Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Lunch @ El Cerdo, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

Oink oink... says the pig.


When the "Top 5 Malaysian Restaurants" in The Miele Guide 2011/2012 was announced, I looked at the list and thought "Hey I've eaten in them all except for El Cerdo". This needs to be fixed, pronto!

We had a free afternoon recently and decided to go there for lunch. We were early so we got a parking right in front of the restaurant, but seriously Changkat Bukit Bintang is a nightmare for parking (esp if you don't want to walk far or park in the sun). We only found out when we arrived that El Cerdo dining area is actually closed during lunch and all diners are placed next door in El Cerdito. We sat at the front of the restaurant (high bar stools) since the lighting is slightly better compared to the back of the restaurant. The menu we got to order from was still from El Cerdo's though.

For lunch, you can order either from the regular a la carte menu or the set lunch menu. From the set lunch menu, you can enjoy the salad & cold appetizer buffet for RM25++ or set lunch with the buffet, mains and desserts for RM44++ or RM48++. We thought the set lunch sounded like a great deal and a good way of sampling their offerings hence went for this option.

Bread basket


All things porky.. 


The selection from the cold appetizer and salad buffet was pretty good. We went for several rounds as we enjoyed most of them, if you like cold cuts, you can just go for this buffet and fill yourself up. There was pig head jelly, salchichon, pig trotter terrine, lomo, chorizo, honey ham salad, roasted pork with tuna sauce, jamon serrano, and more. They kept refilling the buffet, so no worries about turning up late and missing the good stuff. Do try the cold cuts with the rock melon - salty and sweet works well together!


Pig's head jelly - it hasn't really got much taste to it, but was interesting just to try. ;)

Salchichon - mild taste, nice texture, this was one that I liked. 


Pig trotter terrine - this was also nice.

Lomo - a delicacy from Andalucia, cured loin with very little fat.


Honey ham salad - this was yummy too, a mix of cubed ham with onions, carrots and gherkins.


Salad


Roasted pork with tuna sauce - the meat was really tender and surprisingly the tuna sauce went well with it. I never thought that tuna and pork would work together. 

Jamon serrano - one of my favorites with rock melon.

Can't remember what this was called, but it was some sort of pate.


Round 1


Round 2


Round 3


Round 4 - I ain't called Baby Sumo for nothing LOL


Both of us went for the RM48++ set lunch since the mains sounded much more interesting. The RM44+ set lunch consists of mainly sausages and pasta. Hubby had the Hickory smoked pork soft ribs served with BBQ sauce and mash potatoes. While the ribs were cooked til tender, we thought that the BBQ sauce was a little too overpowering. My choice of mains was slightly better, marinated pork shoulder steak (which happens to be one of their signature dishes) whereby the meat has been marinated for 48 hours with paprika, herbs, onions, garlic and mild Dijon mustard. It was served with a potato salad and mild mustard sauce. The table next to us had the suckling pig, which looked good, they even had a chopping ritual which was rather amusing to watch. Will come back to try this (RM358 for whole piglet - definitely not cheap!).

Hickory smoked pork soft ribs

Marinated pork shoulder steak


Round 5 - more cold cuts while waiting for our desserts LOL. I think I'm turning into a pig.


For desserts, there were 4 choices. Hubby went for the Spanish flourless chocolate cake which was decent enough to enjoy. We both loved the mango tiramisu, we wouldn't mind ordering this again next time.

Spanish flourless chocolate cake

Mango tiramisu

Inside El Cerdito


The cold appetizer & salad buffet counter - help yourself to as many rounds as you like!



More piggies



Went next door to El Cerdo for a peek





Check out the door handles!

Verdict: We enjoyed the cold appetizer buffet and desserts. Would return for the roasted suckling pig when I'm feeling a little richer. LOL ;P

Full set of photos available to view here.

Service: Good.

Price: RM48++ for set lunch. Available Mon to Fri 12.00 - 2.30pm. 

Location: El Cerdo, 43 & 45 Changkat Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03- 2145 0511

Website: www.elcerdokl.com 

24 comments:

  1. Ooo...meat marinated with dijon...I m in heaven :)

    I have tried the same appetiser n salad buffet...along with half a suckling pig to share among 5 of us...went 5 rounds also...loved tat pate...hahaha =)

    Do try their Iberico ribs...they r darn good =)

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    1. Yes will need to go back and try their a la carte menu soon. Iberico ribs + suckling pig sounds like a good combo ;)

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  2. Man, my appetite compared to yours is zero!!!

    I wished i could have eaten more. most of the things are really nice.

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    1. I have to agree the cold appetizer buffet was nice. I really liked the rock melon with all the cold cuts... makes it extra yummy.

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  3. Oh my! That's a lotta pork! :D
    (Looks goooooooood)

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  4. I like this place... had the piglet with some friends a year ago and it was quite tasty... worth a try!

    Glad to know they offer buffet lunch as I love cold cuts too... especially jamon!!

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    1. I think I can just eat rock melon and jamon iberico all afternoon. ;)

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  5. Salute for having so many rounds of appetizer! How can u stay slim with such appetite?

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    1. Lol I don't eat like this everyday, if not sure gemuk.

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  6. didn't know they had an appetiser buffet. That's great!

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    1. Now you know, you can go try it too ;)

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  7. If I ate that big at lunch I think I'd want to sleep for the rest of the afternoon. :-) The salad and appetizer buffet looks just right for lunch.

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    1. Yeah I'll skip the mains and dessert next time and just go for the appetizer buffet.

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  8. I think....you might be about to outdo me at buffets. MIGHT! :P

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    1. Haha dont think I'm as "keng" as you.. ;)

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  9. Omg, 5 rounds??! You are a real baby sumo, undoubtedly!

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  10. wow, i wonder why they close the main dining area for lunch, and when they started doing that. it wasn't that way a couple of years back :D gosh, the appetizer buffet looks really, really worthwhile for RM25++. i could happily stuff myself on porky cold cuts with some prosecco maybe! :D

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    1. Yea...same thing when I visited for lunch...we actually sat at the main dining area...I can polish off loaves of bread with tat pate too...hehe =)

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    2. There wasnt a huge crowd when we were there for lunch, at least if they kept everyone at El Cerdito they could keep an eye on everyone and provide better service.

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  11. Wow I've never been to El Cerdo for lunch before! Wish I could steal away for a looooong lunch one day to try this..hehe

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    1. There are many places in KL which does really good value set lunches. Just need to find the time to have a long lunch ;)

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  12. Suckling Pig for sale
    RM188 (including delivery) Klang valley only

    Please call me or sms me at 017-7766 088

    Thanks.

    Ang

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