RYOSHI IZAKAYA SIGNATURE @ Atria Shopping Gallery, Petaling Jaya

Since its official opening a few months ago, Ryoshi Izakaya Signature at the Atria Shopping Gallery has been drawing the crowds and steadily expanding its menu. In fact, its menu is one of the most extensive ones I’ve come across. It’s almost like a mini Japan in there, listing most of the popular Japanese food items in a single venue! From the usual Appetisers, Sashimi, Sushi, Maki, Rice, Noodles, Teppanyaki, Hotpots there are also the well-loved Kushiyaki items covering meats, seafood and vegetables!

Did I mention that Ryoshi Izakaya Signature serves pork, too? Pork is featured in all their food categories, from salads to skewers. With a well-stocked sake bar and a grill that doesn’t get cold, this is one happy place for Happy Hours.

The best way to kick-start a meal here is to get the appetite going with a plate of Horensho Bacon – crisp spinach leaves drizzled with an appetising tangy dressing and dotted generously with bits of bacon!

Horensho Bacon (RM18) – spinach bacon salad

We can never resist sashimi, so the huge portion Ryoshi Sashimi Mori was very welcomed! There are 3 pieces each of 6 kinds of fresh seafood arranged prettily on ice: Maguro, Salmon, Tako, Hotate, Amaebi, Kampachi and every piece was super fresh!

Ryoshi Sashimi Mori (RM130)

Next we tried the Gyu Tataki, a platter of lightly roasted sliced beef which was tender and oozing delicious jus.

Gyu Tataki (RM20)

Once we were done with the cold items, it’s time to warm up our tummies. The best way to do this was the have some piping-hot Nabe (hotpot). We had the Kaisen Nabe (Assorted Seafood Hotpot) and Hakusai Buta Nabe (Cabbage & Pork) and diners can choose either spicy kimchi miso or udon soup base. Each serving was good for 2 pax.

Kaisen Nabe (RM42 for 1-2 pax) Assorted Seafood Hot Pot

Hakusai Buta Nabe (RM28 for 1-2 pax) –Cabbage and Pork hotpot

We couldn’t resist the skewers and our plate of Buta Bara (pork belly skewers) were really satisfying. With just a sprinkle of sea salt, the skewers were grilled to perfection, slightly charred at the edges. Rising to its izakaya label, the kushiyaki selection here is pretty extensive, covering pork, chicken, innards, seafood and vegetable skewers – perfect with some sake!

Buta Bara (RM6 each)

More pork items came in the guise of Moyashi Pirikara Itame, aromatic stir-fried spicy pork belly with bean sprouts and chives, excellent eaten on its own or with some rice. We liked the Yaki Buta – slices of pork belly grilled in their chef’s special sauce. The thick caramel-like sauce clung to the meat, best eaten with some plain rice!

Moyashi Pirikara Itame (RM10) stir-fried spicy pork with bean sprouts

Yaki Buta (RM24) Grilled pork belly in special sauce

For a quick simple meal, Ryoshi Izakaya Signature does have a range of set meals as well as single-dish meals like Yaki Soba, Tori Nanban, Hire Katsu and Ebi Fry.

Yaki Soba (RM18) – stirfried soba

Tori Nanban (RM23) – crispy chicken soaked in Nanban sauce

Hire Katsu (RM20) – fried pork fillet cutlet

Ebi Fry (RM36) –fried king prawns

If you are in the mood for some carbs, maki rolls are the answer and the selection at Ryoshi is interesting. Besides the usual salmon, there are also rolls using oyster and pork which create a different taste and bite portfolio.

Cranky Salmon Maki (RM20) – with salmon, crispy chips & mayonnaise topped with Aonori flakes

Aburi Salmon Maki (RM25) – half broiled salmon roll

Oyster Maki (RM28) – oyster sushi roll

Ryoshi Buta Maki (RM26) – pork sushi roll

So, if you are craving for Japanese food but are not sure what to have, head on to Ryoshi Izakaya Signature as you are bound to zoom in on your favourites from their impressively extensive menu. For more information on their food promotions/deals, check out their Facebook Page here.

