Meaty Fix at ANTE 1 Utama


Meat is the epitome of life. I'm sorry to all vegetarians reading this, but I would suggest you quickly close this page because what you're about to read will offend everything you believe in. That is the only disclaimer I will put into this blog post.

Meat is the epitome of life. I know this because I spent the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016 eating meat. More specifically, I was at the ANTE in Publika ringing in the new year by stuffing my face with their famous Chargrilled Pork Steak. I will explain in more detail below. This also explains my earnest new year resolution of wanting to eat more pork steak in 2016.

So a few weeks ago, I completed that very resolution when a bunch of us were invited to the 2nd ANTE outlet in 1 Utama. This time, the hats were off because we got to actually order whatever we want, with only things like self esteem and respect for others holding us back from ordering 20 of everything we saw on their menu. 

Pre food craze looks.
We started off the night with the Tasting Platter. Like its name would suggest, the Tasting Platter is a platter from which you taste from. That's pretty much like saying apple juice tastes like apple. I am such a good food blogger. 

Appetites cannot be whet by the Tasting Platter, only multiplied. This platter is recommended for 2 people, so it was pretty much a warzone when the 7 of us went for it. With a little bit of everything; including Jamon Iberico ham, house cured salmon, smoked duck breast, confit onions, candied olives, cherry tomatoes, pickled beetroot and multigrain bread with French butter, you can be sure that your appetites will be opened to a world of awesome. 

Because the fighting for food was getting intense, we also ordered 3 more appetizers; the Jamon Iberico ham, house cured salmon and smoked duck breast to diffuse the situation.

Yes, in Malaysia, fighting ceases when you order lots of food. Give it a try anytime you're in a massive argument with your other half.

But here's the thing: the Tasting Platter is only the beginning. Oh yes. Because in case you forgot, the main star of the night was the Chargrilled Pork Steak. I'll remind you about that in a bit.

It was at this point in time that the food came fast. Soon, our table was filled to the brim with pastas, pork, pork and more pork. I'll attempt to go through what it was that we ate in order (because I am a good food blogger), but I'll just let you know that it was all just a meaty, porky blur. 

I vaguely remember the pasta. One thing you should be ordering is the ANTE Carbonara, with tons of streaky bacon, white button mushrooms and a load of parmesan cheese to satisfy even the most hardcore of cheese lovers.

There's also something called the Char Siew Curry Cream Dream*. Imagine eating normal plain ol' curry pasta one day when your mom suddenly comes back home with freshly chopped char siew and dumps the entire plastic bag of char siew into your plate. Heavenly just isn't strong enough a word to describe it. 

*citation needed because OMG so good

The star of the night was of course the Chargrilled Pork Steak. I know I've been a terrible tease up to this point but IT WAS EXACTLY HOW I FELT WHEN I SAW THE SLAB OF GRILLED PERFECTION SITTING IN FRONT OF ME. I wanted nothing more than to reach out and caress the meaty delight with my teeth, savoring its every crevice with my tongue. 

*licks screen*
But I couldn't, because I had to maintain my professionalism. I am, after all, the best food blogger there ever was.

Let me try to describe the Chargrilled Pork Steak the best I can. It's huge, almost 500g of pure tender, juicy and porky goodness. Biting into the chargrilled pork steak will bring you feelings that you can only describe under the influence of a physic. Words like pleasurable, orgasmic will come (the pun game is strong) easily to your mind. The Chargrilled Pork Steak is served along with the russet potatoes, truffle sauce, cherry tomatoes and honey glazed rockets, which I assume will help bring your tastebuds to the moon.

The Chargrilled Pork Steak is only the beginning of your pork journey. Continue on with the amazing Chargrilled BBQ Ribs.

Because there's nothing more satisfying than to demolish an entire pig and pick everything apart with your teeth. A recommendation is to pair your pork ribs with the kimchi coleslaw, something that works extremely well in the history of everything ever.

The Pork Diane, on the other hand, sounds like something a deranged Hannibal-like person would go for.

But don't let the creepy name fool you. It is something you should definitely go for. Unlike its name, the Pork Diane is a seared pork loin served with button mushrooms, russet potatoes, green pea mash and, get this, white wine cream sauce. Both these dishes are the Robins to the Chargrilled Pork Steak's Batman.

If you're a fish person, because people like that do exist, you can try out their Norwegian Salmon, which is so Norwegian that the directors of Frozen approached it to star in the sequel. The salmon slab is poached and miso honey glazed, with a crispy seaweed crust and served with braised shitake mushrooms and torched leeks.

As a non-fish person, I was tempted into tasting one bite of the Norwegian Salmon, something that I still do not regret to this day.

Desserts were up next, because as we all know, the human body has a stomach used specifically to store desserts. The order was the Valrhona Chocolate Delice, which isn't a spelling error no matter how much the red squiggly lines want to prove.

Topped with strawberries, blueberries, Hazelnut feuilletine and earl grey tea cream, this is something your dessert stomach will be thanking you for, though the rest of your body will be cursing the extra calories.

Of course, you can never escape from Crème Brûlée as a dessert because it is so quintessentially a dessert that your stomach needs.

I wanted to put in a Dark Knight quote here, but two Batman examples in a single post may be too much. Two Crème Brûlées in your mouth, however, is never too much.

If you're anything like me and you love food for whatever reason, please go to ANTE this weekend and have a meal there. I can confirm sure you will enjoy yourself immensely there with good food, good vibes and of course, the Chargrilled Pork Steak. No regrets, I tell you!

More deets:

ANTE @ 1 Utama
Address: Lot F346, First Floor, Rainforest, New Wing One Utama Shopping Centre
Tel: +603 - 7732 5204
Facebook: ANTE • 1 UTAMA | Instagram: @anterestaurant


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