Sunday, July 12, 2009

Engka Portobello, Changkat Bukit Bintang

It was Alicia's birthday and she requested to have dinner in KL. After giving her a few choices, she settled for a place that serves mushrooms and pork, both her favourite :p
Engka Portobello is still considered a new kid on the block, since it just opened about 3.5 months ago.Justify Full The walls were adorned with posters of many types of mushrooms, giving us another topic to discuss on while waiting for our food.
Since we were the first customer, the service was excellent- the staff were attentive, but not overbearing.
Started off with some drinks
Alicia with her margarita(RM19)
She seemed to like it..
I had Vanilla rum and raisin shake(RM12).
Slightly too sweet and lacked rum taste. Plump raisins though.
We began our meal with Grilled Mushroom salad (RM10)
The type of mushrooms depends on the variety they had in the kitchen that day. Our platter was a mix of portobello, shimeji, enoki, button and oyster mushrooms. Each type of mushrooms were cooked with different spices which heightens it's flavours. We enjoyed the oyster and portobello mushroom most.
The grilled Portobello Mushrooms with pork belly and onions (RM15) sounds sexy, so we gave in to temptation..
Gosh, this was so delicious. The portobello was wonderfully succulent, bursting with woody flavour while the pork belly gave some saltiness to this else sweet dish.
The grilled pork bacon with onion rings and halumi cheese (RM13)
I find this dish very greasy. The halumi was slightly hard and dry, the onion ring's batter was so oily that I could not even detect the onion. Did not like this.
For mains, the birthday girl ordered a pork burger (RM35)
Steep price for a burger, but this was absolutely scrumptious. The thick pork pattie was moist, layered with ham, bacon, sliced portobello mushrooms, mayo cheddar cheese and sliced tomatoes; definitely able to fulfill anyone's craving for a yummilicious pork burger. It was delightful watching Alicia enjoying this so much.
Our surprise came in the form of the chips.. guess we didnt read the menu description properly..The chips were actually served on melted smoked cheese. So artery clogging but tasty indeed..
BL had the Grilled Pork Steak (RM33)
Came with a generous 2 slab pork steak, it was served on a bed of potatoes, bacon and warm apple. The pork steak was glazed with rum malt vinegar, but I could not really taste it. The steak was a tad over cooked though, but the rich sauce helped eased the slight dryness of the meat.
Mine was the charred pork steak (RM33)
The huge pork steak had a wonderful smokey flavour but again was slightly over cook. That aside, I love arranging each pork cut with a slice of portobello and smother it with the black pepper hickory sauce. Delicious.
We were so stuffed by the time we were done with mains, we wanted to skip desserts.
But Alicia wanted her BD cake and her BD wish, so we ordered her a tiramisu (RM15)
Hahaha and this was the longest tiramisu we have ever eaten! I liked the fact that this was freshly made, the cake base was still warm and moist with warm espresso. The novelty aside, it was an ok tiramisu for me as I didnt like the peanut butter slathered in the centre. Alicia enjoyed it tremendously.
The sweet manager of Engka Portobello, Sly, decided to treat us to an additional dessert..
The churrous with warm chocolate dip
Served piping hot, the churrous was crisp on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside. The accompanying chocolate sauce was slightly bitter, which complemented the slightly sweetish churrous nicely.
Overall we had a great time there, would definitely pop by for another meal (I want to try the pork ribs). But would remind them not to over cook the pork steak :p. Sly showed us their lunch set too; there's 10 mains to choose from with soup and drinks. All for 19.50++. Good value indeed.
Engka Portobello is located at 32, Jalan Changkat Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur.

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Blogger Sugar Bean said...

Haha, is that really a tiramisu? Looks like a banana to me. Looks like a nice restaurant, would love to try the mushroom platter out!

12 July, 2009  
Blogger "Joe" who is constantly craving said...

pork chops abit hard to get rite..any less cooked and its dangerous..

13 July, 2009  
Blogger CUMI & CIKI said...

wow, i need to try this!

13 July, 2009  
Blogger J2Kfm said...

the other day we went to Magnificient Fish n Chips Bar, more or less same pricing.

but Engka was surprisingly empty lah. though from your review, I'm hooked! at all the PORK and MUSHROOMS. great combination ...

13 July, 2009  
Blogger sc said...

sugar bean: yes it was! and it was so very long..hahaha. we enjoyed the mushroom dishes there, go try!

joe: of course it should be cooked, but my friend's steak was overcooked till some parts were dry and hard.

cumi&ciki: you'll enjoy the portobello with pork belly :)

j2kfm: when we went in, we were the only customers. i was pretty unsure about the food. but in the end, we were glad we tried. on they had customers trickling in only after 9pm. yes, love mushrooms and pork alright!

13 July, 2009  
Blogger 550ml jar of faith said...

Two of my favouritest things together! Va va voom! Changkat is really springing up a few tricks and surprises these days!

13 July, 2009  
Blogger thenomadGourmand said...

ohh churrous ??? i'm there!
I alws passed by this plc and tot it looked not -so-promisin so i skipped this & went somewhr else..its easily to be distracted too..cos tht plc really got loads of makan plcs...but tiramisu w PB? got to try..

14 July, 2009  
Blogger sc said...

550ml jar of faith: yums yums..yup, changkat has a few nice choices alright..

thenomadGourmand: oh, you like churrous? :) the dark looking signage and interiors dont really excite right? i wanted to go somewhere else too because of the same reason. i find PB with tiramisu just so-so, maybe you'll enjoy it better than me gwa.

15 July, 2009  
Blogger mimid3vils said...

What a porky feast!!!

15 July, 2009  
Blogger Simon Seow said...

Seems there's a lot of good pork place in Changkat Bukit Bintang.

04 August, 2009  
Anonymous JoinMe said...

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08 August, 2011  

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