A new era has emerged for La Casa: After six years at Desa Park City, the respected restaurant recently moved to Solaris Dutamas following a severe rent increase, with another branch expected to be launched nearby in Mont Kiara within two months.

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Brunch Menu

La Casa occupies a strategic position in front of Publika’s outdoor square; its menu is extensive, but we’ll begin our exploration with the brunch menu, bursting with distinctive temptations, such as a single-pan serving of olive-laced duck pate, beef sausage (can be substituted with chicken), fried eggs, roasted potatoes and cherry tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms and toast. RM25++.

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Here’s what makes La Casa worth recommending: The restaurant painstakingly makes its own pate, sausages and even bread (focaccia, croissants, baguettes, brioches and more) at its Bandar Manjalara central kitchen. The result is fresh-tasting food with honest and reasonably robust flavours, heartily executed by a team that takes its cooking seriously.

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We’d eagerly wake up early for the chunky duck pate alone, but there’s some more surprising components in La Casa’s 14-item brunch selection: Fluffy, pesto-tinged gnocchi (constructed with U.S. potatoes), pretty much as satisfactory as any we’d find in KL’s full-fledged Italian eateries, partnered with savoury sausages that supply a rather rustic bite, a rocket salad, plus La Casa’s pleasurably runny rendition of eggs en cocotte. RM26++

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Yearning for baked eggs? Not a problem: La Casa serves a chicken-and-egg version, with soft yolks and hot, melted cheese blanketing a layer beneath of Mexican-inspired pulled chicken and baked beans. RM20++.

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La Casa’s spicy-tangy, broth-like interpretation of beef hash typically comes with fried eggs (RM22++), though if the kitchen isn’t too busy, poached could be possible. The rest of the brunch menu (available 10am through at least 2pm) comprises the likes of waffles & pancakes; pizza, pasta & a wealth of main courses including oxtail stew & duck confit are available during other hours.

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Desserts

Have a sweet tooth? Indulgences galore, from macarons to lemon tarts, line the front showcase, all baked by La Casa’s team.

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Extremely few cafes in KL offer the Mont Blanc dessert of pureed chestnuts & whipped cream. La Casa is one.

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Sesame Noir (RM13++), a memorable creation, with sesame sponge, white chocolate mousse, milk chocolate ganache & black sesame cream, plus a framboisier (RM13++) that’s well-measured in taste and texture.

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Beverages

Coffee enthusiasts have a compelling reason to check out La Casa: This cafe is one of only several (the others include WA Cafe) that obtain beans exclusively roasted by Japanese maestro Kato San. A Central American theme prevails for this blend.

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Affogato? Absolutely. Especially since even the vanilla ice cream is made at La Casa.

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Thinking of tea? Try The Natural Tea Company’s fragrant lavender flavour (or apricot peach, or raspberry razzle).

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Wondering about wine? That’ll be available soon (beer already is).

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Many thanks to the team at La Casa for hosting this lunch.

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Location and Contact Details

La Casa

A4-G2-7, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur

Tues-Fri, 11am-10pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-10pm.

Tel: 03-6211-8875

View La Casa’s directory page here.

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