GONE are the days when bars served simple snacks to go with drinks. Now, many put just as much emphasis on satisfying appetites as quenching thirst.
One such place is 87 Restaurant and Bar in Damansara Uptown, which serves a mix of Western and Asian dishes — many for under RM20.
The restaurant and bar was opened in July by friends Dewayne Thanabalan and Siow Chon Jet, who named the place after the year they were born. Ever since then, they have been tweaking and adding to the menu to fit the demands of their customers.
The Pork Nachos here certainly does not disappoint.
Many bars and restaurants these days serve this platter of cheesy goodness, and the golden rule is to make sure that it is good.
Here, instead of original-flavoured tortilla chips, they use seasoned chips, adding a tinge of spice to boost the taste.
Tomato-based minced pork and tortilla chips are topped with cheese and then baked, giving a perfect crunch to the chips.
It makes for a heavy meal and enough to fill you up if you are looking for a quick, satisfying bite.
Alternatively, you could go with the creamy mushroom soup with garlic bread while you wait for the main dish.
Among the dishes we try, I favour the Pork Bacon Carbonara. Priced at only RM14, it comes with a generous serving of pasta in rich creamy carbonara sauce, and topped with mushrooms and fried pork bacon bits.
The chef fries the bacon first before adding it to the pasta, adding texture to the meal.
87 does not stray too far from bar food either.
They still give you some greasy options, allowing you to chuck away the utensils and dig in with your hands.
The restaurant and bar serves a selection of burgers such as the well-seasoned and juicy Chicken and Egg Burger.
For those seeking a good hearty meal, there is also the Hainanese Chicken with Fries for only RM12 and the Grilled Set Lamb Shoulder for RM18.
Whatever your preference may be before or while you are having your drinks, 87 Restaurant and Bar has got you covered.
They have not forgotten to include Asian favourites in the menu, and the chefs’ offerings should keep pork-lovers happy.
From pork in burgers, to rice, noodles or just by itself, the restaurant uses pork liberally, throwing it in anywhere and everywhere for a little crackle or, alternatively, some fattiness in their meat.
Interestingly, the restaurant cooks up a good curry laksa too, which they serve with siew yoke, prawns, chicken and a hard-boiled egg.
You can choose to have it with mee hoon or mee, or both, for only RM14.
For that price, you get a big bowl of noodles swimming in a thick creamy curry broth that’s not too spicy but definitely flavourful, thanks to the generous ingredients.
Another porky dish is the Siew Yoke Fried Rice, which I found a little peppery but tasty nonetheless.
If you are looking for something light to have with your drink, you can try the Crispy Pork Belly.
It is topped with mustard, but I personally would rather have it on the side, because for me, this doesn’t go well with the belly.
The chefs also pay heed to the Eurasians with their fiery version of Portuguese Grilled Fish.
Apart from al a carte dishes, they also have a daily set menu from 12pm to 3pm which comes with a complimentary drink from RM9.90 to RM14.90.
On weekends, there is a BBQ Buffet for RM39.90 from 6.30pm to 10pm.
87 RESTAURANT AND BAR, 6, Jalan SS21/35, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya. (Tel: 03-7733 3878) Business hours: 11.30am to 12.30am, daily
This is the writer’s personal observation and not an endorsement by StarMetro.