Friday, March 16, 2012

S.Wine Cafe @ Publika

Hoping to hog the limelight this month at Publika, here's The BIG Group's first eatery that's promiscuously porky.

We're casting pearls of praise before this S.Wine, thanks to oink-worthy originals like this meaty salad, which features something for everyone. Carnivores can go hog-wild for warm nuggets of pork belly confit, while leaf-lovers will lick their lips over assorted Asian greens with watermelon & lychee in a tangy peanut dressing.

Momofuku-inspired pork buns. Finger-scorching steamed mantao, sandwiching irredeemably sinful sponges of Dongpo pork belly. We'll pause for a moment to give thanks to the Song Dynasty Poet Su Dongpo, whose culinary creation of red-braised pork still supplies so much satisfaction nearly a millennium after his lifetime.

Going belly-up with our orders, all of which utilize a single, singular part of the pig's anatomy: smoky-juicy pork belly satay with kitchen-made peanut-pineapple sauce.

Five-spice Chinese roast pork belly with Japanese cucumber & pineapple chili sauce. If this looks a little too lean for your liking, it might be worth begging S.Wine's staff for a more lardy cut.

Auspiciousness abounds: on the evening of S.Wine's opening, the Luis Philipe Edwards winery of Chile conducted a wine appreciation session at Ben's Independent Grocer, within which S.Wine is hidden. We piggybacked on this tasting for five minutes, but the call of the boar proved too strong for us to tarry too long.

With everything from Parma ham & peach salad to whole roast pork ribs with crackling on S.Wine's menu, not to mention breakfast platters like Mexican pulled pork with poached eggs & avocado-feta mash on toast, everyone who can eat pork might head here in the weeks to come. No mean achievement _ that'll do, pig, that'll do.




S.Wine Cafe @ Ben's Independent Grocer,
Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Open daily through 10pm, starting 11am weekdays & 9am weekends.
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45 comments:

  1. minus the part that they have asian stuff, the pig theme does bring up memories of el cerdo...

    the mantaus got me eyes boring into the screen. i'm such a sucker for all things bread/bun

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    1. Michelle: ya, i guess the similarity is that the focus is on the pigs, though S.Wine is more of a deli that does simple salads, sandwiches, pastas, etc, while el cerdo does the pricier paellas, suckling pigs & more elaborate spanish dishes :D the mantaus were indeed very nice! soft & pillowy =)

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  2. I'm soooo going here! good to know that they open at 11am;)

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    1. Ciki: and 9am on weekends! the early bird gets the, ermm, pig! :D

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  3. What a dilemma for you Sean - wine or swine? See the pig won! Must have been hard for you. Hee hee! :-)

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    1. The Yum List: heheh, swine nailed it this round, but wine may still be victor the next time! :D

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  4. i wonder if there will ever be a moment of a "pork cuisine" overkill..

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    1. Joe: only when all of us stop requesting for pork bacon & pork sausages in our breakfast sets, heheh =)

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  5. Salad with pork and peanut dressing and pork bun look yummy, I will order these for sure. :D

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    1. CK: ooh, i think you will love the french toast also! there's so much peanut butter & bananas on it! :D

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    2. Then sure I will visit this place soon!

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  6. At last...a porky BIG! The roast 'siew yuk' looks a perfect balance of layers to me...definitely gonna try d pork belly satay n pork confit watermelon salad...I think there will be a return visit soon =)

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    1. Ulric: i hope you'll like the pork belly satay! it's quite reasonably priced. about RM18++ for 12 sticks, which four people could share as a starter :D

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    2. Will visit for lunch tmrow...gonna also try their ribs, pasta n maybe their brekkie items...hehe =)

      Thanx for d heads up :D

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  7. pork. pork. and more pork. this is a place to head in with the porky buddies!

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    1. Missyblurkit: oh yeah, there's also a full slab of 12 slow-baked BBQ ribs that must be shared! :D

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  8. but the pink pigs looks a little scary!!

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    1. Eiling: heheh, they do look fierce! :D

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  9. Hmm. Confirm ada Part 2 since the French toast pic you posted on FB last night belum appear in this post. Hehe.

