Pork Indulgence at Ante Kitchen

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After indulging ourselves with plenty of Malaysian food in our last trip, we took a short break to try out a relatively new restaurant called Ante Kitchen and Bar at Solaris Dutamas. It was our first break from the various hawker and street food, so it was a nice change. We went there during lunch on a weekday, so we practically had the whole place to ourselves. Apparently people only go to Solaris for dinner? Anyway, we met a nice chap Jason there who introduced us to several of their signature dishes, all pork-related, no less and got Saucer and I excited.

Latte

A cuppa at Ante

For appetizers, we had the Ante Caesar Salad, which was served with the usuals – Romaine lettuce, eggs, parmesan cheese and chunky croutons but with an additional twist of crispy minced bacon. I personally would have loved more bacon bits to go around the big plate of salad, but that’s just me. The good thing is that they used their own home made dressing instead of mayonnaise (which I have avoided for the longest time).

Caesar salad

Ante Caesar Salad (RM18)

While Saucer is more of a fresh and greens person, I am more inclined towards hot and steaming food. Give me hot soup over salads anytime! Saucer had the Chef’s Tomasco Soup, which was really tomato soup with a spicy Tabasco sauce twist. I’m not sure if it was my taste buds that day, but I thought the hint of Tabasco was quite subtle, almost nonexistent.

Tomasco soup

Chef’s Tomasco Soup (RM12)

The Chunky Mushroom Soup, on the other hand, was a totally different story. I absolutely loved the thick texture with plenty of earthy mushrooms within that I almost refused to share this. This is what I mean when I talk about a big bowl of steaming hot soup perfect as comfort food.

Mushroom soup

Chunky Mushroom Soup (RM12)

Wild mushroom soup

Plenty of earthy mushrooms

When it came to mains, as much as we wanted to try the pork knuckles, we knew we wouldn’t have been able to finish them. So instead, we ordered the next best thing - Up the Ante Pork Burger. This was a relatively sizable burger of Ante special pork patty wrapped with bacon strips and interestingly, served with raisin bun! It was the first time I had a burger with sweet bun and frankly, it did take some getting used to. It was a mixed reaction on my first bite, but after a couple more, I started to acquire the different mix of sweet and savoury flavours that perhaps that chef was trying to achieve. It also helped that the pork patty was juicy and tender, layered with pork bacon at the bottom. Who doesn’t love pork bacon? My only tiny gripe? The mayonnaise in the burger! Fortunately, it was nicely laced on a piece of lettuce which could be easily removed from the stack. If you are particular about mayonnaise like me, remember to let them know during your order. The wait staff was friendly and accommodating during our visit.

Ante pork burger

Up the Ante Pork Burger (RM35)

Ante pork burger

Burger stack

Pork burger

Raisin bun, what a twist!

Ante Pork burger

Moist burger patty

Saucer had the other next best thing, the Char-grilled Pork Steak, which came out to be above our expectations. As with most pork steak orders, we expected a piece of pork chop, usually lean and quite frankly, boring. But this pork steak was different. Apparently, Sakura pork was used, which was really pork without antibiotics and chemicals, sort of like free range or organic pork. This was obviously a healthier choice compared to the normal pork, and apparently, a big factor to make the pork steak taste good. The pork steak was cut near the rib and hence had a bone, served with berry cream sauce and a baked apple on top. Fancy something sweet again on a savoury dish! I think the chef really liked to play with flavours here, because Saucer kept raving about how the sweet berry sauce complemented the savoury pork, and how the sweet and slightly tart apple helped to take the cloying effect of eating too much meat. It was a brilliant combination.

Pork Steak

Char-grilled Pork Steak (RM42)

Ante Pork Steak

Charred edges

Ante

Saucer enjoying his pork steak to the fullest

At the end of the porky lunch affair, we both had a hot drink each to cap a nice meal. The latte had thumbs-up from Saucer, with a comment that it was really close to the coffee that he had in Sydney cafes. My Chamomile tea was just what I needed – something hot, calming and soothing especially for my annoying cough that I was still having at that time.  Overall, we both had a hearty and satiated meal, and wouldn’t mind returning again perhaps with more people to try the pork knuckles next time! Kuala Lumpur is a true food heaven. If you are planning your to visit this amazing city be sure to check Kuala Lumpur hotels and best places to eat ahead of time for your traveling convenience.

Latte

Latte

Chamomile tea

Chamomile Tea

Ante

Dining environment at Ante

Ante Kitchen and Bar

Ante Kitchen and Bar

Ante Kitchen & Bar
A2-G1-09, Solaris Dutamas,
50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel No: +603-6206-3364
Open daily until late
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ante.kl
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Comments

  1. says

    wow, i love pork!! so yummy lah the pork burger and pork steak.. and i just love the dressing of the pork steak and the green apple, makes it more refreshing.. quite pricey lah, but for those who earns AUD okay lah, consider cheap, haha!!

  2. says

    After my German meal, I have to stay off pork for quite awhile first before feasting into them again… but I welcome the greens salad anytime! Look very refreshing… !

  3. says

    yay, i think you wisely picked one of the nicest new eateries in solaris dutamas for your lunch! come to think of it, i’ve also only had dinners here at ante, but never lunch so far :D

  4. ulric says

    Haha…u r correct…there’s only a slight hint of tabasco in the Tomasco soup…but I love it! Same for the mushroom soup…the best I have tasted so far…hehe =)

    I asked for a super-runny egg with the Up the Ante bacon-wrapped pork burger when I visited..love the combo of sweet, savoury n salty flavours! :D

    • says

      OOhh runny egg sounds good! I guess mine was meant to be runny (as the menu said so) but turned out to be more well done, perhaps because I was taking my time with the pictures? :P

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