Tuesday, September 18, 2007

El-Cerdo @ Changkat Bukit Bintang

For some reason eventhough i have the halal readers at the back of my mind, i cant help but indulge in the forbidden item, pig aka pork. When i look back at the food i have over the weekend, i cant help but have pork at every single meal. Infact, there were restaurants that are experts in cooking this meat and one of them is El-Cerdo.

This place is opened by Mr Werner that specialises in all parts of the pig, from knuckle to the whole piglet as well as having the most variety of preparations i.e. the ham, oven roast or a simple grill. Always constantly improving on their dishes, the sms i received awhile ago informed that the german pork knuckle came with an improved 3rd version. I smiled and secretly laughed at the corner as i planned to raid the place for that huge piece of pig.

So i did, one fine day the day before my birthday with my 2 friends. Arriving early as our saliva drooled as we reached the front of the restaurant. Once seated, i was served with that ice cold beer that i showed you guys on Friday and followed by a small little cup of tomato soup.

Complimentary and filled with tiny pieces of pork sausages, it was such a delight but such an evil plan to perk up my appetite for what was suppose to come.

Now although El-Cerdo is well known for their piggies from Spain and Germany, they are also perfectionists when it comes to cooking seafood. Ever sine i tried their paella which was filled with these huge crunchy tiger prawns, i swear that i will need another dose. I wasnt disappointed with the Tiger Prawns Salad at RM28. Not cheap but definitely cheaper then any of my other addictions, especially my camera equipment.

After another light dish, we were teased with a grilled Pork Shoulder. Being in an expensive restaurant, there must be a special mention of how attentive they were. Without being told that we were sharing (although very obvious), they gladly without any surcharge served the dish in 3 different plates without us digging in from the middle and making a mess out of it.

Our individual serve (the whole plate is RM40++), The meat was just right although my friend claimed it was too dry. To be honest, call me a Chinaman but i prefer my pork to be cooked through and through as unlike beef, i do not want to end up in hospital. Still pinkish in the centre, the meat had the right balance of chewiness and the potatoes and salad that came along served its purpose as a side dish.

Then came along for the main dish for the night, the German Pork Knuckle version 3. When i asked Mr Werner about the improvements, he made a comparison with his dish to the software, Windows. There will always be upgrades just like how Windows 95 was upgraded to XP. He also mentioned as we speak, there maybe version 4 or 5 until it is perfect. Part of his method was revealed, the knuckle is roasted in the oven at 70 odd degrees for 10 hours! before the final touches are made. The meat was way tender as compared to the previous version, more acceptable and more "user friendly" aka didnt cause my jaws to hurt after chewing.

The stuffing that came with it was a delight and the crispy skin and firm meat is unexplainable. I am just lost for words as i cant stop wiping saliva off my mouth as i type up this review. If this is not perfect, i seriously dont know what his definition of perfect is (RM90++).

Licking away the bone, we then proceeded with desserts. Girls always have a separate stomach for desserts but guys? They always have a stomach for anything and everything.

The rum and raisin pancakes served with a sinful scoop of rich vanilla ice-cream. The outstanding thing was the soaked raisins that gave it an oomph as you bite into it followed by a spoonful of ice cream.

The Chocolate Terrine with custard and pistachio ice cream. Although the combination didnt tickle my fancy, we actually loved this as compared to their best seller, the pancakes. The rich chocolate and the creamy custard complimented by good pistachio ice cream is about the best threesome combination one can wish for.

Overall a very good dinner with a bit of chit chatting about our friend new pet, a pussy named Helios. Thank god, she didnt buy a pig for a pet, if not it will haunt us that we didnt get to try the piglet this time around.

Address and contact details:
No. 43 and 45, Changkat Bukit Bintang
50200, Kuala Lumpur
Tel No: 03-21450511
www.elcerdokl.com

Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 stars, what else would you expect for a top class restaurant that served me excellent food. Beware of the tradition of eating the piglet though, you wouldnt want to have your candlelight romantic dinner here on the weekends, its err abit noisy as you will find out. Oink! Oink!

PS: For all my local readers, i am planning to embark on a project that involves tasting the top 3 signature dishes that the restaurant will recommend and the first area that i am targeting is Changkat Bukit Bintang/Tengkat Tong Shin. Guess what? El-Cerdo is the first place! Tentatively held on either 31 October or 1 November 2007, please let me know if you are interested!

22 comments:

J'Epicure said...

Mate,

I'd absolutely love to partake in this gastronomical crawl ...

Just how do we advance from here-on-in?

wmw said...

Awaiting timetable! Hee hee...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

j'epicure: haha will let u know..but its as finalise as it is..the date that is..

wmw: woohoo! hahaha..

tigerfish said...

I was expecting everything porky but I saw seafood. And difference in taste btw Spain/Ger piggies and Asia piggies?

New Kid on the Blog said...

wow, nice food.... too bad we dont have spanish food in penang.... :(

babe_kl said...

gosh, it seems the price also increased with each new release

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

tigerfish: well that was just one exception haha..u need a balance..

new kid: haha take a ride down to kl, the land of everything!

babekl: hmm i think it was @ 95++ all the while..abt the piglet i wanted to try in November..thinkin of only half a piglet thus the estimate..but a whole piglet is 180++

teckiee said...

...Nat... are you reading this? I cant wait till we eat there!

ling239 said...

wonder the German Pork Knuckle i had was which version.....

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

teckiee: haha nat,where r u?..

ling239: if you had it a week before 13 september..it was version 2..bcoz that was when i received the sms..

ling239 said...

Ooo... mine was end July 07 >.<"
maybe i should wait for the next upgrade hahahaaaa ~

Precious Pea said...

The next time you go, do try the Ox Tail Stew....very nice! I will sure make room to try the dessert next time.

MeiyeN said...

hey joe, will try to free myself on that day... been wanting to try this place since god knows when but no time :(

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ling239: haha maybe towards end of the yr..so he said..

precious pea: the good stuff keeps calling out for me..how?? i cant resist the classic dishes!

meiyen: pls do..haha you wont be disappointed.

daphne said...

gosh. what good stuff. I'm also impressed that they individually plate it up. Very thoughtful of them!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

daphne: yeap this is about the 1st place i have seen that offers such a thought.

Precious Pea said...

Joe, the ox tail stew cheap only...somemore if shared out, lagi affordable. Very nice....guarantee no regrets. BTW, can make the dinner on Friday or not? At least we can all dine and chat till late and have no worries about working the next day.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

pp: i wanted it originally on wkends..apparently very noisy and etc etc..wanted to accomodate pick shan also..sommore as it is a "have to pay yourself" review..not many people have registered their interest..but put your thoughts in the forum..i seriously want to make it work..

Jackson said...

OMG!!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jackson: so??changed ur mind to come no matter what?

Paprika said...

What? You didn't have the carnitas starter? Yummy! Suckling pig? It is the best paella in town you know. Even better than the ones I had in Spain http://ravenousrabbit.blogspot.com/2007/04/three-good-reasons.html

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

paprika: hahah i had the suckling pig and the paella before..how could i not?? it will be a crime..i must try that starter the next round then haha..