Checked out a restaurant in Damansara Perdana, MacLaren’s.
Its newly-opened, so not fully decorated yet. It’s set-up is simple and casual.
Food is British and fusion, and chef Scott is a local Eurasian boy, who’s got skills.
One of the favourites here is the Pork Ribs ($25.50 nett), which unlike most joints, here they oven-bake them.
I think the significant factors about these ribs are the tenderness, and interesting flavours. Scott marinades d ribs in spices & ….. Coke! Then bakes it and adds an Oriental BBQ sauce.
The sauce is sweetish, with hints of spices while the meat… goddam its tender, skidding from the bone with a little effort. But dat dont mean u shd use cutlery.
Goes well with a Guinness.
Had to do the Pork Vindaloo ($25.50). It’s made with pork belly. Being a vindaloo, it gives a medium-low glow in the mouth on the spiciness scale, thanks to the loads of various spices and other condiments, including vinegar, making the gravy quite grainy and thick.
Eaten with bread or rice, it’s gotta a sour-peppery tinge. Unusual and pretty good.
The Apple Lamb ($25.50) is another a curry-like dish, which is sweeter, and medium-spicy at d same time. Loaded with raisins, chunks of apple, and cashew nuts.
The lamb is tender, the gravy flavoursome, and altho sweetish, does complement the meat. Could use more meat tho.
I had no space to shove dessert in. I should eat slower. But had one eye on an item called Braised Apple Compote, which contains apple braised in wine, with homemade basil & raisin ice-cream.
Everything at MacLaren’s is made from scratch, nothing out of bottles or cans, so food quality is pretty good.
Some of the best-sellers here are the Double Whammy (burger – double patty of your choice, bacon egg & cheese, $22), the Oxtail Soup and the pies (like Shepherd’s, Steak & Kidney, Beef Onion). The burgers are good value, beginning from $11.60, and 4 animals are available (pig/goat/chicken/cow).
Menu is pretty wide. There’re also sandwiches, Devil Curry and Fish ‘n Chips of course.
Tried a whisky for the first time – Glengrant. I gotta say, its very smooth and easy, with a decent bite just after d end, leaving a pleasant light burn in your mouth.
Rick, the owner, is a Brit. So a projector screen is comin up for football n such.
Give d joint a shot.