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The urban dictionary definition for Bubu refers to “the hottest most beautiful women out there“. The relationship of the word Bubu and Eiling, however, isn’t one that’s defined on the site (though she might disagree).

Eiling, instead, invited us to a food review at Bubu Restaurant at the little quaint Hotel Rae. If the name sounds familiar, it is because the same boss also own Bubu Long Beach Resort at Perhentian island.

Bubu Restaurant at Tengkat Tong Shin
Bubu Restaurant at Tengkat Tong Shin

Bubu is a Spanish restaurant that has a heavy dose of specialization on grilled food. While Eiling emphasized that they also serve the best paella she’s ever tasted, our review concentrate mostly on their grilled stuff instead.

I find it better that way, Spanish food is dangerously falling into what Japanese food has suffered – be associated with only a very small subset of what the cuisine has to offer. With Japanese it was sashimi and sushi, with Spanish food, paella and tapas.

grilled calamari
the excellent grilled calamari

The grilled calamari was my favorite dish from the night. A very simple dish of squid grilled to perfection and served with green chili paste with unique blend of spiciness a slightly salty/sour lime taste, the whole concoction rests on a bed of salad. The dish was as visually appealing as it was tasty.

crab cake, wine, bruschetta mushroom with cheese
crab cake, wine, bruschetta mushroom with cheese

Our dinner actually got started with some crab cake and some red wine. While the crab cake’s decent, you should save your stomach and look into other dishes Bubu has to offer.

Bruschetta mushroom with cheese, however, did serve as a delicious stomach liner before heading to the grilled seafoods. Anything with cheese and mushroom can’t go wrong.

grilled tiger prawn, grilled marlin skewer, Chateaubriand steak
grilled tiger prawn, grilled marlin skewer, Chateaubriand steak

Other than the grilled calamari mentioned above, we had grilled tiger prawn and marlin skewer. The tiger prawns were huge, and we could smell it before the dish was served. Succulent and sweet, I would have it again in a heart beat.

The marlin skewer is a new dish to me. I found it to be quite meaty, and while still juicy thanks to the cubes of vegetable and garnish sitting between the fish, you’ll need to have it with some sauce to bring out the otherwise pretty bland taste.

Then we had the Chateaubriand steak, a thick cut of really juicy tenderloin prepared medium rare. This is a dish usually shared by a couple, and I would be happier if it was arranged that way, for it was so good I wish I had more to myself.

moist brownie with ice cream, Crepe Suzette
moist brownie with ice cream, Crepe Suzette

While almost all girls believe that they always deserve desserts, guys are usually less of a fan. That said, I do enjoy occasional sweet pastry or two after meal.

The moist brownie with ice cream was decent, though I personally would always prefer molten chocolate cake instead, and the Crepe Suzette too wasn’t bad. But really, I don’t think desserts are what Bubu is all about.

ciki, haze & KY, eiling, yiling & bf, Joe
ciki, haze & KY, eiling, yiling & bf, Joe

We did have a very good time at Bubu, except for desserts, food were excellent. The allure of Tengkat Tong Shin adds to the overall experience, and of course, we had great company.

So Eiling, when are we having the paella you promised? :P

map to Bubu Restaurant

Address:
Bubu Restaurant
Hotel Rae
No. 42 A, Tengkat Tong Shin,
50200, Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.146515, 101.707950
Tel: 03- 2142 2988

Bubu Rooftop Restolounge

Discuss : Bubu Restaurant at Hotel Rae, Tengkat Tong Shin

  1. lovely food and great company.. we should do this more often!

  2. The grilled tiger prawn would hit the spot right about now. :)

  3. BUBU is like a malay name what…

  4. Mmmmm… the steak looks succulent! :)

  5. And I thought it’s BuMbu pulak … Indon food? :)
    Grilled seafood’s always good. Unless under/over-cooked.

  6. haha… i like the urban dictionary definition! Does it mean me?!! Lol.. Wait la I have to pull strings for paella again.

  7. bubu sounds like baby language :D

  8. Arrgghhh!! What do I have to do to join you all??
    I know i know.. be in KL more often

  9. OMG that dude (labelled bf) has a really big thing!!!

  10. The sotong looks really good…is his name Paul? Haha…nice review. Very near to my office too.

  11. the food must have been good. im smirking away!

  12. OMG~~ I feel like eating the grilled tiger prawn now.

  13. chateaubriand was my favourite that night!! like u, i wish the whole plate was mine :-D !!!!

  14. Oh no… your grilled calamari made the after-dinner me hungry again.

  15. So how’s the pricing like? :P

    • just like most places in tengkat tong shin and changkat bukit bintang, it’s pretty reasonable. Competition is good. :D

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