Forget #foodporn, forget #eggporn. Here, at Buns & Meat PIK, #porkporn is the new norm. At its birthplace in Kuala Lumpur, Buns & Meat has taken the city by storm through the power of pork; it was simultaneously listed as one of the Best Restaurants, Best Burgers, Best French Fries, and Best Ribs in KL by the Food Advisor, Malaysia’s food directory website. Will it be able to do the same in Jakarta?
One look at the menu and you’ll see what I meant with my first sentence. Char Siew. BBQ Pork Ribs. The impressive-looking Porkzilla. Pasta with Bacon. Pork Pizza. Bacon in dessert. I’m actually a bit relieved from not seeing some type of pork incorporation in their beverage list.
Speaking of beverage, Buns & Meat is pretty adventurous in creating their drinks. Iced Orange Mocha offers a liquid version of chocolate orange, but using mocha instead of chocolate. It would have been more awesome if there was extra orange in it, but kudos to the idea. Another interesting drink is Chilli Mojito, which adds chilli to the usual non-alcoholic mojito. The chilli is a brilliant plan, really, as it leaves a warm sensation at the back of your throat. Some more acidity would have been nice, but it seems Buns & Meat is partial to sweetness.
Off to the real test: three rounds of #porkporn.
First up on table in Char Siew and Roasted Pork Combination. Smart move, Buns & Meat. You know that the way to a foodie’s heart is a proper plate of char siew and roasted pork. The roasted pork has a succulent meat and a crispy outer skin, while the char siew is sweet, not dry, and properly charred. I’ve never expected to taste a proper version of this dish in a Western food joint. Major love!
Then comes two gourmet burgers. One leaves an impression more than the other one, and that is Grilled Pineapple Pork Bacon Burger with Honey Mustard. The layers: bun, grilled pineapple topped with honey mustard, bacon, pork patty, tomatoes, and lettuce. Definite plus points are juicy patty and the sweet-sour pineapple that helps to cut through all the fat. Extra pineapples, please!
The finale is not so grand. It is indeed a matter of taste whether you can accept bacon as dessert, but Benjamin’s Waffle falls off the mark regardless of that preference. It probably would’ve been better if the bacon was crisped up a little bit further, if the waffle was thicker, and if there were more fresh fruits.
All in all, Buns & Meat PIK will excite pork enthusiasts. Will it cause the same hype that it created in KL? Is there such thing as too much pork? Will it survive amongst the fierce F&B business in PIK? You’ll be the judge of that.
Buns & Meat PIK
Ruko Crown Golf Blok D No. 28, Pantai Indah Kapuk, Jakarta
(On the same row of shophouses with Latteria & Ikkudo Ramen)
Everyday 10AM – 10PM
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