El Cerdo, Bukit Bintang KL

I have been hearing good things about this particular restaurant in Changkat Bukit Bintant that specialises in porcine delights. Promising indeed. Even the name “El Cerdo” means “the pig” in Spanish. But the decision to come here was a very last minute one and considering it was a Friday night, and with no reservations in hand, we weren’t too sure if we would be enjoying any of the pork dishes.

No welcoming smile from the piggy Mona Lisa but the warmth of the hostess at the door more than made up for it. While she checked if she could fit us in, our eyes swept around the restaurant and chuckled lightly at all the piggy decorations and illustrations. Dim lighting, but a cosy and lively ambience. It was really quite packed and we were so very lucky when the hostess approached us with a nod. Phew.

Once seated, we were further tickled by the smiling piggies, in the form of figurines, sketches etc everywhere around us. And all the while, we would hear the sounds of plates breaking to which we guessed had something to do with the “surprise” accompanying the roasted piglet and in no way due to the waiters’ clumsiness.

As a bread basket is the norm in the complimentary starters, we were pleasantly surprised to be given a cup of Soup too. Thick, with bits of ham or sausage in it. Hearty start indeed.

One of our dining companions opted for the french Salad Nicoise which surprised me a bit. But she was never a true carnivore like the rest of us and we did enjoy sharing bits of it. But then, one can’t go wrong with fresh ingredients.

When we made the order for the Spicy El Cerdo Sausage, we were informed that it wasn’t a whole sausage but one that’s been sliced and stir-fried with Chili, Onion and Bacon. Yet, it wasn’t what we expected as this has more of a herby twist to it. But it was delicious nevertheless and we polished the plate clean.

We also had a portion of the Pork Short Ribs that have been glazed in the tart Mango sauce before being roasted in the grill. The ribs were well layered with meat and fat and proved to be quite juicy and tender. As the ribs was resting on a bed of mashed potatoes, the drippings further enhanced the creaminess of the mash. Yum.

And for novelty’s sake, we ordered half a Roasted Suckling Pig, or as named “Cochinillo Al Estilo Segoviano” in the menu. Served with a side serving of baby potatoes and fresh salad. Apparently, the piglets are a mere 3 weeks old, and has to be marinated in white wine for 2 days before roasted for 4 hours. And true to the Spanish tradition, it has to be cut with a plate to show how tender it is. And if it’s your first time in El Cerdo, the waiter is more happy to guide you on what to do and explain at the same time. He said we were lucky to get the half with the piglet’s tail still intact as it was an aphrodisiac and could be used by us to pick up guys! Hmm.

And for more entertainment, they incorporated the Greek tradition of plate smashing for good luck. A wooden tub (with a discreet mortar hidden inside it) is dragged to our table for the “plate breaking ceremony”. Ah, I think we all took it with a pinch of salt but it was worth a good laugh.

As for the suckling piglet itself, it was cut into chunks and distributed around. As there was more flesh on each cute than we expected, we couldn’t finish the whole portion but the kind waitress doggy-bagged it for us. They have really cool paper bags!

Another surprise at the end of the meal came in the form of this complimentary digestif. Vodka with lime (I think) in a smallish sherry glass with a salt-laced rim.

The above meal came up to about RM280 for the 4 of us. Even though I had a fabulous time here, and gorged myself silly with all the wonderful food, it’s not a place I can afford to return often due to the slightly steep prices. But am going to keep this place in mind whenever I feel slightly more generous or if I need a treat. And oh, this place is wonderful to celebrate a birthday and they even throw in a free gift! A small pewter piggy figurine, I think. 🙂

El Cerdo (www)
43 & 45, Changkat Bukit Bintang,
50200 Kuala Lumpur.

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12 Comments »

  1. J2Kfm said

    oh I’m so tempted by the porky heaven El Cerdo is …
    definitely not a place for casual dinners, but for that special occasion
    when one’s craving for pork is unappeased, the suckling pig and ribs will do the job nicely!

    thanks for sharing.

    epicuriousgirl says: Special occasion… hmm, I think can go for Christmas! Hehe.

  2. Nic (KHKL) said

    A post on El Cerdo never fails to make me salivate! From the sausages to the suckling pig, everything looks really, really good!!!

    Yeah, am still waiting for the right time to pay a visit. The endless to-makan list is not much of a help! argghhh! haha!]

    epicuriousgirl says: my list’s also growing longer by the day! but like I told Motormouth, Christmas is the best reason to drop by and indulge. 😛

  3. mimi said

    I heard that the suckling pig’s price increase again~~sigh~~

    epicuriousgirl says: it did? I can’t remember how much I paid for it exactly though.. but around RM130 thereabouts.

  4. vkeong said

    wow, roasted suckling pig! I guess that can feed many mouths lol.. poor pig though.. only 3 weeks old

    epicuriousgirl says: yeah, but the chinese also tend to love serving suckling pigs.. not sure how old those are as those are less “meaty” in comparison.

  5. wow….. pock .. pig.. babi……

    nice nice nice….. i wan to have a bite on the roasted pig..!!!

    epicuriousgirl says: /offers u some. 😛

  6. u guys escaped with 80 per pax??? lucky..the last time i paid rm120 per pax..hahaha we were really greedy that being said..

    epicuriousgirl says: haha, no guys in our group that night, so more small eaters 😛 or else we would have gone overboard… so many things we wanted to try!

  7. cumi&ciki said

    love the food here. its just that .. as you eat the pig.. you really get sick with fat… towards the end.. know what i mean?! but still good la

    epicuriousgirl says: yeah! I know exactly what you mean… can feel the fats somehow 😛

  8. This is THE place to get my pork fix! Have to make a real occasion of it though… suckling pig is not an everyday affair.

    epicuriousgirl says: ditto 🙂

  9. Simon Seow said

    Nic, lets go, I haven’t try the piglet yet.

    epicuriousgirl says: 😀

  10. gina said

    Been wanting to go for awhile now but still procrastinating. Guess this post seal the deal.. will go one of these days lah. 😀

    epicuriousgirl says: save it for your birthday!! only 2 months plus to go. then you’ll get a little gift too 😛

  11. CTeo said

    Please remove the Mona Pig from your blog. They took the copy of my painting without my permission.

    Thank you.

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