Sunday, March 18, 2012

S.Wine @ Publika

S.Wine: Round Two (of course one round wasn't enough!). Earlier entry: March 16.

Parma ham, peaches, arugula & roma tomatoes, tossed in white balsamic vinegar & extra virgin olive oil _ the salad to scarf down while listening to Lauren Alaina sing, "there's a reason the boys pick Georgia peaches." A sweet change from the usual ham-&-rock-melon medleys.

What's S.Wine's pork burger like? Sloppy & juicy, thanks to a Mexican-style pulled pork topping; it might not win the award for KL's best pork burger, but it should get nominated. No nitpicking possible about the plump patty & buttered brioche bun.

Geographical boundaries count for nothing at S.Wine. The menu features Italian favorites like this traditional preparation of spaghetti carbonara, replete with a raw-&-risky egg yolk, roughly torn prosciutto & pancetta chunks ...

... alongside mainstays of Malaysia's heritage: Hainanese pork chop flooded in tomato sauce & festooned with peas, corn, carrots & coriander. Would it be sacrilegious to say this is as satisfying as Yut Kee's Worcestershire-sauce version? OK, we won't say it _ but we'll imply it.

Maybe our senses were swayed by S.Wine's Voga Italia Sparkling Pinot Grigio.

Wine bought at Ben's Independent Grocer can be consumed without a corkage charge here.

Follow the pig: these posters unveil the path to pleasures no longer forbidden.



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

  1. It might not be too sacrilegious depending on exactly how satisfying one finds Yut Kee's version. And after scouring the entire menu, we realised the only item without pork as an ingredient was the dessert listed! :P

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    1. Kenny: the pork chop is my favorite thing at yut kee. though i've only had it once, heh =) that's true, about the pork-free dessert. they should have made a pork-&-peach pie :D

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    2. For me, it's Yut Kee's marble cake. Buttery goodness!

      A pork-and-peach pie actually sounds quite decent, especially with a dollop of cream on top. Mmm.

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    3. Kenny: heheh, the last time i tasted that marble cake was ... ooh, just a few weeks ago. in taman desa. heheh. can't say i'm really a fan though :D mmmmm, BIG Group people, take note: we want a pork-&-peach pie! or maybe pork-&-pineapple pie :D

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  2. d hainanese pork chop... seems too much of mix vege..
    hey .. u didn't order the pork belly? kekeke

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    1. Simple Person: i think there was too much french fries on that plate for me :D heheh, since there were four pork belly dishes in round one, i tried to have no more pork belly for round two =)

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  3. OOoo... the Hainanese pork chop looks delicious and it looks less sinful with the pile of greens on it. =) yummy.

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    1. Smitten By Food: there are also some other asian pork recipes on the menu. assam nyonya pork curry & salted fish pork patties :D

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  4. Yesterday we only tried the breakfast, will go back again to try the others.

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    1. CK: i've only tried 30 percent of the menu so far ... still got another 70 percent to try, heheh :D

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  5. Haha maybe they should do a bacon ice cream too!

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    1. Baby Sumo: that sounds like a good idea! and definitely doable, since the hungry hog at subang also already has bacon ice cream! :D

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  6. Just visited them for dinner...their garlic Sausage n Bacon Chunks pasta rocks =)

    Kudos also to their Pork n Pine Nut Sausage Roll in a puff pastry n their Grass Jelly with Vanilla Ice-cream n Expresso dessert :D

    Will go back for d intriguing Scallop-Bacon Bites n d Pork Confit Watermelon Lychee Salad :)

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    1. Ulric: glad to hear you enjoyed your meal! i haven't tried the sausage-bacon pasta or the pork-&-pine-nut roll yet! :D

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    2. Return visit them =)

      Prices were pleasantly reasonable for d portions served n service was super-friendly :D

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    3. Ulric: u're right, service here is really good, thanks probably to the two gentlemen heading the service team at s.wine =)

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  7. Interesting place with interesting name. Haha. Wonder what's the price range like...

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    1. Chong: not too bad! the spaghetti carbonara, the pork chops & the pork burger are each RM23.90++ (serendipity that they all ended up on the same blog post today!), while the salad's slightly cheaper, if i recall right :D

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  8. Pork chop looks divine! But hark! Are those crinkle cut fries of the frozen variety? :-O

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    1. Min: ooo, they may look like dreary ol' crinkle cuts, but they're definitely of a premium sort. as fresh-tasting & flavorsome as "real" fries should be :D

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  9. brioche bun as burger bun?! how sinful is that!!

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    1. Michelle: a sinfully buttery one! :D

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  10. The pork chop reminds me of the old days when Coliseum cafe used to be non-halal!! Chicken chop just isn't the same!

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    1. Vien: oooo, coliseum! gosh, i think it's been at least five years since i last ate there. and it's only a five-minute drive from my office :D

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    2. I've been meaning to drop by but I heard that it isn't that good anymore! But I dearly miss it!!

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    3. Vien: actually, maybe it's better not to revisit coliseum then. hold on to the terrific memories you have of it :D

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  11. For a moment the pork chop did look a bit like Yut Kee's! Pork burger looks chunky enough. Definitely a satisfying burger.

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    1. Missyblurkit: heheh, I wonder if the pork chop is supposed to be modeled after Yut kee's maybe! :D

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  12. Pork + free corkage! You must have been in heaven. How many laps do I need to run to balance out a good dinner there - seems like the numbers will be in the double digits!

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    1. The Yum List: i was too lazy to run any laps! after a meal like this, the best thing to do is head home in a protein-fueled stupor! :D

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  13. Oh yums!
    I'm actually sitting here at Red Beanbag now.. working and eating their beef burger! lol.
    Unfortunately fr me no pork, cos havin mtg w malay friends.

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    1. Thenomadgourmand: oooh, so near but so far! hope you manage to get a pork fix soon though! :D

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  14. OMG, the spaghetti... the fat yummy looking burger... the pink piggy figures... ahahah it'd be nice if it was ok for me to eat pork :p :p

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    1. Rad: no worries! spaghetti with chicken & burgers with beef are also tasty! heheh :D

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  15. And, Sean, forgimme for not having been able to stop by your blog as often as I used to.

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    1. Rad: you're forgiven! it's alright, please focus on your work, your studies, your health, your family & your home =)

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  16. the pork burger looks good :) had tried one with too much fatty meat at the pork place and i never wanted to return to that place again

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    1. Fish: oooh, i've tried the pork sandwiches at the pork place, but i can't remember their burgers :D

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  17. i have always like that Voga bottle. It's so cool!

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    1. Eiling: you're right, i'm always tempted to buy one and bring home :D

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  18. dear Sean,

    Do you have any idea on how to get their contact number for reservation?
    many many thanks for those who could reply and help me with this.

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