We were scouting for places to eat in Lot 10 before catching a show at The Actor’s Studio which is now at Lot 10’s rooftop, when we spotted the new National Geographic shop.
Piqued with curiosity, we popped in and spotted the in house cafe. Decided to try what they have to offer and we informed that they are currgently serving only Pinchos, which is tapas on skewers. Originating from Basque region in Spain, the pincho is usually a snack of bread and any topping and fastened with a stick. As they did not have a printed menu yet, we left the decision to the captain to serve as what he deems best.
The open face smoked salmon sandwich. I didn’t have any of this but those who did enjoyed it and said it was delish.
I only had the open face Chicken Pesto sandwich and the pesto mayo was really delightful.
We loved the deep fried Manchego cheese, which is sheep’s milk cheese has the crumbly texture of a feta and creamy and slightly saltish in taste.
I didn’t manage to try the cheese samosas but they look pretty inviting.
Imagine Chicken Satay being served here. Hehe, how’s that for a Malaysian touch? Served with petite cubes of ketupat and cucumber, and chunky peanut gravy, it was flavourful and juicy.
We loved the roasted cherry tomatoes with cheese and beef bacon bits too. The sweetness of the tomatoes balanced the richness of the stuffing well.
The cod fingers with chips may look common, but the battered cod fish was really delightful. We were indeed pleasantly surprised.
I am not a huge fan of peppers in general but the Piquillo pepper bruschetta with pine nuts was rather yummy. The peppers didn’t have the strong “green” taste I usually associate with peppers, nor was it spicy and the pine nuts added a different kick to it.
The Shitake mushroom bruschetta was addictive. The creamy coated mushrooms on the crisp bread was heavenly.
Deep fried scallops served with guacamole and mandarin segments. Phoar. Fresh sweet scallops with a burst of citrus and the creaminess of avocado.
The black pepper prawns were fresh and flavourful. The pepper taste was not overwhelming and we wolfed this down quickly.
Despite it being “finger food” of sorts, we ended up being quick full at the end of it all. And it was quite interesting browsing the shop which sells National Geographic gear and prints. Service was attentive and food was above average, I’ll definitely be back for more.
National Geographic Cafe (www)
T16 and T17, Third Floor,
Lot 10 Shopping Centre,
50 Jalan Sultan Ismail,
50250 Kuala Lumpur.
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