Friday, January 20, 2012

Plan B @ Publika

The BIG Group has become so massive, its name is now an understatement. Its youngest offspring emerged extremely healthy from Publika's cocoon of cafes this week, twinned in both name & menu to Plan B in Bangsar Village.

Note that this branch could someday be christened Journal by Plan B, potentially offering discounts for journalists. That concept remains in its infancy, but this collection of typewriters at the storefront might be a harbinger of things to come.

Publika's Plan B is taking baby steps to move out of its Bangsar brother's shadow, serving several selections available only here at Solaris Dutamas, such as falafel with tomatoes, tabbouleh, pickled red cabbage & cucumber on chickpea spread in pita bread. Hearty & more than competently prepared; we imagine even the folks at Al-Amar might approve.

From the Middle East to Mother Russia: hot, wholesome borscht, brimming with cabbage, beetroot & barley, topped with sour cream & parsley. A bargain for RM10++; it's nearly impossible to sample this soup at a KL eatery, but to find one so fine seems like a miracle.

Asia is represented by lamb briyani, fragrant with spices but not fiery-spicy. We like it this way, though some might say it lacks the oomph of hardcore Indian cooking.

European euphoria: Slow-cooked ox tongue with hot English mustard on wholemeal bread, served with gherkin & chips. A sandwich well-suited to encapsulate what BIG outlets offer; many of us relish the range of recipes here, while others insist it's all overrated & derivative.

It's not a BIG meal without dessert. The peanut butter milk chocolate cookie could be better, since its spongy texture is a turnoff (that's not the way the cookie should crumble!), but the flourless chocolate cake should please patrons who prefer light, mousse-like sweets.

It's a small world after all: beverages from opposite ends of the earth _ New Zealand Fire Road Pinot Noir & Brazil Rio Verde Yellow Bourbon coffee.

All in all, this Plan B can bear the BIG family name with pride. And since The BIG Group is still heavily pregnant with ideas, this won't be the runt of the litter.

Entry on Plan B @ Bangsar Village: November 28, 2010.



Plan B @ Solaris Dutamas,
Publika, Kuala Lumpur.
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    1. Simple Person: oh yeah, the chairs dangling from the ceiling are a nice touch! very eye-catching =)

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  2. The chair deco is quite similar to the decor at brother baba budan

    http://hungerhunger.blogspot.com/2010/12/brother-baba-budan.html

    hehe.

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    1. Michelle: oh yeah, that was intentional :D the BIG Group mentioned the inspiration of that cafe on its facebook page =)

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  3. i was about to say that the decor reminds me of the coffee place i frequent in melbourne. looks like michelle beat me to it!

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    1. Joe: melbourne has come to KL! heheh. but ya, the BIG Group credited brother buda budan for the look of this plan B on facebook :D

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  4. Omg so cute with all the typewriters and chairs on the ceiling ;))

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    1. Rad: heheh, hopefully the chairs never come tumbling down from the ceiling! and ya, it's interesting to see so many antique typewriters in this computer age =)

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  5. "The flourless chocolate cake should please patrons who prefer light, mousse-like sweets."

    That's you lah. Others may prefer a denser cake. I quite enjoy we had a different take on nearly every dish that night. You forgot to mention the coffee was quite decent too (or at least it smelled that way since someone didn't allow me to drink kopi so late in the evening). :P

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    1. Kenny: denser cakes mean double the calories? i can't afford that, heheh! =) oh, i think we'd differ on the coffee too. it tasted OK to me, but didn't live up to its description on the menu. maybe i'm just a coffee ignoramus :D

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    2. Me, I like my coffee with milk, so you're out of luck with my opinion too. It's Devil who really appreciates his coffee black - we gotta ask him!

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    3. Kenny: I like my coffee with a shot of vodka! :D

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  6. Love the design of these places. They must have a very talented design team on board, although I heard that Ben himself is actually quite involved too.

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    1. The Yum List: oh yeah, ben's the evil mastermind, i guess, the wizard of oz who oversees all the magic of the BIG group :D

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  7. The chairs on the ceiling are certainly eye catching. Will have to try this place next time I'm in Publika.

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    1. Baby sumo: ya, I wonder how many chairs there are in total up there. Definitely more than 50 :D

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  8. This post came in handy. Been craving borsch and now I know where to check it out:D

    Love the typewriters display. Hehehe I love typewriters and have managed to keep 2 that my parents and i laws used.

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    1. Missyblurkit: the only slight complaint is that this is a vegetarian borscht though. got beets but no beef, heh =) ooh, back when i was a teenage, i too used to type on a clunky typewriter that my aunt owned. thank goodness for computers now, for so many reasons! :D

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  9. boy, i hope those chairs are well secured. I don't want to have any of it falling on me.

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    1. Eiling: heheh, I think the risk is very low! :D

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