Sunday, November 30, 2008

Bellygood Restaurant @ Sunway Mentari

Formerly known as Wendy's Bistro which opened a year ago, the restaurant was recently re-named to "Bellygood Restaurant".

Was the food or the crowd that bad to warrant a change in owners within a span of a year? or Was there maybe a hostile takeover, i wonder?

The preconceptions and assumptions were quickly dispelled when i was greeted by Eve and Sue.

Apparently the Wendy franchise were a bit concerned and was facing the "who is the real Wendy identity crisis" and so the Wendy Bistro management happily obliged by changing their name of the restaurant to something more close to their heart/signature dish; pork belly.

Everything still remains the same, the food, the management and the ambience.

Bellygood Restaurant is very clear with the direction it wants to go. It wants to be a family diner and carve out a niche for serving certain affordable pork dishes that will appeal to the wide public. Not being afraid to tweak their recipes to suit the more asian palates, it is famous for their pork belly and ribs. I know i had to dig into some pork, the minute i caught some flame action in the open kitchen.

Hold your horses, for a meal shall start with firstly a nice cold german beer, Weihenstephaner. A pretty dark ale, it was an excellent company with the food to come that night. If the dark creamy texture is not what you want, theres Hoegaarden and other local beers of your choice.

Firstly, a starter to perk up that increasingly large appetite of mine.

The mushroom soup is made from scratch every day and it showed. No trace of any can in sight and taste, the creamy yet light texture warmed up the belly especially since that night was a wet and pouring one.

Then it was time to get on with the pork, first up the Deep Fried Breaded Pork Chop.

Two generous pieces of pork chop, deep fried without any hint of overcooking, served with french fries and coleslaw. The tender meat was the result of a strenous hammer pounding exercise but i felt that the deep frying left it drier then it should be. Served with a black pepper cream sauce or alternatively with your usual tomato and chilli sauce, it is a hearty meal by itself.

But that was only the beginning.

The mixed sausages platter appeared next. With a variety of chorizos, hungarian and their version of the taiwanese sausage, its well recommended to share or treat it as a main. My personal favourite is the Pork Oriental (aka taiwanese sausage).

Then their signature dish, the grilled pork belly with pekin sauce. Marinated in a sweet sauce, the fats had begun to melt under the grill and the meat so tender, that you could almost let in melt in your mouth. As we all looked at each other, scheming when we will come back for more, the chunky grilled pork ribs arrived.

Despite seating on the grill, the meat was falling out of the bone and dipped with either their maripur sauce or the spicier version (something for the chilli lovers).

Those who cant really stand pork (i mean are they such people?), the grilled lamb chop also gives a wow factor. Served with home made mint sauce, a whiff of the strong potent green liquid, clears the nose and is best enjoyed with a slab of lamb.

By now, i finally realise why the regulars always come back. The signature dishes are too good to be true.

Not one to rest on their laurels, they serve a variety of pasta dishes including this bacon laden one; Sauteed Bacon Cappellini, angel hair pasta tossed with garlic, onions, chilli, fresh herbs and lots of bacon. Simple and delish, something that you might be able to cook at home, if you are hardworking enough.

Wash it down with some Swiss chocolate drink that has a delightful scoop of vanila ice cream floating around, and you will surrender with two hands.

By the end, we all sat down breathing heavily, regretting for not saving any stomach space for desserts. The movenpick ice creams and that rich brownie just could not find any way into the already tight pants. A very good reason to come back again though, for it is truly a pork lover's paradise.

Address and Contact details:

20, Jalan PJS 8-18,
Dataran Mentari,
Bandar Sunway,
46150 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan
T 03 5630 1699


Verdict: 4 stars out of 5 stars. The food is well truly simple and down to earth, not to mention affordable, with mains not exceeding RM30, so a meal shouldn't be anything more then RM50 unless you are a true glutton. Whether it is Bellygood or Wendy's Bistro, definitely worth a re-visit.


ggmu said...

Now that's the better beer than Paulaner!!! Weihenstephaner~ and Hoegaarden is also better than Paulaner! Cheers Mate! The beer goes with the Pork! Fantastic! :D

backstreetgluttons said...

Sunway more well known for its havocking pubs and steamboats so shud be belly interesting, sommore selling pork as mains

babe_kl said...

wow certainly lived up to its name of belly goodness!!!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

babekl: yes definitely know where the name came from..

bsg: yes..the belly is here to stay..

ggmu: haha it was certainly very good yes..

jason said...

Cheers to more pork! Let's see if I can find it this weekend :)

vialentino said...

walau....chun chun food pics!

CUMI & CIKI said...

wah, really so good kah.. have to try then!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: really is good wor..shud try!

vialentino: thank u thank u..

jason: im sure u shud do fine car rite?

