I’ve been tempted to pay Sanbanto (???) a visit since I read it on Sean’s blog, Eatdrinkkl, a month or two back. One can always count on him to try every new restaurant in town. He’s such a trooper. I’ve tried to walk-in a few times for dinner on weekends only to be turned away. One look around and you’ll notice that tables are limited as the restaurant shares the cozy shop lot with a deli in the front, an open kitchen in the middle and a cold room right at the back. So this time I made a conscience effort to dine here on a weekday night and called them in advance for a reservation. Better be safe then sorry.
To be honest, before coming here, I was expecting it to be a Japanese or Italian in origins solely based on its name. But I was surprised to find out that it is wholly owned by a Chinese family and served pork dishes done in western style. The young boy in charge that evening, Peter, spoke in perfect English as he explained the concept behind their restaurant. Ever wondered what the name meant? Loosely translated as “Sampan Jetty“, and it is the name of a place in Johor where Peter’s family runs a pig farm. Their pigs are reared without any growth hormones and fed with special type of bacillus using Japanese technology. Their farm has also been awarded the ISO-22000 food safety certification. The restaurant is a natural step at expanding the family business and is jointly run by his siblings. Barely half a year old, this place has already earned itself the reputation of being PJ’s answer to El Cerdo.
Initially, I wanted something simple and ordered the pappardelle bolognese but I was convinced otherwise by Peter to try their specialty Bacon & Cheese Burger (RM17) instead. I have to agree that it is a good recommendation on his part. Thick, juicy pork patty with melted cheese and bacon crisp sandwiched between soft buns. Despite finding the seasoning of the patty a little too strong and peppery for my liking, I’m pretty much an easy monkey to please. Give me anything with bacon in it and I’ll tell you it’s delicious. And the salad on the side made up for my salad+ diet program. Success!
McCutie ordered the popular BBQ Ribs (RM38) which everyone have been raving about. And I can see the reason why. The long ribs came coated with the chef’s special BBQ sauce which tasted smoky, tangy, sweet and at times a little spicy. Somehow with all these infusion of flavour, it doesn’t overwhelms the taste of the meat. Speaking of the meat, I simple love the marbling (if you can call it that) on its fork tender meat which contains enough fats to send you right up to porcine heaven. It’s not often one can say that about a plate of ribs. However, if you’re like McCutie and like your ribs meatier and firmer, please indicate this to your waiter and see what they can do for you. The ribs comes with a side of buttery and garlicky mash potato and corn cobs.
We were too stuffed to proceed with dessert, but from what I’ve heard we were not exactly loosing out either. All in all a good place to bring your fellow babi-tarian friends to enjoy a good meal. I’m definitely coming back to try the pasta dishes soon. Plus points for having good wait staff and for being so close to my place.
32, Jalan SS2/63
Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel: 603-7876 1728
Deli: 7.00am – 8.00pm
Kitchen: 11.30am – 3.00pm, 6.00pm – 10.00pm