 

RYOSHI IZAKAYA Signature
Lot G26 Ground Floor
Atria Shopping Gallery
Jalan SS22/23
Damansara Jaya
47400 Petaling Jaya
(North Entrance)
Tel: +6010-2020200

*Non-halal

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RYOSHI IZAKAYA SIGNATURE @ Atria Shopping Gallery, Petaling Jaya

Since its official opening a few months ago, Ryoshi Izakaya Signature at the Atria Shopping Gallery has been drawing the crowds and steadily expanding its menu. In fact, its menu is one of the most extensive ones I’ve come across. It’s almost like a mini Japan in there, listing most of the popular Japanese food items in a single venue! From the usual Appetisers, Sashimi, Sushi, Maki, Rice, Noodles, Teppanyaki, Hotpots there are also the well-loved Kushiyaki items covering meats, seafood and vegetables!

Did I mention that Ryoshi Izakaya Signature serves pork, too? Pork is featured in all their food categories, from salads to skewers. With a well-stocked sake bar and a grill that doesn’t get cold, this is one happy place for Happy Hours.

The best way to kick-start a meal here is to get the appetite going with a plate of Horensho Bacon – crisp spinach leaves drizzled with an appetising tangy dressing and dotted generously with bits of bacon!

Horensho Bacon (RM18) – spinach bacon salad

We can never resist sashimi, so the huge portion Ryoshi Sashimi Mori was very welcomed! There are 3 pieces each of 6 kinds of fresh seafood arranged prettily on ice: Maguro, Salmon, Tako, Hotate, Amaebi, Kampachi and every piece was super fresh!

Ryoshi Sashimi Mori (RM130)

Next we tried the Gyu Tataki, a platter of lightly roasted sliced beef which was tender and oozing delicious jus.

Gyu Tataki (RM20)

Once we were done with the cold items, it’s time to warm up our tummies. The best way to do this was the have some piping-hot Nabe (hotpot). We had the Kaisen Nabe (Assorted Seafood Hotpot) and Hakusai Buta Nabe (Cabbage & Pork) and diners can choose either spicy kimchi miso or udon soup base. Each serving was good for 2 pax.

Kaisen Nabe (RM42 for 1-2 pax) Assorted Seafood Hot Pot

Hakusai Buta Nabe (RM28 for 1-2 pax) –Cabbage and Pork hotpot

We couldn’t resist the skewers and our plate of Buta Bara (pork belly skewers) were really satisfying. With just a sprinkle of sea salt, the skewers were grilled to perfection, slightly charred at the edges. Rising to its izakaya label, the kushiyaki selection here is pretty extensive, covering pork, chicken, innards, seafood and vegetable skewers – perfect with some sake!

Buta Bara (RM6 each)

More pork items came in the guise of Moyashi Pirikara Itame, aromatic stir-fried spicy pork belly with bean sprouts and chives, excellent eaten on its own or with some rice. We liked the Yaki Buta – slices of pork belly grilled in their chef’s special sauce. The thick caramel-like sauce clung to the meat, best eaten with some plain rice!

Moyashi Pirikara Itame (RM10) stir-fried spicy pork with bean sprouts

Yaki Buta (RM24) Grilled pork belly in special sauce

For a quick simple meal, Ryoshi Izakaya Signature does have a range of set meals as well as single-dish meals like Yaki Soba, Tori Nanban, Hire Katsu and Ebi Fry.

Yaki Soba (RM18) – stirfried soba

Tori Nanban (RM23) – crispy chicken soaked in Nanban sauce

Hire Katsu (RM20) – fried pork fillet cutlet

Ebi Fry (RM36) –fried king prawns

If you are in the mood for some carbs, maki rolls are the answer and the selection at Ryoshi is interesting. Besides the usual salmon, there are also rolls using oyster and pork which create a different taste and bite portfolio.

Cranky Salmon Maki (RM20) – with salmon, crispy chips & mayonnaise topped with Aonori flakes

Aburi Salmon Maki (RM25) – half broiled salmon roll

Oyster Maki (RM28) – oyster sushi roll

Ryoshi Buta Maki (RM26) – pork sushi roll

So, if you are craving for Japanese food but are not sure what to have, head on to Ryoshi Izakaya Signature as you are bound to zoom in on your favourites from their impressively extensive menu. For more information on their food promotions/deals, check out their Facebook Page here.

