Porcine lovers should be well acquainted with El Cerdo, a highly popular restaurant on Changkat Bukit Bintang that has been around for more than a decade. The menu offers nose-to-tail dishes from different parts of the world that are sure to delight those looking to banish their pork cravings.
There are only two soups to choose from and we ordered the one we are more familiar with: Creamy Mushroom Soup @ RM24. The chunky bits of mushroom and pig tail lent the soup a meat-like texture, making it a rich and hearty starter that we enjoyed thoroughly.
How do you make a stir-fried spicy sausage even better? Stir-fried it with bacon, that’s how. The Sauteed Spicy Sausage @ RM32 has plenty of texture and it’s a lip smacking dish worth sharing with a few friends. It looks red hot alright, but the spiciness is actually just right and added a punch of flavor into the otherwise one dimensional salty dish.
We had a hard time settling for the main dishes because all of them were equally tempting. There’s no way the two of us could finish the Roasted Suckling Pig, so it was totally out of our consideration.
Eventually, the friendly manager suggested that we try the Grilled Pork Shoulder Steak @ RM48, the reason being it’s the oldest dish on the menu, available since day one of their opening and their customers simply love it.
Although the steak appears lean, it was incredibly tender considering it’s pork and moreover a well-done one. Prior to going on the grill, it was marinated for 48 hours in a myriad of herbs and seasonings for a simple yet effective flavor. The sides were great as well and not included in the dish just for the sake of presentation or as fillers.
If you like ribs, you won’t go wrong with El Cerdo’s Oven Roasted Iberico Spare Ribs @ RM88 (2-3pax). Slowly cooked to a juicy perfection, the rub of spices caramelized into a light golden-brown crust that’s irresistible to pick up and eat with your hands. It’s nothing short of amazing really, and the satisfaction of ripping the fatty meat off the bone with your teeth alone is well worth the effort.
For those visiting El Cerdo on a Sunday, you can partake in their Bubbylicious Brunch which features all-you-can-eat pork dishes and free flow beverage. For RM148++, you get free flow of sparkling wine, house red & white wine, beer, soft drinks and chilled juices.
However, if you are not keen on having alcohol, then it’s only RM99++ and you get the soft drinks and chilled juices only. Besides the cold appetizers, you also get to choose from a range of sausages, pasta, pork steak, smoked Iberico soft ribs, just to name a few. And lets not forget their fine selection of desserts too.
Lastly, members of the Entertainer will be pleased to know that El Cerdo is one of the merchants offering 1-for-1 for main dishes, applicable for both lunch and dinner.
As long as it’s not eve of public or public holiday, the offer will be available and better still, no reservation is actually required. That said, you can actually enjoy a 3-course lunch or dinner for two for less thanr RM100 if you plan your orders right.
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43 & 45 Changkat Bukit Bintang
50200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2145 0511 / 013-309 4197