Few weeks back, I braved the rain to attend a food review session at Racks, a newbie in Changkat BB which specialises in porcine goodies. Racks is owned by Paul Corrigan, Shu Min Lim and Paul James, who also run The Magnificent Fish ‘n Chips and Havana Bar along the same road on Changkat Bukit Bintang. The place boasts a casual interior and a laid-back vibe. Look up and you can see witty quotes adorning the brick wall.
The sleek and functional bar, where all the action is, with flair bartenders, flaming cocktails and a killer menu.
Peaches ‘n’ parma (RM 22). It is an amazing starter where one experiences the explosion of flavours between the salty attack of Parma ham with the sweetness of peach slices.
Special pigs in special blankets (RM 24) is a typical pub grub that works every single time. It’s hard to go wrong with these tender flesh and luscious fat combination that makes us yearned for more after each bite.
Asparagus under prosciutto (RM 22). Prosciutto (or parma ham) is probably one of the most versatile and widely used ingredients in Italy. I’m liking this marriage of young, crisp asparagus with salted parma ham.
Angels in parma (RM 32). Who would have thought about parma ham wrapped oyster? Plump, juicy and briny; the freshness of the oysters were further enhanced by salted parma ham. I also like the addition of tastebud-tickling sambal on top!
Cut, pickles, jams, mustard and bread (RM 54). With a little of everything, this platter is great for sharing.
Kim, Gareth & Huai Bin having a jolly good time!
Shu Min has 3 varieties of Racks of Ruin (RM 200 for 12 shooters) in store for us. The Illusion is a mix of Midori melon, pineapple juice and vodka. The Molotov is made with vodka, tequila, Jack Daniels and Tabasco sauce. It’s a strong as hell shooter, you should look at our priceless expression upon downing one shot. We also tried the Test Tube Babies, a concoction of Vodka, peach schnapps and a dash of cranberry.
Pulled Pork Burger (RM 24). Though flavourful and substantial in size, the pull pork was a tad too dry for my liking.
Racks pork burger (RM 28). It was a decent burger stacked with a myriad of ingredients. The 7 oz patty was distinctly meaty, with a slightly burnt overtone.
Racks big BAD sandwich (RM 26). BAD stands for back bacon, avocado, and dried tomato. Crisp bacon and creamy avocado makes this grilled sandwich extra special. It’s destined to be a crowd’s favourite!
Sweet & Sticky Pork Ribs (RM 52 full rack, RM 32 half rack). The piece de resistance being the beautifully caramelized, fork tender and juicy ribs.
Racks is a new kid on the block (of changkat BB) and I hope it is here to stay! The food is good, pricing is decent and services are warm and attentive.
Racks Bar & Baby Backs,
18-1, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2110 1550
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