Karl’s Beisl: The Sound (and Taste) of Austria

I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend and filled your mummy with yummy good food (and love too) on Mother’s Day. Anyway, I had a brilliant idea this morning to start today’s post with a little humour. I’m sure you’ll need a good laugh to face Monday. This is one of my favourite strip from Andy Riley (of Bunny Suicides fame) latest book Selfish Pigs

Selfish Pig

Now, on to the real bacons! A few weeks ago (this is becoming a trend, all my reviews are a few weeks old!) I was invited by PureGlutton to join her for a review of this trendy porcine heaven nicely snugged on the ground floor of SohoKL. I’m sure by now some of you would have already read reviews by my fellow lunch partners, Fatboybakes, Cumi & Ciki, KampungboyCitygal, Ivy, and BabeKL. I’m probably the last to publish this review, so I’ll try to be as short, sweet, and entertaining as possible.

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While the gang was happily enjoying their Austrian brew from the tap in very, very tall glasses, this non-alcoholic monkey was fiddling around with his camera and decided to shoot the entire meal in Hi-Contrast. Get ready for an onslaught of extreme colours in the next few panels.

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Spinach Salad (RM18): don’t be fooled by its healthy appearance. A sinful start to the meal that was filled with bacon (yes, of the non-kosher kind), potato bits (that looked suspiciously like pork lard crutons), fragrant pine nuts and a nice refreshing tangy dressing.

Cold Platter (RM 38 for 1 person, RM70 for 2): Karl’s Beisl smoke all the meat on their own, so you won’t get anything as tender, fresh and wonderfully done like theirs elsewhere. They also dry their own sundried tomatoes. The rest of the dish was made up of a variety of Austrian cheeses, olives and gherkins.

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Cream of Forest Mushroom Soup (RM18): A nice tummy warmer made from scratch with loads of mushroom. It was creamy yet not heavy. Go figure!

Roasted Capsicum and Garlic soup (RM18): Just when I thought I had it with soup on that rather warm afternoon, along came this. My nose was instantly attracted to its strong fragrance from across the table and I had to taste it. One spoonful after the next, I finished it before any abbey nuns could solve a problem like Maria. THIS is the best Western-styled soup I’ve had!

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Suckling Pig (whole RM199, half RM99): Crispy, tender, juicy, succulent, aromatic, yummy, out of this world… Basically, I’m trying to tell you that it’s really good. Accompanied by sides of Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Cabbage or Sauerkraut and homemade red wine sauce.

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Seafood Pasta in Wine Sauce (RM30): An excellent choice if you don’t wanna end up a stuffed pig. Not everyone can make a simple pasta dish like right. The right ratio of garlic, olive oil and wine sauce makes this a perfect combo

Farmer’s Platter (RM95 for 1, RM135 for 2): This is what I’d call a mountain of pig. It’s got every kind of pork imaginable. Crispy roast pork (Chinese siu yoke style), a variety of sausages, Kasseler Ham, Pork Belly,  and pork knuckles. I suggest Karl’s to serve it with a badge that says “I’m a Pig Lover!”

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Pork Wiener Schnitzel with Potato Salad (RM38): This would easily be declared the best dish of the evening if McCutie was there. And in the words of Ah Pa, “It just makes you wanna break out into songs,” like the kids in the Von Trapp household.

Double Ribbed Pork Chops (RM50): A thick piece of meat and nicely presented but unfortunately ours fell flat from expectation. We found the meat rather dry and was left alone while we indulged in more Schnitzels.

Black Pepper Spare Ribs with Buttered Rice (RM60): By the time this dish was served, I have passed by weekly quota of porky dishes in a single meal. I barely could finish one rib. Anyway, I remembered it to be soft and peppery.

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Palatschinken (RM18): I’ve never been a fan of crepes much so this pancake dessert served with Apricot Jam, Rum & Raisin Ice Cream absolutely nothing for me.

Calvados Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce (RM20): On the other end of the spectrum was this wonderful Apple Strudels. Not only did it looked stunning, it tasted great as well. Made from scratch like everything else here, it was a nice traditional end to our Austrian luncheon.

In conclusion, Karl’s Beisl is a great place to head if you’re a pork lover, or if you’re in the mood to stuff yourself like one. The place has a nice cozy ambient and classically decorated with Austrian trimmings. I wouldn’t mind coming back here again for a meal with friends in the near future.  I hope the chef is not going to poison me then. I’ve been told that he hates the Sound Of Music and seeing how this post is shamelessly inspired by the classic Austrian story. Lets hope Mother Abbess is praying for me. 

