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Monday, May 7, 2012

Food: Craft Brews @ Mutiara Damansara

Wendy and I aren't big on alcohol (well, maybe in our younger days :p), but we do like to enjoy a good beer once in awhile. But then food is still our main concern, so we like to know whether the place we're drinking at has good food too. =)

Craft Brews isn't really a new place. It's opened down the road from The Curve for a few years now. Craft Brews isn't like your regular drinking place, because instead of focusing on the usual Tiger or Carlsberg, they focus more on craft beer (hence the name Craft Brews. Geddit? =D). We've been wanting to visit for awhile now, so all it took was a Monday night after nursing the Monday blues all day at work.

Craft beer is to beer like what indie music is to the music scene; the manufacturers are supposed to be more "independent", serving up more quirky types of beer instead of mass market stuff. 

Of course how could we go to a beer place and not have a beer right? We decided to give the most interesting ones from the Rogue range a try, namely the Chocolate Stout (on the left) and the Hazelnut Brown.

The dark Chocolate Stout was thick and creamy, bittersweet like the stout you would be used to, but leading to a rich dark chocolatey linger. The Hazelnut Brown, on the other hand, was far lighter, with a lovely nutty, tad citrusy, aftertaste, which we both agreed was our favourite of the two. Great to wash away the Monday blues with.

Of course, there's the more common beers available too if that's more your thing. Craft Brews has a nice location, with a place that's not too big yet not that small either. Good enough to consider for a simple gathering of friends. =)

Besides the beer, we heard the food was good too, so Craft Brews had been on our visit list for quite awhile now. We started off with a Combo Platter (RM 38) consisting of Deep-Fried Eggplant Chips, Caramelized Chicken or Roast Pork and Bacon-Wrapped Classic Roast Pork Skewers. because we couldn't decided which appetizer sounded better (so hey, just get the best of three worlds! Kids, you didn't learn this from us). 

We chose the Caramelized Roast Pork over Chicken, and asked to have it spicy. Indeed, we got big pieces of roast pork wok fried with caramelized onions and indeed spicy, so we were quite contented. 

The Bacon-Wrapped Classic Roast Pork Skewers on the other hand, didn't float our boats too much. Undoubtedly 'grilled to perfection' like what the menu promised, but Wendy found the fat layer ratio in those pork belly chunks too high to enjoy.

The best of the lot, we found the Eggplant Chips to be excellent; the batter wasn't too thick, and the texture was soft like onion rings. It also wasn't too salty, which kind of made it the perfect finger food to go with our beers.

One plus point is Craft Brews serves complimentary soup before the meal is served, and pretty tasty soup at that too. This was especially helpful on a late weekday after a hard days work and a long drive through traffic to get to the place. 2 thumbs up for this effort! =D

For the mains, we opted to try the Pork Burger (RM 26), layer after layer of lettuce, tomato, beef patty, cheddar cheese, pineapple and a pan-fried egg.

Overall, the taste of the burger was so-so. No complaints, but we wouldn't give it any awards either. We felt the patty was just slightly burnt, so that lost some points. Not an impressive burger, but looking back now, it could have been because the rise of the pork burger has given way to so many great ones, so much so that one that was once good, could pale in comparison now.

Since Craft Brews focuses mainly on pork, how could we not try some ribs? We chose the Honey Mustard Back Ribs (RM 38). We found this tasty at the beginning, because the flavour was good. But after awhile the sweetness from the honey mustard gets a bit too overpowering, and we were struggling to finish. Definitely not something you want to try alone. Unfortunately, these ribs were also not the meatiest pork ribs around. Overall, we wanted to like the ribs very much, but the combination of an overbearing sweet flavour and below-average sized ribs made this not worth the price in our books. 

In the end, we couldn't help but leave feeling unsatisfied by the night's meal. Perhaps we're just overloaded on pork these few months, or maybe our expectations were a bit too high for what should still essentially be considered pub grub, albeit at a more expensive price tag. The beer alone is worth a trip though, and the food is satisfactory. So don't write Craft Brews off your list just yet. =)

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G3 Podium, Ground Floor,
Menara KLK,
No. 1, Jalan PJU7/6, Mutiara Damansara
47810 Petaling Jaya, 
Selangor, Malaysia
Tel: +6 03 7722 3000
Opening Hours: Sun-Thurs, 12pm-1am, Fri & Sat, 12pm-2am

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