Monday, August 10, 2009

Restoran Bukit Tinggi BBQ @ Bukit Tinggi, Bentong Pahang


I would not have known this place if not for Epicurious Girl's blog. Despite always having lunch or dinner here, I only frequent 126 or Loong Sing and had the same ol dishes everytime. So when I got to know that this restaurant serves rather unique food (well, apart from those deep fried pork belly or steamed fish), I instantly know that this place is a must-visit for me. As a matter of fact, I'd been wanting to come here for ages but couldn't find any opportunity. Something always got in the way everytime I tried to come.

This restaurant was rather secluded and one would not even notice because it was located behind BHP Petrol Station. OK, there is only one petrol station in this area so it shouldn't be difficult to find. Everything looks normal from the outside but when you walk inside, you will notice these... signed umbrellas were seen hanging from the ceiling while empty wine + liquor bottles made up the walls of the restaurants. All seem to be collecting dust though... and it made me wonder if the owner ever clean his bizarre collections... lol!!!

As I read that the owner was a bit eccentric, I didn't put any high hope or expectation to get any good quality service here. My objective is to taste the food... as there were only 3 of us (including Daryl, Jenn's lil bro), we could not order that many dishes at once. In the end, we settled for 4!

When I first heard of "Wu Li Dan Dou Fan" which was a rice dish, it piqued my interest. Upon translation, it literally means "messed up rice". It was not love at first sight, as it really looked like leftovers poured over the rice. But when I took the first sip, I suddenly felt like a 8-year old again (well, that was how I used to eat my rice when I was small... easier to swallow). The broth was light and although a bit oily... it was great!

You'd find a lot of vegetables in it, noticably tomato, cabbage, carrot, dried vegetables... and also roasted pork and minced meat inside. How long have you not tried eating your rice with soup poured in it??? Lol...

The next dish was Stir Fried Green Chillies... a rather odd dish but it only took me a bite before falling in love with it. The chillies were stripped clean of its seeds before stir fried with some kind of dark sauce that has a hint of sweetness. Oh those chillies were chrunchy and not too spicy... just remember to take a bite at those chillies together with the sauce for maximum enjoyment... as the more you bite, the more addicted you will become.

Lamb rack - lamb lovers will surely dig this dish. I read from the blog that the meat was BBQ-ed but according to Daryl and Jenn, our lamb rack was baked instead... therefore retaining its moist and the gravy was full of flavour. They also detected a hint of honey while chewing off its meat. Together with their special sauce that has hints of mint and a bit sourish, both of them finished the whole rack in no time... just remember to eat it while it's hot OK??? The priciest dish at RM60 that day!

The "suet san fei wu" or salt crusted Tilapia was the final dish to be served. The name is actually an old Chinese series from HK... I wonder why the owner named this dish. Contrary to what I'd read, the fish had slight muddy taste this time albeit a mild one. The fish was prepared with shallots, garlic and chilly stuffed in it so that the meat had extra flavour in it. Nice presentation for the dish as its salt crusted skin was peeled off to reveal its meat... don't even think of eating its skin OK??? Very salty... just devour the meat should be sufficient. At RM35... the price was considered steep for tilapia is quite cheap.

Leo's verdict - The total bill came at RM121 but considering the uniqueness of its dish... it was well worth it. I wanted to order more dishes but even the owner suggested that the 4 dishes were enough to fill our stomach. True enough, as 3 of us were so full that we sat there for another half an hour before continuing our journey home. Overall food is great but do not expect top notch service as I mentioned earlier. Telephone booking for some of its dish such as lamb rack and seafood pot is recommended to avoid disappointment.

For me, I will definitely come back for second time... my next order??? Seafood Pot, Signature Chicken & (will ask the owner next time... lol!!)

Restoran Bukit Tinggi BBQ
PT 15792 & 15793, Jalan Bukit Tinggi,
28750 Bentong, Pahang.
Tel: 09-233 0330/ 012-3577111

15 comments:

Sean said...

dishes look worth trying! how long does the drive there take from kl?
yeah, the messed up rice looks like it should be eaten when steaming hot too! comfort food. :D

Paranoid Android said...

