Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Ben's, The Bee & The Red Beanbag

Cafe-hoppers at Publika are spectacularly spoiled for choice these days, thanks to the recent opening of Ben's latest branch ...

... as well as The Bee ...

... & The Red Beanbag, all overlooking the mall's breezy, open-air square.
Earlier entry on The Red Beanbag: December 12.

The Red Beanbag's beef burger is one fine mess. This workman's-sized wonder, spilling over with a kitchen-made patty, egg, beef bacon rashers, tomato relish & cheese, is as all-out juicy as it looks, accompanied by steaming-hot fries to stuff the stomach for about RM22.

Also by the Beanbag: one of the finest French toasts in town _ a fluffy, flavorful confection, buttercup-bright & beautifully browned, fancifully coated with almond flakes for a fun crunch & served with strawberries & maple syrup.

At The Bee, the churros are better than expected, boasting a freshly fried crispness & comforting warmth that make them a pleasure to munch with the caramel-creamy dulce de leche.

Also available at The Bee: The Last Polka's newest ice cream flavors _ Deep Dark Chocolate and Rum & Raisin. We love the latter, bursting defiantly with boozy raisins. It's real rum, all right.

The Last Polka has also introduced ice cream cakes. The "Caramel Horlicks" is a treat that two can share, featuring an Oreo & oat base, layers of Horlicks ice cream & butter caramel, topped with chocolate ganache. Let it thaw a bit before digging in.

Finally, beverages at Ben's: Garden Elixir (gin, cucumber, elderflower syrup, rosemary sprig) & Berry Basil Lemonade (basil, lemon, raspberry puree, soda).

Red wine & lemonade at The Bee, which might unleash its own cocktails soon too.

Fruit mixes by Smooshie Juice at The Red Beanbag: 100 percent natural, bottled fresh daily. Pulpy blends of rambutans, apples, oranges, pineapples, mangoes & much more.

Ben's @ Publika.
Entries on Ben's @ Pavilion: Feb. 25 & March 1.

Ben's @ Publika.
Entries on Ben's @ KLCC: April 19 & May 7.

The Bee @ Publika.
Entry on The Bee @ Jaya One: May 17, 2010.

The Red Beanbag @ Solaris Dutamas,
Kuala Lumpur.

32 comments:

  1. The french toast looks sinful!

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  2. Baby sumo: i figure it might be more than 500 calories, but surprisingly, it tastes very light. I think I could easily _ and happily _ eat four or five slices :D

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  3. oh! the burger looks... tiny? I would need 20 of them to be full :p :p

    like to try the toast.
    definitely like to try the ice creams.
    also the Berry Basil Lemonade

    oh well that was just everything :))

    Did you go to these places in a row??

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  4. Sounds like it's time for another round of café-hopping! :D

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  5. a friend of mine works at one of the dessert places at publika. hehe. must be the bee

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  6. That French Toast looks scrumptious! Ooh, I probably could spend a whole day in the area just lounging, eating and drinking. OK, that might be a to-do next week!

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  7. the french toast looks like salivatingly good. no wonder my pals are all glued there for their french toast these days!

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  8. Ohh cafe hopping! Thank god for Publika eh.. So many nice restaurants here. Time for me to visit!! :)

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  9. wow! was gonna ask.. what did i miss.. A LOT looks like! hehe :)

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  10. Churros! I must visit! I have read a few posts about The Bee in Jaya One. I'm glad to know there is one a little closer that I can try.