 

RYOSHI IZAKAYA Signature
Lot G26 Ground Floor
Atria Shopping Gallery
Jalan SS22/23
Damansara Jaya
47400 Petaling Jaya
(North Entrance)
Tel: +6010-2020200

*Non-halal

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LE SENSE: Dim Sum on another level

Where should I start about the best Dim Sum experience I’ve just had?
No, it wasn’t in any high-class Michelin-starred restaurant nor any 5-star hotel in the big city.

It was in this modest restaurant in a row of nondescript shophouses like most shophouses around here are and this was in a quiet enclave in Damansara Kim. If you are not looking out for it, you may just drive past the plain simple signage.

Let me tell you about Le Sense. You see, even the name sounds a bit out-of-place in the neighbourhood. When you step inside, you’ll see that it’s a really cosy space… the warm fuzzy lighting and gossamer drapes giving it that bit of private and mysterious vibe. Diners are chatting quietly among themselves amidst the soft clinking of wine glasses and they all seem to know the folks who run the place. There is a definite sense of camaraderie in the air, the owner is always seen sitting among his guests and perhaps it is this touch of amity that heightens the whole dining experience in Le Sense.

Happy conversations aside, despite its French-slanted name, Le Sense serves modern Chinese food. It’s not modern in the fusionistic sense, though. It is contemporary Chinese dining focusing on quality ingredients and fresh natural flavours. It’s about clever and skillful interpretations of classic favourites using better quality and sustainable ingredients. Tradition is not discarded; it’s just modernized and updated.

Le Sense offers champagne (or other sparkling wine) pairing with their dim sum for lunch and dinner. This is the modern aspect. However, if you are old-school (like me), there’s a good choice of teas available as well. I totally enjoyed my Monggolian Chrysanthemum and German Roses Tea here.

Every single dim sum dish at Le Sense is handmade only upon order. You will never find frozen dim sum in their kitchen. And definitely there is no mass production. The truth is, Le Sense doesn’t cater to the masses. As the owner puts it, it’s all about sharing with diners whose discerning tastes transcend the norm.

The stove is only fired when the guests have settled in and ready for the meal to start.

Take the sublime Xiao Loong Bau, for example. The delicate folds of the bigger-than-average dumplings are quickly formed before going directly into the steamer for just the right amount of time. Once it’s served, gently suck out and savour the glorious truffle-scented broth – this is the best part of a XLB experience – before eating up the whole dumpling.

Har Kow and Siu Mai are two essential items in any dim sum meal. Le Sense’s version isn’t any different from any traditional recipe as basically these are pork and shrimp dumplings. But it is the type of pork and shrimps that makes the difference and therein lies the differentiation. The Siu Mai is made from 3 different types of premium pork where taste, texture and bite are best manifested. The jewel on the crown is a piece of 36-month aged jamon for that delectable smoky bite. Similarly, the Har Kow is a delicate bouncy mesh of different premium prawns (think sashimi-grade). It’s a Har Kow that will leave you wanting more.

The delectable Siu Mai

Har Kow & Scallop Dumpling Duo

Beyond the Har Kow, there’s the Scallop Dumpling. Honestly, this was so pretty, I had to stop myself from gazing at it too long, lest it turned cold. The sweet smooth Hokkaido scallop was exquisitely and almost achingly sweet.

Isn’t this pretty?

Fishmaw Dumpling – another topnotch creation of minced fresh shrimps mixed with fish and cuttlefish wrapped in a gelatinous shroud of fishmaw and lightly braised in an umami dashi broth. Every precious drop of the broth should be slowly relished.

The Yam Puff has a delightfully light and powdery yam layer encasing a filling of rich Iberico pork, slightly sweetened with mirin. The precise execution of this cannot be faulted as there is no trace of oil in the deep-fried puff.

If there is something to nit-pick about this dim sum meal, it must be the petite size of the Radish Cake. Yes, I wish those two pieces were a bit bigger because I simply did not have enough of this amazing radish cake. I’m told that for every serving of this, it’s quite likely that a few may have to be ditched because they didn’t turn out exactly how they should be. The secret to its superb texture is a careful combination of Japanese daikon and local radish. Every cube of this cake is meticulously pan-fried on both sides for that perfect crispy skin while the inside remains velvety soft. And the flavor? Outstanding. Hence, the nit-pick.

