Sunday, April 24, 2011

Wils reviews: 42 East Restaurant & Bar, Taman Tun Dr Ismail

It was talked about for weeks, much anticipated from the rave reviews and feedbacks from friends alike that Clarissane, Ronnycakes & myself were looking forward to trying. One fine Friday evening, Clarissane & I decided to finally take the liberty to head there, by hook or by crook. Coincidentally, I managed to invite 2 good friends who were on their unusual adventurous nature of trying something new. Yes, you guessed right, it was all about a restaurant cum bar located in Taman Tun.


Once entered, we felt cosy by the ambience that is not overly dark yet well lit for your eating & social pleasures.


Right after we were ushered to our table, we received 2 types of menu; for food and beverages respectively.


The moment you got on your hands on it, you’ll be blown away by the awesomely looking delicious food they have to offer.


Even by reading the description of ingredients and how they are prepared can leave you salivating. The 4 of us decided to each order an entree and share so we can have a taste of everything good. Gluttons…


Nothing like a chilled tall glass of Erdinger to keep you refreshed especially in this hot weather. Moreover, this glass was going to be essential to our starter in the following picture.


That’s right, Crispy Pork Bacon (RM13) would be the ideal partner in crime while sipping on a glass on Erdinger or beer of any sort. This is the way westerners enjoy life, usually as a snack. The crispy bacon was grilled excellently to taste, texture and a colour that leaves you wanting.


This is the main reason everyone thrives making the trip here. The entree of attraction, the renowned BBQ Pork Ribs (RM36 for half a slab). A full slab would cost approximately RM64 which isn’t that pricey at all for its portion and heavenly goodness. At first sight, all we wanted to do was dig in.


Enticing isn’t it.


Once sliced open, we witness what meaty goodness is all about. Grilled to perfection, meat so tender, we didn’t even bothered talking till we were done with every last pinch of flavour.


Now this is gold. None other than the Connor Stout which is suppose to be glazed all across the slab of ribs. It has an essence of wine, sauces and lemon zest mixed together. It is so good that it will probably go well with any forms of red meat.


The platter of ribs were also accompanied by boiled vegetables and mash potatoes. The vegetables were boiled well but the mash potatoes were quite a let down simple because it tasted ‘instant’. Clarissane especially didn’t take more than one mouthful of it.


Next up, came the Homemade Pork Burger (RM22) which is also one of the main entrees'. Again, it doesn’t burn a hole in your pockets especially since its given in such a huge abundance.


Just by looking at it, I knew that it was going to be impressive from the tender pork patty, all minced to precision. In between them were lettuce, onions, a slice of pineapple, tomatoes and button mushrooms.


Just as I thought, it was indeed an eyebrow raising experience. The patty was marinated to a strong smoky flavour and since the pork patty is minced, it makes the burger easily chewable (although a little messy).


And then came the Malacca Pork Satay (RM14 for 1 dozen). The meat on each stick were thick and tender with no existence of fatty parts which is vital to a good satay. Accompanied by cucumber, onions and of course the satay sauce. The satay sauce deserves a special mention because it is not the conventional peanut sauce that we usually get. Its a chilly based sauce that tasted sour and spicy at the same time. Something different a definitely a breath of fresh air since it taste so good with the satays.


Last came the Roasted Pork Belly (RM18). It was rather disappointing because it wasn’t served hot and the fatty and meaty texture was rather rubbery. Not to mention, the skin isn’t as crunchy as the ones we would get at chicken rice joints or even at the market.


The ugly duckling.

I’d highly recommend everyone (especially pork or meat lovers) to make a trip and experience what porky goodness is all about. My friends and I are already making headway to plan our next trip. There are much more to explore. The BBQ Ribs would be the best and most value for money you can have in this country.

42, Lorong Rahim Kajai 14
Taman Tun Dr Ismail
60000 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: +603 7726 7688

Map *here*


:: Clarissane :: said...

Their range of cocktails and mojitos are also worth a mention especially their famed frozen margarita which is their specialty according to the owner.. with most tables having at least one glass of it. We wanted to but were way too stuffed (we didn't even manage to finish our food!)
Will definitely go back for that! :D

valerietan said...

wahh excellent writeup! i must make a trip there sometime too..

Wils said...

thanks Valerie. you really should! =D


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