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  11. Rad: heh, i think it was the angle of the photo that made the burger look tiny. it was actually massive! :D and yeah, we hopped from cafe to cafe in the span of several hours on a sunny afternoon earlier this month :D
    Kenny: and who better to cafe-hop with than the holy rabbit! hoppity hop hop hop! heheh :D

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  12. Michelle: ahhh, if it is, it seems like a nice place to work. spacious & airy & relaxed & casual =)
    Min: sounds like a plan! and thankfully, both the bee & ben's serve good booze at nice prices. customers don't have to resort to bargain-basement beer =)

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  13. Missyblurkit: that french toast alone is worth seeking out at the red beanbag! hopefully they'll expand their menu soon though. it's very limited for now :D
    Iamthewitch: oh yeah, cafe-hopping is a fun activity for a leisurely day! but too bad the red beanbag only opens for breakfast & lunch for now (they close by 6pm) :D

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  14. Ciki: time to play catch up! maybe during the long christmas & new year & chinese new year breaks ahead! =)
    The Yum List: yeah, the bee's menu has both hits & misses, but i'm thankful that the churros qualifies as a hit! especially with the dulce de leche =)

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  15. Ah ok! Lol

    Oh well I normally eat two or three normal sized burgers in a row to feel full. Or, two portions of chicken noodles. Or a whole pizza. Haha I do eat a lot when I'm in the right mood

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  16. When you play catch up with Ciki, take me along! *thick skin*

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  17. The breakfast & coffee at red beanbag is pretty good. It reminds me of the yummy breakfast I had in Melbourne. Its really good to see interesting cafes popping @ solaris dutamas.

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  18. Hi Sean! Lin here, owner of Smooshie Juice.
    Hope you don't mind, we did a quick FB acknowledgement of your brief Smooshie mention on our FB page www.facebook.com/SmooshieJuice
    :)
    Hope your Smooshie experience was a good one!

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  19. Rad: heheh, it's cool, you're a growing lad, so you need the calories! I can actually eat a whole large pizza too, but I'd feel mighty guilty after that! :D
    Bangsar-babe: can, that'd be fun! Ciki has both our numbers, so she can be assigned to do the coordinating! :D

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  20. Smitten: oh yeah, Solaris dutamas & publika are a real gastronomic force to be reckoned with now! A lot more attractive than Solaris mont kiara, frankly =)
    Lin: the smooshie juices were great! Very fresh-tasting, with just the right level of sweetness & a very pleasing texture. Hope to taste them at more places in the months to come :S

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  21. Ok.loving the look of everything in this post ! frm the Smooshie Juice to the churros - tho I hate the churros at the bee Jaya one. Seems that it's better here!
    The burger!!! oh my!

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  22. Rad: oooh, and i can do three burgers at one go too :D
    Thenomadgourmand: yeah, surprisingly the churros here tasted better than what i recall at the jaya one outlet! strange! but yeah, the red beanbag's burger & smooshie juice's fruit mixes are worth the effort of heading to solaris! :D

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  23. Hahahah...Your picture turned out okay mar. Ben's early closing times turned us away from our round two. We ended up at Ichiban Boshi instead ;)

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  24. Unka: heheh. oh, i didn't realize ben's closes that early here. i would have figured they'd be open till around 10pm (or even later) :D

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  25. I'm so glad Ben's now open in Publika!! Now I can just walk over whenever I'm craving their food and not drive all the way to Pavilion or KLCC!! :D

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  26. Vien: heheh, i'm absolutely envious that you're within walking distance of publika! both my office and home would be a 30-minute drive from publika :D

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  27. one thing i realised about the BIG group. They used the same chairs in every of their establishment be it Plan B, Bens or Ricetaurant!

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  28. Eiling: oooh, i didn't realize that! i try to notice/observe next time, heheh :D

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  29. the eggs benedict is awesome!!!
    geez... i gotta take a break from reading your blog.. you are making me FAT!!!!! hehe

    hope 2012 brings more exquisite foodie discovery!!

    have a great year ahead n take care!

    cheers ^*^

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  30. ooops, i meant the egg benedict at The Red Beanbag..

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  31. Whoisnell: phew, i'm really glad to hear you liked it! thanks as always for reading, and yes, hopefully we might even bump into each other at some food discovery in 2012! do say hi if it happens :D

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