Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Cristang @ 8 Avenue, Petaling Jaya

Interesting non-Halal Portugese and Western food in the PJ area (near PJ Hilton)....

Joe beat me to this review by a few days... *pout*
(Haha... Just kidding... No worries. It's not a competition, anyway, right?)

Cristang is Western/ Portugese restaurant in the fairly new commercial area called 8 Avenue (in the area opposite PJ Hilton/ behind the Courts Mammoth). I heard that they serve pork burgers... so how could I resist? :)
The restaurant exterior...

Inside the restaurant, the decor is simple and quite cosy:
Cosy inside the restaurant...

First up for the night, the Devils on Horseback (RM 10.80+):
Bacon! Oh, with asparagus...

Basically, it's a simple combination of bacon wrapped around asparagus. :) Other than one rebellious piece of asparagus (that was too fibrous), this was a nice appetizer - sinful yet without being overwhelming. :)
(Bacon makes everything better, right?)

The Otak-Otak Pate (RM 10.80+):
A mound of Otak-otak, served with crackers...

This was an interesting take on the normal otak-otak, but was a little too salty for me.

The Bacon & Egg Soup (RM 12.80+):
My bowl of soup...

Mmmm... It wasn't as interesting as I hoped. Kinda watery and bland... :(

Pan Fried Fish (RM 22.80+):
The pan fried fish...

Overall, OK. I thought it was a bit salty but was out-voted on this (the others thought it was ok).

P3 burger (RM 23.80+):
Our P3 pork burger...

There are a wide array of burger choices here, starting from the bare P1 (pretty much just a normal cheese(pork)burger) to the P6 (everything except the kitchen sink - has petai!). All in all, no complaints - the burger patty was juicy and was well complemented by the salty chilli con carne and various other toppings.

Of course we had to try some of their Portugese specialties as well - the Chicken Cristang (small) (RM 13.80+) and Pork Leg Debal (small) (RM 14.80+):
Chicken cristang (in front) & Pork Leg debal (foreground)...

I liked both the sauces, spicy and fragrant of herbs... but if I had to choose, I preferred the Chicken - the kaffir leaves added a nice oomph to the sauce.
(Also, the pork was a little chewy, but then again pork leg is hard to get just right....)

The Nasi Lemak Goreng (RM 12.80+):
Heart stopping plate of sin...

I can't imagine a dish more sinful than this, really - Nasi lemak, fragrant of santan, fried with bits of sausage and bacon (hmmm, sparse amounts but still) made for a really carb-y but satisfying meal....

Oreo Ice Cream (RM 18.80+), Chocolate Banana Crepe (RM 10.80+) and Tiramisu (RM 20.80+):
The chocolate banana crepe...

The deconstructed Tiramisu...

The Oreo ice cream...

Overall all the desserts were ok:
- The Oreo Ice Cream was refreshing and satisfying at the same time,
- the Banana Crepe was light, creamy,
- and, well, we expected more from the Tiramisu... :( Overall, it was ok actually (could have done with more coffee+chocolate flavour but that's just me). It's just that for 20+ bucks, we expected our socks to be knocked off).

We also tried some of the cocktails that night - Wild Sangria (RM 24.80+):
The Wild Sangria...

I thought it was quite nice - refreshing with the taste of strawberries adding a different twist to the usual sangria... but one of my friends complained that it didn't have enough alcohol in it.
(Haha... what to do? Can't win them all....)

So, it's: Casual restaurant, good selection of interesting non-Halal Portugese and Western food for reasonable prices BUT nothing much to complain about except that there were some "misses" on their menu - but hey, who's perfect, right?...

Restaurant Review
Summary Sheet:

Kristang @ 8 Avenue, Jalan Sungai Jernih (8/1), PJ

Taste: 6
Ambience : 6
Service : 6
Price** : RM38/++
Parking: OK (but I've heard the surrounding roads are pretty jammed on Weekday nights)

** Approximation - Per person, 3 course meal, excluding drinks
Telephone No.: 03-7956 7877
Opening Hours: 11am - 3pm, 6pm - late (closed on Mondays)


- Lots Of Cravings
- Lingzie's Tummy Treats
- Verves in Composition
- Knits and Nibbles

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  1. then I shall go on weekends :)
    pork is my fav!!! how many of you were actually there?? So many foods on the table...

  2. This makes my bowl of noodles pathetic. Must go tonight

  3. the petai burger was good. take the bun away, and i'll be happy to wallop the minced pork/petai with just plain white rice..haha.

  4. arrghhh!! went on 31st and it was closed!! ggrrrr!!!

    And yeahh..i'm noting the dishes tht u said are salty cos i hv low tolerance for salty stuff!
    Okies, no desserts (me got high high std for desserts ;p) and stay to the burgers!
    my my..nasi lemak goreng?? wow!

  5. to thule a.k.a leo:
    It was a pretty big group that night - about 10 ppl?
    (So it's less dishes than ppl acterly.... Just that quite a few ordered the burger)

    to qwazymonkey:
    Go, go! Noodles is good, but meat (pork!) is better! :) :) :)

    to Nic (KHKL):
    EEeee. Petai. D:
    (All for you! *lol* Some food blogger I am, horr?)

    to theNomadGourmand:
    Oh no... :(
    I guess they were closed for Merdeka? Nvm, there's always today/ tomorrow/ the weekend!
    - I hope you'll enjoy it. :)
    (re. the nasi lemak goreng - Yah loh... so sinful, right??)

  6. None of yr party troop went for the Petai burger?? OUCHHH!! OK no other way but to go and try myself!! Hope Joe's directions will set me straight this time!

  7. to 550ml jar of faith:
    Not even 1! I guess we are just a big bunch of "bananas"... :)
    (That, and it was a Saturday night dinner - no one wanted to go out later with petai breath... haha)

  8. i'll be happy to take on the P6, though Nic got a point there.
    rice would be a much better accompaniment, wouldnt it?

  9. to J2Kfm:
    I guess there's only one way to find out which one you would prefer.... :) :)
    (You can always order a side of white rice when you're there, just in case)

  10. you should try my cooking, it's the best.

  11. We owe it to someone else's achievements in health and thus feel joy, depending on the success of others as if their achievements, and this is the Buddha mind. Always hold the interests of all sentient beings of the heart, we can not leave the joy forever.

  12. to B:
    You talk the talk, but can you walk the walk? :P
    (Hi B! Long time no see...)

    to anonymous:
    ? Erm ok.

  13. haha ok la..sorry if i beat u to it..but u ate more!

  14. to "Joe" who is constantly craving:
    So we're all winners in our own special way? Cool. :)

  15. hey you know, i was so near to this outlet on one afternoon, only to relent and went off to The gardens as it was raining buckets.
    some other day then. =P

  16. to J2kfm:
    The weather always gets a bit sucky near the end of the year...
    (So much rain!)

    Well, the pork burger will still be waiting for you, don't worry. :)


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