate soup was poured over the chocolate ice-cream with chopped strawberries and small bits of chocolate which were eventually drowned in the soup. This provided a contrast of both flavours and textures in the mouth!

Dessert lovers should try this!

After a fulfilling meal, we were all stuffed and the best thing to do was to stand up and take photos! What we girls are good at ;)

I highly recommend this place. Whether it's for a casual drink after work, or a romantic dinner for two. Will definitely be back here with the husby and bring the buddies here too! :)


Here are the details! 

Ohla Tapas and Cocktail:

G-19 Ground Floor,
The Intermark (facing main road),
348 Jalan Tun Razak,
50400 Kuala Lumpur,

Telephone: 017-8700536

*Remark: Prices are nett (inclusive of the prevailing taxes)

Operating Hours:

Mon - Tues: 18:00 - 22:00
Wed: 18:00 - 00:00
Thurs: 18:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat: 18:00 - 00:00

Closed on Sundays.

For more info, check out Ohla's Official Facebook Page:

Photo credits: Ohla and Andy Kho Photography (


Til' then!

love, Careen

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