Thursday, November 19, 2015

H&T @ PJ Sea Park & The BBP @ Bukit Utama

Checking out two PJ gastropubs with a couple of things in common: Both bear enigmatic acronyms, both feature pork ribs as their prime bait. First up, H&T, which stands for Hungry & Thirsty - it's right to head here ravenous, since the grub is good; the roasted pork rib (RM43) & Cajun-spiced belly skewers (RM13) proved equally succulent & confidently seasoned. We'd have ordered more food (the porchetta pizza, Japanese-inflected miso pork burger & Chinese-influenced braised pork noodles all sound tempting, clearly striving to fulfil the restaurant's very ambitious tagline of 'best babi in town'), but the lycheetini (RM98 for a jug) proved somewhat more syrupy than alcoholic, & wine wasn't available when we visited (though it should be by now).

The BBP ('Big Black Pig,' according to a member of the service team, though 'Best BBQ Pit' appears to be their chosen alternative) is cosy & welcoming, but unfortunately, the food fell far short when we were here. The pork ribs tasted past their prime, with a nearly rank flavour that prevented us from finishing them - they were also undercooked, tough & mainly bony. The bacon wrap skewers, meanwhile, were basically sodium bombs with scant nuance. Both the kitchen & service teams were enthusiastic, eager to please & willing to hear out customers' feedback, so we wish we could have recommended this place.

H&T Hungry & Thirsty
Jalan 21/19, Seapark Complex, Petaling Jaya. Tel: +6012-3674763 

The BBP Big Black Pig or Best BBQ Pit
1, The Club, No. 9 Persiaran Bukit Utama, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya. Tues-Sun, 5pm-1am. Tel: 60377261588

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11 comments:

  1. Looks like a pretty big place, the first one, with seats filling into the side walk....babi & booze....always a good combo, right? ;D As for the second place, it looks deserted....too bad for the freshness of the produce (hope they realise that soon). And it's difficult to comprehend how one can get bacon bombs wrong...they're just bacon wrapped sausages and deep-fried (you just need to start off with good bacon, that's all)!

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    1. Contact: yeah, most folks might go for babi with beer though, which pairs best for pub grub, so it's a bit more challenging for me since i don't really drink much beer :) yeah, we tried to pass on the feedback to the chef, though we sensed it was more of a management decision above him about the meat supply, recipes, storage and how long to store, etc ...

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  2. Lovely ambiance and the food looks succulent!

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    1. Linda: glad you like the look of the places and their food :)

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  3. I'll try H&T and BBP - hope that they get it right by then :) yay two porky place in one post

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    1. Leo: heheh, i'll have more porky places coming up in the next month :D hope you enjoy your visits ;)

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  4. Oooo...bacon beckons! Never mind what they are currently saying about eating that and all those processed meats, I'm in! Oh my! "best babi" bring's to mind Douglas Lim's parody of that Justin Beiber's Baby song. LOL!!!

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    1. Suituapui: bacon beckons! i like that catchphrase :D haha, ok, i'm gonna look up that parody :)

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  5. They seem to have a pretty good mission. I wish them the best in fulfilling it.

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    1. The Yum List: yup, hopefully they'll do well in their respective neighborhoods ;)

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