Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Cow & Chicken @ Desa Sri Hartamas

The Cow & Chicken succinctly delivers what its name suggests, concentrating on a shortlist of steaks & rotisserie chicken.

In this back-to-the-basics battle between bovine & fowl, the latter triumphs here - the roast chicken is enjoyable from the first bite to the final chew, from the irresistibly crisp skin to the irreproachably juicy flesh, blanketed with flavour. RM24 for a quarter, RM38 for half, & RM62 for the whole chicken. All mains come with bread rolls (fab - fresh, warm & supremely fluffy), frites (passable), a side salad & choice of bearnaise, chimichurri, Cafe de Paris butter, beef jus, chicken jus, or peppercorn sauce.

Sadly though, the steaks proved a miss for us - the Black Angus rib-eye (RM88 for 350 grammes) was gristly & executed in a manner that left us feeling like we were eating fried beef strips instead of a full-blown luscious steak. The grass-fed filet mignon (RM72 for 250 grammes) fared even worse, with a mushy mouthfeel & flatness of flavour.

Liquor lovers, never fear: The Cow & Chicken's cardamom-infused apple cider & Valrhona hot chocolate with marshmallows can be optionally spiked with white wine & rum respectively. Or simply fall back on the wine selection, offered by glass & bottle.

The Cow & Chicken
28-G Jalan 24/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur. Currently open for dinner, except Mondays. Tel: 03-2303-5740

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13 comments:

  1. I will stick with the roast chicken then. Hehehehe.

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    1. CK: i think you'd enjoy the chicken! we ate it all up, leaving only the bones :D

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  2. OMG!!
    How can the steaks be so baD? I would have fainted. I love my red meat!! LOL

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    1. Rebecca: i had hopes for the steak too ... but i think we ended up not finishing the beef, unfortunately ...

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  3. Great! Since I don't eat beef :) chicken will do! And I spot a red wine for 99++ just within my usual budget.. Hopefully it's good

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    1. Leo: ooo, maybe get a bottle of the sauvignon blanc to pair better with the chicken compared to the red wine ;)

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    2. Sauvignon blanc is not a great pairing for chicken. Try a chardonnay or a light red

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  4. ...and the poor pig was left outside alone. Muahahahaha!!!! We had a place here by this name quite sometime ago, never tried - didn't think it did very well, closed down already.

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    1. Suituapui: imagine the different possibilities for restaurant names ... the pig and the fish ... the lamb and the duck :)

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  5. Initially, I liked the looks of both the cow & chicken (until you mentioned about the taste of the cow, of course, what a bummer....I love my cow!). The only thing I didn't like was the look of the fries (which looked like those commercially bought ones). Hope they weren't....seeing the prices they charge for both cow & chicken, I'd expect fresh kitchen-made fries! ;D

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    1. Contact.ewew: the management of the restaurant has responded encouragingly, with updates on their sourcing of beef and the preparation of their fries. maybe you can give them a shot now :)

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  6. Sorry If you didn't like the beef, we were only open a few days at that point and were still experimenting with meat supply and therefore did not announce our opening for fear of exactly this. We do believe we have now found a supply we are happy with. Oh and Fries are now being freshly made in house. The Cow & Chicken management.

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    1. Grumpyhobbit: thanks very much for letting us know ... happy to hear about the beef and fries ... looking forward to hearing positive feedback from other customers about the cow & chicken, and will keep in mind to pop back at some point :)

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