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Monday, July 11, 2011

Food: Bulldog English Pub & Restaurant @ Sri Hartamas

Whilst the pub-bing culture has grown in leaps and bounds in the past few years, one such English pub has out survived it's competition. Open for seven years now according to their owner, Allison; Bulldog English Pub & Restaurant is nicely tucked away in a quieter part of Hartamas, and it was where we found our way to for a lazy late Sunday afternoon lunch for a deal voucher we bought.

Loving the barrels as high "tables"!

I've heard about this place before from my colleague Laura, who constantly raved about their bangers & mash. I'd also looked it up before we bought the voucher, and it seems as though Bulldog gets a nod for serving authentic English pub grub.

At about 2 p.m. on a hot Sunday afternoon, the place was empty save for four other patrons so we were all settled for a nice quiet lunch together with a Man Utd vs Blackburn rerun on the telly.

We kick-started our meal with some soup - mine was the Carrot & Coriander soup (RM 10). It's not something I'd usually go for, but it was delightful! The broth was sweet & vibrant-coloured, presumably thanks to the carrot, and it was generously peppered with fresh juicy bits of coriander. Surprisingly, a very good combination that was made even better by plonking pieces of thickly sliced toast in it.

A slice of thick toast each to go with our starters.

Adam's choice was predictably the Cream of Mushroom soup (RM 10). This, on the other hand wasn't as impressive - the soup was much too watery and lacked the explosion of flavour and the creaminess of the Carrot & Coriander soup. There wasn't much mushroom bits in the soup, but that kind of observation is purely a personal preference - to each chef, their own mushroom soup, I say.

Adam went for the Beef & Guinness Pie (RM 29) which came served with a side of mash potatoes and a side of steamed vegetables. The pie was huge, with large cubes of tender beef enclaved in buttery, flaky pie pastry. The mash potatoes however, was lacking in butter and seasoning which definitely  one for the potato purists.

I was particularly interested to try Yorkshire pudding, which seems to be quite a staple in pub dishes so I ordered the Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding (RM 40). I've never had it before, so I can't judge if it was fantastic or a flop, but Bulldog's version tasted something like what savoury cream puff pastry would like. The slices of roast beef however, boasted of a a pinkish centre, and was rather tender. The sauce accompanying this dish didn't do it any wonders though. I felt it masked the taste of beef too much and so I enjoyed the beef solo instead.

Pub grub is not something we seek out very often, so it was a welcome change (I'm even more interested to try different variations of Yorkshire Pudding now, heh). The ambience is nice enough and definitely aims to be as close to an authentic English pub can get, with rustic wood flooring and panelling. We would definitely return, to try some of other interesting dishes that they have (There's a dessert named...Spotted Dick, whatever that is!). Prices are rather hefty, but servings are the epitome of hearty!

Bulldog also has an upstairs which they don't usually open save for private functions with 30-40 pax. They also run voucher giveaways on Facebook, so if you're dying to try these hearty meals, remember to try your luck at those vouchers too. ;)

Bulldog English Pub & Restaurant | Site
31 & 31-1, Jalan Sri Hartamas 7,
Taman Sri Hartamas,
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-6201 4414
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