Sunday, July 27, 2008

Cagayan's @ Centre Point, 1 Utama

Sighting me at the Bandar Utama area is a rare sight. Although claiming to be the new Damansara area and wanting to become another "city" within Kuala Lumpur, i have to resort to paying exorbitant amounts of toll and petrol to get here.

Therefore, if you have a look at what i have eaten in the past god knows when, you will have to squint hard to find any food sourced from Bandar Utama.

Like an aimless soul, we were armed with a less then detailed map to Aman Suria looking for char siew but somehow (don't ask me how), we ended in front of Centre Point.

Actually more like i missed a turning and said "Sod it, we are going to Centre Point".

Housing so many raved about restaurants but situated in the middle of nowhere, Cagayan's we went.

Reading through the menu, we understood that the place served Filipino cuisine but was probably confused and decided that they should serve Japanese too. If you look at the people helming the restaurant and kitchen, i think the best bet is what they do best; Filipino food!

They have a variety of classic dishes that you eat with rice that are quite decent value for money (less than RM15) or if you want to be like me, you go for the piggie ribs! (RM35.90 for 6 huge ones).

I suppose in Philippines, they drink green tea? Nevertheless for RM2.90 free flow, ok la, i suppose. Nowadays gas cost more, takes more effort to boil water and make ice too!

We started off with a mixed vegetable dish that consisted of the weirdest combination of greens and yellows i.e. pumpkin, kangkung, long beans, brinjal, lady fingers and bittergourd. Mixed with strips of pork and their version of "shrimp paste" which is on the salty side, this was nice.

The Enoki mushrooms wrapped with bacon was delicious on its own. No dip was given or required, the saltiness of the bacon and the juices from the layer of fat plus the crunchiness of the mushrooms makes this the "Dish that you can never screw up".

The Pork Binagoongan (I think), deep fried pork belly, tomatoes, onions with shrimp paste was brilliant served with rice. Slightly tangy, sweet and salty, ohh la la, the taste buds were working overtime!

The reason i was called here for; The Pork Ribs (original). 6 huge bountiful ribs that had meat peeling off faster then you can say "Thank You". The meat was "melt in your mouth" soft and required little or almost no chewing. Served with mash potatoes and coleslaw, this is one of the dishes that makes me go Oink Oink and come back again to this place out of town.

Address and contact details:

G107-108 Centrepoint Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama
Opening Hours: Daily, 11.30am-10pm

Phone: 03-77241022

Non Halal (obviously)

Verdict: 4 stars out of 5 stars. The Ribs is a must and a return. You can even spot Philipinos around here, and i assure you this is not the spot for the maids.

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Need to seriously get my head down and do my assignment, lets see if i can squeeze in any posts, if not have fun for the rest of the week!

46 comments:

Simon Seow said...

I still haven't try their most expensive dish, the pork knuckle.

Henry Yeo said...

Maybe you guy should learn from the Bandar Mahkota residents and start dismantling the tolls?

That's a lot of ribs, btw.

jasmine said...

another classic example of not judging a book by its cover. didn't think much about it from the cafe's appearance and I too, loved the ribs to bits. It's been a while since I returned and thanks for the reminder. *smacks lips*. lol.

wmw said...

Char siew...so near, yet so far!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

simon: yeah i saw that..but for 2-3 ppl..i only had two..and i wanted the ribs..definitely nxt time..

henry: haha a plan..definitely a plan..

jasmine: yes..it is abit normal and quiet when i went..didn't regret though

wmw: sigh!!! i exited from the damansara tol and got lost..how fun!

Jackson said...

i heard they served good pork meal.. will go try them out next time!

Seaqueen said...

You love oink oink a lot huh?? Hehehh!!! But the bacon wrapped around d mushrooms is making me salivate.

Camemberu said...

BACON ENOKI!!! <3!!!!

Not exactly Filipino but who cares as long as it's tasty!!!

Ribs look great too.

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Looks amazing! I still remember the delicious filipino food that I tried in Manila...so much pork!! There was one dish that I particularly enjoyed...I think it was called "sisek" (at least, that's what it sounded like!). Not sure if Cagayan serves it, though. Must check it out.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ll: yes its pork all the way..not sure, go check it out!

camemberu: hahah i think no one cares if its tasty..

seaqueen: cant live without pork la..

jackson: now that you are so nearby..u shud!

mimid3vils said...

Tried once but not pork lor~~ must go back for the ribs then~~

fatboybakes said...

oooh, enoki wrapped with bacon, yummy, i likey

Bernsy said...

how did u end up in Centrepoint from Amansuria... hahahhaha...anyways good find.

