Monday, December 27, 2010

Hoofed @ TTDI, KL

New porky option in the TTDI area....

Hello.... :)
Just to give you a head's up, this is an invited review:
(Here are my usual disclaimers)
1) I have not been paid to write this, but neither have I paid a cent for my meal,
2) I will still be as objective as possible re. the food/ restaurant, and
3) If I go back to the restaurant incognito and find that the food/service is horribly different from this experience, I will amend my ratings here...

It does seem like this side of TTDI (near the police station/ Maybank) is booming with lots of yummy new food choices, and the newest (porky!) addition to the array is Hoofed, located just above the also fairly new Tom, Dick and Harry's (TDH):
Hoofed is on top of Tom, Dick and Harry's....

While TDH is geared towards casual dining/pub grub and is thus decorated according to that theme,... you will find that Hoofed is like its more sophisticated sibling, with a classy yet cosy ambience and more complex selection on its menu:
(LOVED the beautiful brick lined ceiling - made it feel like we were in a wine cellar, even though we were on the 1st floor!)
Warm and sophisticated....

We ate quite a lot that night (Damn - ruined my diet. Again. LOL)... so I 'll keep the descriptions succinct.

STARTERS
- Roast pork belly (RM 17++)
AKA. Siew yoke....
(Photo borrowed from Aly because mine turned out too blur)

A good start to the evening - fairly tender slices of meat with a crispy layer of skin. :)
(I wish the fat were a bit more "melt in mouth" though but overall, not bad)

- Smokin' Duck Salad (RM16++)
A healthy part of the meal....
(Photo borrowed from Aly because mine turned out too blur)

Yum! :)
The fresh greens, smokey slices of duck and tart vinaigrette matched well, and the century egg added an interesting rich creaminess to this salad.

MAINS
- Hog on a Board (RM170.00++ FULL, RM90++ HALF)
Poor little suckling pig....

One of the specialties here (with limited quantities daily so you'd better call to book), the cute lil' suckling pig looked very promising indeed as it lay on top of the wooden board....
Piggy cross section....

... and biting into a slice of it: Yummy. :D Tender, moist meat with a crispy and tasty layer of crackling skin.
(There is also a nice sauce served at the side, but I think it tastes fine just like that too)

- Bacon Fried Rice (RM18++)
Carbs are my (other) weakness....

Pork (Salty bacon + Sweet Chinese sausage slices) fried with rice, eggs and mushrooms - What's not to like? :) :)
(The texture of the rice was just nice - dry yet moist, and also just flavourful enough without being too oily)

- Pork Shoulder Chops (RM30++)
Pork chops....

Yet another porky option... :)
To be completely fair, the lean cut of pork could have been a bit more tender but overall it was still nice, accentuated by the simple yet delicious gravy and bacon mash potatoes.

- Chicken Chop(RM24++)
Tender chicken chops....

The chicken chop is essentially prepared/ presented in the same manner as the pork chop but was the far yummier of the 2 - the meat was perfectly tender yet with a slightly crisp top layer.
(I was surprised how much I liked this, as I usually dislike chicken chops at restaurants)

- Braised Lamb Shank (RM35++)
Big serving of lamb....

The lamb shank was pretty hefty, presented atop a bed of ratatouille and bacon mash with gravy. If I were to be fussy, I would say that it wasn't as tender as I would have liked (wasn't fork tender), but still overall it wasn't bad....

- Pan Seared Atlantic Cod (RM38++)
More healthy options....

This goes to prove that healthier options are not necessarily less yummy - the perfectly cooked, tender piece of cod was a delight to eat! :)

DESSERTS
- Brownies a la Mode (RM12++)
Chocolatey dessert....

The brownies were nice - relatively moist and light, instead of the usual dense brownie texture, and went well with the ice cream.

This was a stolen recipe though! *LOL*
(The chef said his mum was annoyed with him because he "borrowed" her prized recipe)

- Baked cheese cake (RM11++)
Dense cake....

Wah. Very creamy and rich!** I liked how the hazelnut sauce added an interesting twist to it though. :)
(** Which would have been a good thing on any other night but I had eaten wayyyyyyy too much that night)

*Sigh*
I do feel sad on how many piglets/ pigs were sacrified to satisfy our appetites that night... Oh, but don't worry: All good piggies go to heaven!:
Look how happy they look! :)....


PSSSSST:
1) Thanks to the management+chef of Hoofed for the wonderful meal. :)
2) Aly! Thanks for extending the invite to me, babe! *hugs*
3) Mr Fat Boy Bakes, Wa Lau Wei, J2Kfm and Kelly - Thanks for the excellent company. The night definitely would not have been as fun without you there!

Overall: Sophisticated yet cosy new restaurant in the TTDI area, good range of porky food as well as other dishes, reasonable pricing BUT nothing much bad to say! - while not everything was perfect, there were some stand out dishes that made me wanna go back soon....


Summary Sheet:

Hoofed @ TTDI, KL
18A, Lorong Rahim Kajai 14 (on top of Tom Dick & Harry’s).

Taste: 6
Ambience : 7
Service : 7
Price** : RM 60++ per person
Parking: OK

** Approximation - 3 course meal, excluding drinks

Telephone No.: 03-7728 8567
Opening Hours: 4pm till late
Parking: Limited

NOT HALAL




OTHER REVIEWS:
- Aly's Wonderland
- Wa Lau Wei
- Motormouth From Ipoh
- Kelly C


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12 comments:

Sean said...

if all good piggies go to heaven, what will happen to us bad people who eat them?? *shudder* :D

Life for Beginners said...

Sighs. Still can't get over them flying pigs on the walls. So kiut.... :D

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Phew! No pic of dead uncooked piggies.

J said...

to Sean:
Haha..
Well, too late to regret now so we'll find out when we get to the other side... :)

to Life for Beginners:
I know, right? They r just so adowableee.

to Lyrical Lemongrass:
LOL. I didn't want to remind myself so didn't post that up.
(It was actually quite cute in real life - looked like a sleeping piglet!)

missyblurkit said...

i wanna try the brownies...

and the siew yoke...

and the pork shoulder!
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i am hungry just looking and reading!

CUMI & CIKI said...

larvely! drool worthy stuff. sorry i missed it :D

thule a.k.a leo said...

now that is A LOT!!!
Wow... in addition To Sid's and TDH, now I can check Hoofed out

J said...

to missy blurkit:
Lol.
Me tooooooo....
(Its always torture looking at the photos again and thinking about how yummy it tasted - gets my tummy rumblinggggg)

to ciki:
Missed ya! :(
Would have been fun with more babitarians around,.. OOh and the sangria was really nice too! :)

to thule aka leo:
Yarrr man. So many delicious porky options in that area now!
(And I think I spotted a shoplot being renovated into a restaurant type layout so probably there will be even more options soon!)

iamthewitch said...

The suckling pig and lamb shank definitely looked inviting! so much pork in a meal! *drools*

J said...

to iamthewitch:
Haha... Well, we like pork, and the restaurant specialises in pork = lots of pork that night! :D
(The suckling pig was YUMs)

chuletz said...

Oooooo.. looks good. Must try there soon.

J said...

To chuketz:
There were definitely more than a few stand out items
that night. Hope u enjoy when u go there! :)

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