A recent disappointing experience at a restaurant had me come to the conclusion that a restaurant where the chefs are not the owners or share-holders quite often does not perform as well as one which is helmed by a chef-owner. It’s even worse when the employed chef is not competent, dedicated or passionate.
Yes, passion. And therein lies the secret of Meatology. Chef-owner Yenni Law is one helluva passionate chef. Author of two cookbooks and having revamped Meatology (which used to be “Boathouse”) recently, Yenni doesn’t stop. Just when I thought she has earned a well-deserved slowdown (don’t even talk about “resting”!), she told me she was revamping and creating new dishes for her menu!
And that was how I found myself at Meatology one evening previewing the exciting new line-up to Meatology’s menu. The whole menu isn’t entirely new as Yenni has retained some of Meatology’s signatures and best-sellers. Some seasonal favourites, like the Yee Sang 365 which only appeared during the Chinese New Year season is now a permanent fixture on the menu. Yes, I can have Yee Sang here any time now!
Who would complain about such a fine Yee Sang anyway? There’s fresh tuna, sliced octopus, marinated clams and crispy pork rinds tossed in fresh greens and fruits with a tantalising dressing – I can polish off the entire serving all by myself and then some!
Yee Sang 365 (RM32.80)
What got many of us excited was the cockles. Now, tell me – how many restaurants serve cockles this way? The specially selected and meticulously cleaned cockles are cooked just right and tossed with a secret spicy sauce and served in a bottIe. Cockles lovers – you will adore this!
Cockles in a Bottle (RM24.80) – spicy marinated cockles
Yenni does a lovely pate, a velvety smooth concoction of minced foie and duck meat. Spread it on pieces of toast, that’s the best way to enjoy this!
Pate de Foie (RM29.80)
We’ve always loved the roast pork in Meatology which is roasted in-house. Poison Pork, which is a crowd favourite, is a decadent dish of roast pork stir-fried with garlic and chillies. I’m told this is perfect with drinks – beer, wine etc! To make this dish even more decadent, Yenni’s latest version of Poison Pork has strips of house-made bacon and crunchy pork crackling thrown in.
Poison Pork (RM28.80)
Wild Boar Curry is not new in Meatology. It has always been on the menu, served with toast. This time round, Yenni has decided to have it as a topping on a pizza and hey, the curry rocks, with cheese! It’s a match made in porky heaven.
Wild Boar Curry Pizza (RM29.80)
As befitting its name – Meatology – of course the meat dishes rule supreme. Not only that, most of them are served on fire – flambe’ed at tableside. So, check out these signature meats…
Hog-Mahawk on Fire (RM67.80) – 600g Paulaner beer-marinated Spanish tomahawk-cut (with meat and bone) served with truffle blue cheese sauce. I tell you, that cheese sauce is da bomb – scrumptious!
Lamb Loin (RM58.80) – 350g marinated lamb loin (with bones and fat) served with mash, vegetables and two sauces: mint and mushrooms. Both sauces were good – I couldn’t decide which was better, really!
Wagyu Skirt Marble 8 (RM87.80) – 220g skirt cut with garlic pepper pebbles, mash and vegetables. Eat it plain or have it with the signature house brown sauce, it’s irresistible.
Spanish Neck on Fire (RM58.80)
This 300g Spanish neck muscle flamed before you with rosemary red wine sauce is not a new item. It has been in the menu for some time but what Yenni has done to improve it is to come up with a new marinade which makes it way more tender than before.
Pasta with meatballs is a common dish but when those are baked beneath a blanket of cheese in a cast-iron pan, it’s a whole different thing altogether! This brand new dish will have pasta lovers drooling over the piping hot strands coated with gooey cheese and those meatballs – you can’t stop at one!
Baked Spaghetti Meatballs (RM43.80)
After all that meat, if you need something lighter, go for the vegetarian Champion – it’s really very good!
Champion (RM25.80) a delightful ensemble of champignon mushrooms, mash, creamy spinach, wine & century egg!
Desserts… how can we ever leave out the sweet things in life? My all-time favourite at Meatology is their boozy Sinful Soufflé (and I never share this!) and Yenni has now added two new sweets to the repertoire. The all-new Raspberry Dream Pie is really a dreamy dessert, trust me. It’s a simple assembly of buttery digestive crust holding up some heavenly house-made raspberry swirl ice-cream and I suspect there’s some creamy cheese in there as well. It’s very light and absolutely divine.
Raspberry Dream Pie (RM16.80)
The next new dessert is something for durian lovers – Durian Custard Affogato. If you like the idea of black coffee, musang king, liquor and vanilla ice-cream creating a fearsome foursome, go knock yourself out on this. Personally, I think they all make rather strange bedfellows – but that’s just me.
Durian Custard Affogato (RM16.80)
Pineapple Mojito (RM26)
So go on over and check out Meatology’s latest offerings – there’s really a lot to love there!
16 Lorong Rahim Kajai 14
Taman Tun Dr Ismail
60000 Kuala Lumpur
Opens from 3.00pm onwards
Closed on Sundays