bookmark_borderThe Red Beanbag, Publika

Since the inception of Publika and/or Solaris Dutamas, the food choices are aplenty and they could possibly cater every single picky taste bud out there. From eastern to western, pork-serving restaurants like Fatboy’s Burger Bar and S.wine, and even street / hawker style foods, one would be spoilt for choice when selecting based on their preference and… the thickness of their wallet/purse.

The Red Beanbag, Publika

And then, there is this; The Red Beanbag. It is pretty well known by now for its quality food, nice coffee and good ambiance. Prior to this visit, I’ve been to this place once which was last year when they were then-newly opened. Back then, crowds were there but not as packed as nowadays but if I were to compare to the food portions, it seemed like it has shrunk quite a bit compared to last time.

Shroom Shroom by The Red Beanbag

Take for example their pasta dish; Shroom Shroom (RM25). If I’m not mistaken, back then, there were two sizes (entree and main) and I am not sure they still practice this both sizing now but I could be wrong though. But by the look of the photo above, the portion seemed to be like entree size (although it is main according to the receipt) which I ordered last time. And for that price tag, I think it is wee bit too expensive.

Furthermore, despite its generous ingredients (beef bacons and mushrooms) and rich sauce, I would have enjoyed the dish more if they didn’t add truffle oil onto the already good dish.

Awesome Breakfast Fry Up by The Red Beanbag

As for the Awesome Breakfast Fry Up (RM22), it could have been better if there were more ingredients. On the plate, there were 2 slices of beef bacons (or probably one sliced into two), chicken sausage, run-of-the-mill hash brown, one bowl of baked beans, 2 slices of bread, sautéed mushrooms & vegetables and a patch of scrambled eggs. I liked the pretty looking yet nicely cooked eggs. It was slightly creamy and with a dash of salt and pepper, it’s perfect to eat it on its own or with buttered toast. The sausage, presumably specially-made, was somewhat alright; slightly spicy with firm texture. The least favourite of all was the sautéed mushroom due to its sourish taste. It would be great if they keep it simple like Antipodean’s or La Bodega’s. But then again, their take might work for others but it certainly didn’t work for me.

Tiramisu by The Red Beanbag

I’ve read good reviews about their Tiramisu (RM15) so I had to try it since I’ve been longing to do so for quite some time. Despite its hefty price, I was surprised by its sheer size. Sure, I did saw a couple of photos of it on the internet, but I didn’t expect the size until it was placed right in front of me. The tiramisu was good but the coffee essence was really strong that it has the bitter aftertaste of every bite. I got somewhat off-putting after a couple of spoons due to the bitterness but thankfully, the cake was shared with another friend whom struggled to finish it too.

Watermelon Juice & Iced Cappuccino by The Red Beanbag

Known for its quality coffee, I had their Iced Cappuccino (RM9) which was good although coffee purists might castigate on any iced coffees. There was nothing to shout about their watermelon juice (RM9).

Inside of The Red Beanbag

Overall, the meal was pleasant. The service was quick although they should have waiter stationed at the end of the dining room as we had to walk to the front to ask for some service. Sure, there were more misses compared to what I read from the internet but I guess these were just my personal preference. Some might not agree with my viewing which I totally understand but I do hope they maintain their quality but increase their portion size (i.e. pasta) to at least justify the price they are charging.

Address :
A4-1-8,
Solaris Dutamas,
50480 Kuala Lumpur.

Telephone Number : +603 6211 5116

bookmark_borderS.Wine Café, Publika

Of late, my breakfast during (working) weekdays has been rather uninspiring. Sausage buns, peanut butter jam sandwich and occasional noodles and nasi lemak are mainly the ones that ‘fuel’ me throughout my working morning. It came to a point whereby I’d cringe whenever I think about what to have for breakfast on the next day. But all is different for the weekends which I really look forward to every week not only for the well deserved rest but also for the vast selections I get to choose from for my meals.

S.Wine Cafe, Publika

I would usually visit places like this and this for breakfast/brunch but on rare occasion, I would go for the good ol’ western style big breakfast. I am always a fan of bacons, mushrooms, toasts and most importantly, eggs for breakfast. La Bodega is the place I frequent to for their English breakfast and occasionally, I would go to Antipodean for a porky feast breakfast.

S.Wine Cafe, Publika

Wanting to try something new, my friend and I have decided to head to this place as I have heard and read good stuff about their breakfast. Situated inside of a supermarket (Ben’s Independent Grocer), S.Wine Café could literally fit around 40 customers or so due to its small area.

S.Wine Cafe, Publika

Being one of the earliest customers on a fine Saturday morning, the restaurant was pretty empty with only one table occupied. The staffs were in relaxing mood, ready take orders and serve.

Fresh Buns by S.Wine Cafe, Publika

The food didn’t take long to arrive but before that, fresh buns were served with a cube of salted butter. The slight sweetish buns were warm and fluffy, melting the frozen butter effortlessly.

The English Fry Up by S.Wine Cafe, Publika

We opted for two breakfast meals. The English Fry Up (RM39) came with a coffee/tea and orange juice. 2 eggs, homemade pork sausage, sautéed mushrooms, smoked bacons, thick slab of ham, spiced baked beans, grilled tomato and pillow-soft toast with a cube of butter on top; all arranged side-by-side on a oval plate.

The English Fry Up by S.Wine Cafe, Publika

Oddly, they did not ask the preference on how I would my eggs to be done but I would have chosen sunny side up anyway.

Iced Cappuccino & Orange Juice by S.Wine Cafe, Publika

With the option of coffee/tea (not restricted to black coffee only), Iced Cappuccino (RM10) was the chosen one. There’s nothing to shout about but its caffeine dosage is sufficient to kick-start your day.

French Toasts with Grilled Banana by S.Wine Cafe, Publika

The French Toast with Grilled Banana (RM19) surprised us with its portion… and the bacons. The dollop of creamy peanut butter worked wonders alongside with the egg-dipped, pan-fried thick yet soft toasts and two large grilled bananas covered in drizzles of maple syrup. It did fill us up quite fast but we enjoyed its complexity texture and comforting taste. It’s best to share if you are aiming for other dishes apart from this mammoth.

S.Wine Cafe, Publika

Now… some would think that the price is too hefty for such meal but I guess, for me at least, the portion and quality definitely justify its price tag. On the plus side, the coffees are affordable yet good compared to other famous coffee joints.

Address :
S.Wine Café
Ben’s Independent Grocer,
Lot 1A 83 – 95 Level UG 1,
Publika Solaris Dutamas,
Jalan Dutamas 1,
50480 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia.

Business Hours : 11AM – 10PM (Weekdays), 9AM – 10 PM (Weekends)




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