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? :)
Inside the restaurant, the decor is simple and quite cosy:
First up for the night, the Devils on Horseback (RM 10.80+):
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+):
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+):
Mmmm... It wasn't as interesting as I hoped. Kinda watery and bland... :(
Pan Fried Fish (RM 22.80+):
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+):
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+):
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+):
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+):
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+):
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?...
Kristang @ 8 Avenue, Jalan Sungai Jernih (8/1), PJ
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)
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