Outstanding Radish Cake

A sweet ending to this dim sum meal is a platter of sweets: Thousand Layer Pastry, Sesame Ball with pandan and salted eggyolk filling and a piece of lotus paste with eggyolk Mooncake. The crumbly layered pastry oozing with fragrant milky custard came straight out of the oven to the table.

Sweet ending

Oh did I mention that the above is an Omakase meal? The beauty of an omakase meal is the anticipation. Without a fixed menu, it’s up to the chef to serve whatever is best available for the day and it’s always exciting because the surprises just keep coming!

Price for an 8-course Omakase Dim Sum meal starts at RM150 per person and if you want to include their Miyazaki Wagyu A5, add on another RM100.

Oh let me tell you about that amazing Miyazaki – it’s a brilliant piece of work. The beef is first roasted carefully on low heat and then pan-seared on high heat (450oC) for just about 2 seconds (I think) before it’s served, nestled in its own sweet beef jus and dashi.

Miyazaki Wagyu A5

The aftermath of this meal? I’m blown over. Thanks to the kind generous owner of Le Sense, I’m now totally spoilt for dim sum – this benchmark is not easy to surpass, not now, here in the Klang Valley. And I have to learn to eat this dim sum (or any dish in Le Sense) very slowly, to maximize the experience, that’s why.

So this is the risk: get blown over and you may not want to have other dim sum willingly, after this. If you are OK with that, go check out Le Sense.

 

LE SENSE
No.8 Jalan SS20/10
Damansara Kim
47400 Petaling Jaya
Tel: +603-7731-8311/+6018-268-2333

More information on their Facebook Page here.

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LE SENSE: Dim Sum on another level

Where should I start about the best Dim Sum experience I’ve just had?
No, it wasn’t in any high-class Michelin-starred restaurant nor any 5-star hotel in the big city.

It was in this modest restaurant in a row of nondescript shophouses like most shophouses around here are and this was in a quiet enclave in Damansara Kim. If you are not looking out for it, you may just drive past the plain simple signage.

Let me tell you about Le Sense. You see, even the name sounds a bit out-of-place in the neighbourhood. When you step inside, you’ll see that it’s a really cosy space… the warm fuzzy lighting and gossamer drapes giving it that bit of private and mysterious vibe. Diners are chatting quietly among themselves amidst the soft clinking of wine glasses and they all seem to know the folks who run the place. There is a definite sense of camaraderie in the air, the owner is always seen sitting among his guests and perhaps it is this touch of amity that heightens the whole dining experience in Le Sense.

Happy conversations aside, despite its French-slanted name, Le Sense serves modern Chinese food. It’s not modern in the fusionistic sense, though. It is contemporary Chinese dining focusing on quality ingredients and fresh natural flavours. It’s about clever and skillful interpretations of classic favourites using better quality and sustainable ingredients. Tradition is not discarded; it’s just modernized and updated.

Le Sense offers champagne (or other sparkling wine) pairing with their dim sum for lunch and dinner. This is the modern aspect. However, if you are old-school (like me), there’s a good choice of teas available as well. I totally enjoyed my Monggolian Chrysanthemum and German Roses Tea here.

Every single dim sum dish at Le Sense is handmade only upon order. You will never find frozen dim sum in their kitchen. And definitely there is no mass production. The truth is, Le Sense doesn’t cater to the masses. As the owner puts it, it’s all about sharing with diners whose discerning tastes transcend the norm.

The stove is only fired when the guests have settled in and ready for the meal to start.

Take the sublime Xiao Loong Bau, for example. The delicate folds of the bigger-than-average dumplings are quickly formed before going directly into the steamer for just the right amount of time. Once it’s served, gently suck out and savour the glorious truffle-scented broth – this is the best part of a XLB experience – before eating up the whole dumpling.

