Saturday, April 14, 2012

B'Wiched by BIG @ Publika

It's a bread story, baby, just say yum: The BIG Group has teased its Facebook fans all week with word that B'Wiched, a sandwich bar, would begin buttering up customers on Friday the 13th inside Ben's Independent Grocer at Publika.

Crab meat brioche with ebiko, Japanese cucumber, romaine lettuce & mayo, hot dog-style (RM20.90). Sandwiches are prepared to order & packed with ingredients, with bread that boasts a fresh-baked feel & fillings that taste flavorsome & seem well-chosen.

Bahn Mi baguette (RM15.90), bursting with char-grilled chicken breast, turkey bacon, pickled carrots, onions, cucumber, coriander & chilies. At first sight, some of these seem similar to sandwiches at Ben's, Plan B & T Forty Two, but choices for the bread & fillings are wider.

Tasting slices of the Reuben toastie, with salted beef, sauerkraut & Russian dressing. Portions might not look princely, but rest assured that hunger pangs can be easily satiated here.

Peanut butter alert! Here's a dessert toastie, stuffed with bananas & peanut butter (RM12.90). Could be made at home, but we like how B'Wiched keeps the bread convincingly crisp on the outside & comfortingly soft within, with plenty of sweetly ripe bananas & sticky peanut butter.

All sandwiches come with The BIG Group's now-familiar four root chips.

Bread massacre! This was what BIG employees were enjoying at their table _ everything from ciabatta to tortilla bread, heaving with tuna, beef meatballs, slow-cooked lamb & cured salmon.

B'Wiched @ Ben's Independent Grocer,
Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
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30 comments:

  1. Gosh... They looked delicious especially the crab meat brioche and toasties. But I never like their chips. Hehe. On the other note, Publika is becoming The Big Group's second home after Bangsar Village 1 & 2. Haha.

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    1. Chong: oh yeah, we weren't planning to order te crab brioche at first, but the chef highly recommended it. We're glad he did! It was lovably luscious :D Heh, yeah, BIG has pretty much conquered Publika. I wish they'd conquer Pavilion too! =)

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  2. Same. Thought their chips is quite.. ermm.. hehe.. not my thing. It just taste weird.
    But I love sandwiches! Think I'll go crazy here. I hope they have better fillings than tuna and chicken and hams sorts. Gimme something out of the ordinary Ben!

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    1. TNG: ooo, I keep thinking the chips are relatively healthier than regular potato crisps! I hope i'm right. They look beta-caroteneish :D the combinations of fillings are quite tasty actually. The nuts, veggies and dressings that go with the meat/seafood in these sandwiches make it all worthwhile. But ya, you have a great point: i too would like to see ingredients in these sandwiches that were more unusual :D

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  3. Had a feeling u will be d first to visit...Friday the 13th or not...hehe :P

    Ahhhh...cucumber, carrots, ebiko n mayo...tats a match made in heaven for me =)

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    1. Ulric: heh, Friday the 13th was a crazy day for me, and I ended up driving up and down from the early afternoon till after midnight. But ya; I had to make a stop at Publika! :D

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  4. I'd order the savoury sandwiches but I won't pay 12.90 for a sandwich I eat every morning! :P The crab meat sandwich sounds like a sushi! must taste good!!!

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    1. Vien: heheh, the crab meat sandwich tasted better than crab meat sushi! the meat was luscious and quite generously heaped :D but ya, you're right about the banana-peanut butter sandwich. if you can do it at home, then skip it here and sample the other sandwiches instead :D

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  5. The peanut butter one looks really nice!

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    1. Michelle: many peanut-butter lovers might love it! :D

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  6. I love toasties and I think the peanut butter banana toasties is the winner.

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    1. Missyblurkit: i'm starting to understand why folks enjoy toasties! and it seems like a convenient snack, less heavy than sandwiches :D

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  7. i'd love some banana and peanut butter toast, it looks very beautiful and not messed up at all

    Latest: Vegan Fruity Pizza

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    1. Fish: you're right, it's very neatly presented. and easy to eat ... won't get your fingers stained with peanut butter! :D

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  8. The banana with peanut butter is a winner! =)

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    1. Smitten By Food: it could triumph in a sandwich popularity tournament! :D

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  9. I saw something for CK :P

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, i don't know if he's seen this yet. or maybe he's seen it and he's heading there to try it! :D

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  10. I know someone who would appreciate the peanut butter toastie LOL.

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    1. Baby Sumo: i just realized that it might be a nice snack to serve as breakfast in bed! :D

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  11. Sandwich lovers rejoice! Peanut butter toastie sounds like a good idea, right now :)

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    1. Pureglutton: oh yeah, another option for sandwich lovers, and it's tastier than subway's :D peanut butter toasties could work for brunch, tea and supper, i think, heheh =)

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  12. wah this BIG group is on a roll! I like the names that they came up with and they are very creative.

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    1. Eiling: oh yeah, the name is sometimes even more attractive than the actual food, heh :D

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  13. Was at publika a few days ago but i couldn't find this place T.T

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    1. Lolamalina: oh, it's inside ben's independent grocer. beside the bakery, next to the magazine section :D

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  14. 20 bucks?! I can make all those sandwiches at home for less than half lah! I'll eat it before I decide if I'm a convert, thanks:P

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    1. Ciki: heheh, alas, i can't make any of these sandwiches at home, not even the peanut butter toastie. so i have to rely on b'wiched! :D

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  15. Ah, I was there too on Saturday, I was their first customer!

    I bought the Chicken Caesar Sandwich for my colleague. Like the fact that you can watch them prepare it over the counter, but if I'm not mistaken the 'abang' there was a little nervous, until the Malay Chef took over and made the sandwich instead. Totally dig the concept! :)

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    1. Amanda: heh, yeah, it's a cool concept! and it sounds like a fun bonus to be able to watch your sandwich being made :D

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