Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Las Carretas @ Damansara, Jalan Semantan

I admit after the run, when i looked at the pictures below, my mind went absolutely blank.

Even as i type, there are still big clouds circling around the diameter of my head.

Oh well here goes.


Las Carretas is a small chain (4 outlets) serving Mexican. I never did had the opportunity to appreciate and eat proper Mexican, so when this venue was decided for our department dinner, hey why not?

The outlet on Jalan Semantan was chosen and even before the dinner, the experience was hilarious. They called me up asking for the number of pax coming and caught off guard because i wasn't the organiser, i said i called back and asked for his name.

He replied "Cristiano".

I almost bursted out laughing before muttering that i will call back.

Calling back, i asked for Cristiano.

The fellow replied, coming right up, calling him from Manchester (i think he was clearly abit outdated as he was spotted in Vegas and Beverly Hills partying at that time).

All the time addressing me as Senor.

Ok, lets move right on.

Entertainment wise, the group of friendly waiters and captain tries to make it a very memorable experience by singing in their own language (either mexican or something other than english) with their guitars after the meal. However, how about the food?

The guacomole with nachos seemed abit small in portion but how can you blame them when avocados sell for exorbitant prices like RM5 a piece in Isetan?

More nachos, this with loads of cheese, chicken pieces and etc etc. Anything with cheese gets a thumb's up.

Have a glass of margarita to cool you down. Didn't had any, since the guys went for Happy Hour beer.

The beef fajitas probably came in the most number of plates. Value for money? A huge portion of sliced beef on sizzling, a variety of condiments and 3 slices of tortilla wrap for RM30.90. Tastewise, it is on par with what you can get in Chillis.

Want something safe? A steak can do too.

I think i might avoid the baked fish. Priced more than my fajitas but only a small piece for show.

For Desserts:

A coconut creme brulee that will probably been better off minus the coconut

An awesome home made chocolate brownie that i will definitely order again.

Address and contact details:

Lot B-0-7 Semantan Avenue
10 Jalan Semantan
Damansara Heights
50490 Kuala Lumpur
Tel +60 (0)3 2093-0380
Fax +60 (03) 2093-0390

Verdict: 3 stars out of 5 stars. A casual place that you can dig into something Mexican with some singing for entertainment. Great if you are out as a group but if you are out for a date, i am not so sure how much peace you will be getting. Food is alright but nothing too shining.


thule a.k.a leo said...

still pening from the marathon ke??
down a couple of booze and get a nice sleep

Bangsar-bAbE said...

I love their margaritas...lots of alco in it...unlike some places! =)

I think the portions are smaller now, the last time I had the nachos, they were more generous with the "liu"... o_0

thenomadGourmand said...

Hmmm..looks like Frontera is more worth it..

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

tng: isit??shud give it a try..

bbabe: yeah the portions were questionable on certain dishes..

leo: yeah still aching..

550ml jar of faith said...

HAHAHA! Cristiano at your service! I love that they get so into the concept of their workplace that they overhaul their names! That is COMMITMENT my friend!!

Sugar Bean said...

Love fajitas, had them quite recently in a Mexican restaurant in Uk, it was really good. Love nachos too, but haven't had them with cheese before, hope to try it out soon!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sugarbean: well go give it a try!

550ml: cristiano not very mexican isnt? hes portugese if they r referring to the real madrid player..hehe..

My Taste Heaven said...

All I know about mexican food is only " Taco Bell" which I took while i was in US. :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mytasteheaven: well at least u tried =)

PureGlutton said...

I used to go quite regularly to their Taipann USJ outlet when i was living in the vicinity. Friendly staff there.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

pureglutton: looks like friendly staff is a plus point across their outlet..hmm cool..

CUMI & CIKI said...

Mexican food will nvr b big in asia la.. to the extent of how it is the states. All those beans n cheez r an aquired taste. Hvn said tt, i hv yet to taste mex in kl that BLOWS ME AWAY. consolation is, at least can get pissd on mahgaritas ler.. Hehe..

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: hahah no more marathons somemore hor..

xin said...

steak is a safe food? i say its the most dangerous one :P i think chicken is the safest everywhere.