Thursday, 19 June 2014

El Cerdo, Changkat Bukit Bintang


Oink! Oink! Oink!
That's what El Cerdo means in Spanish! Yes, pig! 

2 weeks ago was my parents' 21st wedding anniversary. Mum decided to buy two living social voucher worth RM150 at RM75 for El Cerdo, as all of us has been keen to try out that place, after hearing praises from friends and family for their famous suckling pig.

Little did we know that the voucher is not applicable on Saturdays, and all session on Sundays were fully booked! The vouchers were sold out pretty fast too. So we had no choice but to book it on the exact date of my parents' anniversary, which was on a Thursday.
Changkat Bukit Bintang is renowned for its pub and my, it really seems like a Friday night there! Cars double parking, congesting the roads as if it was not narrow enough, flashy & colourful lights everywhere, jockey everywhere!

We were stuck in traffic for more an hour after exiting smart tunnel so we decided to just pay RM15 for a shabby car park. We were starving and were eager to try out some porky-licious meal!
El Cerdo has a smoking el-fresco dining/drinking area as well. We of course requested for the indoor area as it was rather stuffy, noisy outside, not to forget it was reeking of alcohol and smoke.
The indoor dining area wasn't much better too. It was really noisy in there. Dinners chatted happily with their companion as laughters filled the air. Not forgetting the endless "crash", "bam", "boom!" sounds that prevailed in the air- continue reading to find out what it was about ;)

But other than the sound pollution, I really do like the interior of El Cerdo- classic golden wallpaper, with  a collection of little piggies decorations and wine bottles decorating the space, paired up with red & black and white & black table cloth combination to give this place a touch of elegance.

We flipped through the menu (with an adorable picture of two little piglet, which made me feel so guilty) and ordered everything that piqued our interest- You can check out their full menu on their website here.
Rose Sangria RM25
Complementary Bread Basket with pate spread
The breads were lovely- fluffy, soft, and each bite was enhanced by the aromatic smell of herbs infused into the bread.
Pate Spread, who knows which parts of a pig is in it. After all, El Cerdo's tagline is "Nose to Tail Eating" *wink wink*.
That aside, it tasted really good! No unpleasant taste/smell. In fact, it was an enjoyable treat to brace our tummy for more oink oink goodness...
Lentil Vegetables Soup RM22.50
Vegetables soup with tomato broth, served with wiener sausage. The soup was loaded with beans and vegetables, and each spoonful was packed with a sweet and sour punch. However, for a soup priced at RM22.50, I was  expecting more but it was rather average to me :(
Tortilla Espanola RM12
Also known as Spanish Omelette or Potato Omelette. As my tooth sank into the omelette, the fluffiness of the potatoes overwhelmed my taste buds, tempting me to go after another bite. Wonderful.
Calamares la Plancha RM16
Grilled squid with garlic and parsley sauce.
The squid was perfect! Tender & fresh, each bite was pleasantly juicy & chewy! The garlic & parsley sauce complements the juicy squid perfectly, as it lingers at my taste buds, creating a memorable taste.
Bacon Boquerrones RM26
Fried Bacon Roll marinated with white wine anchovies, served with tartar sauce and a side of salad and onin rings.
This was definitely my favourite starter- Crunchy on the outside, juicy on the inside. What could go wrong with bacon? It was such a sinful treat , but yet I couldn't help it but to reach for more. My parents thought that it was a little too salty but to me it was the perfect treat :)
Pork Belly Fettucini RM39.50
Home-made Fettucini cooked till el-dente, tossed in cream sauce with bacon and tender pork belly chunks cooked in red wine.
I have been eating so much store-bought instant pasta, I was so shocked when I took a bite off El Cerdo's home made fettucini- The home-made fettucini was delightfully so bouncy and springy! It was a perfect marriage with the cream sauce that doesn't taste cloying at all. The pork belly was well-marinated, and it was so soft and tender, it literally melted in my mouth. A masterpiece.

Paella Traditional Mixta RM88
Paella cooked with king tiger prawns, squid, chicken and pork! The generosity of meat given was really evident - you'll have a piece of meat (be it pork, chicken or seafood) for every mouthful of paella you stuff into your mouth. The rice was nice and fluffy and bursting of rich flavours.

Cochinillo Al Estilo Segoviano (Half Piglet, for 2 pax) RM188A dish that almost everyone would order in El Cerdo, Roasted Suckling Pig...
Patrons are recommended to pre-order their piglet a few days before paying El Cerdo a visit to avoid disappointment. We booked our piggy one week before we dined in because this was the main reason why we wanted to try out El Cerdo.
Here's the fun part, you have to slice the piglet into three cuts using the plate given, and then throw the plate into a wooden bucket. So don't be shock if you see diners throwing their dish into a bucket or hear crashing sounds! ;D No, no one is going bersek (laugh). It's all for the sake of saying good bye to bad luck and welcoming good fortune :)
After breaking the plates and making a wish, it's feast time! The waiter brought our piggy to the kitchen to have it sliced into smaller pieces for our convenience :)

The skin of the roasted pig was delightfully crunchy & addictive. The meat was throughly marinated and flavourful- it was no wonder almost every table ordered this dish.
The piggy also comes with a side of salad and baked baby potatoes , which serves as a good respite from the meats
And we ended our meal with complimentary tequilla shots :)

Overall, we had a great experience dining at El Cerdo. It was fun, participating in their "plate breaking ceremony", the service was pleasant and food was great :)  Our bill totalled up to RM550+, averaging in RM135+ per person (because we over-ordered, as usual). Thank goodness for vouchers!

El Cerdo
43&45 Changkat Bukit Bintang,
50200 Kuala Lumpur, 
Jalan Changkat Bukit Bintang, 
50200 Kuala Lumpur,

Business Hours: 
Mon - Fri: 12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 23:00
Sat: 18:00 - 23:00
Sun: 12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 23:00

Contact Number:+60 3-2145 0511

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