You can now go back to Centerpoint for two more outlets, Champs and Bernard's. Gerenti makan bro...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

bernsy: the map didnt tell me do a u turn mah..so i ended up in 1U..so go centre point lor..

fbb: yummy me likey too..

mimi: go PORK!

FBB said...

bernsy, you own bernard's ah?

electronicfly said...

Mmmmm.. my fav is their chinchalok pork rice dish..

*stomach rumbles*

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

fbb: hahah name almost the same hor..

electronicfly: really?? shit need to try!

Henry Yeo said...

so you ready for the August appointment?

Wagyu & O'toro, Wagyu & O'toro, Wagyu & O'toro......

Bangsar-bAbE said...

The ribs look beautiful!! *drooling already*

Do they serve a plate of 8 ribs? :P

The pork binagoongan looks like pork stew...must go check this place out...since it's quite nearby my workplace.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

henry: aiyoh..not just yet..need to sort out finances..let u knw by aug 1

bangsar babe: how u knw! thats the biggest size..

tigerfish said...

....pumpkin, kangkung, long beans, brinjal, lady fingers and bittergourd....it's shd be common in Philippines. I only remember eating the "soup" version of this :P

Bangsar-bAbE said...

Haha...cos I'm greedy...

I want the plate of 8 ribs! :D

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

tigerfish: haha isit? i thought it was a funny combo..

bangsar babe: hahah i would do 8 too, if i had no sides..

CUMI & CIKI said...

who ever came up with Enoki mushrooms wrapped with bacon should be given a MEDAL

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: yeah we shud come up with a MEDAL by floggers..

jason said...

Fuyooh... glistening pork ribs! Btw, "not the spot for the maids" what does that mean?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jason: haha the filipino maids..u knw how in hk and sg, got some areas where all the filipino maids gather 1?..

Tummythoz said...

A bit pricey for me too & I'm only talking about petrol & toll. Porky pork pork hold on a bit longer. I'm be there soon!

leo said...

*gasp* non-halal? hahahahahah!

looks good but pinoy cooking tends to be on the sweet side no? (my preconceived-preconception that is..)

=)

worldwindows said...

I take Cagayan as the northern city Cagayan de Oro from the Mindanaoa island. I have tried their food and esp good are their pata tim (braised pork leg/knuckle). The meat is fall offthe bone tender but firm enough to maintain shape.

The ribs looks good. I used to have Filipina domestic helper 14 years ago for 4 years and she introduced pumpkin as a vegetable to us. The mix vegetable dish looks familiar!

Henry Yeo said...

gym? jln cochrane, old high school building

kampungboycitygal said...

still my favourite makan place..fyi i stayed next to centrepoint :D

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

kbcg: hahah isit? next time call u..wait do i even hav ur hp number?

henry: aiyoh so far..n obscure..need to get back to gym lor..

worldwindows: good to knw its vaguely authentic then haha

leo: same preconception too..it was abit sweet la..but good

tummythoz: wat to do? bus?

ling239 said...

welcome to this part of PJ...^_^
i remember teckie said that the oriental flavour is pretty good too, must go try soon ~

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ling239: yes, need to explore dis area soon..

Jun said...

seems weird to me that they decided to incl jap food in the filipino restaurant. whr in kl can u get authentic filipino food?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jun: i really dunno..but dis is quite good as it is!

Criz Lai said...

The food looked good. Might pop in one of these days.

http://crizfood.blogspot.com/

daphne said...

enoki wrapped with bacon-now that's an idea that I can try in the kitchen!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

criz: u shud!

daphne: haha i went n try with asparagus a week later, and its awesome!

J2Kfm said...

not a spot for maids? haha, for sure la. so expensive, half of their monthly wages gone. =P

but would be funny to see filipino maids hang out, licking their fingers off the ribs.

centrepoint? aiks. .. lost lost me. in 1Utama itself?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

j2fkm: nope..its further dwn the road from 1Utama..

sc said...

very near my house ler..both char siew and cagayan's..gimme a call when you are lost there next time ok? ;)

teckiee said...

lol ... this is where i always get my pork ribs. they pok satay is good and their other philipino cooked dishes are good. and for the green tea.. ask for the green tea shake.. or somethng like that...its not on the new menu but my fav drink.

Nic (KHKL) said...

omg! talk about coincidence! might make a trip down there this weekend! what a timely preview!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

nic: haha isit?? i think im missing the pork ribs d..

teckiee: can c potential..pork satay u say? must go try..

sc: i shall..haha