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Some months back my desk was moved back to the main office at KLCC, which translate to more opportunity in checking out the recently revamped Avenue K that is placing more emphasis to the food seeking crowd.

One of the restaurants that always seem to have a long queue during lunch time is Fresca on the ground floor, so we decided to check it out.

Fresca Mexican Cuisine at Avenue K
Fresca Mexican Cuisine at Avenue K

The premise that houses Fresca Mexican Cuisine also has another section occupied by Dolly dimsum, I thought that’s a bit of a strange arrangement, but it seems to be working well for the restaurant.

Ambiance is great with tall and wide windows, and the segment of glass roof also add in to provide great lighting condition for the restaurant. I really like it.

tortilla chips & tapas
tortilla chips & tapas, love the jalapenos

For five of us, we started out with some tortilla chips with guagomole (RM 20), those fattening avacado sauce and freshly fried tortilla proved to be a good appetizer, though beer would really be great in this instance.

What’s Mexican cuisine without some tapas? We had Jalapeno Poppers (RM 17), Hongos Rellenos (RM 20, portobello mushroom with eggplant),  and Camarones (RM23, sauteed prawn tacos).

While they aren’t exactly “economical” in pricing, these were very good side dishes, I particularly love the jalapeno poppers with the aroma of the Mexican green pepper and the juiciness of minced beef with those crispy shell. It was great.

beef fajitas & cordero a la tamarindo (rack of lamb)
beef fajitas & cordero a la tamarindo (rack of lamb)

Like most Mexican restaurants, there are a few usual suspects when it comes to main dishes. There’s enchaladas, burritos, fajitas, quesadillas, and a few other typical items in the menu. Many of these dishes come with options of chicken or beef as well.

We tried Beef Fenderloin Fajitas (RM 47) that came in sizzling hot plate, the meat was tender and juicy, with condiments that did not disappoint. However, do order some extra pita bread if you’re sharing this dish though.

Cordero a la Tamarindo, or rack of lamb (RM 63) is the highest priced item on their menu, but also one that satisfied our collective palates. The lamb was succulent and the marinade spot on.

camaraones - sauteed prawn tacos, pollo a la parrilla (grilled chicken)
camaraones – sauteed prawn tacos, pollo a la parrilla (grilled chicken)

For those seeking something slightly closer to our Asian tastes, Pollo a la Parilla (RM 34, grilled chicken) would not be a bad choice. There’s plenty of rice and the rather tasty poultry that’s marinated with their house special marinate.

Kelly, Sheng, Latha, Joyce, KY
Kelly, Sheng, Latha, Joyce, KY

Food at Fresca did not disappoint at all, though pricing is a little on the high side, but considering the ambiance, location, and quality of food you get, it is not a bad place to visit at all.

By the way, don’t waste your time with their churros (RM 15), it was a disappointment.

map of Avenue K

Address:
Fresca
Ground Floor,
Avenue K, 156, Jln Ampang,
50450 KL

GPS: 3.159210, 101.713538
Tel: 03-2201 2893

December 17th, 2008 was the second time I went to Little Taiwan at Avenue K for lunch, it was also a rather significant date as that was the day I conned Mell for her phone number and suggested that the nuffies to join me for lunch over there. My intention was of course, to meet her. She didn’t know the whole udang di sebalik batu then, hee-hee.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Update 15/8/2015: this place does not exist anymore

Little Taiwan at Avenue K
Little Taiwan, with the glorious braised pork!

Anyway, a little known fact about KLCC is that there is no pork served at any of the restaurants or either of the two food courts. The nearest pork fix for me would usually be Wisma Sentral, or Avenue K.

I had initially thought that Little Taiwan would be one fo those halal Chinese food outlets, until I saw their menu and immediately started drooling over the pictures of the glorious braised pork. It has since become one of my regular venues whenever I crave for those unhealthy and yet delicious glistering fats.

Little Taiwan at Avenue K
zha chiang noodle, pork ribs noodle, braised beef with rice, salted fried chicken

For weekday lunches, the outlet offers a quite a selection of set menu priced at RM 9.90 to RM 14.90. The set lunches come with a main dish (either with rice or noodle) and a choice of either green tea or red tea. This would only be around the price of a typical meal at Burger King.

My favorite at Little Taiwan would be their braised pork. Three pieces of very tender and rather fatty pork braised to perfection, rice is served with a dash of mince meat sauce, and there are also a bit of fermented vegetable as well as a couple slices of fresh cucumber and tomato to go with it. This dish is certainly not for the more health conscious diners.

Little Taiwan at Avenue K
KY, Mell, and Yat

I have also tried their braised beef and salted fried chicken, I find the beef pretty tender and the meat portion generous. As for the chicken, it lacks the more intense (and salty) taste I prefer of the same dish at Fong Lye. Other dishes generally receive pretty decent comments too.

map of Avenue K
Avenue K is located right opposite KLCC, accessible via the LRT station

Overall Little Taiwan offers a pretty good value and some rather delicious dishes. If you’re at KLCC and crave for pork, you know where to go. The restaurant is located just an escalator ride away from the KLCC LRT station.

Little Taiwan also has outlets at Mid Valley, Subang SS15, Pavilion, and Pearl Point (Old Klang Road)

Address:
Little Taiwan
Lot No. UC-3B & 3C,
Upper Concourse Level,
Avenue K, 156, Jln Ampang,
50450 KL

GPS:
Tel: 03-2161 4118