Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Leonardo's @ Jalan Bangkung, Bangsar

Living true to my blog's name, i often have cravings despite the copious amounts of food i stuff myself with (throughout the weekends). After the recent crave for fish head noodles which eventually resulted in eating a bowl of it every weekend for 3 weekends, it was pork knuckles.

So it was, google and blogs, your best friend when it comes to finding food.

Leonardo's it was.

The concept is really very simple. A cosy restaurant with a minimalist approach; the most obvious being the brick walls. Another floor houses what they call it; a wine loft. As simple as that and the name of the restaurant coincides with the famous Da Vinci (i would think the resemblance stops there, unless the menu is what he use to eat).

Another restaurant under the same group as Cava, Opus and Moxie, with the major difference of serving pork! After visiting the trio, it was time to get my taste buds to try Leonardo's cuisine.

Before the pork knuckle, the starters.

Complimentary whole grain bread. Just the right kind of carbs which came with olive oil and vinegar. It will always be the topic of debate; butter or this?

The mushroom soup was excellent. With chunks of mushrooms and what tasted like garlic croutons and truffle oil, a brilliant starter for that rainy night.

A very creative name was given to this dish but bluntly put it is a iberico pork nugget / mini cutlet. The meat was tender which went well with the beet root sauce and onion marmalade on top.

It took awhile but man it was worth it. Crisp skin and tender meat. As we dug in, we were surprised with a stuffing of some herbs and bacon, it was truly magical. The portion was so huge that two people could barely finish this, leaving the bread untouched.

Accompanied with some pickles, mustard, apple sauce (delicious!) and mushroom sauce.

A lot more on the menu namely their infamous bak kut teh and hokkien mee meant for people who had their fair share of single malt whisky to sober up before they leave the place.

I can safely say the craving is now gone, phew.

Address and contact details:

61-1 and 61-2, Jalan Bangkung,
Bukit Bandaraya, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03.2096 2226

Verdict: 4 stars out of 5 stars minus the pork nuggets. The Knuckle is a firm favourite and i like to chill here especially on a Sunday night with a glass of wine minus the crowd (better if i don't have to work the next day).

PS: Will be away on a short trip, see you guys and girls on Monday!


J said...

Love Leo's. :) Nice location, nice food, nice alcoholic drinks. :)

And the staff are generally really friendly too. :) :)

J2Kfm said...

yours may be gone. but mine has just been provoked. :)

Paranoid Android said...

Wow! Another Porkylicious Place to dip my snot in. Lovely. There goes my diet plan.

Cindy Khor said...

why does pork knuckle has to be in huge portions?? everywhere i go (i mean, just in uk or europe), the servings are so massive for this dish that half of the portion would surely go to waste (and shared between my bf and i)

for me, i much prefer butter with bread ^__^

Life for Beginners said...

Been ages since I was last at Leonardo's. Glad it's as atmospheric as ever and the food seems to have improved too. :)

qwazymonkey said...

Was just here a couple weeks back. The carbonara was just insanely good! And the Iberico Pork starter was juicy hor?

~Christine~Leng said...

have fun during your short trip :)
I like the name: LEONARDO. It just spells so right.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

christine: haha spell rite?

qwazymonkey: juicy lor but nothing special lor..

lob: apparently the knuckle receipe been tweaked..

cindy: a pity hor..there shud hav baby pork knuckles?

pa: wat diet plan?

j2kfm: oops...

j: totally agree!

thenomadGourmand said... burgers ah?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

tng: pork burgers? didnt c any wor.

mimid3vils said...

They really have BKT & Hokkien Mee? Can't imagine have BKT & Hokkien Mee in those high class restaurant lah :P

Wilson & Rachel said...

Pictures are getting nicer n nicer. They really have BKT? Unbelievable!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

wilson: yeah man, damn cool rite? thanks for the compliment!

mimi: yeah damn shiok, the prices are exp though

mh said...

sounds like a good place to bring my dad there...if he don't complain about the price la.

can't wait to come home to good food...


"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mh: haha yes come back, owe u another meal..can buy u the pork problem.

My Taste Heaven said...

the food looks great.
wait~they have hokkien mee there? can't imagine having hokkien mee in such high class restaurant...haha =]

CUMI & CIKI said...

i too recently OD-ed on pork! nice shots.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: i think u oded on london!!

my taste heaven: cool ler..

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