In the UK, the £4.95 pub lunch was one of the few good deals I could afford and enjoy. Yesterday, D.F suggested we do lunch at The Bulldog Pub & Cafe in Sri Hartamas claiming they do an excellent Toad in the Hole. Shum and I went to see what was so great about this highly mentioned place. Bulldog serves typical British pub grub so expect stuff like Pies, Fish & Chips, English Breakfast, Toad in the Hole and Bangers & Mash. The Toad in the Hole is a traditional English dish comprising British bangers (pork sausage) in Yorkshire pudding batter served with customary green peas, vegetables, mash potatoes and onion gravy.It is a fusion of light, crispy batter and meaty pork sausage, moistened with brown onion gravy. The sausages were crisp on the outside and the accompanying gravy added flavour to the puff pudding. Really tasty stuff! The mash potato was quite ordinary – Shum and I found it bland.Our Ploughman’s Lunch came with four slices of cheddar cheese, Branston Pickle, scotch eggs, sweet gherkins, and crusty French rolls. Branston Pickle has a chutney-like consistency and contains small chunks of vegetables in a brown sticky sauce. It is sweet and spicy, and goes very well with cheddar cheese and sandwiches. I found the scotch eggs disappointing. The meat mixture was bland and missing the porky flavour I’m accustomed to. On top of that, the breadcrumbs coating was soggy. It should be nicely browned and toasty tasting. I didn’t like it one bit. Shum and I thought the BLT was nothing great; we’ve had better. BLT is a popular sandwich consisting of several strips of bacon, lettuce (often iceberg or romaine) and tomato slices sandwiched between 2 slices of bread.Bulldog’s BLT came with a generous portion of freshly fried chips. The golden brown chips were crispy, thick and well-salted. Very moreish, and I enjoyed them more than the BLT.On top of our rather massive lunch, D.F ordered a plate of Bulldog Bacon Nachos. Just the name makes my heart skip a beat.
When it arrived, I thought, “This is really, really huge!!” Presentation was impressive and I had to quickly take a photo – D.F couldn’t wait to dig in.The sour cream gave the nachos a hint of tang, and the stringy cheese accentuated the well-salted chips. My only gripe was the lack of toppings. It looked copious, but it actually wasn’t much when we mixed it with the nachos.
All in, Bulldog offers decent food with generous portions in an unpretentious dining setting. 3 adults, 4 rather large dishes. We are gluts. Thanks for lunch D.F!
Food: (Non halal)
Toad in the hole – 8/10, BLT – 5/10, Ploughman’s Lunch – 6/10, Bulldog Bacon Nachos – 7.5/10
Verdict: Hearty pub grub but slightly expensive. Not something I’d eat on a regular basis.
31 & 31-1,
Jalan Sri Hartamas 7,
Taman Sri Hartamas,
50480 Kuala Lumpur
03 6201 4484
Opens 11am – late