Fresca is a small chain of Mexican restaurants (2) run by the owners of Dolly Dim Sum and Bankara Ramen. Their Avenue K branch is actually co-located with Dolly Dim Sum, and we had heard you could mix and match which would have suited this East-West couple. Unfortunately we were sitting at one of the few Mexican-only tables, so had to stick to the spicy side of the menu. It was interesting to see lots of Malays inside – it seems that Dolly is one of the few halal dim sum restaurants in Malaysia.
There is some fun artwork on the inside, which we quite liked. It’s also quite bright, as one wall of the restaurant is glass. The staff were good – though perhaps a little eager to sell the set menu, which we heard about 3 times. Strangely, they all recommended the same dish…
Anyway, we left the set menu alone, and I had one of the two vegetarian main meal options, which was a spinach, mushroom, mozzarella and feta quesadilla. Using just one tortilla, folded, it came with an OK guacamole, a good salsa which actually had some bite to it, and a reasonable portion of cheesy refried beans. The quesadilla itself was fine but not great – I found the combination of three chewy constituents a bit much by the end.
Fiancée went for grilled chicken, which was served with a big portion of very strongly flavoured olive rice and some roasted peppers. The chicken itself was cooked in a coffee sauce, which she said gave it a slight bitter-sweet taste. Digging down below the top layer revealed the pan was lined with caramelised onions – she loved this, but some people might find it a bit too much.
Hibiscus drink was good – the distinctive flavour augmented with a little lime – and the tamarind drink was better. Lovely mix of sweet and sour.
I have slightly mixed feelings about Fresca. I was tempted to reduce marks for the limited vegetarian choice, but actually the surroundings and service, plus the more interesting approach to Mexican food in Malaysia, keep it quite high. Worth a look if you like Mexican, and it’s easy to get to Avenue K using the KLCC LRT stop.
Address: G9 Ground Floor, Avenue K, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur