Tuesday, May 26, 2009

El Cerdo @ Changkat Bukit Bintang

It was Greg's birthday. I was having such a hard time trying to arrange a nice dinner for him as he would be bringing along his brothers and one of his bro's gf. Instead of going to lovey-dovey places, I was thinking of a more memorable yet cosy place to have dinner.

Thinking of how 'chinaman' he has always been, chinese food popped into my mind but people leh already had abalone and chinese food for lunch with family ok? So my dinner cannot lose also!

Therefore, I brought him to El Cerdo to eat his own kind(he's born in the year of pig).

The Interior- very nice and european-like

The main character and the most beautiful lady herself =p

Mushroom soup served in a small coffee cup was complementery

Bread for dipping was also complementery (they forgot to offer us vinegar and olive oil for dipping though)

Parma Ham with Rock Melon @ RM 38

It was my first time having Parma ham (air dried ham for 36 months) after hearing the ravings of parma ham from my sisters. The ham are very very thinly sliced yet full of flavor! It's a bit salty though but really refreshing if paired with the sweet rock melon. I love it!

The main purpose of me going to El Cerdo - Half Suckling Piglet @ RM 116

Their european style of suckling piglet tastes a little different from chinese ones. These european ones have more flesh and meat however is milder in taste.

Whenever you order a piglet, there's a commotion in the restaurant. The waitress will ask one of you to cut the piglet with a plate. The piglet is so crispy that you can basically chop it with a ceramic plate! In this case, the Birthday boy did it, which was also the reason why I chose this place.

It started off with knocking the plate on the wooden piglet tray for 3 times, chopped it up 2 times and the waitress will ask you to have 1 wish - relatioship or money? Then she will ask you to stand at an instructed position and smash the plate into the wooden pail!

Akibatnya.... all the smashed and broken plates

This 1 of cos pretending 1 lah... only 1 plate for smashing

They then brought the piglet back into the kitchen to cut it up nicely for us

The piglet is also served with a small serving of wedges

and also some garden salad drenched in Balsamic vinegar

The piglet is very mild in taste so they provided us gravy to make the meat more flavorful

Seafood Paella (spanish rice) @ RM 90

The food that we ordered were all meant for 2 person only (as written) but if there;s no big eaters nor no hungry ghosts, the food serves 4 persons. In our case, 5 because all of them had a very filling lunch.

I forgot whats the dessert but it's something like banana and ice cream in mango sauce (i hate bananas!)

To wash everything up, they served everyone a small glass (ice wine glass) of lemonade with some alcohol whcih they claim is very fresh and is good for the body, also complementery.

Every single of them took 1 sip and spat everything out cos it was so sour! I down-ed the whole thing hehe

Because it was Greg's Birthday and they knew about it, they arranged another 5 glasses of those drinks, a candle and a pig made of wood for Greg and his Brithday song!

Imagine their freaked out expression when they saw another 5 glasses of those drink!

Instead of a Birthday cake where normally no one eats it or get forced to eat, this is such a brilliant idea!

Oh don't they look alike?? Anyway he got to take the pig home!

El Cerdo @ Changkat Bukit Bintang

The bill for the night was RM 310 inclusive of about 3 bottles of mineral water. Though I planned to fork out 50% of the bill as I initiated the place, Greg's elder brother said it was his treat and refused to take my money.



KY said...

poor piggy!

* ZILING * said...

KY: U mean Kwan Kong or the bbqed piglet? Both are pigs u know?

Mark said...

The bread is meant to be eaten with the ham.