Review: Brasa’s Smoking New Update to its Menu is a Marvel

And we're already fiending to come back for another round.
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Earlier in the month of March, the grill and wine bar teased a new menu update that promises an experience that bests its previous feats—which is saying something, because the restaurant was already one of our favourites in town. After opening its doors in 2023, Brasa quickly climbed the ranks and established itself as one of the best restaurants in Kuala Lumpur. Keep reading for our latest Brasa KL review.

At the helm of this Bukit Damansara haunt is the prominent Chef Diego Reali, who is also the Group Corporate Chef for European Cuisine at Cinnamon Group. With over 20 years behind the grill, he immaculately finesses meats and vegetables. To pair with the delectable dishes is the restaurant’s astounding collection of wines—there are over 300 labels to choose from, so we bet that you’ll find the exact pairing you would want to indulge in for a perfect meal. 

For those unfamiliar with the space, it’s a haven where you get to totally focus on the wonderful dishes presented. The dimly-lit restaurant offers a cosy air that is for date nights or a casual night out with your friends, all while keeping you immersed in the flavours sans distractions. You could also catch the chefs in action as they masterfully prepare the grilled meats—all thanks to the wood-fire grill that’s open for viewing. 

So before you make that booking, keep reading our Brasa review for a look into what you could be in for when dining at this crowd-pleaser of a restaurant. 

The Food 

We began the gastronomic journey with Mini Prawn Tacos. Splashed with sriracha mayo and spicy guacamole, the canape gave us just the right amount of heat and freshness to start the course. It’s peppered with fish roe, which adds a delicate taste of umami to the appetiser. As someone who’s a big fan of tiger prawns (and an even bigger fan of all things spicy), this was a welcome sign that the meal was about to be one for the books. 

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And just as predicted, the meal continued on its upward trajectory with the Charred Wagyu Bone Marrow. When you order this, the first thing that will hit you is the intoxicating aroma. It’s a gorgeous sight too. The charred exterior and glistening juices compelled everyone at the table to dig in. To balance that melt-in-your-mouth texture, it’s paired with artisanal sourdough bread to transport decadence to the tastebuds. 

The first entree of the evening was the Agnolotti Porcini. Made up of homemade pasta, smoked eggplant, scarmoza cheese, and porcini sauce, the dish provided ample flavour to the course. The eggplant introduces the first hint of sweetness throughout the menu, while the porcini sauce (which we downed every single drop of) adds a new flavour to the mix: a rich nuttiness that’s highly addictive. At this point of the dinner, Brasa is already three for three. 

The following main dish, is, of course, the piece de resistance, the Wagyu Ribeye. This is where you get to witness the restaurant’s unmatched supremacy. The dish was a spectacular show of the chef’s mastery. The side alone (the truffle mash) will have you coming back for more. Between that and the succulent ribeye, seared to perfection, it’s safe to say we’ve hit a crescendo here. 

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After a fulfilling dinner, the menu ends with a twist to the average tiramisu, a Pistachio Tiramisu. Everything had been an immense treat to the senses, but they brought you back to equilibrium with the dessert. Between the subtle coffee note that acted as a palate cleanser and the toasted nuttiness of the crushed pistachio, it was a welcome treat to complete the meal. 

Address: Plaza Damansara, Jalan Medan Setia 2, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: 5 pm – 10.30 pm (Daily)

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