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The Barn, 1 Mont Kiara

The Barn, 1 Mont Kiara

I’ve read reviews of The Barn at 1 Mont Kiara, all rather positive and giving hope that this might just be a spot for good ribs and tapas. I was initially invited to check out what The Barn has to offer but decided I should go there on my own account and dine like everyone else.


It is not an attempt to be arrogant when I choose to review a place unannounced – my stance has always been this way. My readers should enjoy the same (or similar) dining experience I have and I know that would be difficult if I were to keep going for invited reviews.

The Barn was a dining option that came up last weekend when rif and I were within the vicinity. I like the ambiance; there’s a good balance of restaurant, bar and café in the décor so depending on one’s mood, you can opt for a complete wine dinner, casual lunch or just have coffee, cake and conversation.


The Barn’s Original BBQ Pork Ribs (RM43)

While The Barn’s Original Pork Ribs (RM43) came highly recommended and I’ve read praiseworthy reviews about it, the dish was disappointing. It looked promising I must admit, but beneath the glistening coat of BBQ sauce and charred edges, the meat was dry and chewy. If this is their supposed signature dish, the kitchen must have had a very bad day.


Marinated in signature BBQ sauce


Tapas of the day (RM5)

Our waitress suggested the tapas of the day (RM5), a small bowl of beef chunks, seasoned and cooked with red wine, garlic and shallots. This was heavy handed on sodium, rendering it difficult to appreciate. Some bread might have helped but I wasn’t presented with that option.


The Famous Pork Pizza (RM32)

The Famous Pork Pizza (RM32) came with pork belly, ham and mozzarella, and I found it underwhelming. True it had a good amount of pork belly pieces and they weren’t stingy on the cheese either, but the flavours somehow didn’t come together as well as I expected. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t memorable either.


Topped with pork belly, ham and mozzarella


Mushroom soup (RM12)

I ordered a soup of the day (RM12) to see if it was just me being picky or if the kitchen really wasn’t at its prime. It was mushroom soup which turned out thick and chunky, and not in a good way – felt as though I was eating porridge. The soup had a sweet undertone from an ingredient I can’t put a finger to, and while they were generous with the mushrooms, there was little earthy flavour in each mouthful.

The bill came up to about RM100; fairly reasonable for what we had but they need to work on the food and consistency. Great ambiance though.

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Ambiance: 7/10
Price: 6/10
Food: 4/10 (non halal)
Verdict: I like the ambiance, but the food was underwhelming.


The Barn
G-2, G-3 & G-26,
Ground Floor,
1 Mont Kiara Mall
Tel: 03-6211 5620
Business hours: 11:30am to 12am
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Piggy Tail, Bangsar

Piggy Tail, Bangsar


Piggy Pork Knuckle

When Piggy Tail replaced Foodtique in Bangsar Baru, I already knew what to expect from the menu – especially with such a porcine sounding name. I was a little sad to see one of our regular dining places go but excited about the idea of another pork restaurant in Bangsar.


Value for money house wine

Alas, the excitement was short lived when we finally gave the place a try. Service was all over the place and while they serve very reasonably priced house wine (RM12 per glass), I wasn’t impressed with the food served.


Piggy House Special BBQ Ribs

We ordered the Piggy House Special BBQ Ribs (RM58) and Piggy Pork Knuckle (RM89), both served with a salad topped with pork intestines. Unless you’re a fan of offal, skip the intestines as I found them very strong smelling and bordering bitter. The ribs were alright – not as flavourful as I expected it to be and the sides could have been crisper.


Meaty, with a good amount of fat for flavour


The pork knuckle that took ages to arrive

Our waiter forgot about our pork knuckle, giving other patrons who arrived and ordered later a portion, while we waited more than half an hour after we were done with the ribs. After several reminders, the pork knuckle arrived on a bed on mash and looked rather promising. But the centre was cold; fridge cold. I was prepared look past some of the not so crispy parts of the skin but not the cold centre.


Parts of the skin were chewy and the centre was cold

We sent it back to be reheated and by then, I was in a sour mood. It didn’t help that the meat was tough to cut through and chew, and required quite a bit of brown sauce to eat with. Dinner came up to RM198.35 for the above – not too shabby, but I wouldn’t want to go through the same dining experience anytime soon.



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Ambiance: 6/10
Price: 6/10
Food: 5.5/10 (non halal)
Verdict: Wasn’t impressed with the food here, unfortunately.


Piggy Tail

Piggy Tail
39, Jalan Telawi 3,
Bangsar Baru, 59100
Kuala Lumpur

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Naughty Babe Dirty Duck, Desa Sri Hartamas


Full slab of goodness

The name Naughty Babe Dirty Duck (NBDD) more or less sums up what the restaurant specialises in – pork and duck. Located in Desa Sri Hartamas, the restaurant interior gives out a ranch-style vibe. Brick walls, pendant yellow lights, distressed wood and wooden tables; it is casual, bordering hipster.


Dinner crowd

I knew of this place when it opened in April this year, but decided to let the crowd settle before going there myself. The place was crowded when rif and I went but we were fortunate to score a table inside. Almost every table had a slab of pork ribs, a specialty of NBDD and also the reason why we wanted to visit.


The NBDD Platter, a combination of Serrano ham, lomo (cured pork tenderloin) and a selection of chorizo slices with garden greens with balsamic vinegar, walnut and almonds and olives

We started with the NBDD Platter (RM58), comprising slices of Serrano ham, chorizo, air dried lomo, olives, nuts and a salad. Portion was large enough for 2 or 3 pax and the cold cuts were delicious when eaten with rock melon.


NBDD BBQ Pork Ribs (Rm 68 – full slab)

The pork ribs came with two dips – tomato salsa and a house special sauce of shallots and chillies called “hot stuff”. That was hot stuff indeed, complementing the smoky sweetness of the ribs. Don’t forget to squeeze the slight of lime over your ribs for that extra zest.


Dirty Duck (RM32)

We also tried the signature Dirty Duck, a confit of duck leg with a side of yam with bacon and grilled zucchini. While the skin was fairly crisp and the meat tasty, I wasn’t particularly excited about this dish as I was with the pork ribs.

Feeling greedy, we decided to add on another order of crispy pork knuckle (RM98) before we even finished our ribs and duck. That turned out to be a big mistake and a sour note on our night out. We waited almost 45 minutes for the knuckle to be served and by then, the momentum was lost and I was agitated.


Casual, bordering hipster

To make things worse, service throughout the night was terrible. The staff were all over the place and unfriendly. A minor chord given the casual and friendly décor NBDD boasts.


Crispy Pork Knuckle (RM98)


Served with tapioca

I found the pork knuckle disappointing. The skin wasn’t as crisp and some parts were hard, while the meat was dry and difficult to eat. We had to request for extra gravy to lubricate the experience. The side of sautéed tapioca with bacon bits didn’t go down well with us either. We didn’t finish this.

On the whole, I didn’t find the food impressive. While I would return for the ribs, the poor service and disappointing pork knuckle gives me hesitation.


Hard to miss the signboard!

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Ambiance: 6.5/10
Price: 6/10
Food: 6/10 (non halal)
Verdict: Pretty decent ribs, but skip the pork knuckle.



Naughty Babe Dirty Duck
42, Jalan 25/70a,
Desa Sri Hartamas,
Kuala Lumpur.
Tel 03-6211 9966
Business hours: 12noon to 1am

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