Har Kow and Siu Mai are two essential items in any dim sum meal. Le Sense’s version isn’t any different from any traditional recipe as basically these are pork and shrimp dumplings. But it is the type of pork and shrimps that makes the difference and therein lies the differentiation. The Siu Mai is made from 3 different types of premium pork where taste, texture and bite are best manifested. The jewel on the crown is a piece of 36-month aged jamon for that delectable smoky bite. Similarly, the Har Kow is a delicate bouncy mesh of different premium prawns (think sashimi-grade). It’s a Har Kow that will leave you wanting more.

The delectable Siu Mai

Har Kow & Scallop Dumpling Duo

Beyond the Har Kow, there’s the Scallop Dumpling. Honestly, this was so pretty, I had to stop myself from gazing at it too long, lest it turned cold. The sweet smooth Hokkaido scallop was exquisitely and almost achingly sweet.

Isn’t this pretty?

Fishmaw Dumpling – another topnotch creation of minced fresh shrimps mixed with fish and cuttlefish wrapped in a gelatinous shroud of fishmaw and lightly braised in an umami dashi broth. Every precious drop of the broth should be slowly relished.

The Yam Puff has a delightfully light and powdery yam layer encasing a filling of rich Iberico pork, slightly sweetened with mirin. The precise execution of this cannot be faulted as there is no trace of oil in the deep-fried puff.

If there is something to nit-pick about this dim sum meal, it must be the petite size of the Radish Cake. Yes, I wish those two pieces were a bit bigger because I simply did not have enough of this amazing radish cake. I’m told that for every serving of this, it’s quite likely that a few may have to be ditched because they didn’t turn out exactly how they should be. The secret to its superb texture is a careful combination of Japanese daikon and local radish. Every cube of this cake is meticulously pan-fried on both sides for that perfect crispy skin while the inside remains velvety soft. And the flavor? Outstanding. Hence, the nit-pick.

Outstanding Radish Cake

A sweet ending to this dim sum meal is a platter of sweets: Thousand Layer Pastry, Sesame Ball with pandan and salted eggyolk filling and a piece of lotus paste with eggyolk Mooncake. The crumbly layered pastry oozing with fragrant milky custard came straight out of the oven to the table.

Sweet ending

Oh did I mention that the above is an Omakase meal? The beauty of an omakase meal is the anticipation. Without a fixed menu, it’s up to the chef to serve whatever is best available for the day and it’s always exciting because the surprises just keep coming!

Price for an 8-course Omakase Dim Sum meal starts at RM150 per person and if you want to include their Miyazaki Wagyu A5, add on another RM100.

Oh let me tell you about that amazing Miyazaki – it’s a brilliant piece of work. The beef is first roasted carefully on low heat and then pan-seared on high heat (450oC) for just about 2 seconds (I think) before it’s served, nestled in its own sweet beef jus and dashi.

Miyazaki Wagyu A5

The aftermath of this meal? I’m blown over. Thanks to the kind generous owner of Le Sense, I’m now totally spoilt for dim sum – this benchmark is not easy to surpass, not now, here in the Klang Valley. And I have to learn to eat this dim sum (or any dish in Le Sense) very slowly, to maximize the experience, that’s why.

So this is the risk: get blown over and you may not want to have other dim sum willingly, after this. If you are OK with that, go check out Le Sense.

 

LE SENSE
No.8 Jalan SS20/10
Damansara Kim
47400 Petaling Jaya
Tel: +603-7731-8311/+6018-268-2333

More information on their Facebook Page here.

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MEAT THE PORKERS @ their New Abode: Plaza Damansara, Bkt Damansara

After about 3 years in Solaris Publika area, Meat the Porkers, the Home of Porky Indian Cuisine has recently moved to a bigger better space in Plaza Damansara in Bukit Damansara. About time too, as the piggies need more space and this new premise is definitely a much better playground.

Located on the 1st floor (there’s a lift to go up, no worries!) of a corner shoplot, there’s plenty of sunlight flooding in from the windows all around. Diners get a nice view of the surrounding leafy neighbourhood while enjoying Meat The Porkers’ plethora of Indian dishes.

There are some tweaks to the menu – the restaurant now offers a selection of “Small Plates”… tapas-like Indian favourites. I love this concept as it allows you to order a variety of dishes to enjoy without being overwhelmed by the regular (and bigger) portions. Certain non-Indian elements have been incorporated, for example burger buns, mantou and tacos being used to accompany the very flavoursome and spiced Indian meats and seafood.

