Oh wow, what’s gotten into me. I’m really loving pork these days. I’m breaking out into yet another song to profess my undying love for it. Here goes…
The Meat Experts is located at the ground floor of Hartamas Shoppig (oops, I meant Shopping) Centre and has been opened since November last year. Although the restaurant is fairly new, the owners aren’t exactly new players in the business. They’ve been running Mr. Ho’s Fine Food deli in Bangsar for a long time now and decided to venture into their own e-catering business before being coaxed by their clients to open up a place of their own. Now, with a huge selection of cold cuts and warm kitchen to churn out warm food, TME is slowly gaining a foothold in the KL pork eating scene.
I first heard about them from my fellow babitarian (pork lover) colleague, who’s been raving about this glorious porcine heaven each time she hears the word “pig”. So finally, yesterday when McCutie’s ex colleagues decided to meet up for a birthday celebration, I gave them a choice between Meat Works at Solaris or The Meat Experts. To be honest, I thought they were one and the same prior to this. Anyway, one’s halal while the other isn’t. No surprise which one won our votes.
I was late to the party, so the group took liberty in handling the orders. Turns out everything they ordered was pork induced. No surprise there really. But what surprised me was how almost every dish had Roast Pork in it. There was Spicy Spaghetti Aglio with Roast Pork (RM19.90) and Fried Rice with Roast Pork (RM12.00). If that’s not enough of it, they ordered a portion of Roast Pork Platter (RM10/portion) to share as starters. Oh by the way, they were all girls. Who knew they like their meat this much!
Anyway, the siu yoke was sensational. When the platter arrived, the air around us thickened with its wonderful aroma. The skin was crunchy and nicely salted, while the juicy meat had perfect marbling of fats versus meat ratio and the taste was just exquisite. However, the cuts could be chunkier. That would really make it fabulous and a mouthful. It’s a close tie between my favourite from Village Grocer’s deli and the one here. Could TME be their supplier I wonder?
We had two pastas dishes for the evening. The Spaghetti Aglio was al-dante and done right. It had enough chili flake and peppercorn to spice things up. McCutie loved the creamy Al Fredo with Bacon Strips (RM22.90) instead. Not unlike a creamy version of carbonara, the sauce was thick and nicely enveloped the pasta but slightly leaning on the salty side. I personally think that the saltiness from the bacon could have been enough. Then again, people who are enjoying it with a pint of beer might have a different opinion.
The BBQ Pork Ribs (RM28.90) was fork tender, wonderfully smoky and served of a smooth bed of mashed potatoes. Sorry no pictures to show. The girls devoured it before I could take a decent shot. But its definitely one of their most popular dishes as many other diners were also ordering it too. Lastly, the Fried Rice with Roast Pork had enough fire power – both in terms of wok hei and spiciness. The rice was fried with Sichuan peppercorns… or was is just grinded chili flakes. Either way, it was tongue numbing, but addictive as hell.
I’ve heard from my colleague that there are some misses as well, like their poultry dishes. Hence the absence of it from our orders. Overall, a good porky meal albeit finding some dishes on the salty side. And price is very affordable too. No wonder I’m in the mood to sing a few more songs.
The Meat Experts
Lot G.15, Ground Floor,
Hartamas Shopping Centre
60, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1,
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2093 9361