Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Elk @ Solaris

Solaris Mont Kiara is a scary location to launch a cafe, since so many eateries have opened and closed here (remember Providore and Ultimo?). When The Elk recently emerged, we wondered whether it would have the extra edge to survive.

Some will wonder why "A passion for food meets a passionate love" is on the wall, while many might be mystified over this outlet's name. The reason: The Elk is run by a food-loving couple, whose names _ Ee Leng and Khaw _ combine to form the initials E.L.K.

Always fun to order Welsh rarebit (RM12, no taxes or service charge); this sliced toast with creamy, beer-infused melted cheese is wonderful for whetting the appetite.

Squid stuffed with minced pork, onion and garlic (RM12). The Elk's food has a homemade feel; it's unlikely to knock most customers' socks off, but you can sense the care poured into these recipes and the sincerity in the cooking.

Roast chicken (RM20). Family recipe marinated in both Western and Eastern herbs and spices. 

Own-made, handmade squid ink fettuccine with prawns, squid and mussels (RM25) in a very light white wine and olive oil dressing that might lack flavor for some.

Our top pick: The Elk's "Extreme Porky Burger," featuring 200 grams of minced pork with ham and bacon (RM28). The Elk is happy to oblige reasonable requests; we asked for an egg to top this, and we recommend everyone else do the same. 

The Elk serves no wine but has the right glasses; corkage is an excellent RM10 only, so walk over to Cold Storage to buy a bottle before heading here. 

Vacation photographs! It's time for a holiday. Well, nearly.

The Elk,
15, Jalan Solaris 4, Solaris Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur.
Open Mon-Sat, 10am-10pm.
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/TheElkMalaysia
Website: http://www.theelk.com.my
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34 comments:

  1. Now tat's one Extreme Pork Burger! =)

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    1. Ulric: oh yeah, a pleasure to gobble up! :D

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  2. I think it will be "special" extreme pork burger after you add an egg on top..

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    1. Simple Person: heheh, yeah, it was a "burger special," i guess. maybe i should have also requested some cheese on it :D

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    2. U can't call a burger extreme without a runny egg n cheese lar...hehe =)

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    3. Ulric: heh, the ideal burger for customers who can't take dairy products =)

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  3. Handmade squid ink fettuccine with prawns , i would love to try that.

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    1. Love2dine: ya, it's a decent pasta that tastes quite healthy ... no heavy creams, no excess salt :D

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    1. Tng: heheh, it's a decent burger, honest and house-made. I think I'd give it a solid B or B+ =)

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  5. Hehhe looks like everyone is very interested in the pork burger! Me too ;P

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    1. Baby Sumo: ooh, the burger is probably one of the main attractions here, true. Though I definitely did enjoy the other dishes too :D

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  6. Beer infused melted cheese sounds just brilliant...even for breakfast>.<

    I can also do with a pork burger...gosh if I head in today after work, this is going to be my 4th pork burger in a week. Porky burgers are addictive...Grrrr

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    1. Missyblurkit: heh, true, the welsh rarebit would make a nice breakfast, an afternoon snack or an appetizer before dinner :D wow, four pork burgers in a week! i don't think i've had four in total in august yet. but yeah, it's nice that we now have dozens of eateries in the klang valley that offer pork burgers =)

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  7. Hope this restaurant survives. It’s heartbreaking to see new restaurant close down after a few months. Restaurant biz is indeed a tough biz to be in.

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    1. Smitten By Food: i'm crossing my fingers that this place will attract a steady, sturdy lunch crowd, since there are many offices in the neighborhood. it's a nice place for lunch :D

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    2. Thanks for your kind words. We have a set lunch menu, as well as daily lunch specials at even more affordable prices!

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  8. I want to try that Porky Burger with telur, looks so yummy!

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    1. CK: heheh, if we can buy pork patties from the supermarket, we can actually make yummy pork burgers at home also :D

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    2. We season and make the pork patties (and beef patties for that matter) by hand, using pork mince from a reputable supplier :) But indeed, we enjoy making our own burgers at home too!

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    3. The Elk: i figure that's one of the fun things about trying pork burgers at different cafes _ every outlet's patty tastes different! and yours is definitely delicious :D

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  9. the Welsh rarebit looks nothing like the ones I grew up on in Wales! haha :P but er.. yeah !

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    1. Ciki: heheh, i guess there are many possible presentations for bread and cheese. but ya, i've tried the more elaborate welsh rarebit recipes that add other ingredients on the bread, and those are tasty too :D

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    2. To be honest, we haven't been to Wales, so we're not sure what it looks like in the homeland :) We like to take foods that we enjoy and put a bit of our own personality into it where possible, we hope you can enjoy all our dishes.

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  10. Ultimo has closed down? Yikes. The food biz is a brutal one. The pork burger was delish, but the restaurant hasn't quite got the chic vibe that it needs for a place like Mont Kiara

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    1. Footfringe: yeah, ultimo has left us. don't know whether it's reopened elsewhere in some other incarnation though. but yeah, i wouldn't be brave enough to open my own cafe. too many permutations in the factors for success =)

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  11. That's a cute love story. I hope it lasts.

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    1. The Yum List: with a lot of love and a lot of luck, this place might have the recipe for success :D

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  12. Hi Sean,

    Thanks for dropping by, giving us a go and for the fine comments. We are confident that since your visit, we've improved even further on a number of dishes and aspects of the experience.

    We're more than happy to take in good feedback from our customers and we'll be sure to find that "edge" to be able to continue serving Extreme Porky Pork Burgers (with sunny-side-up) for a long time here. :)

    Thanks again for your encouraging review, and we hope to see you again soon.

    Regards,
    Khaw&Eeleng

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    1. Khaw & Eeleng: it was a very pleasant dinner, and your entire team did a great job in making us feel welcome from start to finish. we sincerely enjoyed the food and look forward to returning eventually for your quiche, clam chowder, schnitzel and the asian items on the menu. all the best to you guys in the months ahead :D

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  13. its egg on top of the extreme pork burger...this will be one extreme dish!!

    hope the squid ink fettuccine would hv more taste...did ur teeth get the unremovable black stain?

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    1. Cindy: extremely, enjoyably eggy :D heh, no, luckily the black stain was not as noticeable here compared to some other squid ink pastas :D

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  14. i would have prefer if the egg has more of the fried crispy edges

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    1. Eiling: oh ya, some people do enjoy that extra bit of crispiness! =)

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