Tummythoz said...

There can't be only one of u!

Bangsar-bAbE said...


Your pics of their food looks better than the ones on their website lah. They should hire you to take photos for them...kekeke

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

bangsar babe: isit?? hahaha hope they read this la then..

tummythoz: no la..3 of us..haha

Jun said...

after ur pork feast we shall indulge in crabs!! *muahahaha...* see u this fri! ;)

BaBy OcTopUs said...

OMG~! This is another reason for me to hang out at Mentari other than their steamboats. Will definitely try this one out. What's the damage for the whole meal?

Cheddarina said...

Wow... U really tried out many many nice food....

how to maintain your weight?

Thanks for sharing

Kok said...

the food looks real good. Moreover, the price of the food seems reasonable. I think if I was in KL, this is one of the places I wanna try out. :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

kok: hahaha when u coming dwn then?

cheddarina: haha maybe i dont? its hard to balance, lots of exercising and dieting helps..

baby octopus: 200pls maybe? then again got alot of food here..shudnt exceed rm50 per person if u order like 1 main and share a starter..

jun: i think i better standby lipitor haha..

ling239 said...

wow.... lots and lots of pork!!!
i guess this place is not hard to find... ^_^

worldwindows said...

Your post make this a must go location and esp. good pork dishes are not easy to get to.

Xylia said...

I read this entire blog from front to back! Like actually read too, not just browse through the pictures. I love your honesty in rating these restaurants which will help me decide where to go when I finally return to Malaysia after over five years o absence. Is the grass really greener on this side (USA)? I'll let you know after my trip to Malaysia! Just curious, has there been a place you've gone to with perfect or almost perfect ratings?

slumbeRAJA said...

cool photos man ^^

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

slumberaja: thanks!

xylia: no la..i havent exactly found the PERFECT one per se..

worldwindows: well its starting to grow..esp the love for pork dishes

ling239: haha i made a few wrong turns..

jasmine said...

bellygood indeed :P

Nic (KHKL) said...

Sauteed Bacon Cappellini? woah, italian char kway teow kah?? looks good. down with a beer, woah lagi shiok! ;)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

nic: i had that combo..lethal i must say..

jasmine: yes..very good indeed..

mimid3vils said...

Oh...kill me pls~~~ I want pork pork pork!!!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mimi: no ned to kill u..just go eat pork hahaha

licik @^^@ said...

i've tried the pork ribs and pork belly ~ they are truly fantastic. a MUST try :p

Unhappy guest said...

It was an unpleasant dining experience for me and my friend @ Belly Good. The serving was small and the owner who took our order wasn't a nice guy either.
Basically, we booked several tables for 30 person and on that morning before the dinner, he called and said he wanted to cancel the reservation because of some stupid excuses related to his own profit (something about lots of students coming in and sharing food instead of ordering one meal per pax resulting in lower business profit).
If you are unwilling to do our business, then do not accept the reservation and cancel it last minute. Such an unethical businessman.
On that night itself, I don't get why the owner seemed so stressed about trying to rush the food out. Why can't he wait till everyone is seated before taking orders. In the end, we had to be rude to other guests who arrived later by eating first as the food was there and no point waiting until the food is cold. The serving is very small (3 sticks of ribs instead of a row) and the baby back rib that I've ordered, doesn't seems to be a baby ribs at all. At RM29.90 (yes, they increased the price without updating their website), it is definitely not worth it. I could have gotten a 2 course meal at TGI Fridays for that price.
Another observation of mine was the kitchen. Located in the dining area, the kitchen was an unpleasant sight. The frying pan is abused to the max. I suspect it used to be a non-stick pan, but the coating on the middle is entirely gone, only the side still appear coated. So what have they been serving their customers? Teflon coated pasta? Ewwww....they can't even invest in a proper aluminium or cast iron cookware that will last longer.
All I want to say is, avoid that place at all cost. There are many other places for pork lovers. There were more unhappy events that occurred that night, but I do not wish to mention it anymore but it has something to do with mistake during ordering and lost of temper.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

unhappy guest: sad to hear the above, it really is.

novelin said...

I have a bad experience too. Bought mine through Groupon. We were served by the guy owner too. It was as if we owed him money, his face was so black. We were supposed to be served mashed potato but came with a highly saturated in oil fries, pork belly stinks, portion was small even we had a deal for 4 pax but just the 3 of us. Anyway, we didn't finish our food, it tastes horrible. Service sucks! Guy owner has no courtesy in apologising nor pre-inform us of the change. Even the bread that came with the mushroom soup was just a half slice bread, not those french loaf as shown in Groupon deal. Stay away from this restaurant! I do not know how they can last this long!