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Review: The Pork Place, IOI Boulevard Puchong

>> Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Overall comment: Those who love/fancy pork would feel at home at The Pork Place :P The meat is fresh, tasty & tender - yums.
Halal: No

The Pork Place is no stranger to those who live in Puchong as it's located at the IOI Boulevard, one of the more happening places in Pusat Bandar Puchong area. Parking is quite a nightmare here, but for pork-lovers, I doubt any of such concerns would be an obstacle - all for the love of pork!

The Pork Place is like a cafe featuring pork as its main meat that shares its cafe space with Sanbanto, the "pork specialist" that sells all cuts of fresh pork; the pigs are born & bred at a farm in Johor. (Sanbanto has another outlet in SS2, PJ)

The cafe's concept caters to customers from all walks of life & preferences. They have a comfortable dining area at the front, a more cosy setting for those who would like to enjoy their pork with liquor/drinks & also a mezzanine floor for groups who prefer to have their own space/for special occasions.

Bar-like area 

Mezzanine area for private functions & larger groups 

View from top (mezzanine floor) 

Variety of wines 

Such 'cute' piggy pictures (and hey, they were showing Chef Ramsay on the tv!)

The Pork Place has 2 sets of menu i.e. their daily menu & a weekend special menu that features the "Hei Zhu"/Black Pig (Berkshire Pig) :D The "Hei Zhu" is more tender as it has more fats spread all over the meat (like marbling on beef), which also makes the meat more juicy & tasty. Oolala...

Let me share with you some of the dishes that we tasted that day:

Pork Bacon Salad (RM21.00/serving)
Crisp romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes & olives topped with cheddar cheese & bacon bits served with our special house-made orange dressing
 If you enjoy pork bacon, you'll find that this salad isn't your enemy anymore. Although some people may just chomp down all the bacon, the fresh greens actually compliment the salty bacon very well. Having the orange dressing gives it a zesty, fruity feel, which make the salad far from being boring.

Pork Belly Salad (RM18.90/serving)
Deep-fried pork belly & fresh seasonal local & imported greens tossed in French dressing with lychee.
This was my favorite salad among the 2 that were served. It actually has a "Thai" touch to it as it comes with chopped lemongrass! Really fragrant & having lychee with deep-fried pork belly is just fantastic!

Twirls of Landrace-Duroc (RM 22.80/serving)
A.k.a. pig-in-blanket, meaty meats wrapped in bacon
Very interesting. Actually found it too small to really enjoy the dish in totality, also because 5 of us shared 1 dish! Hahaha. I could eat up this whole dish by myself. It's a starter dish for 1 - a complete, delicious meal with greens & juicy meat, all in one!

Crispy Skin Pork Knuckle (RM69.00 for whole, RM40.00 for halves)
Oven roasted for moist, tender & juicy meat on the inside & a crispy, crunchy skin on the outside
Who doesn't like crispy skin pork knuckle?? I felt the skin could be 'crispier' but the meat was indeed tender & juicy :D

Barbecue Ribs (RM48.00/serving)
Special cut - ribs with belly marinated & cooked in barbecue sauce
Perhaps the best ribs you can find in Puchong? I felt that this was one of the best dish for that day. The ribs were so flavorful, tender (falls off the bone) & felt just like those "glass char siew". Thumbs up! I think I could finish up the whole ribs by myself & have seconds!


Loin Steaks (RM50.00/serving)
Thin & succulent steaks grilled to perfection with onion rings & potatoes with 'wings'
As per the menu's description, these loin steaks were succulent & I have to say that the sides were very appetizing! Elevated the taste of the simple pork loin to the next level.

Collar Steaks (RM68.00/serving)
A cut above the rest with dauphinoise potatoes soaked in rich bone stock
After having so many plates of pork dishes, I felt I was 'saturated' with pork that I couldn't enjoy much of this dish anymore. All I know is that the dauphinoise was really delicious! :D

Best of Bellies (RM65.00/serving)
Juicy chunks of belly pork presented with mash & mushrooms
 This was the emperor of dishes. Unfortunately that day's pork belly was SOOOOOOOO fat that it didn't have much meat! It was like 95% fat, 5% meat!! I love the dish on the overall, but I think they really need to serve a more proportionate piece of pork belly so that the customers can enjoy both the fats + meat at the same time. The mashed potatoes, cherry tomatoes & mushrooms complimented the dish really well. LIKE!

If you're in Puchong or just feel like indulging in a pork-filled meal, you have a glaring option here :P

The Pork Place Cafe
31, IOI Boulevard
Jalan Kenari 7
Bandar Puchong Jaya
47100 Puchong Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: (+603) 8076 9608
Business hours: Tue.-Sun. 11:30-15:00 (Lunch)/ Tue.-Sun. 18:00-22:00 (Dinner); Close on Mondays
URL: http://sanbanto.com.my/
FB: The Pork Place

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Nick July 29, 2015 at 9:00 PM  

amboi! so delicious! :D


Henry Lee August 1, 2015 at 12:24 AM  

that's so much pork! Haha... i have never been there before but definitely will give it a try next time when i am around puchong :) hopefully the meat and fat are more balanced when i visit them :D

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