El Cerdo Restaurant at Kuala Lumpur
Restaurant along Changkat Bukit Bintang
Whether it is slow cooked, roasted with crispy crackling, or sliced and served on a sandwich with a side of chips, we love pork, and when we are in the mood to put some pork on our forks, we head to El Cerdo along Changkat Bukit Bintang. Forgoing flamboyant interior design and choosing to concentrate on hearty food that is generously portioned, its enthusiastic approach has cemented its popularity with local foodies.
At each turn, this restaurant defies expectations: great decor, friendly staff, and carefully crafted dishes with inventive porky interpretations – we just love it.
If you are a vegan we suggest you turn away now, because El Cerdo’s menu is definitely porcine-centric. Signature dishes include German crispy knuckle, perfectly seasoned with herbs and tangy garlic, with a side serving of creamy potato dumplings, tart sauerkraut and a delicious mustard beer sauce. Doing our favourite meat hearty justice, the kitchen ensures that there is just the right amount of fat and flesh.
Even western stalwarts such as baked macaroni are given a porky twist, with each layer of pasta, mozzarella cheese and thick, sharp tomato sauce enhanced with the addition of deep-fried ham bits.
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Finally, no pork line up at El Cerdo would be complete without cochinillo l estilo segoviano (roasted suckling pig) – a finely roasted succulent hunk of meat, ‘butterflied’ and presented on a wooden serving board. The highlight when ordering this dish is the tradition of ‘cutting’ the meat with a plate & then smashing said plate into a wooden bucket – a first for us, but a regular occurrence at the restaurant. The meat itself has a lot of crunch, with crispy, salty skin on the outside and tender, juicy white flesh on the inside – if you leave feeling anything less than overstuffed it will be quite surprising.
Straddling the bar/restaurant line with style, there is a sister venture next door (El Cerdito) where you can indulge in drinks and light snacks, but if you choose to stay on at El Cerdo after dinner for drinks, you will not be disappointed.
Interior design wise, it is a masculine space (softened by cheerful service) that speaks to the city dweller: polished rich mahogany tables, chairs and floors, burnished yellow drywall, and outbreaks of colour from red and yellow table cloths – the sentiment of graceful affluence is incredible.
Though humour is hard to pull off in a restaurant, El Cerdo manages to do just that: porcine power is evident throughout – there is a granite pig sculpture at the front entrance, door handles with Mono Lisa-piggy graphics, and gilded mirrors and artwork featuring the noble swine.
El Cerdo, Changkat Bukit Bintang
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 14:30; 18:00 – 22:30
- Address: 43 & 45 Changkat Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2145 0511