Monday, August 1, 2011

Morganfield's

Calling itself the "Home of Sticky Bones," Morganfield's aims to please everyone who has ever lamented that Tony Roma's remains pork-free in Malaysia.

The main attraction: hickory wood-smoked pork ribs. This version basted with BBQ sauce is the signature selection _ one fine meaty mess that made us lick our lips & fingers. The best in town? Probably not, but it'll still give a place like Vintry a run for its money.

Another rib recipe: a Tuscan-inspired variety, oven-roasted with spicy tomato sauce & served with red-skin mashed potatoes. Tender and hearty, though much of the flavor in Morganfield's ribs emanate from the sauces, not the flesh. Prices: half a slab costs around RM40, while a full one is north of RM70 once the service charge & government tax kick in.

Pork burgers also abound, with no fewer than five types. We chose this one topped with blackened cheese & sauteed onions, which proved more than worthwhile. The patty was fascinating; it featured a surprisingly delicate flavor & an almost melt-in-the-mouth mushiness that set it apart from other pork burgers in KL.

Caesar salad, also a piggy pleasure, with bacon bits as a savory substitute for smoked chicken. Housekeeping notes: Morganfield's is spacious enough that a Saturday night crowd easily fit inside without knocking elbows. Also, the service crew deserves praise for its smooth efficiency.

Of course, pork can't hog the whole menu. The Pacific Blue Marlin with Merlot garlic butter sounded tempting, but it turned out terrible _ shockingly drier and chewier than a tough steak (no exaggeration). Accompanied by an irredeemable C-grade version of pilaf rice.

Too much food for two, but we persevered. The sirloin steak was comparatively better, but nevertheless several notches below succulent. The verdict: for now, it seems like pork is the only food to pursue at Morganfield's.

An apple a day keep the doctor away: Apple Strawberry Mojito & Appletini. Cocktails here are pleasurably potent.

Who needs dessert when there's a dessert cocktail: Wafer Martini (frangelico, campari, banana liquor, pineapple juice).

Paiara Rosso IGT, Puglia, Italy. A small selection of wine is available at reasonable rates by both the bottle and the glass.

Morganfield's @ Pavilion,
Level 4, Pavilion, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2141-3192
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27 comments:

  1. Wuhooo...another great find by d magnificent Sean!
    Right next to Watami...:)

    I definitely go for d Tuscan-inspired ribs :D

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  2. ulric: yeah, it looks like they're planning an entire new set of restaurants on that row! there's now an Overtime pub on that floor, and after Watami opens later this week, there'll also be an Italian pasta place and a "Bangkok Bistro" soon. pavilion is becoming attractive again! :D heh, there are three types of ribs here: BBQ, tuscan spicy tomato & smoked peppercorn =)

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  3. Smoked peppercorn also sounds good...never did develop a liking 4 BBQ sauces :(

    Hopefully d Italian pasta place will offer something different...cose I heart d pastas in Cappriciossa...every one has a unique favour :D

    Btw tat much food for 2...I better gear up my appetite for Thu...hahaha ;D

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  4. ulric: yeah, the ribs here were kinda smothered by the powerful sauces. i'd prefer a recipe where the sauces complement the flavor of the meat instead of providing most of the flavor. but in the end, i still licked the bones clean, so i can't deny they were tasty :D yeah, there hasn't been an outstanding new italian restaurant so far this year. and it's already august! btw, it's interesting that you mentioned capriciossa, because both morganfield's and capriciossa are under the same management. luckily though, morganfield's has booze :D

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  5. Ha...tats a little suprisingly...maybe time for some cross-ordering...pastas n pizzas from Cappriciossa n booze from Martinfields...tat shud make ur day :D

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  6. Ulric: they'd probably shake their heads in horror if anyone tries to cross-order ... since both restaurants are on separate floors! :D

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  7. The portions looks really huge!

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  8. I hate it when the flavor in any ribs, emanate from the sauces, rather than the flesh! It's a bit disappointing.

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  9. another pork friendly place at pavilion, awesome!

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  10. An apple cocktail a day keeps the dr away.. lol!

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  11. The ribs looked huge! But not the best in town eh? Still I'll always favour pork ribs to beef! :)

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  12. Hhmm... Didn't notice of this restaurant. Where is it? Same section as Dome/Overtime/Watami?

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  13. michelle: yep, american diner-type portions! reminiscent of chili's and tgi friday's in terms of serving size :D
    ciki: yeah, the ribs here deserve a chance to shine on their own, without being suffocated by the sauces! though i think kids might enjoy them a lot =)
    ky: it's an exciting time to be eating at pavilion! it'll take at least a week to visit all the new outlets that opened here :D

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  14. baby sumo: heheh, hopefully no doctors are reading this! otherwise, they might chastise us for making such suggestions! :D
    iamthewitch: yeah, i agree! a lot of beef ribs in KL tend to be too tough and chewy, even though they're meatier than pork ribs =)
    chong: yep, it's smack in between the newly opened overtime and the not-yet-opened watami! :D

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  15. Just had the Vintry's ribs the other day. Ok shall give this a try and see how good this is! Wow, another new place in Pavilion.

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  16. eiling: yeah, i think i prefer ribs by vintry and checkers, but i'd say the ribs here are still better than leonardo's and mayfair! :D

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  17. You think we're in danger of hitting pork OD anytime soon? Not sure if this is residual angst from Korean BBQ pork meal gone awry last night but frankly pork-dominated menus are starting to seem like a popular bandwagon. I could shoot myself for this but I'm actually craving for (gulp) vegetarian fare!

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  18. min: yeah, there's definitely no more novelty in pork places anymore, but i think there's still space everywhere for places that do justice to pork. but maybe these trends are cyclical, and we might witness the rise of the vegetarian specialists next year! btw, that korean bbq pork meal gone wrong sounds like an intriguing tale! :D

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  19. Nice to know that they serve pork burgers! Would like to try them out, and the ribs look good too! Will take your advice and stick to ordering their pork. =)

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  20. Eat Only Lar: hope u enjoy it! They've also got a deep-fried pork chop that sounds very tempting! :D

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  21. I like that motto: Pursue the Pork! (And other P-capitalized meats, one assumes. Ahem.)

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  22. For TWO?!! I thought that's for FOUR.
    Sean ....

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  23. kenny: "p" for what? possum? platypus? don't play play with me! :D
    j2kfm: heheh, i'm a growing boy, i need my protein =)

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  24. I was there when Sean took the pic but different table...^^

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  25. Ahh... looks like Pavilion is really sprucing up in the food department!

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  26. jyman85: heh, hope you enjoyed your dinner :D
    pureglutton: yep, it's definitely worth heading to pavilion this month to check out the new outlets =)

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  27. I wanna try them Sticky Bones! :D

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