The thing is, if you are on a keto or no-carbs diet, you just cannot eat here. With Indian cuisine this good, it’s just not possible to eat it without their breads, biryani or just white rice! From the “small plates”, Pork Kebab Sliders with mini burgers and buns already started the appetite going.

Pork Kebab Sliders (RM25) – mini burgers marinated with onion, garlic, ginger, roasted cumin powder and coriander. Topped with sliced tomatoes, caramelized onions, mayonnaise and mint chutney

Similarly, with the Goan Pork Vindaloo bursting with spicy flavours, the tender chunks of meat were pretty perfect when eaten with warm pillowy mantou.

Goan Pork Vindaloo Mantou (RM25) traditional Goan pork curry with chillies, garlic and vinegar stuffed into steamed mantou

I absolutely love the Fish Amritsari Tacos – seabass marinated in ginger, garlic, carom seeds and other spices and gram flour, lightly battered and then fried till crisp. A popular street food item in India, the fried fish is served on a tortilla, topped with tomato salsa and drizzled with a special sauce. Eat this immediately when served, before the tortilla gets soggy – the fried fish is insanely good!

Fish Amritsari Tacos (RM25)

Butter Chicken Wings could well be the only small plate dish served without any carb accompaniment. Some naan sticks would be good to mop up that delicious buttery gravy.

Butter Chicken Wings (RM25) – deep-fried chicken wings tossed in a rich buttery tomato-based gravy

I’m sure you’d agree that bacon wrapping anything is always good, right? Bacon works its magic on almost anything, so imagine this marvellous scenario: spiced tender boneless chicken tikka wrapped with bacon, skewered and then roasted in the tandoor oven till the fats from the bacon seep into the chicken. Imagine how exquisite these babies are.

Bacon-wrapped Chicken Tikka (RM25)

Right – let’s now get to the mains:

The signature rice dish that rocked the restaurant to fame and which any porky fan should order is of course the Siew Yoke Biryani (Roast Pork Biryani). The folks at Meat The Porkers have been experimenting and trying to improve how best to preserve the crunchiness of the siew yoke skin for this dish. Drying, poking, deep-frying… now the crispy pieces of siew yoke crackling is served separately from the rice so that they don’t get soggy and chewy.

Siew Yoke Biryani (RM28)

Another signature dish – the Tandoori Pork Ribs have been tweaked. It’s now prepared and served differently from the Solaris Publika days. It used to be presented as a slab of ribs – check my earlier review here. Now it’s served in individual pieces of meaty ribs. This allows for better absorption of marinades, making each piece well-rounded in taste and texture. Yes, they are finger-lickin’ good.

Tandoori Pork Ribs (RM48) – pork ribs marinated in yoghurt, ginger, garlic, freshly ground spices and roasted in the tandoor oven

The new Porkers Naan is the perfect bread to eat with Mutton Mirchi Masala, Chicken 65 Masala and even their Bindhi Masala. Actually any naan would be good for these dishes but the Porkers Naan stands out due to its stuffing of bacon, garlic, chillies and shredded cheese! In fact, you can also just down this scrumptious naan on its own!

Porkers Naan (RM20) – naan stuffed with bacon, garlic, onions, chillies and shredded cheese

Chicken 65 Masala (RM25) – fried boneless chicken tossed in a yoghurt-based masala with green chillies, ginger and fragrant curry leaves

Mutton Mirchi Masala (RM35) – Dry-style boneless spicy mutton cooked in garlic, ginger and onions

Butter Chicken (RM25)

Bhindi Masala (RM20)

So, make a date to Meat The Porkers if you are into Indian food with a delectable porky twist! They are not tagged “Home of Porky Indian Cuisine” for nothing.

 

MEAT THE PORKERS
9M Jalan Medan Setia 1
Bukit Damansara
50490 Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 019-987-1945

Open: 12.00pm

*Non-halal

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MEAT THE PORKERS @ their New Abode: Plaza Damansara, Bkt Damansara

After about 3 years in Solaris Publika area, Meat the Porkers, the Home of Porky Indian Cuisine has recently moved to a bigger better space in Plaza Damansara in Bukit Damansara. About time too, as the piggies need more space and this new premise is definitely a much better playground.

