It is ridiculous that I live so near to Plaza Kelana Jaya, yet have never ventured there enough to try out the food outlets there.
I’d been there before for a friend’s engagement party. The small stretch of a few restaurants overlooks a lake, where the ambiance makes for lovely events and al-fresco dining. Secret of Louisiana occupies a corner lot of this stretch and most of the al-fresco area by the lake.
We were there by invitation to try out some Cajun-style food. The owner, Elvin and his wife lived in Louisiana for 8 years. When they returned to Malaysia, they decided to bring Louisiana’s food to please our ever demanding palate.
If you’d heard of but never tried Cajun food, well you’re in luck! But first, check out what we had:
A mixed of seafood in a thick, creamy sauce of herbs and cheese, served with garlic toasts. Possibly the most delightful comfort food, like a thick paste. Can just imagine having some good beer to go with this. Very rich, very seafood-y, love it on the crunchy toasts. Highly recommended!
Very rich pasta dish, not surprising as it’s got plenty of butter (explains the lovely fragrance). One of their best-sellers, hardly surprising as it’s quite tasty. Can hardly go wrong with butter, herbs, tomatoes, lemon and plenty of garlic, topped with large grilled prawns. Would have preferred the pasta al dente, but as most Malaysian restaurants, I suppose you’d have to specially request for it. Seems that the majority of Malaysians prefer their pasta soft and overcooked ;)
Talk about a healthy option: grilled chicken breast with Cajun spice, organic nuts and seeds, served with mashed potato and carrot (yum) and sweet (but not overpoweringly so) homemade fig chutney. I thought the chicken was a bit dry by itself, but when eaten together with a bit of the mash and sauce, could be quite delicious. The nuts gave the dish a nice welcome crunch.
Red snapper fillet with Cajun spice mix, seared on hot cast iron with butter and served with Cajun vegetables. The white flesh is firm with a bit of a bite, grilling is a good choice for this fish. For this dish, I found it decent but only because I’m so used to eating different types of fish. They could definitely go easy on the black pepper on this.
I had Creole jambalaya not long ago and it sucked. Then I had this Cajun jambalaya and it rocked to heavens! This is something that I could eat all day, all week – rice cooked with assorted seafood, sausages, tomatoes, corn, celery, mushrooms and herbs. It sits and tastes like soaked rice or very wet paella, and that is how I like my rice – absolutely drenched and in this case, in good stock. Perfect. Would come back for this again. And again. And again.
Warm chocolate cake topped with hot fudged, vanilla ice-cream, whipped cream and a sprinkle of crushed walnuts. With a red cherry on top. Hard to say no to something so deliciously comforting!
(insert here the group photo of me, Eiling, Shah and Huai Bin that I didn’t take because I was feeling a tad lazy to reach out for my camera..)
Pretty good stuff, I’d definitely go back and try other items on the menu. KY said the lamb is good.
Secret of Louisiana is hosting an introductory “Wine and Dine” dinner this coming Monday, 14 January 2013.
It’ll be an art gallery-style cocktail reception, an elegant 4-course authentic Cajun dinner, live jazz band, folk dance performance, live cooking demo, wine appreciation tips and goodies to be won!
Limited tickets are available at RM250 per pax. I’ve info that a good third of the tickets are already snapped up (and this was more than a week ago). Well don’t miss out on this, give the folks a call to join us for the wine pairing dinner next Monday!
You can get more info on the event here: *click*
Secret of Louisiana
Block D-01-01, Lakeside Promenade,
Jalan SS7/13A, Plaza Kelana Jaya,
47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
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Tel: +603-7875 5230