Sanbanto, SS2: Porkilicious!

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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

Business Hour
Deli: 7.00am – 8.00pm
Kitchen: 11.30am – 3.00pm, 6.00pm – 10.00pm

13 Responses to Sanbanto, SS2: Porkilicious!
  1. "Joe" who is constantly craving
    November 23, 2009 | 1:36 am

    the rib looks good hor..

    yeah whats there not to like about bacon salad? hehe

  2. J
    November 23, 2009 | 2:01 am

    Viva le/ les babitarians! :) :)

    (Their lunch sets are pretty good too… although slightly suspect msg-wise)

  3. thenomadGourmand
    November 23, 2009 | 2:15 am

    Had my burger fix here too!

  4. Life for Beginners
    November 23, 2009 | 3:12 am

    Sounds absolutely babi-licious! ;)

  5. spunkz
    November 23, 2009 | 3:18 am

    the burger seems like awesome nosh. *hunger pangs*

  6. J2Kfm
    November 23, 2009 | 4:12 am

    aiks? Sanbanto in SS2. remember someone wrote a rather negative review as of late.
    had me thinking should i go or not…

  7. Sean
    November 23, 2009 | 6:01 am

    yeah maybe they should open a second outlet in ss2 to cater to the booming business.
    btw, thanks for the publicity! u're too kind la :D

  8. thule a.k.a leo
    November 23, 2009 | 6:42 am

    OK.. now there's different opinions.. u actually like it but bangsar babe somehow hate (is this the correct word?) it!
    Since both of us are quite easy to please (believe me, I'd praise anything with bacon too!).. I'd give this place a try this weekend :)

  9. boo_licious
    November 23, 2009 | 3:40 pm

    babi, babi, babitarians! Yippee, glad you liked the pork ribs but it's more for those who like their fat vs the meat. Sounds like a great makan date u had with McC.

  10. qwazymonkey
    November 23, 2009 | 6:55 pm

    Joe: The rib's good if you like em fatty

    J: Yeah yeah yeah. Go go go Babitarians. Actually I saw their lunch offers too, quite tempted. LOL

    TNG: Didja like it?

    LFB: It is. Bila mau datang sama-sama?

    Spunkz: U should go try it. Quite affordable

    J2KFM: Yea, Bangsar Babe didn't quite like it from what I read. I must have gotten them on a good night

    Sean: Your efforts deserve some credit. Not a bad idea with opening a new place. Perhaps they can buy over that DVD store a few doors down.

    Thule: Bacon rocks!

    Boo: I sure did. It was a nice meal. And the ribs was melting in my mouth. I actually had a picture of the cross-section with all its fats, but thought it was too gross to post it up. LOL

  11. CUMI & CIKI
    November 29, 2009 | 8:45 am

    go and eat here w/o me.. wanna get a spanking ar ..

  12. fatboybakes
    December 2, 2009 | 4:06 am

    soon KL will be babi-ville at this rate!

  13. ClumSy Chic
    December 5, 2009 | 4:15 am

    Aikkss….Didn't notice this when I was at SS2 last weekend….Must check it out^^