Eat Drink KL: Riblee's

Saturday, December 11, 2010


Riblee's has kinda slipped off the culinary radar in recent years, but it remains a worthy stomping ground for anyone who's hunting for porcine pleasures.

The menu never seems to change, which means that longtime favorites such as this roast pork salad are perpetually available. A whopping portion of siew yoke, sufficient to satisfy stupendous appetites. The veggies on this plate are almost an afterthought, with little ability to counter the sinfulness of the melt-in-the-mouth pork.

Roast pork roll. Crisp, brittle crackling, enveloping perfectly flavorsome meat. All things considered, the accompanying apple sauce is actually unnecessary.

Roast pork belly with truffle oil mashed potatoes, salsa verde & apple onion confit. Be warned that the pork belly here seems to be nearly 80 percent wobbly fat _ making it heavenly for some of us, but hellish for those who prefer relatively healthier cuts of lean meat.

Of course, dining at Riblee's without ordering ribs would be strange. The bourbon-glazed variety is excellent, with a fall-off-the-bone tenderness, hearty meatiness and a rich flavor that nevertheless isn't as sickeningly sweet as BBQ-sauce versions.

Desserts are not bad here. The chocolate mud cake is warm, moist and tastes fresh; it's surprisingly light too _ a nice change from the usual dense, decadent brownie types.

Chocolate trifle with cherries & a tinge of unidentified booze. Marvelously mousse-ish.

Excelsior Paddock Shiraz (South Africa, 2007).

Apaltagna Cabernet Sauvignon (Colchagua Valley, 2006).

Wisma CKL, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-6201-0180.


  1. Just drove past this afternoon and saw the corner shop, thought to myself that 'eh.. this place quite long already..I havent tried..' and here is yr review! Hahha..

    Funny that there is no pork burger? ;p

  2. Tng: ya, it seems quite resilient. business isn't booming, but it still manages to survive. hopefully it sticks around for many years to come! hmmm, they've never had pork burgers, as far as I recall, but if they ever revamp their menu or offer weekly specials, that could be a great addition! :D

  3. Very porkish restaurant. But I have to admit the pork rolls are interesting!

  4. michelle: yep, they're a nice alternative to the usual chinese-style siew yoke. the crispy pork rolls here and at ad hog in kota damansara are fabulous :D

  5. oi! how come ur Chocolate trifle with cherries prettier than mine?!! I have to say sean.. ur photos are awesome. considering we photographed in the dark (that sound so wrong.. hahaha)

  6. Ciki: tnx! Thank goodness the tables were well-lighted! :D ooh there's actually a restaurant in London where customers eat in absolute darkness. Alas, no cameras allowed during the meal!

  7. ahhh now when i'm in london, I miss the roast pork!!

  8. Eiling: hopefully you'll be able to find some good siew yoke at a Chinese restaurant there! :D