It was a Sunday and I was feeling quite overwhelmed after a long day at work. Yes. You are reading that right. As a freelancer, I don’t get weekend off. Holidays are usually my working day and last Sunday was no difference. Food is usually a balm to my tired soul and therefore, I’m constantly on the lookout to indulge in good food. Food always makes me feel better and happier, even when I had a bad day. It is like eating all my unhappiness away.
I wanted something different and having heard from my friend Hanny Abdullah about this Peruvian chicken joint, Brasaria, I thought I’d give it a go. From the sunny coasts of Lima, across the Andes to the Amazon, Peru’s diverse landscapes are rivaled only by its culinary culture. Considered as one of South America’s gastronomic touchstones, food cultures from the world over have melded with local cuisine to form unique hybrids that are authentically Peruvian.
Here’s some of the items that my family and I tried from the menu:
Pollo a la Brasa, a delicious pit roasted chicken that has come to be synonymous with Peruvian food worldwide. This chicken dish are marinated overnight in a blend of spices and then turned gently over a live fire. You are supposed to squeeze a dash of lime juice over the crackled skin but to me, it is as flavourful as it is. Served with the signature Brasaria Aji sauce, I assure you that you will be hooked and would want a repeated experience. Available in three different sizes: El Nino, El Gordo and El Jefe, diners can choose between quarter, half or a whole chicken. You may customise your spice level too – for a milder kick, opt for their Aji Mild flavour, but if you’re in the mood for a more fiery taste, I definitely recommend the Aji Hot.
Brasaria Rice. This is actually Peruvian yellow rice with raisins. Tastewise? Well, I’m not a big fan of raisins in my rice, so this doesn’t exactly suit my palate. But my husband and son are fine with this dish. They seems to like it but I gave this a pass after a spoonful in favour of the Pesto Spaghetti.
Pesto Spaghetti is one of the new item on the menu over here in Brasaria. The taste is all right. Not overwhelming with herbal or greeny taste and seems to be everyone’s favourite that night. Well, at least it’s mine. I practically slurped everything off the plate.
El Sánguche is a sandwich dish where pulled roasted chicken is wrapped in a Ciabatta bun and served with a side of cassava chips. Highly recommended for those who wants a quickie, fuss free meal. Simply delicious and I wish I had two of these instead of one.
Elote, or corn on the cob is a popular street food in Mexico, although it is frequently served at home prepared in the same way. It is customarily consumed on a stick, or by grasping the husk of the cob that has been pulled down to form a “handle” but here in Brasaria it is served differently and is slathered with Aji Mild sauce, chilli powder and a healthy amouny of grease. This simple dish is very flavourful and highly addictive. I definitely approve this on my dining table.
Latin Trio a a triple dose of fiber. This dish offers roasted sweet potatoes, plantain and pineapples for you to munch on. Pretty satisfying dish even on its own.
Salchipapas. If you are looking for something light to munch on, simply orfer Salchipapas. This is simply deep fried french fries with slices of chicken frankfurters served with a dipping sauce of your choice.
El Pollo Pie was to die for. This is a pie dish featuring roasted chicken filling bedded in a buttery, flaky pie crust topped with Aji sauce. Served with a side of salad, this is easily one of those unforgettable comfort dish that you can order at Brasaria.
Tres Leches Cake, literally translated to English as the Three Milk Cake is a light, airy sponge cake soaked with a mixture of three kinds of milks: evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and heavy cream. I don’t have sweet tooth and therefore I did not fancy this as much as other dishes at Brasaria. My son however, polished the cake off and asked for my portion. I guess this is good as long as you like sweet food.
Overall the dining experience over here is pleasant. Good food with affordable price, great companion, what more can I ask for? The only thing that is missing is probably just a Piñata fiesta. I’d really love to smack a papier màché and get some candies from it over here.
Note to Over A Cuppa Tea Readers: Show this blog post while dining at Brasaria and say the password “POLLO ALA BRASA” and you will be entitled to a 15% discount off from your bills. However, this cannot be used with other promotions or discounts.
For more information on the restaurant, please refer to the information below:
Address: D-59-G, Block D, Jaya One, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Hours: Daily, 11.30am-9pm.