For this festive season, if you don’t fancy pigging out on some lavish buffets, why not have a simple 4-course Christmas Set Menu? You can do this in an American diner-like restaurant – Chicago Rib House.
There are 3 drinks offered in the set, so take your pick from the alcoholic Peach Bellini (fresh peach blended with peach juice and sparkling wine) or the Christmas Berry Delight (refreshing berry fiz) or the Mint Lemonade (cool light mint-flavoured lemonade).
Whet your appetite with the Crab & Cod Crostini. I like the savoury sweet seafood with creamy avocado grilled with Parmesan cheese on top of a crispy toasted baguette slice. A squeeze of lemon juice enhances the flavours very well.
The colorful Pomegranate Salad is next. Fresh crisp salad greens are mixed with yellow zucchini strips and tossed with pomegranate dressing. Cubes of feta cheese and toasted pecan nuts are scattered on top of the vegetables. The burst of the different tastes and textures is a delight to the palate.
For the main course, diners can choose from either the Roasted Whole Turkey Leg or the Dry Rubbed Coffee Ribs or the Roasted Pork Belly Roulade.
The Roasted Whole Turkey Leg that I tried was a tad on the dry side. Good thing there was accompanying cranberry jelly and classic brown sauce to mitigate the dryness. The Dry Rubbed Coffee Ribs, on the other hand, were fork-tender and full of tasty aromas coming from the chargrilled bits and coffee marinade.
My favourite is the Roasted Pork Belly Roulade with sage infused apples, olives and chestnuts. This also comes with a tangy sweet apple compote and red wine reduction. The pork belly’s luscious layers of fats and lean meat are well defined and roasted with care to ensure the meat is not too soft.
The Pumpkin Tart is a decadent end to the meal. A crumbly pastry holds a huge mound of roasted pumpkin mash served with strawberry coulis and whipped cream. The naturally sweet pumpkin mash is not cloying, which is a plus factor in my books, hence there’s no difficulty polishing off the generous serving.
This special set menu is available from 20 December 2013 till 1 January 2014 in, priced at RM79.90++ per pax, in all 3 of Chicago Rib House outlets in:
Lot F346 First Floor
1-Utama Shopping Centre
1 Persiaran Bandar Utama
47800 Petaling Jaya
L2-52, Level 2
Cheras Leisure Mall
Jalan Manis 6
Taman Segar, Cheras
56100 Kuala Lumpur
GP 170-G-43 Gurney Plaza
Website of Chicago Rib House here