Friday, June 22, 2012

Dirty Nelly's @ Life Center

Dirty Nelly's has cultivated a reputation as a nice suburban watering hole over the past year, so it's cool to see it venture into the city, where its second branch recently opened at Life Center.
Entries on Dirty Nelly's @ Damansara Jaya: Feb. 2011 and March 2011.

Hot, sweet comfort on a cold night: pumpkin and squash broth, thickly blended with nutmeg and topped with vanilla-laced sour cream. Should soothe both the stomach and the spirit.

Cock-A-Leekie soup, the traditional Scottish winter warmer, with chicken, leeks and prunes. Tastes relatively homemade; whether that's complimentary or not is arguable.

"William and Kate," wittily named _ the former referring (for reasons unknown) to the asparagus, the latter to the wrapping of butter-sauteed bacon. A harmonious (culinary) union.

Good ol' British recipes rule at Dirty Nelly's, including the rarely-seen-in-KL beef cobbler, a meaty stew topped with buttery-cheesy scones. A terrific change from, say, shepherd's pie.

Sliced pork sausages with back bacon, chilies and onions. Sounds like run-of-the-mill pub grub, but it's deliciously executed. Spectacularly juicy, not sickeningly oily.

Lancashire hot pot, comprising lamb stew topped with golden-crisp baked potatoes. Soul food for carnivores and carb-whores alike.

Here comes the parade of pork, kicking off with some succulent ribs.

Pork chops with apple-cabbage slaw and house-made passion fruit sauce. It's like the chef wondered what he should add to the menu, then thought to himself, "let's give 'em something to really sink their teeth into!"

Pork escalopes, thin but tasty, with creamy potato mash and mushroom sauce.

Even the sea bass gets the pork treatment, smothered with bacon and clams for a flavor boost.

Fish and chips, battered to perfect crispness, with mushy peas, tartar sauce and malt vinegar. The fish was fresh, though the fries buried below were forgettable.

Desserts here are as sinful as hell; check out the deep-fried chocolate bar with cream.

Sherry trifle, nothing to trifle with, as far as its calorie content is concerned.

Wine is available, but only by the bottle so far.

The choice of cocktails is also limited for now to classics like margarita and tequila sunrise.

Oh, and the long island iced tea, of course. A bit on the pricey side too.

Hennessy VSOP and Jack Daniels Bourbon.

But most of Dirty Nelly's customers stick to Guinness.

The food and booze above were consumed on three separate evenings since early May. Why did we keep returning? Because the dish we wanted to order _ Nelly's Belly, spice-braised pork belly _ was repeatedly unavailable. We've given up now; Nelly's Belly and ours are fated to never meet.

One more warning: the music at Dirty Nelly's can get pretty loud, pretty early in the evening.

Dirty Nelly's,
Life Center, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.
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24 comments:

  1. I've never heard of Cock-A-Leekie soup. Must ask hubby.

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    1. I googled the recipe, looks easy to make. Does it taste sweet at all from the prunes?

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    2. Baby Sumo: it might be a blast from the past for hubby :D the prunes added some sweetness, yeah, but it was a nice pruney sweetness, not a cloying sugariness. but then again, not everyone enjoys prunes, i guess =)

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    3. Hubby has never heard of this soup before, so I'll definitely make it for him to try since our family likes prunes.

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    4. Baby sumo: ah good, I hope the adults will enjoy it, even if the kids don't, heh :D looking forward to seeing the recipe on goodyfoodies maybe =)

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  2. I aredi been here...haha :P

    Had the huge Dirty Nelly Burger, Lancashire Hot Pot n Crab Cakes with Guinness =)

    Thanx for highlighting the rest of d dishes :D

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    1. Ulric: sounds like a good meal!

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  3. This one not far from my office, hehehe.
    Hmmmm but I don't think I will enjoy the loud music, especially while eating. :P

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    1. Hi...u can sit near the windows facing Jln Sultan Ismail...it's less noisy tat way =)

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    2. CK: ooh, maybe you can try for lunch, since they're also open in the afternoon. should be not as noisy during the daytime. and they sometimes serve a pork briyani special for lunch :D

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  4. Passionfruit sauce - I'll eat it on anything. The pumpkin soup looks yummy too. As the beef cobbler.. I don't think I've ever seen that on a menu in KL.

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    1. The Yum List: i'm actually not a fan of passion fruit, but as a sauce, i'm realizing that it goes quite well with a lot of other food =) heh, the pumpkin soup here definitely meets expectations. and yeah, i wouldn't mind seeing the beef cobbler pop up on other menus elsewhere in KL. it's yummy! :D

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  5. haha looks like we've found the way to keep you going back for more - make sure the thing you want is not available! =D

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    1. Drops of Contentment: heheh, i'm a fool for pork belly! and i've seen photos of dirty nelly's pork belly, and it looks totally drool-worthy! but alas, i guess i'll have to find my pork belly elsewhere :D

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  6. Oooo...looks like a good menu! Beef cobbler screams comfort food! :D

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    1. Bangsar Babe: oh yeah, the menu at dirty nelly's is really a lot better than most generic pubs in kl. prices on the menu look slightly steep, but if i recall right, they're all nett prices. oh, and who knew that beef and scones go so well, heh :D

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  7. william is the vegetable while kate is the meat? sounds so imaginative huh :)

    Latest: BBQ with Wine

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    1. Fish: heheh I wonder what other recipes can be named after the two of them :D

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  8. So is william the greasy bacon or the phallic asparagus?

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    1. Michelle: Williams's the asparagus! :D

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  9. I am interested on the ribs..
    should be finger licking good.. :)

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    1. Simple person: the serving size for the ribs is a bit small, not really enough for sharing, but ya, it's tasty :D

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  10. I must say that is one of the better pumpkin soups in town.Was there couple weeks ago and I was quite surprised that a place like Dirty Nelly would serve up a good ol fashion soup.

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    1. Missyblurkit: i guess we really should pass our compliments to the chef and his team for the food here! dirty nelly picked a real professional :D

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