There’s no classic burritos or tacos at Lalla, as this fusion South American restaurant combines Mexican, Peruvian, Cuban, and Brazilian dishes with a unique Asian twist.
MRA Group’s first foray into an original dining concept is Lalla, a new fusion South American restaurant in the heart of Kuningan. Inspired by the personality of a beautiful Latina woman, the charming dining spot is feminine and playful. This is evident in its unique interiors, where rustic brown ropes hang from the high ceilings, while a faux tree grows through the long wooden communal table for cosy, modern jungle vibes. The piece-de-resistance, however, is the impressive art piece commissioned from Ruci ArtSpace on the concrete wall. The giant collage of found objects includes an eclectic assortment of knick-knacks like shoes, jugs, candle holders and bottles, all collected from South America. If Lalla was indeed a person, she would have good taste in everything, from food and drinks to art and design.
On the food front, Lalla serves a fusion of Mexican, Peruvian, Cuban, and Brazilian cuisine. Chef Tim Foster whose past experience includes a stint at Kilo Bali, incorporates local ingredients into traditional Latin American dishes for an Asian twist. Lalla’s Ceviche – easily our favourite light bite – a typical Peruvian dish made of fresh raw fish, tiger’s milk and coconut, is served with the much-loved Balinese sambal matah and topped with gorgeous edible flowers to give the dish a kicky boost of flavour and aesthetic. If you’re looking for a more authentic taste of South America, order the equally-delicious Croqueta, made of beef cabeza, manchego, and comes with an addictive creamy chipotle sauce.
Hungry for something heartier? Lalla’s generous Rice Plates are perfect for sharing (especially if you still want to have a taste of their must-try mains), and accompanied by sambal matah, pickled onion, elotes, baja sour cream, sesame black beans, and crispy garlic. We loved the saffron lamb leg and grilled oyster mushrooms rice plate, but if you’re craving for local flavours, get the fish balado and avocado salsa rice plate instead. As for the mains, nothing can beat their tasty Wagyu Striploin, which comes with patatas bravas, bone marrow, beetroot, and parmesan.
Desserts and drinks are also something that Lalla does exquisitely. For drinks, signature cocktails come in the form of twisted classics like Margaritea and Capitano Colada. But if you’re not into cocktails, give their refreshing Lady Rosell and Mango Slush mocktails a try. We couldn’t get enough of their Coco Loco, a refreshing mixture of coconut water, passion puree, fresh orange, and lychee syrup. End the meal on a sweet note with their Pound Cake, a deconstructed dessert served with smoked bananas and a plantain and rhum drizzle.
Translating a personality into a restaurant can be tricky, but it’s certainly not the case for Lalla, whose hospitality made us feel right at home.
Lalla, Capital Place, Unit GF Retail Podium, Jl. Gatot Subroto Kav. 18, South Jakarta, p. +62 21 2793 3287.
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