Once again, thanks PureGlutton and the host for the lovely afternoon.

Updated (24 May 2010): I returned to Karl’s with McCutie for dinner once after the review. While we loved the salad and the juicy Weiner Schnitzel, the Roasted Capsicum and Garlic soup failed miserably. First, it didn’t look as orange or creamy as the one we had above. It also tasted too much like burnt garlic. The waiter was kind enough to change the soup for me, but unfortunately the new bowl didn’t lived up to the one we loved in the review either.

Karl’s Beisl
Lot K-OG 13 & 14, Soho KL
No. 2, Jalan Solaris, Solaris Mont Kiara
50480 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-6204 0628
15 Responses to Karl’s Beisl: The Sound (and Taste) of Austria
  1. "Joe" who is constantly craving
    May 10, 2010 | 2:02 am

    hi contrast indeed!!

    very dense colours..although some worked out better than others.

  2. eiling lim
    May 10, 2010 | 2:17 am

    oooh i like this and i like the first pic a lot! I just want other pigs to die!!! lol

  3. Su-Yin -Décorateur
    May 10, 2010 | 2:26 am

    SUPER fun! hAahaha i miss u all :( beautiful pictures and fun comics munkey!

  4. Life for Beginners
    May 10, 2010 | 4:05 am

    Hehe. "I just want other pigs to die."

    Funniest thing ever. And oh, looks like the last luncheon of the now-defunct Babitarians Club… ;)

  5. fatboybakes
    May 10, 2010 | 4:38 am

    gufffaw, brilliant as usual.

  6. Sean
    May 10, 2010 | 4:59 am

    one of everyone's favorite movies of all time! and u managed to fit in ALL my favorite songs from the film! :D

  7. CUMI & CIKI
    May 10, 2010 | 6:13 am

    LOL, funny.. the pig must die! :P

    lovely post.. we should go back to see if we can catch the 'green bag' again:P

  8. babe_kl
    May 10, 2010 | 6:25 am

    nice colours! creative writings! wat more can you gip us? :p

  9. thule a.k.a leo
    May 10, 2010 | 9:31 am

    I shouldn't have clicked on your porky post when it's almost time for dinner! sigh.. I am trying to keep fit lately :P

  10. rokh
    May 10, 2010 | 9:50 am

    awesome, love this post! not short but definitely sweet ;)

  11. Nazra Zahri
    May 10, 2010 | 11:44 am

    Awesome work with the Comic Life. :) I love your blog!

  12. chiselstone
    May 10, 2010 | 12:24 pm

    Cream of Forest Mushroom Soup – where's the pig?

    Roasted Capsicum and Garlic soup – where's the pig?

    Seafood Pasta in Wine Sauce – where's the pig???

    Palatschinken – WHERE'S THE PIG?

    Calvados Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce – WHERE IS THE PIG?????

    Pig pig pig pig pig!

  13. Cheryl
    May 11, 2010 | 3:27 am

    What can I say Jon ? You are a genius :). I could never come up with this … 'I just want other pigs to die'. Hahahahaha!

  14. Lyrical Lemongrass
    May 12, 2010 | 8:21 am

    I'm so distracted by the stories and pictures of gorgeous people. You got such beautiful friends…

  15. qwazymonkey
    May 12, 2010 | 10:11 am

    Joe: Actually apart from the meat shots, I think I did pretty alright

    Eiling: More reasons to kill em pigs!

    Su: Lalalalalalala

    LFB: Yup gotta hand it Riley for coming up with it

    Ah Pa: What can I say, thanks for your funny poses!

    Sean: Wouldn't have take you for the Sound of Music Kind. Aren't you more of a Silence of the Lamb guy?

    C&C: Piggies must die!

    BabeKL: Wah so honoured to be praised by you! Thanks for the Black Velvet! Loved it so much. Might just try making it

    Thule: It's making me hungry now too

    ROKH: Short, long, what's the diff?

    Nazra: Thanks! Comic Life's fun

    Chiselstone: *looking at you* ROFL

    Cheryl: I try, I try. But it's Andy Riley who takes the cake for that comic panel!

    LL: They are your beautiful friends too, ya know! :P