Located on the 1st floor (there’s a lift to go up, no worries!) of a corner shoplot, there’s plenty of sunlight flooding in from the windows all around. Diners get a nice view of the surrounding leafy neighbourhood while enjoying Meat The Porkers’ plethora of Indian dishes.

There are some tweaks to the menu – the restaurant now offers a selection of “Small Plates”… tapas-like Indian favourites. I love this concept as it allows you to order a variety of dishes to enjoy without being overwhelmed by the regular (and bigger) portions. Certain non-Indian elements have been incorporated, for example burger buns, mantou and tacos being used to accompany the very flavoursome and spiced Indian meats and seafood.

The thing is, if you are on a keto or no-carbs diet, you just cannot eat here. With Indian cuisine this good, it’s just not possible to eat it without their breads, biryani or just white rice! From the “small plates”, Pork Kebab Sliders with mini burgers and buns already started the appetite going.

Pork Kebab Sliders (RM25) – mini burgers marinated with onion, garlic, ginger, roasted cumin powder and coriander. Topped with sliced tomatoes, caramelized onions, mayonnaise and mint chutney

Similarly, with the Goan Pork Vindaloo bursting with spicy flavours, the tender chunks of meat were pretty perfect when eaten with warm pillowy mantou.

Goan Pork Vindaloo Mantou (RM25) traditional Goan pork curry with chillies, garlic and vinegar stuffed into steamed mantou

I absolutely love the Fish Amritsari Tacos – seabass marinated in ginger, garlic, carom seeds and other spices and gram flour, lightly battered and then fried till crisp. A popular street food item in India, the fried fish is served on a tortilla, topped with tomato salsa and drizzled with a special sauce. Eat this immediately when served, before the tortilla gets soggy – the fried fish is insanely good!

Fish Amritsari Tacos (RM25)

Butter Chicken Wings could well be the only small plate dish served without any carb accompaniment. Some naan sticks would be good to mop up that delicious buttery gravy.

Butter Chicken Wings (RM25) – deep-fried chicken wings tossed in a rich buttery tomato-based gravy

I’m sure you’d agree that bacon wrapping anything is always good, right? Bacon works its magic on almost anything, so imagine this marvellous scenario: spiced tender boneless chicken tikka wrapped with bacon, skewered and then roasted in the tandoor oven till the fats from the bacon seep into the chicken. Imagine how exquisite these babies are.

Bacon-wrapped Chicken Tikka (RM25)

Right – let’s now get to the mains:

The signature rice dish that rocked the restaurant to fame and which any porky fan should order is of course the Siew Yoke Biryani (Roast Pork Biryani). The folks at Meat The Porkers have been experimenting and trying to improve how best to preserve the crunchiness of the siew yoke skin for this dish. Drying, poking, deep-frying… now the crispy pieces of siew yoke crackling is served separately from the rice so that they don’t get soggy and chewy.

Siew Yoke Biryani (RM28)

Another signature dish – the Tandoori Pork Ribs have been tweaked. It’s now prepared and served differently from the Solaris Publika days. It used to be presented as a slab of ribs – check my earlier review here. Now it’s served in individual pieces of meaty ribs. This allows for better absorption of marinades, making each piece well-rounded in taste and texture. Yes, they are finger-lickin’ good.

Tandoori Pork Ribs (RM48) – pork ribs marinated in yoghurt, ginger, garlic, freshly ground spices and roasted in the tandoor oven

The new Porkers Naan is the perfect bread to eat with Mutton Mirchi Masala, Chicken 65 Masala and even their Bindhi Masala. Actually any naan would be good for these dishes but the Porkers Naan stands out due to its stuffing of bacon, garlic, chillies and shredded cheese! In fact, you can also just down this scrumptious naan on its own!

Porkers Naan (RM20) – naan stuffed with bacon, garlic, onions, chillies and shredded cheese

Chicken 65 Masala (RM25) – fried boneless chicken tossed in a yoghurt-based masala with green chillies, ginger and fragrant curry leaves

Mutton Mirchi Masala (RM35) – Dry-style boneless spicy mutton cooked in garlic, ginger and onions

Butter Chicken (RM25)

Bhindi Masala (RM20)

So, make a date to Meat The Porkers if you are into Indian food with a delectable porky twist! They are not tagged “Home of Porky Indian Cuisine” for nothing.

