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Eleven Bistro, Malacca Portuguese Food You Don’t Wanna Miss! (十一哥马六甲葡萄牙餐)


If you’ve a strong stomach for spicy cuisine & have a palate for seafood, seek out this 2-level bistro cum restaurant with a cozy & friendly ambience. Giving a nod to the culinary heritage of the town, you’ll find a strong influence of the Malacca Portuguese taste in the food served at Eleven Bistro & Restaurant.

Right after our tea break at Uncle Keong’s Delicacies, the generous owner at the two eateries invited bloggers over to their other restaurant to savour more food.

Dishes I Enjoyed:

Small bites like a plate of Spicy Anchovy with Mangoes (腌芒果絲及脆口江魚仔) &

the Sambal Belachan with Onions & Cucumber (香辣巴拉煎) @ RM6, were served, giving diners a refreshing start.

For those who like Honey-glazed Wings, you’ll fall in love with Eleven Bistro’s Gula Melaka Chicken Wings (馬六甲椰糖烤鸡翼) @ RM15 (3pcs), RM25 (6 pcs). The Palm Sugar-coated Wings will please diners who are looking for an unusual fix.

The Portuguese-Style Spicy Fried Noodles (葡式香辣炒面) @ RM10 is tasty, but a usual sight in any eateries, like Mee Goreng.

I’ve always seen the odd-shaped vegetables & wonder how to cook these. I was delighted to be able to taste this interesting dish, & the result was more than satisfying. The Four Angle Beans (香辣四角豆) @ RM10 (S), RM16 (L) is crunchy & deliciously fried with local chilli paste.

Portuguese Deep Fried Squid (葡式酥脆墨魚圈) @ RM15 is fried with English homemade butter & assorted spice powder. Though well-executed, it’s another common find in western cafes. Great with beer during Happy Hours but patrons looking for Malacca Portuguese food would probably wanna try something more local & authentic.

I’m not a fan of fish but took a spoonful of the chilli paste. The spicy herbs infused with Lemongrass makes the gravy a superb accompaniment with rice. The plate of Portuguese-style Hai San Baked Fish (葡式海山烧鱼) @ RM40-50 (S), RM55-70 (L), baked with fragrant Banana & served in foil, was emptied by the bloggers, so I assumed they really liked it.

Portuguese Sambal Crab (秘制香辣螃蟹) @ RM40-50 (S), $80-100 (L), another great sambal dish cooked with spicy chilli paste accompanied with Onions, somewhat similar to the Prawn dish below. A “Use Your Hand Campaign” dish, not all actually tried this dish at my table as we were either lazy or didn’t want to dirty our hands. I’m sure Crustacean lovers will find the Crabs a delight as long as they’re fresh.

Dishes I Found Needed Improvement:

Prawn lovers will wanna dig into the Portuguese Sambal Prawns (葡式香辣虾) @ RM20 (S), RM35 (L), wonderfully cooked with spicy chilli paste accompanied with Onions. Love the sambal but sadly, the shells were glued to the prawns, making it really difficult to peel.

The Fried Kangkong (大马香辣空心菜) @ RM10 (S), RM16 (L) is fried with garlic, chilli & prawn paste. As I like my local Spinach bright green, the vegetable dish arrived at our table slightly over-cooked.

Star Dish (Must-Try):

This is probably not the quickest dish to whip up, but with patience & skills, the tender meat & rich taste of spice will send you asking for more. The Special Curry Dable Chicken (秘制葡式香辣鸡) @ RM15 (S), RM25 (L), cooked with special spices, onion, chilli & vinegar, is my No.1 favourite in this Portuguese restaurant. Love the unique flavour & the sourish tang deriving from the vinegar. Highly recommended!

If you’re looking for authentic Malacca Portuguese cusine, Eleven Bistro dishes prove to be a hit with both locals & tourists. The menu is refreshing & inspired. Lex, the witty & charming host will delight you with Eleven Bistro’s laid-back, casual & lofty ambience, plus immaculate service. Rating: ★★★★☆

Check out my review on their other restaurant @ Thumbs-up To Uncle Keong Delicacies (四眼强糖水之家)!

Eleven Bistro & Restaurant
No.11, Jalan Hang Lekir (Jonker Walk)
75200 Melaka, Malaysia
Tel: +606-2820011

Eleven Restaurant: 11am – 11.45pm
Eleven Bistro: 11 – 2am

28 comments:

  1. wah....very good. Will mark this place. the next time am in Melaka will go makan there

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    1. Kathy, looks like you've missed this place during your trip there. Hope u'll get to try this some time soon :)

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  2. the dishes looks absolutely delicious & soooper tempting
    Tasty Appetite

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    1. Jay, hope you'll have the chance to visit Asia some day :)

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  3. sad to say i just enjoyed the chicken wings and crabs only, other dishes were below par to my liking

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    1. Ken, the Curry Dable Chicken has a very unique taste, something I've never eaten before. I really like it!

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  4. Goodness me, what a wonderful spread of food and all of it is my kind. I simply love Nyonya food, all the spicy, sour and salty taste. I will check out this place if I head to Malacca for another round of holiday.

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    1. Nava, I'm sure the food here will suit your palates since u enjoy a mix of flavours :)

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  5. Well these plating of delicious food sure are calling out to me-yum! The star dish does look amazing. It is a shame that a place like this is not right around the corner :(

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    1. Tina, with so much to see & eat, looks like u've to make a trip down to Asia soon. Hahaha!

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  6. This looks so good! I think every dish on here belong in my favourites list although I don't think I've ever had the anchovies one before. We love Devil Curry (Curry Dable) and I make it very regularly-we don't bother waiting for Christmas, which is its traditional time!
    It's quite funny, the shop front is erm, not the most attractive but I guess, very Malacca-ish!

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    1. LinsFood, u cook this dish too! Do u have the recipe? Would love to try this out. Great having u here with us & sharing your thoughts. Hope to see u more often! Gonna chk u out soon :)

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  7. WAHHHH~ Mcam best! Lots of local delicacies!! yumm~~u enjoy it?

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    1. Eunice, looks like you've missed quite a bit. Too bad didn't get to see u there :<

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  8. I love this kind of 'natural' fusion cooking that emerges sponataneously from the medling of cultures. Sounds wonderful !

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    1. Frank, I hope u'll get a chance to try these food when u pop by Asia. It's really good to hear from u again :)

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  9. yummy yummy! will be my destination later! hehehe

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  10. Looks like you found another interesting dining experience, Shirley -- or it found you! :) I liked the decor and color scheme inside the restaurant (echoed on their exterior) and their menu certainly seems diverse. Thanks for taking us along on your excursions!

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    1. Kimby, bloggers were introduced to this place during our trip. Nice food tasting event. I'm glad u've enjoyed my review :)

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    1. Simply Life, kiv this place if u've a chance to visit Asia :)

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  12. About Portuguese food, I Love their GRILL.. awesome.. he he he.. I haven't been here last time I went Malacca.. But I still think I may skip this as I don't really into SPICY food.. ^_^.v..

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    1. Aki, I'm surprised u don't eat spicy food. Lol! Thought your Afro hairstyle was due to too much hot stuff. Hahaha! Oops!

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  13. The restaurant is infused with a cozy family style furnishings, great for small gethering.

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    1. DS, saw a lot of family pix in their FB site. Very friendly environment indeed :)

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  14. saw the anchovies mango and my mouth started salivating!

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    1. missyblurkit, hahaha! It does have that effect. Lol!

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