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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Food: Racks Bar & Baby Backs @ Changkat Bukit Bintang

Changkat Bukit Bintang is one of my favourite places for dinner or drinks. It's lively without being overly crowded, and each establishment has an air of its own. For dinner, we can't usually think past Magnificent Fish & Chips whenever Changkat is mentioned, but this time we'd heard of a new place that was came highly recommended. 

Let us introduce you to Racks & Baby Back! Next to Finnegan's and still relatively new, Racks promises a premise of all things porky. When I stepped in, I was instantly drawn to the decor. I love the brick-layered wall and the witty quotes in chalk. The latter especially reminded me of Magnificent Fish & Chips Bar which wasn't too far off because we later learned that the two establishments are actually owned by the same people.


There's a small al fresco dining area when you walk in, as well as bar seating and raised tables. 


Further up is a split level where there's a small area for more comfortable dining. Their tables seat up to four, or six for a tighter fit, but I'm sure they can also make arrangements to accommodate bigger groups.


Starting off with a pint! Happy hour.....

Racks' menu is relatively small, but what it lacks in variety, it surely makes up in servings! Every dish we had was huge, and could satisfy the hungriest of stomachs :D


We waited in anticipation for this one: A half rack of pork ribs, Sticky & Sweet (RM 32 for half a rack). As tender and soft the oven-braised meat was, it was bland and lacking in marination while its coat of glaze was one-dimensional. It was sweet at first bite, and sickly sweet by the last.


You'll have a better chance with the ribs in Hot and Spicy sauce (RM 32 for half a rack), or as Racks dubs it, their house "torture" sauce. Though less torture was inflicted than its name suggests, this was a better option to accompany the big fleshy ribs. You can also get a full rack of both ribs at RM 52.


The Pulled Pork, Crackling & Apple Jam burger (RM 28) was something different, akin to shredded pork. I've never seen a burger like this before! Racks was heavy handed on the seasoning, as the slow-cooked-and-then-shredded Boston butt flesh contained more than few kicks of spice. It certainly  was an interesting concept, but was too dry for our liking. Not one for purists.


The winner of the night was undoubtedly the Racks' Pork Burger (RM 28). Easily one of the more juicy and flavourful pork burgers we've had in awhile, this thick pork patty was purely satisfying. 

Topless.
They do serve it with a sauce of your choice: I chose the apple-chilli sauce which came with chunky cuts of sweet apple in it but I felt it didn't do the pork glorious-ness any justice :p

And as if it isn't sinful enough, you can also opt to add an egg for RM 4!


I see a lot of other food reviewers raving about the baby back ribs which we had, so we're still pretty confused with why we weren't all that impressed. Maybe it was just an off night, but the awesome pork burger, the other interesting things on the menu (all to do with pork!) and the nice environment is reason enough to return. :)

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Racks Bar & Baby Backs | Site
No. 18-1, Changkat Bukit Bintang,
50200 Kuala Lumpur,
Tel: +6 03 2110 1550
Email: racks.changkat@googlemail.com
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri, 3pm-3am; Sat & Sun, 10am-3am


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