We checked out El Cerdo, a fairly new (about 4 months old) restaurant along Tengkat Tong Shin one evening. Kinda hard to spot them, they're right behind Radius International Hotel or opposite Allson Genesis Hotel. Look for Comfort Lodge for they're situated below the bed & breakfast.
El Cerdo which means “the pig” in Spanish, specialises in porcine delights. They have plenty of photographs and drawings of pigs and piglets at almost every nook and corner of the outlet. Do check out those cute little piggies in the washroom too! I'm immediately feel very at home... heh! It is very obvious that this is the place for me to pig out! Ahahaha...
This is the bar...
El Cerdo serves concoctions of tea from Jing Dian Tea House next door. It is very very smart of them to collaborate since tea would be the best option to wash away the heaviness of the meat served. We have Cooler Sunset (RM7.90) and Moonlight Lover (RM7.90). Both very refreshing and light. Seriously, I can't remember what's the difference between the two hahaha but they're kinda nice. Reminds me of fruit flavoured bubble tea.
The wait staff who served us is really a superb person, she was great in recommending us the dishes and did loads of explanation too. She's a great teaser too that we find it so entertaining. Look out for Cynthia when you're there. Am sure she can cheer your day up! Service was so great from her that hubby tipped her generously (a rare thing we practised here in Kuala Lumpur but she really deserved it!).
The chef, Werner J Kuhn, a German, sent us some complimentary appetiser, a goulash and a bread basket. I can taste the spiciness of the goulash but yet they are not too overpowering. Loads of meat at the bottom of the cup. This item is in their menu ok, highly recommended!
Once we were done with the goulash, Cynthia cleared the dishes and set these on the table. Before we could do anything she warned us "Do not touch! I'll let you know later what they are for". Wahwahwah... hahaha we liked the attitude but my itchy fingers can't resist in taking a look what are those. There's a bottle of German Whole Grain Mustard and a saucer that contained chili flakes errr like those found at the famous Chili Pan Mee at KinKin Restaurant, off Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman. Apparently this chili flakes is not the ordinary stuff, a secret recipe of El Cerdo perhaps?
We have ordered the Crispy Knuckle. At RM78.00, it serves 2 people but I reckon 3 people would be enough too. Cynthia brought out the side dishes first and we were, gosh... so many plates???
We have a plate of green salad with a light tangy dressing.
Then came a plate of purple cabbage. Don't look very appetising but surprisingly tasted not bad, kinda sweet and I thought it was purple saurkraut initially heheheh silly me.
A baked potato topped with sour cream and some crispy bacon bits came next sitting on a plate. Hohoho so many plates sitting on our table now!
Then some sauce came in the gravy pot on a plate!
The rather large piece of knuckle came on a wooden board and you can see Cynthia carving the knuckle for us. Seems like the knuckle looked pretty crispy and have got some green flakes on the skin. I asked Cynthia if this is a German dish and I was surprised at her answer... it's Mexican!
This was how the knuckle with some gravy was served on my plate with half a baked tomato and one of the Chanel earrings hehehe... Hubby took the other one hahahaha... ok it was a joke between us and Cynthia. It's actually a deep fried battered onion ring. I sank my teeth on the knuckle first... tasted porkilicious man! I loved the topping of chopped garlic, coriander and most probably parsley. Very very tasty and the meat texture is not dry and tough. Needless to say, the skin part is oh so crispy!
Oh yeah... remember the set of condiment earlier??? It was recommended to us to sprinkle the chili flakes on the meat before eating, I tell you, I never know these lethal stuff can heighten the knuckle taste by
I was certainly stuffed after pigging out on the knuckle but dear hubby wanted dessert. Goodness! Cynthia recommended Red Wine Jelly (RM13.50) as a light dessert. Whilst waiting, I goofed around with my EX-Z750.
My dessert plate, fork and spoon waiting patiently for the wine jelly...
And this is Cynthia hehehe...
Check out the Red Wine Jelly!!! Actually, all items came separately. First the vanilla sauce was poured over the jelly followed by the vanilla ice-cream. We told the waiter to hold the whipped cream. This was a great choice made actually cos the jelly is tangy and light plus it's filled with loads of berries - blackberry, raspbery etc. The vanilla sauce is thick and creamy, lent a perfect balance to the tartness of the jelly.
Ahem... this was a little gift from Cynthia hehehe... cos I asked her where they got those cutesy piggies in the washroom. She wasn't sure where exactly but she knew its part of her boss' extensive collection from his travels. She asked me what about those piggies... I giggled and told her I'm a piggy ahahaha... who loves to pig out :p she told us to wait and next she passed me this. Cute or not... kekeke reminded me of someone actually.
There... my lil secret is out! Go pig yourself out here...