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Pinchos Tapas Bar at Bukit Bintang

Sultry Spanish evenings in Kuala Lumpur

Pinchos Tapas Bar is a Spanish-style bar and restaurant that is an ideal place for a light, casual dinner. On the night we visited the place was crowded but with plenty of tables, it was easy to get a seat. Salsa music plays over the speakers, creating a sultry, animated vibe and making it a great place to get together with friends for drinks.

From the outside Pinchos looks modest, with lots of potted plants and some outdoor seating. Inside, the bar takes pride of place at the front, with intimate wooden tables and chairs set up all around it: Spanish tiles and pendant lights that cast a warm, romantic glow over the area make it a great place for date nights.

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The kitchen serves up tapas (a variety of Spanish appetizers) and pinchos – snacks typically eaten in bars in northern Spain and usually skewered with a toothpick. We especially like the garlic sautéed mushrooms – with a tangy, buttery taste that leaves quite an impression on your palate. Another stand-out dish is the calamares a la romana – though the fried squid rings were a little oily, the tartar sauce is excellent with a creamy texture and tangy taste. But our favourite dish was the albondigas – meatballs that are served with a fresh tomato sauce flavoured with onions and garlic. A tasty dish, the meat is tender (practically melting in your mouth) and went well with the rich and tangy sauce.

Popular with the after-work crowd and expatriates, the food goes very well with the bar’s drinks offerings. Wine is limited to new vintages (between 1998 and 2009) and there are only five types of beer along with El Gaitero Spanish cider.

Try the Calimocho, a combo of coke and red wine – a sharp-tasting mix that quickly became a favourite of the night with us. Another must-try is the Tinto de Verano (a mix of red wine, Sprite and lime), a sour-tasting drink that goes very nicely with the albondigas.

Pinchos Tapas Bar

  • Opening Hours: 17:00 – 02:30 Tuesday – Sunday
  • Address: 18 Changkat Bukit Bintang, KL
  • Tel: +603 2145 8482
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