Christmas @ Cristang @ Avenue 8, PJ New Town

There I was. Sitting on the red bench of Cristang holding my knife and fork. This time round, it wasn’t their famous pork burger. It was something else.

Lee Shih and I (and our partners) were invited to try Cristang’s Christmas set and give feedback thereafter. I was told that we will be served pork loin with other dishes.

While waiting for our pork loin, we ordered the ever delicious Cristang mash potatoes. It’s a mixture of mash potatoes, cheese and bacon topped with cream of mushroom soup. If I could have this mash potato served as a burger, I would definitely eat it.

Mash potatoes aside, Gerald (owner) served us Winter Summer Salad (RM 13.80+)(previously know as Uncle G’s salad) as the appetizer.

It’s a representation of the traditional colors of Christmas, red, green and white. Freshly grilled tomatoes topped with asparagus and crumbled herbed feta cheese, drizzled with olive soaked olive oil and a dash of balsamic vinegar for a touch of acidity. I normally do not eat asparagus but I must say that this asparagus is tasty.

Then came the shrimp ceviche (RM 23.00+). According to Gerald, it’s a “quick blanch of shrimps in hot water and soaked for 24 hours in freshly squeezed lime juice, allowing the acidity to ‘cook’ the shrimps, together with Bombay onions and jalapeno peppers. Served with diced tomatoes, mangoes and avocados with julienned cucumbers“.

If you’re bringing a date for dinner, bring some strong mint along cause the smell of onion in your mouth is as good as an overloaded garbage truck.

The highlight was the Pan-seared Pork Loin. For RM42, you can enjoy this tender and juicy loin served with cherries, cinnamon and walnuts with a dash of seasoning and seared in olive oil, with cherries, cinnamon and walnuts, together with a juice reduction with cherry brandy and port wine sauce.

There are so many ingredients in this dish and I think one word summarizes this dish – AWESOME.

For dessert, we had the cranberry and cinnamon Semifreddo (RM12.90+). I was told that it is served traditionally during the Christmas season at Cristang. It consists of fresh cranberries cooked with cinnamon and blended with heavy cream into an ice-cream consistency.

I must say that Cristang serves one of the best desserts in town. If Gerald is in the restaurant, get him to describe the food to you. His description is extremely meticulous. You’ll appreciate the dish more after hearing from him.

Richard Wee told me that Gerald framed my review of his restaurant but I never got the chance to see it. It’s the first time I had someone framing my blogpost on their walls. That made my day! Here’s a picture of it.

Unit B-G-19, 8 Avenue,
Jalan Sungai Jernih 8/1
Seksyen 8, 46050 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Tel: 03-7956-7877
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OPERATING HOURS: Tuesdays to Sundays 11:00 am to 3:00 pm; 5:30pm to 11:00pm. Last call @ 10:30pm.


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