Friday, May 28, 2010

pork and musical p1 - sanbanto

I had promised neil-y that I'd blog about our evening of pork and musical. So all my other outdated posts sitting in the drafts would have to wait.

KP came to pick us up and introduced us to this gourmet cafe in SS2 serving and selling pork. Not just any pork, but according to its owners, premium hormone-free pig meat. On one side of the shop they sold different cuts of pork much like the non-halal section of supermarkets, while the remaining side were lined with tables for patrons to enjoy pork specialties.

I kinda lost interest in pork since living in Japan (where you can have all sorts of fresh fish for very affordable price!) so having this was like rediscovering pork all over again.

We started with the pork belly salad, which I thought was a nice way to disguise the sinfulness of eating the fried stuff which looked more like popcorn chicken. Yummy indeed, especially dipped in their home-made honey mustard sauce.

The English Roast Pork was a weekend special which came highly recommended. We didn't expect the serving to be so huge, since it was supposed to be for 2. It was served in a bed of grilled vegetables, to be sprinkled with bits of egg yolk and doused with lime and wine sauce.

Since we didn't expect the mains to come in such a portion, we added a pork liver pate for good measure. It came with slices of French village bread and decorated with a sprig of rosemary.

Save for an annoying fly which somehow managed to get into the air-conditioned cafe, the place was otherwise pretty clean and new. We were the first customers, so attention and service was prompt.

Recommended for pork lovers, since almost everything comes with some form of the meat. But they've managed to create variety in the serving and style of cooking that it's not obvious. For example, if you had served me the pork belly salad just like that, I would have thought it was some deep fried chicken skin balanced with greens.

Located along the same row as the famous sweets shop KTZ, Sanbanto is open for lunch & dinner.

Food : 6.5/10
Service : 6.5/10*
Ambience : 6/10

* Would have given a higher rating if not for the fact that we were hinted at to leave the place as soon as we were done with the meal. Understandable since the cafe has very limited seating and it was a weekend evening.


neil said...

Wonderful, Sno! I'll update my post to include links to yours :)

§nóflèk said...

thanks dear! i've just followed up with the 2nd post - hope this will give a balanced viewpoint :p