Órale, Damansara Utama, Mexican-inspired Street Food

Órale, Damansara Utama, Mexican-inspired Street Food

Órale, Damansara Utama

Monica Tindall

Órale presents Mexican-inspired street food in their outlet in Damansara Utama. With a vibrant façade and interior, Latin tunes humming from the speakers and hubby practising his best Mexican slang, we could almost believe we were back on Hispanic ground.

Órale is a colloquialism for “wow,” “okay,” or “come on,” and the team here hope that you’ll exclaim, “Órale! What fine food!” when you eat here. (Learn how to pronounce it properly here.) Owner, Timothy Anthony has a self-proclaimed penchant for series based on the cartels of Latin America, hence the chosen slang for the name of his restaurant.

Órale, Damansara Utama, Mexican-inspired Street Food
Órale, Damansara Utama, Mexican-inspired Street Food

Órale Menu


Just launched today, are a new addition to the menu, chimichangas. Available in both beef and chicken, I’ll let you guess which one the Chickychanga (RM 18) is. This deep-fried burrito is bound to be a crowd-pleaser with its tortilla blanket hugging the warm chicken and cheese middle. Guacamole and aioli moisten the top. It’s a well-chosen extension.

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Bella’s Beef Nachos (RM20) feature smoky ground beef cooked with black beans atop Órale’s house-made nacho chips. Fresh tomato salsa, guacamole, cheese sauce and garlic aioli top them off. It’s another liberal serving and I’m glad that there are extra stomachs to help me with the eating.

Órale, Damansara Utama, Mexican-inspired Street Food
Bella’s Beef Nachos


Take a grilled cheese toastie, replace the loaf with a tortilla, add in some lamb, salsa and melted cheese and you have yourself the Cordero Quesadilla (RM 22). I have long fostered a childhood love for a good toastie and his Mexican version is an adult dream. Sharp cheddar is warm and stringy and the side sauce of guacamole crema (guac mixed with sour cream) deserves repeated dipping. Órale! This one is a beauty.

Órale, Damansara Utama, Mexican-inspired Street Food
Cordero Quesadilla


Topside beef slow-cooked with spices is robust with smoky tomato flavours and can be had as a burrito or a bowl in Abuela’s Pulled Beef Barbacoa (RM23 – bowl, RM20 – burrito). Both come drizzled with Órale’s garlic aioli, just one is wrapped in a tortilla and the other is minus the carbs in a bowl. The burrito comes stuffed with lime brown rice, black beans, shredded cabbage and sour cream. Just as I’m thinking something is missing from the seasoning, Timothy hands over a bottle of house-made “bum burner” hot sauce. “This is what they fuel NASA’s rockets with,” he declares.

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Abuela’s Pulled Beef Barbacoa Burrito


From the sea, Órale presents their best-selling Chilli Cal Pescado Taco (RM16). Grilled fish marinated in a chilli-lime sauce combines with tangy slaw, pickled onions and pineapple salsa. I enjoy the crunch from the purple cabbage and piquancy from the salsa de piña.

Órale, Damansara Utama, Mexican-inspired Street Food
Chilli Cal Pescado Taco

Lastly, a vegetarian choice is found in the Calabaza Taco (RM 12). Órale’s own recipe for pumpkin cooked with tomato puree comes with jalapeños, sweet corn, and garlic aioli in a duo of soft shell tacos. I’m glad there’s a meat-free choice but I think there is room for improvement in this recipe.

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Calabaza Taco


Popular Mexican soft drinks, Jarritos (RM 10), come in lime, mandarin, guava and pineapple flavours. Meaning “little jugs” in Spanish, it’s a nod to the tradition of fruit-flavoured waters that were once stored in clay jugs to keep them cool. They’re sweet and wash down that extra splash of “bum burner” hot sauce with ease.

Órale, Damansara Utama, Mexican-inspired Street Food

Reasons to visit Órale: colourful setting; value-for-money portions; must order the chickchanga and the cordero quesadilla.

Órale – Mexican-inspired Street Food
28G, Jalan SS 21/58, Damansara Utama,
Petaling Jaya, 47400 Selangor, Malaysia
+6 0126784226

Órale Opening Hours
Sun-Mon 12 PM – 8 PM

Find more Latin American restaurants in KL here, and stay up to date with the latest food and beverage happenings in KL here and here.


  1. I like Mexican food like burrito, nachos. No Mexican eatery over here. Some day I will made tortilla wrap or burritos for breakfast at home.

  2. A very inviting restaurant with a festive atmosphere! Could that burrito be stuffed any more?! That is huge and very dense with ingredients. Those chickychangas are definitely worth a try.

  3. Damansara Utama. Not that convenient for me to hop over, would love to check out this place. I do enjoy Mexican.

    • Hi Haziq, I am very sensitive (a big baby) and handled it. They put numbing cream on and the treatment is quite fast. The biggest thing to take into consideration is the downtime. All the best with your treatment.

  4. I just felt that I was hungry.

  5. Oh! You were in my territory hee..hee… I am glad you had a good experience at Orale. I was there last month, right after their reopening. They might have been short of ingredients then because the burritos I had did not come with shredded cabbage and did not taste the same as before. But after reading your positive review, I might go back and give the burritos another chance.

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