BAR grub need not always be excessively greasy and simplistic.
Proving this, the partners of Elephant Rock Restro Bar have chosen to complement their extensive drinks menu with fusion Western comfort food.
The restobar is operated by four partners namely Brahma Shakthi Poopalachelvam, his father M. Poopalachelvam, Tan Chun Aik, and Virginia Jorgensen.
Brahma Shakthi said the spirit behind the restobar menu was to feature quality options of comfort food.
“I wanted this to be a place where people could enjoy the food and not just drinks.
“It has to be healthy comfort food and not the usual types available at other places.
“For that reason, we chose to focus on seafood options such as clams and mussels as well as other unique varieties of food,” he said.
True to the plan, the top-selling item on the menu is the Golden Salted Egg Yolk Chicken.
Its tender crispy chicken slices lightly coated with salted egg yolk sauteed with freshly cut onions, curry leaves and bird’s eye chilli is the ideal appetiser or the best way to spoil dinner.
The surprising leader behind the menu’s craftsmanship is 24-year-old Jason Tan who has been in the culinary industry for the past four and a half years.
“Everywhere I go in Kuala Lumpur, I always see Western food being served.
“That’s why I chose to do more Asian and fusion-style cuisine, to give more spicy flavours to the usual Western dishes.
“My favourite dish on the menu is the Tinola Clams because it is a dish I invented and it has more Filipino-style flavours,” he said,
Made with great affection, the Tinola Clams are well seasoned in ginger and local red chilli infused in clam juice.
Seafood lovers craving for a fusion feast will relish the Creme De Picante Clams that feature the chef’s secret recipe of Asian spice and homemade chilli spices, served with butter croissant.
Those who do not enjoy beef will find comfort in the Country Roast Chicken which is a generous portion of juicy chicken breast stuffed with jalapeno and cream cheese.
Served with roast potatoes and creamy mushroom sauce, the chicken dish is one of the gems on this menu.
However, the Pan-seared Lamb Shoulder coated with Herbs and Cajun Spice served with potato wedges, side salad and mint sauce is not the best option as it features a heavy layer of fat on the meat and lacks seasoning.
The Soft Shell Crab Linguine with its blend of curry leaves, chilli padi, garlic, onions cooked in cream sauce is a dream come true for pasta lovers.
Every meal on the menu can be suitably paired with the various cocktails available such as the mojito and whiskey sour, making this restobar an excellent venue for a great night out with friends.
ELEPHANT ROCK RESTRO BAR, K-G-9, Jalan PJU 1/43, Aman Suria, Petaling Jaya. (Tel: 016-6221617). Business Hours: 11am to midnight Mon to Thurs, noon to 1am (Friday and Saturday) and noon to midnight on Sundays. Pork free.
This is the writer’s personal observation and is not an endorsement by StarMetro.