Calling My Own Bluff: Sid’s Pub, Taman Tun Dr Ismail

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K: Have you been to Sid’s Pub in Taman Tun?

Me: *pause* Yeah. Of course. *clears throat* Sure. Nice place
(that’s because I read it on Lyrical Lemongrass the other day) *smile*
K: Why would you go there? You don’t own a dog. It’s only for dog lovers!

Me: Why not? Can’t an ordinary person go have some food there? I do after all run a blog that talks about food you know.

K: Oh yeah, the one with beautiful pictures on it, right? I keep forgetting. Do you know this blog called Lyrical Lemongrass? I love, love it to bits!

Me: *roll eyes*
Oh God, the irony.


I managed to meet up with my childhood buddy, Kelv, on Christmas eve. It’s been a while since I last saw him. And honestly, the last time just wasn’t quite a good time to play catch up. So while we were having lunch over at Fogel’s Meat Market, mixed in between the conversation where he announced his wedding date and how he wanted my Best-Man’s toast to be, the topic of Sid’s Pub came up. Guess we were talking about meaty dishes or something like that.

Confession time, I did tell a little lie of having been to Sid’s before. I didn’t want to sound out of touch. Or worst, not knowing about my places to eat. Who’s to say what came over me that I have to lie about it. Thank God for a little blog entry I read a couple months back. It helped me dropped names of dishes like Lamb Kashmiri, Pork Vindaloo, Blue Cheese Mushroom and Fish & Chips. It’s funny how you can get away with things in this technological age – that is, if you can get rid your conscience first. Well I thought I could, but no longer. It’s creeping back with a vengeance. So Kelv, my bro…I’m sorry for telling a lie. I just wanted to be seen as a cool flogger! You know how it is, I’m not as interesting like LL or other great floggers. And, I know many of you are just here for the ‘pretty pictures’. It’s stressful. *sobs*

It feels like high school all over again. Grow up? Yea, I’m trying to.

Now that I’m done apologizing, I can continue writing this entry with a clear conscience. Since that day, I’ve made a mental note to try this place out. Really wanted to know if it was worth getting caught telling an outright lie. So, after watching IP MAN for the second time (it’s a nice movie, go watch) on Friday, we headed down to Sid’s for dinner. We were seated at the high stool as the booths were already taken. The waiter that sat us was rather annoying. Thankfully, by the time we ordered the bartender switched roles and served us instead. He was quite amused with our order of ice water. I wonder why, but guess he’s not used to it. But he happily obliged to it.

Within 10 minutes, the first dish was served (I’m really loving all these places that cooks up wonderful food in a short span of time!). The Chicken Tikka Massala (RM25), as recommended by our server, was pleasantly aromatic and appetizing. Little tender pieces of chicken tikka (taste kinda like tandoori) smothered in a light watery massala sauce and served with ‘arf & arf‘, a Welsh invention of eating rice & chips at the same time. However, I expected this popular UK dish (survey have shown that it’s the country’s most popular restaurant dish – every seven curry sold in the UK is a Chicken Tikka Massala! ) to be creamier like the ones served at other Northern Indian restaurants.

McCutie’s order of Chicken-in-a-Basket (RM26) is your typical pub grub and not to mention fit for someone on an Atkins protein diet. The deep-fried breaded chicken fillets were still tender and juicy and served on a HUGE basket of chips! No complaints here.

The ultimate dish of the night came in the form of BBQ Pork Ribs (RM20). Categorized under the Snappy Appetizers apparently. True to the traditions of most everyday restaurants in KL, the appetizer was served after the mains. But boy, this one was worth the wait and does not disappoint at all. Sticky and sweet on the top layer, lightly smoky in taste on the inside. A lil greasy but yummy. I was telling McCutie, it’s been a while since I’ve had pork that tasted this good. I remember my mum used to make pork chops with a similar marinate. I’m pretty sure that Lee & Perrin’s Worcestershire sauce was part of the recipe. Gotta bug her for the it. Back to the ribs, I’ll say it’s the perfect mate for your pint of Guinness. In our case, sky-juice.

All those meaty dishes left us with no room for any dessert whatsoever. So, we’ll make another trip back. Quite intrigued by their Traditional Sunday Roast and Greasy All-Day Breakfast. I was told that both comes with heaps of stuff. Kinda want to get the best value out of our orders. Perhaps when the L.O.M.L.s are back.

So, was was it worth the lie? Well, maybe. But definitely not worth risking another strike from Santa’s list. Perhaps, I should learn how to say “No” and save myself from the embarrassment of a public apology.

Now, let’s start the new year on a clean slate. Have fun getting back to work guys! We can all now look forward to the Chinese New Year break in 3-weeks time. And for those who doesn’t need to work for a living, I blardee hate you!

12 Responses to Calling My Own Bluff: Sid’s Pub, Taman Tun Dr Ismail
  1. Life for Beginners
    January 5, 2009 | 2:31 am

    “And for those who doesn’t need to work for a living, I blardee hate you!”

    Yes, my sentiments exactly. And for those who do work BUT get two coffee breaks a day, hmph! :P

    P.S. Have linked back to you on my post (and Steve Steve too, finally… another great photographer we can get help from for events). Just needed a bit of time, is all. Hehe.

  2. thule a.k.a leo
    January 5, 2009 | 4:00 am

    sounds nice! I’m going to try it soon.. after all, I am staying nearby… hahaha

  3. qwazymonkey
    January 6, 2009 | 12:35 pm

    LFB: You’re such a outsourcer!

    thule: I seem to be eating at places close to where you live of late. Enjoy it, it’s good.

  4. Lyrical Lemongrass
    January 8, 2009 | 7:29 am

    You are so funny!! (Thanks for that bit of publicity there too! I’d hardly call you uninteresting, though.)

    I just had the most amazing pork ribs in Sydney. Now craving for more. Maybe I should visit Sid’s to satisfy my cravings. (with Guinness, of course!)

  5. boo_licious
    January 8, 2009 | 8:56 am

    aaah, pork ribs with Guinness sounds heavenly good. Must go check out that Sunday Roast too. Kinda dissapointed they don’t do a really creamy Chicken Tikka Masala as that is what I crave for.

  6. qwazymonkey
    January 8, 2009 | 5:00 pm

    LL: The funny bit is that it’s true! You can thank my buddy for being an adoring fan for an adoring fan of your’s. The next time you head down under, try to tapau some ribs back for me please.

    Boo: Yea, was really looking forward to a thick creamy Chicken Tikka Massala too! Was tempted to dip my fries into it. Mana tau it came out watery. So ended up having soggy massala fries instead. You can try ordering. It could have just been my rotten luck.

  7. thule a.k.a leo
    January 12, 2009 | 9:01 am

    I stay in PJ area… so practically everywhere is near… hahaha!

  8. Wandernut
    January 14, 2009 | 1:13 pm

    I’m going there on Friday afternoon.
    With my dog :D

  9. ck lam
    January 22, 2009 | 3:56 am

    Stumble on your blog from Nic’s place. Interesting blog you have…especially the way you put your photos with words…makes reading fun and easy.

  10. qwazymonkey
    January 24, 2009 | 5:50 am

    Wandernut: I want a dog too. your’s so cute!

    ck lam: thanks 4 stopping by and reading my stories.

  11. thenomadGourmand
    January 30, 2009 | 3:01 pm

    next time try the blue cheese mushroom! that’s even better w the soft airy fries! so wat da ya think of the garlic mayo?

  12. CUMI & CIKI
    November 10, 2009 | 12:44 am

    good thing u can eat there.. coz u shore as hell karnt DRINK!