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    1. Kenny: oh, you observant rascal, you! but you may be correct for once! heheh =)

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    2. Just once? I'm sure I've been both observant and correct several times before... Hehe.

      Still, this means more posts and more yumminess to come. Job well done, you! :)

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    3. Kenny: oops! maybe you kept your observations to yourself on previous occasions, so i wasn't aware of them. heheh :D i think devil will love the french toast at s.wine. they come with so much peanut butter & bacon. it's very over-the-top and very different from the red beanbag's one, but really delightful in its own way! :D

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    4. Haha, yes. Cos previously I was discreet. Today I am all share and share ma.

      And over-the-top French toast sounds more like Devil's thing given how much he likes his peanut butter. Hooray!

      P.S. You might be one of the few readers who actually remembers my old nested comments and how to leave them! :P

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    5. Kenny: oo-er, not sure if sharing truly is caring in this case. heheh. ooh, and it's peanut butter AND bananas with that french toast :D p.s. "nested" comments has a creepy connotation for me. somehow it makes me think of an alien queen's lair where she slumbers with her unhatched eggs :D

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    6. Well, as of this morning both Devil and I have had the French toast and he likes it well enough. Meanwhile I'm quite happy with their salad with pork belly confit, watermelon and lychee. Hurrah!

      P.S. Hey, this comment thread we're on? It's a nested comment too! :D

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    7. Kenny: true happiness is when everyone is happy! heheh :D
      p.s. blogspot enforced this commenting format on us this year. but ya, i like it too. easier to follow the train of everyone's bewildering/bewildered thoughts :D

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  10. more pork & alcohol, yessss

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    1. KY: too much is never enough, heheh =)

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  11. I don't think I'm brave enough to try the Dongpo pork belly! Look at the layer of fatssss.. so scary....

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    1. Smitten By Food: luscious, melt-in-the-mouth fat :D

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  12. Looks enticing enough but how about the pricing? :P

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    1. Choi Yen: prices are OK! the pork buns & satay were RM18.90++ each, while the salad was RM19.90++ :D

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  13. Pork belly satay and Momofuku-inspired pork buns?! *swoon*

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    1. Bangsar-babe: very yummy stuff, definitely! :D

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  14. Look at those pork buns!!!!! So fatty! yummmmm :) When I was younger, I used to eat plain mantous and refused to eat anything else with it! So fluffy and soft.....

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    1. Vien: mantous go so well with so many things, don't they? i'm thinking not only braised pork but also with crab in gravy! and oh yeah, i'd eat 'em on their own too :D

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  15. omg ... Momofuku-inspired pork buns....
    heavenly food ... then plus some red wine .. awesome...

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    1. Simple Person: a lot of pork and a lot of wine equals the recipe for a great dinner! :D

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  16. Pork satay... would be interested to try that since I've only ever eaten beef and chicken satay ;)

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    1. Baby sumo: true, i grew up with pork satay pretty easily found in malacca, but when I came to kl, I couldn't find it anywhere for many years! I feel it's usually juicier and better-tasting than chicken satay :D

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    2. Spices are the one that did the magic. Without the creative blend of Indonesian spices juicy pork alone is nothing. If the chicken satay uses the right amount of fats it could be equally amazing.

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  17. Sorry but the Momofuku-inspired pork buns were less than inspiring!! how on earth did u like it! LOL :P My colleagues and I were expecting something much better la..

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    1. Ciki: ooh, i wonder if it's because you might have gotten a lean cut of the pork belly in the buns. ask for the fattiest cut ... it makes a difference! heheh :D

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  18. Just went there today... tried the blue cheese and chorizo pasta- it was swimming in oil! The burgers are so-so only also...

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  19. Feel bad for pork lovers, the best tasting dish picked by editor on CNNGo's 50 most delicious food is a Southern Thai beef curry. In another poll readers have voted Rendang as the best dish. Looks like the creativity of southeast Asians combined with aromatic spices really speak volumes, pork free dishes can be so delicious as well!

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