I first heard of The Meat Experts (TME) from Gerald of Sunshine Chicken as he supply ma cho kai and yim kai here. All these while I thought they sell everything meat until we passed by the place in Hartamas Shopping Complex. Seems like 1/3 of the space make up of a deli selling all sorts of cured meat and sausages. There are fresh meat, chicken and duck as well! The rest of the space is occupied with tables and chairs, well nothing fancy though.
As it was just around 6.00pm, a little too early for dinner, Capt'n Hook checked the menu and the person showing him the menu told him to come back and try to be early or if better do place our reservation. Since we wanted to have our options opened, we did not. The person trying to convince us that they tend to be very packed so it's better to put our name in but we just didn't want to.
Anyhow come 7.00pm, Boiboi said he's getting hungry and we decided to head towards TME but guess what when we reached the place? It was empty LOL... err it was a Friday.
We browsed through the menu and decided to share a pasta and large mixed grill platter (enough for 2).
Can't resist the Spaghetti Aglio Olio with Roasted Pork (RM19.90) especially when Capt'n Hook mentioned that his friend had told him the roasted pork (siew yuk) here is melt-in-the-mouth texture. Since Boiboi is sharing, so no chili flakes in our aglio olio but they gave the chili flakes in a separate sauce plate which I think is very thoughtful of the chef. The al dente spaghetti is laced with chopped garlic and parsley, very fragrant indeed. Served with a strip of chopped punn fei sau (half lean half fat) siew yuk. Not the best siew yuk I've eaten but the skin is crispy and yes they do melt-in-the-mouth due to the fatty parts.
When the mix grill (large RM55) arrived... looked kinda disappointing, not as appetising as I've expected. Let's see what's in the platter... a couple of sausages, pork chops, lamb chops, bbq ribs and steamed vege. The sausages are nothing to shout about. Pork chops are a bit tough and tasteless. Lamb chops are tough and a bit gamey which Capt'n Hook detest. Luckily the ribs that came with a sweetish chilli gravy saved the day. Fork tender and flavourful! I wonder what happened to the other chops??? Sighhh... took them quite a while to dish this up... could it be time spent to defrost the meat??
Other than meat in the menu, spotted are soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, pasta and a lone curry laksa under Asian category. It's a pity that only canned beer is served here as they do not have the necessary licence. There's a 10% service charge imposed here.
BTW, if you fancy making your own siew yuk, it's not difficult... Homemade Siew Yuk.
The Meat Experts (TME)
G15-16 Ground Floor
Hartamas Shopping Center
60 Jalan Sri Hartamas
Tel: (603) 6205 2577