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August 15, 2012

The Elk

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The brainchild of a couple with a love for good food, The Elk in Solaris Mont Kiara serves a combination of Western, Fusion and Asian dishes inspired by their travels across the globe. The Elk’s promise of generous portions and rich hearty flavours was what attracted rif and I to check the place out.

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The interior felt cosy and personal, with pictures of their vacation in various parts of Europe and a sofa area at one corner. My latte (RM7) was alright, but rif’s Spicy Lychee (RM9) was most interesting. Sweet and fruity with a mildly spicy aftertaste.

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Spicy Lychee

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Stuffed Squid

Stuffed Squid (RM12) was an interesting starter of tender squid with minced pork, garlic and onion. I was told it was inspired by the Vietnamese grilled squid. The garlicky-porky flavour of the filling gave the squid an extra oomph; perfect with a cold pint of beer.

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Extreme Porky Pork Burger

We shared the Black Angus Roast Beef (RM40) and the Extreme Porky Pork Burger (RM28). The latter featured a monstrous composition of 200gm minced pork patty, ham, cheese and crispy bacon, and was rather delicious. A sunny side up would have been a nice complement to the already massive burger. #forevergreedy

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200gm pork patty with ham and bacon

The patty was well seasoned and moist – one of the best pork burgers I’ve had so far. They have a less decadent version, Special Pork Burger, if you’re not that big an eater.

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Black Angus Roast Beef

Also good was the Black Angus Roast Beef (RM40), served with red wine butter gravy. According to Khaw, the dishes have gone through various tasting processes until they were satisfied with the outcome. Almost everything was made in-house; seasonings, oils, sauces and even the pastas.

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Tasty fat

I found the rim of fat on the beef particularly tasty as it was redolent of the seasoning and had a soft, almost buttery texture. Try to eat this as quickly as possible as the meat is most tender when it is warm.

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Grilled Seafood Squid Ink Fettuccine

The Grilled Seafood Squid Ink Fettuccine (RM25) was cooked for too long, so the handmade pasta was a tad soft. A pity really, for the seafood was relatively fresh and well accented by the white wine sauce.

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A tad overdone

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Banana Fritters with Vanilla Ice cream

Dessert was a simple Banana Fritters with Vanilla Ice cream (RM12) – a simple and sweet finish to a hearty dinner. It’s hard to go wrong with fried bananas and ice cream, unless you have a talent for messing up. On a whole, I liked the portions and the food was hearty — just a bit of fine tuning needed. Who wants to go for pork burger? 😛

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Ambiance: 6/10
Price: 6/10
Food: 6/10 (non-halal)
Verdict: Some fine-tuning still needed, but I’m definitely coming back for the pork burger.

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The Elk
15G Jalan Solaris 4
Solaris Mont Kiara
50480 Kuala Lumpur

21 Responses

  1. ulric

    Aiyo…u can’t call the Extreme Porky Pork Burger extreme without a runny egg lar! =)

    1. Bangsar Babe

      They are considering adding an egg inside, based on feedback from customers. You can always ask them to add an egg in, to make it more extreme haha.

    2. Julynda Leong

      I normally google for reviews on restaurant before I try the food. Would really appreciate honest reviews that would also help the vendor to improve.

      I ordered Squid ink fettucine, Black Angus Steak and extreme porky burger and none of them was prepared up to standards. The marinara sauce is plain sugar sweet without any character, The so called black angus is ultra thin with holes all over the steak and was fried some kind of local taste seasoning and the pork burger was just edible.

      The gestures from the restaurant is nice by not charging service charge and offer water in a nice bottle but not enough to make up for the horrible food. The honest comments here is with hope to guide the owners of the ELK to move forward. My apologies if anyone is offended:(

      1. Bangsar Babe

        Hi Julynda,

        Sorry to hear about your unpleasant experience. I somewhat agree that the food standard isn’t quite there yet. For me, the pork burger was good but the fettuccine was less than satisfactory. I visited them a second time a few weeks back and noticed they were still struggling with their QC.

        Hopefully, the food quality will improve after hearing comments from the public.

  2. Hey there! Thanks so very much for dropping by and for all the great comments. Indeed, we always take good feedback into consideration and we’ve since improved the pasta, the stuffed squid is even better than before, and it looks like the Extreme Porky Pork Burger is going to get that ‘face-lift’ people are demanding. Also, we’ve started selling that particular dessert you recommended, to the surprise and enjoyment of many diners. 🙂
    We had a great time chatting with you both and we’re looking forward to seeing both of you again soon and we hope that we can score even higher in the future!

    1. Bangsar Babe

      No prob. I enjoyed the food. Glad they like the dessert. I look forward to trying the pork burger with egg. 😉

      1. rif

        i wonder what they named the desert? “the bangsar babe”?

        1. Bangsar Babe

          Hahahahaha!! Don’t think so…

  3. I want to try the stuff squid and also the burger..
    looks good and delicious…

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Yes, you have to try the burger. 😀

  4. Just a sunny side up egg? How about en extra patty?! =D #alwayscreative

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Hahahaha!! That’s 400gm of meat! But good idea. #challengeaccepted 😛

  5. Is there any other pork dishes other than the burger?

    1. Bangsar Babe

      I’m not sure about this one. Have to ask them. 🙂

  6. Rif: Supposed to be “deep fried bangsar babe” hahaha

    We also have the special pork burger with a sunny side up, as well as pork bacon cabonara and our prawn mee broth is boiled with pork ribs! 😀

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Oooo…now I also want the carbonara. 😛

      1. ulric

        Carbonara monsta!…hahahaha 😛

  7. The Extreme Pork Burger looks good and the way you describe things is mouthwatering especially since I haven’t eaten. Heh.

    I think the Black Angus burger sounds promising too. 🙂

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Hahaha…go eat! Mmmm, yes, Black Angus does sound promising but I want pork. Hehehe 😉

  8. I want to have the extreme pork burger…agreeably a sunny side up with it will be awesome maximus.

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Yup, sunny side up makes almost everything better. 🙂

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