Sunday, November 3, 2013

51, Black Forest & Nagaba @ Changkat Bukit Bintang

Walking around Changkat Bukit Bintang on a leisurely evening & stopping here & there, starting with 51 Restaurant (named for its address on this street).

"Salmon Roti Canai" (RM15 before taxes), juicy fish wrapped in doughy parcels & topped with creamy dill sauce. Fun finger food.

"Origami barramundi" (RM15), basically the Asian sea bass cooked with mushrooms in paper. Comes out delicate & relatively fresh-tasting.

More fish, this time breaded & stuffed with tomato salsa in soft flour tacos (RM15).

Need real meat? Try 51's signature sliders (also RM15, underscoring the affordability of these small plates); mini-burgers with grilled beef, lettuce, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, onion compote ...

... & the secret ingredient that makes these memorable: fried quail eggs. Gotta love 'em.

Wine's available by both bottle & glass, but try the cocktails instead.

Espresso chili martini, with the double-kick of both an espresso shot & cili padi to spice up this concoction of Absolut vodka & gomme syrup.

Choc Martini with a delicious surprise; the menu says this contains Absolut, choc liquor & Bailey's, but there's something extra: honeycomb chocolate candy.


Fewer than fifty meters from 51, there's Black Forest, run by the people who operate El Cerdo, The Steakhouse, The Whisky Bar & Dining In The Dark.


Black Forest is the latest attempt to carve a longer-lasting restaurant at this address, which once belonged to El Cerdito in 2009 followed by The Bier Bar only last year. 


What hasn't changed: It's still all about the hog here. Start with Black Forest's cold-cuts platter of rilettes, pork liver pate, salami & pig head jelly.


For a change from crispy pork knuckles: Berliner Eisbein, the northern-German-style recipe that's cured & boiled instead, for a more thoroughly succulent chew.


Black Forest is right beside El Cerdo; patrons can try ordering food from next door if both restaurants aren't too busy. Here's something from El Cerdo: So what lies beneath this lid?


It's a cataplana sumptuously brimming with seafood, chorizo & Iberico ham.


Hot, flavorsome nourishment; a prime example of why the El Cerdo brand is so enduring.


Service sparkles too; the team here knows & loves the food.


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Speaking of the permanency of F&B establishments, it's strange to see that The Establishment nearby on Jalan Mesui is gone, replaced recently by Nagaba.


The decor remains the same, while the menu looks like an undistinguished mix of pub grub. The drinks seem OK though, based on our order of "Liquid Cocaine" (champagne, vodka, red bull, for RM35 nett).

51 Restaurant & Bar,
Ground Floor, Radius International Hotel, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.
Open 5pm onwards, except Mondays.
Black Forest,
47, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.
Open 4pm through late, daily.
Nagaba,
31, Jalan Mesui, Off Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.

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29 comments:

  1. Fried squail eggs and choc martini! Sinful but sounds extremely delicious!

    Wilson

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    1. Wilson: oh yeah, it's not often we find fried quail eggs at these restaurants, so we definitely had to order the sliders! the choc martini's worthwhile too :D

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  2. 51's offerings seems pretty good in terms of taste, inventiveness and price =)

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    1. Ulric: ya, all in all, not too bad a choice for people who are visiting changkat bukit bintang. it tries to serve some interesting stuff =)

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  3. Liquid Cocaine for me please !

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    1. Ciki: it could be our next addiction! :D

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  4. The fare at Black Forest looks really similar to El Cerdito.. jus a change of name, perhaps?

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    1. Baby Sumo: ooo, there seems to be an approach to tackle more regional, heartier german fare, with emphasis on sausages, stews, knuckles. but ya, in the end, the food's still quite similar, heheh :D

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  5. Interesting menu.... salmon roti canai, i can serve that as finger food if i'm having a party :D, go out dabao a slice of roti canai and pan fry my own salmon LOL!

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    1. Ken: that sounds good! and fun to experiment with! hope you achieve delicious results :D

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  6. wow. the salmon roti canai :D DROOLS

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    1. JessY: i happily ate three pieces, heheh :D

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  7. Nice name, and the most important is salmon roti canai! =D

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    1. Mr Lonely: oh ya, that was the first dish we ordered! :D

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  8. "A walk in the Black Forest" was a hit song way back in the 60's, I think...maybe not the 50's, not that long ago - an instrumental song. Oooooo....I love German!

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    1. Suituapui: i like german food too, though it's very filling, especially when we over-order heh :D thanks for the info on the song ... i'd never heard of it! :D

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  9. The choc martini looks quite good, Sean. I love the series of clocks, too.

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    1. Linda: yes, the choc martini's great for folks who want both dessert and liquor at the same time :D and you're right, the clocks are a cool touch! :D

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  10. Black Forest...so where's the black forest, hehe? But porky is also good la!

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    1. Pureglutton: heheh, it's a nice name for the restaurant, ya. and yeah, plenty of porky fare is the highlight! :D

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  11. "Salmon Roti Canai"?! @_@ wow.... adore!

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    1. Melissa: heh, ya, they did something right by creating that recipe! =)

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  12. The flavors just mesh together really nicely.

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    1. Cquek: that's a good way of describing it :D

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  13. Ohh.. I thought perhaps we are finally getting black pork here :P

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    1. Rebecca: heheh, oh but we do have Spanish and Japanese eateries that serve black pig from time to time :D

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  14. Porky goodness in Black Forest!

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  15. Missyblurkit: oink oink!

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