The Elephant and the Butterfly
As the sun lowers and turns the sky golden, Margaritas at The Elephant and the Butterfly are flawless companions to the changing light. Paired with aqua-hued chairs, vibrant murals and a gentle breeze, thanks to the cross ventilation of the open-walled third-floor location, they make for a fantastic celebration of the end of the day.
The Elephant and the Butterfly, Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast
Margaritas and the setting, though, are not the only reasons to visit The Elephant and the Butterfly at Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast. Inspired by the flavours of Mexico, the menu offers wholesome ingredients in satisfying portions.
You can’t go wrong with the Mushroom Quesadillas (RM 34) as a starter. They’re simple creations with folded toasted tortillas holding wild mushrooms and melted cheese. Remember to spread a generous layer of the rich tomato salsa across the top and a dollop of sour cream for good measure.
The Crock-pot Mexican Chicken Soup (RM 28) is another tasty and pleasing beginning. Corn, tomato, cilantro, and diced vegetables accompany pieces of tender chicken thigh in the broth. On the side, croutons and crisped beef bacon are options for additional crunch, while creamy avocado mash smooths the mild heat.
The Signature Mexican Burger (RM 58) comes highly recommended. It’s striking in its appearance, embraced by a charcoal-infused sesame-dotted bun. A fat, ground lean-beef patty plumps the middle, while Monterey Jack cheese, grilled onions, jalapeños and tomato salsa sew up the flavour profile. Salad, fries and sauces complete the meal. Confirmed delicious.
A healthy choice is found in the Salmao Quetzal (RM 90). A generously sized pan-seared slice of salmon centres the plate. Truffle cream sauce falls in a gentle stream across the crisped skin, while mango salsa adds colour and freshness. It’s a balanced meal with sauteed baby vegetables and beans rounding off the plate.
Other fine choices for mains are the Colossal Garlic Scilla (RM 140) – tiger shrimps with crushed garlic, black pepper and lemon. Also, from the sea, Bacalao (RM 120) is pan-fried with chilli, lime, cumin, cilantro, parsley. The slices sit atop black beans, vegetable puree, and baby greens. Last but not least, one of the most ordered items on the menu is Campesina (RM 180). The full-blood Blackmore wagyu rib-eye slices are bold with fatty richness. Achiote chimichurri is an excellent finishing touch – more of this, please.
For the sweet tooth, the Coconut Flan (RM 35) is an excellent pick. Served in a coffee mug, the dessert sits in layers. Scoop through shaved coconut and thick egg custard all the way to the bottom to find liquid caramel. Be sure to capture a fraction of each in every bite for maximum effect.
Chocolate lovers shouldn’t miss the Mexican Chocolate Pot de Crème (RM 35). It’s velvety smooth with a layer of airy mousse topped with a darker chocolate sauce. For those who prefer their chocolate white, the sweet creaminess of the Bola de Nieve (RM 35) – coconut and white chocolate sphere – is balanced with the gentle sharpness of pineapple salsa.
The Elephant and the Butterfly – Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast
Our dining experience at The Elephant and the Butterfly was a positive one. The vibe was cheerful, and we found the food enjoyable and satisfying. Currently, the menu is more Mexican in name than a true expression of Mexican recipes. However, we’ve heard of exciting plans with a new chef soon to helm the kitchen and upcoming collaborations with some Hard Rock Kitchens from Mexico. Stay tuned to this space for developments.
Reasons to visit The Elephant and the Butterfly: pretty setting with green views and vibrant murals (great for your Insta pics); cooling breeze; hearty, wholesome meals.
The Elephant and the Butterfly
Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast
Jalan Pantai 3, Desaru Coast
Johor Darul Ta’zim, 81930 Malaysia