Sunday, August 11, 2013

Pig Out Cafe @ Parklane, Kelana Jaya

Gettin' piggy with it at this cafe that opened this week, promising a primrose path of pork in Kelana Jaya's fledgling Parklane commercial center.

 The marquee attraction: Roast pork belly, 200 irresistible grams of meat marinated overnight & served with chunky-cut carrots, potatoes & applesauce (RM18 only). 

 Cafe owner Seet Yan, who launched Pig Out after months of running a catering service, prepares limited portions of this roast pork, so to be safe, call ahead to reserve.

 Grilled pork chop with garlic sauce, coleslaw & creamy-flavorsome mashed potatoes (RM16). Pig Out's food features a home-cooked feel, not a restaurant's polish; this is honest fare, without lofty ambitions of revolutionizing the cafe industry.

 Spaghetti bolognese with pork meatballs (RM16). Servings are generous; our only quibble is that some of these recipes can seem heavy on the salt.

 Caesar salad with own-smoked bacon (RM12, prices are nett for now). It's like eating at a favorite aunt's house or at a potluck where friends spent days poring over the menu & pouring every ounce of energy into making each dish.

 But accidents can happen: This cottage pie (RM7) emerged burnt at the bottom, with overly charred minced pork beneath the mashed potatoes.

 Redemption is nevertheless near: Pig Out's pork burger (RM16), topped with enoki mushrooms, might well exceed certain expectations ...

 ... thanks to its luscious patty, the polar opposite of so many other blandly dry pork patties. With a little more fine-tuning, this could become one of the Klang Valley's best pork burgers.

 Pig Out is in a trial opening stage (offering 20 percent discounts off its already-low prices), with a limited menu & insufficient staff members to cope with crowds; be patient if your food takes time to surface. This has the potential to evolve into a crowd-pleasing landmark.

Pig Out Cafe (within one minute's drive of Paradigm Mall),
A-G-3, Park Lane Commercial Hub, Jalan SS7/26, Kelana Jaya.
Tel: 016-232-9248
It's a casual, sandals-&-shorts cafe, where the owner's friends might breezily stroll in & out.
Currently open only for lunch weekdays & dinner on weekends. Will expand hours in September.

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50 comments:

  1. Oh wow, the roast pork crackling looks great! So crunchy. Enoki mushrooms sounds like an interesting addition to the pork burger.

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, the crackling was goooood. and since the serving was so hearty, there was a lot of it to go around satisfyingly :D ya, the enoki mushrooms actually partnered very well with the rest of the pork burger. great texture, nice flavor =)

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  2. Waah..one minute away from Paradigm Mall...with some nice homely porky dishes...worth a visit! =)

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    1. Ulric: ya, theoretically can even walk from Paradigm Mall to this cafe in 10 minutes or less :D i think this place could do well in this neighborhood. parking is super-super-easy & free for now, prices are surprisingly reasonable (less than RM20 per person is highly possible), and the food turns out to be good in the end (especially the belly & the burger & the magnificent mashed potatoes that come with the pork chop) :D

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    2. Haha...hooray! I just might drop in to tis place when I m back from Colombo =)

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    3. Ulric: the month away will fly by, hopefully! and before you head to Pig Out Cafe, you might be eating lotsa scrumptious pork curry in sri lanka! :D

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    4. Haha...I only hope tat the curries there dun blow me out of my mind! =)

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    5. Ulric: you might end up addicted to Sri Lankan curries by this time next month (though maybe not). Maybe there'll be some really good Japanese restaurants there :D

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    6. Now tats music to my ears...c ya in a couple months time! =)

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    7. Ulric: eat safe & stay safe! =)

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  3. I heard about this place on Facebook awhile back. Since it's not that far from me, I hope to remember to go try it out during the promotion period... :P

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    1. Lifeasacynic: ya, you have nearly three more weeks to take advantage of the 20 percent discount and enjoy an entire plate of that beautiful roast pork for only RM14.40! :D

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  4. Roast pork belly, my weeklt pork therapy !

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    1. Wong: once a week, especially on weekends, sounds like the perfect schedule to enjoy some roast pork! :D

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  5. Need to find where is this place, time for some siew yoke! haha :D

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    1. CK: heheh, if u know how to reach paradigm mall, this cafe is just around the corner from the shopping complex. The roast pork here is the cafe owner's own special recipe! :D

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  6. the roast pork is mouth watering! And I spot heart shaped egg yolks!