 

MEAT THE PORKERS
9M Jalan Medan Setia 1
Bukit Damansara
50490 Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 019-987-1945

Open: 12.00pm

*Non-halal

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“A Joint Culinary Journey of 88 Years” @ ORIENTAL GROUP OF RESTAURANTS

88 years – this figure refers to the combined number of years of culinary experience of both Chef Justin Hor and Chef Jacky Lam in the food industry. That sets the premise for this year’s culinary celebration by the Oriental Group of Restaurants – an annual event that highlights the different dimensions of classic Chinese cuisine which also aims to educate the dining public on the cultural significance of the featured dishes,

Justin Hor needs no introduction really – being the Executive Chef of the Oriental Group and spear-heading many of the restaurants’ definitive menus throughout the years. Internationally renowned Chef Jacky Lam, a celebrated chef from Macao, who is also the President of Macau Cuisine Association, has joined forces with Chef Justin Hor to curate a special menu combining the best of Macanese and Cantonese elements. It took the two chefs 6 months to plan and curate the menu!

The special 8-course meal starts off with a Tapas Platter showcasing 5 appetisers:

Oriental Group’s Signature Char Siew – tender and bursting with fatty flavours topped with a glistening glaze

Macau Crabmeat Cakes – our favourite – tasty umami crabmeat filling encased in a light crispy fried puff

Ginger Sauce Jellyfish – silky crunchy jellyfish tossed in chopped Bentong ginger – this definitely woke up the taste buds!

Chilled Szechuan Farm Chicken – firm boneless chicken slices marinated in an enticing sweet & tangy sauce which left a lingering heat on the tongue, thanks to the Szechuan pepper

Vinaigrette Kyuri & Black Fungus – appetisingly sweet and sour bites which really whetted our appetites!

Done with the tapas, it’s time to warm up our bellies. The Double-boiled Superior Sharksfin Soup with Chicken & Preserved Vegetables did a good job. Three types of preserved radish were used in the soup, each lending their special flavours. The premium piece was the 30-year-old pickled black radish, followed by the 6-month-old pickled yellow radish followed by a piece of fresh radish. Every spoonful was bliss.

Double-boiled Superior Sharksfin Soup with Chicken & Preserved Vegetables

Boston Lobster Macau Taipa Style – insane aromas from the chopped garlic, chillies and shallots. There was also a combination of minced pork neck and preserved radish in the recipe which elevated the flavours to new levels.

Braised Sultan Fish Shunde Style – a concerted effort by both chefs. The wild-caught sultan fish was lightly fried with scales intact, before being braised in a rich broth (simmered for hours using pork ribs, chicken, garlic and ginger). The scales were actually edible, having been braised perfectly and they were left intact to seal in the natural sweetness of the fish.

Whole Pork Trotter with Hokkaido XL Dried Scallops, Japanese Mushrooms & Quail Eggs – an interesting authentic dish adapted from the ancient Manchu-Han imperial banquet. Back in ancient times, bear paws were used. This was such a rich and robust dish where premium ingredients and precise culinary skills reigned.

 

Lotus Leaf Treasures Rice – duck meat and dried cuttlefish were some of the “treasures” used for this delightfully tasty steamed rice, topped with generous chunks of fresh crabmeat.

Desserts came in a pair…

Peach Resin with Snow Fungus & Papaya in Coconut – so refreshing and soothing!

Sweet Corn Lotus Paste & Mangosteen Custard Lava – a delight to the eyes and stomach, these skilfully moulded desserts were a perfect ending to the splendid meal.

The whole 8-course meal is priced at RM2,688 nett for 10 pax. The dishes are also available on a la carte order.

This special menu is available at all the participating Oriental Group of Restaurants, except the pork-free Seafood World, Ruyi and Yu, until 22 September 2019.

NOBLE MANSION
No.1, P1-01, Level 1 Podium
Plaza 33
Jalan Kemajuan, Section 13
Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-7931 8633

Business hours: 11am to 3pm, 3pm to 11pm daily

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