Wow! All the way there for food!The grub looks great. Must be very2 hungry when you arrived there. The long journey?

mel^^mel said...

Hello... I m back ^^ hehe to blogging :p
Nice uh? i have been there before, http://waisikmiao.blogspot.com/2007/11/bukit-tinggi-makan-makan-jalan-jalan.html

try out others... I quite like this place actually...

qwazymonkey said...

Ooh u found the crazy Nazi uncle's place. Haven't been back there for ages. I've not started the comic format when I blogged about it last time. Time for a revisit!

thenomadGourmand said...

ohh..bukit tinggi! nvr been there! but i read recently on alilfatmonkey on the heavenly pork dish he had and a plc tht grows their own veg so i been thinkin of makin a trip there..

thule a.k.a leo said...

sean - less than one hour from KL... actually not far away from Genting Sempah rest area... we should try to make a trip there one weekend!

paranoid android - not all the way there la... I live in Pahang on weekdays and KL on weekends. so I can stop in Bukit Tinggi on the way to or back from KL :)

mel - I've been to several other places but no one is as unique as this...

qwazymonkey - u called him nazi uncle?? Lol... i agree that he's weird but not to that extent la... if u plan to go, we'll make a trip there together ok??

becky - the heavenly pork dish is sweet&sour pork la.. lol!! I'd been there already and yes, it's nice! if u want to make a trip there... gather some foodies and go there on weekends. I might be able to join

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

wow..this looks quite cool to visit..an hr drive u say..definitely shud make a convoy up there 1 day!

so r u coming for this wkend bbq?

qwazymonkey said...

This is what I had the last time: http://alilfatmonkey.blogspot.com/2007/08/high-on-hills.html

The uncle not nazi meh? He and his own sense of timing and what food u can order and what you can't. What sauce u can use and what you can't. Attitude I tell u! But what to do? One has to endure such pain when food's good. I'm a slave to good food.

I won't mind a trip here soone snce it's so close by. Lunch at sweet&sour pork and dinner at this uncle's place.

Paranoid Android said...

Ah! You work in Kuantan. Love the curry mee there. Teng Haw (Next to Klinik Pang), the one opposite Specialist hospital and one more near zul satay! Arghhhh!

thule a.k.a leo said...

joe - I've left a msg on your BBQ event in facebook.. read it ok? If the qwazymonkey said that the place serves good food, I'm sure it warrant a visit :)

qwazymonkey - ya loh.. initially I wanted to order another dish but he stopped me right there and said that the food was more than enough (and it was enough indeed)... what about making more $$?? hahaha... then we shall arrange some time soon...

paranoid android - not kuantan, but kuala lipis... well, my parents do have a house in kuantan :)

J said...

Looks good.... *drool*
This is definately tempting me to make a road trip to Pahang asap! :)

PureGlutton said...

Have heard about this place, with all the hanging umbrellas! Wanna go soon!

ai wei said...

found a yummy blog. Yum Yum!
this place is so different. are they taking the idea where there is one shop or whole building selling umbrellas in Japan???

shandy said...

looks like good food

weileng said...

Strongly do not recommend this restaurant. Nothing special about the food and service is lousy. The boss is arrogant and has no manners towards customer. The boss forced us to order 4 dishes, saying that if we didn't order enough or order now, he will not entertain us after the first round of order. He mentioned he will only take 1 round of order. Waited for 45 mins for my food to be served and other people who came later than us with no booking already got their food served. Probably we didn't order expensive stuff hence the service rendered to us was sub standard. We originally ordered 1 Wu Li Dan Dou Fan for 2 persons, 1 BBQ lamb rack and 1 plate of green chillies. The boss insist not enough for both of us and we have no choice but to accept his recommendation for their specialty tauhu. When the foods were served after long wait, it was way too much. We were too full and in the end, we can't finish it and wasted the tauhu. Anyway, nothing is special about food especially the tauhu, they are just steamed and topped with fried eggs. Price is so expensive and it's really not worth it. Pls go somewhere else for food if u happens to be at Bukit Tinggi, this restaurant is definately not recommended. Trust me..