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    1. Missyblurkit: oh yeah, as soon as I set eyes on that roast pork, I couldn't wait to start biting into it. It was really chunky and succulent =) heheh, the heart-like yolks were really eye-catching too! :D

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  7. The fare looks pretty good, Sean, and I really like the decor. I had to laugh when I saw the name of this place. Do people actually "pig out" here? Great review. :)

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    1. Linda: heheh, thanks. i definitely ended up pigging out here. i'm gonna have to compensate by eating less for the remainder of this week, heh :D

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  8. siu yok gooding yoh~ i quite like it sometime~ XD

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    1. Mr Lonely: i'm definitely a fan of siu yok, anyday, heheh =)

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  9. yay to more piggy joints!

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    1. Ciki: pork rules the roost! =)

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  10. Oh no, how could they serve that burnt pie?! Roast pork looks divine :-)

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    1. Pureglutton: heheh, i'm sure it was unintentional :D but ya, the roast pork definitely more than rescued the meal =)

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  11. The roast pork belly and pork meatballs look yummy!
    But ... 'overly charred minced pork beneath the mashed potatoes'..how sad.

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    1. Melissa: yeah, the roast pork deserves to be their house specialty, and the meatballs have a nice, homemade, non-artificial bite to them. hopefully in future, their cottage pies will also all turn out equally good :D

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  12. looks promising, should check it out soon :D

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    1. KY: remember to call ahead before you arrive, to ask them to keep a plate or two of the roast pork for you! :D

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  13. Hmmm...I know of a certain pork lover who would be eager to try out their offerings. It's in the 'hood as well ;)

    How on earth did they get the yolks to be heart shaped? :)

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    1. Unkaleong: heh, PJ's pork lovers can form a club and have their meetings here maybe. and they can ask the cafe owner that question about the yolks too :D

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  14. Yes, me too! I would want to find out how they make the egg heart-shaped like that too. Not a very flattering name...but ooooo!!!! All the pork! Yum! Yum! Never mind what they call it! I sure would love to pig out there! LOL!!! :D

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    1. Suituapui: maybe those eggs just have a good heart, heheh :D and i believe the name of this cafe describes it accurately, heh. and it's catchy too, i guess, customers will remember it =)

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  15. The dishes looks good....Does the place have those distinctive smell of raw meat in it?

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    1. Sycookies: nope, thank goodness! the pork here has a clean & fresh flavor to it :D

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    1. Rebecca: and it's a good burger too (though not a hipster burger, heh) =)

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  17. Am vegetarian, is there anything suitable for me??? Just like Papa rich and many other food outlet, they make something suitable for vegan!!!

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    1. Unknown: you're in luck, even though the menu's very limited in this current soft-opening stage, there is a pure carrot soup here.

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  18. The pork patty look juicy~~

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    1. Choi Yen: ya, it was a pleasant surprise :D

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  19. Just went there today, meat is tasty but the portion was quite disappointing. In particular the roast pork belly and pork chop where the portion was really small. Hope they improve with the serving size.

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    1. Noreese: yikes, that's strange to hear, since one of my favorite things about this place was its large portions. i wonder what happened. the pork belly's supposed to be a standard 200 grams. i hope you made your disappointment known to the cafe's team. thanks for writing =)

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    2. Noreese, you are not alone...this is not right. Sean I know you usually pay for your own food, did they know you are blogging about this?

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    3. Thompsonboy: no, unless they somehow recognized me (which i doubt), i don't think they knew. especially since i didn't whip out the camera before receiving the food.

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  20. I am not sure what happened but the pictures were deceiving, the final product that my friends gotten was kids sized meals...maybe to compensate for the 'discounted' price?

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    1. Thompsonboy: gosh, that's strange. these were all accurate representations of the portions i received. the cafe didn't know i'd be reviewing the food, so there wasn't any special treatment. i don't know how to explain why your friends received smaller portions, but am sad to hear it.

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    2. I was there on Sunday after reading the reviews. I could not finish the Spaghetti and I felt the portions are a little too big.

      Overall, its a simple, no frills cafe with value for money meals.

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    3. Online Fashions: am glad you had a decent experience here, thanks for the note =)

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