What does it take to establish a successful Spanish restaurant in Malaysia? Restaurateur Jeganathan Letchumanan shares his experience thus far. Truth be told, the humble owner of ‘La Cocina,’ Spanish Restaurant & Tapas Bar has much to be proud of.
After 15 years of operating a restaurant and with over 30 years of culinary experience under his belt, Jeganathan has certainly earned bragging rights when it comes to managing an F&B outlet. The Spanish-Mediterranean style restaurant is perfectly located 25 minutes from Kuala Lumpur and towers above the rest for its scrumptious food and great ambience.
His passion for food was ignited in his early teens as he found himself working under the tutelage of a prominent chef, by the name of Zubaidah who had worked for important dignitaries and leading five-stars hotels back in the 60’s and 70’s.
Like all success stories, his journey was paved with many trials and tribulations that made him what he is today. Jeganathan defied the norm and pursued his culinary journey in Switzerland and excelled at both work & studies in German.
The highlight of his career began when he landed himself a job on board the world’s famous cruise line, The Queen Elizabeth 2 for twelve years. Working his way up the ladder of the hospitality industry, he progressed from being a wine sommelier to a highly reputable maître d’hôtel. His expertise in wine pairing offers customers at ‘La Cocina’ the privilege of enjoying the very best in food, wine and service.
The food at ‘La Cocina’ is prepared from the highest quality ingredients such as Spanish saffron, the world’s most expensive spice. Jeganathan mastered the art of French culinary with his years of training in Switzerland and has cleverly fused this technique in his Spanish cuisines. For example, the stocks and sauces used on the dishes are taken to a different level by using a reduction method, which takes at least six hours to prepare.
Spanish signature dish, ‘Paella’ which is rice cooked in saffron broth with seafood or meat is a must-try at ‘La Cocina’. Another dish is the ‘Paella Negres’, rice cooked in squid ink is sinfully good, making it a speciality. A large selection of mouth-watering Tapas adds up to its culinary climax. The dining experience at this gem of a restaurant is a definite must.
Equipped with a wine cellar that carries wine from across the world, ‘La Cocina’ is a paradise for wine enthusiasts. Jeganathan offers a unique Wine Club membership to his customers at ‘La Cocina’ where members are invited to both Wine Tasting and Wine & Dine events that are held regularly throughout the year for a special price. Not to miss out on other benefits such as discounts on food and wine, all night long happy hour on selected draughts beer and special corkage fee for those who wish to splash their duty-free bottles!
The popularity of the food at ‘La Cocina’ is proven in its 15 years of existence, driving it to be a great venue of choice for corporate, private and intimate events.
La Cocina’s 2-storey corner lot offers a spacious dining area on the ground floor, comfortably seating up to 100 guests while its first floor Is equipped with a bar, an alfresco dining area, as well as a private room that can accommodate up to 150 guests for corporate, private, and intimate events.
The décor, design and layout provide a fitting ambience to further complement the dishes served at La Cocina. The al-fresco area is designed with Mediterranean brick walls, which is perfect for intimate and personalised events, this is especially true for ROM ceremonies, family gatherings and celebrations.
Having played host to over 100 events, La Cocina has proven to be an ideal venue space. The inviting atmosphere, scrumptious food, and affordable prices make La Cocina a great place for intimate events, be it large group bookings or choose to rent the entire space for your function. For those who prefers outdoor catering, let ‘La Cocina’ bring private and intimate dining experience to your doorstep. Enjoy fine Spanish food with your closest friends, family and business acquaintances with an impression!
Address: 1, Jalan USJ 10/1e, Taipan Business Centre, 47620 Subang Jaya, Selangor
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