Thursday, November 22, 2012

PickNik @ Solaris Dutamas

An inherited passion for the kitchen runs through Nik Michael Imran's veins; the affable, twentysomething chef embarked on his first restaurant this week, following his father's footsteps & signaling the potential start of a culinary dynasty.

Nik has been cooking since he was nine, compiling a treasure trove of family recipes like the honey mustard dressing that supplies extra spark to one of PickNik's signature salads, a mix of peppery watercress with sweet pears, strawberries & almond flakes.

Sure, there's no shortage of cafes at Solaris Dutamas, but PickNik is one of this complex's most wallet-friendly; a warm, nourishing bowl of stracciatella, the rarely seen Italian chicken consomme with ribbons of egg white, croutons, parsley & parmesan, clocks in at a mere RM7.

Nik & his father, who once ran a Brisbane outlet, can sometimes be spotted working side-by-side in PickNik's open kitchen. Here's one of Dad's creations: sesame-crumbed Fat Tuesday chicken, stuffed with scarcely cooked prawns & served with rice & bearnaise sauce.

And if Nik's name rings a bell, it might be from his stint on Masterchef Malaysia's first season, following which he has amassed more than 13,000 Facebook fans.

PickNik's pastry chef extraordinaire is Azlina Shah Shaharuddin, one of Nik's Masterchef friends, who whips up beauties like this moist, sweetly rich brownie, soaked in salted caramel & topped with more than a dollop of vanilla ice cream.

Peanut butter alert! This stunningly soft & smooth blend of peanut butter with cream cheese on a biscuit crust delivers ripples of sheer pleasure.

Red velvet slices to wrap up a satisfying treat at what is being branded "a comfort food cafe." Thanks to Nik & his friendly, hardworking team for this meal; we'll be back for PickNik's pastas & steaks. PickNik sells no liquor, but corkage is an excellent RM20.

The restaurant's a little tricky to locate: From Publika, walk toward Solaris Dutamas' Ju.Ne Japanese restaurant (below The Red Beanbag), then take the escalator down a floor. PickNik will be on your immediate left, on the level above Wall Street Bar & Millesime.

PickNik,
UG1-05, Block A4, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-6411-6499

31 comments:

  1. Yet another new place to check out!

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    1. Kelly Siew: oh yeah, there's always something fresh at publika and solaris dutamas! good for us hungry diners! :D

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  2. Definitely not a place for a picnic. More like a fine dining joint, I see. Desserts look superb...

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    1. Suituapui: ooh, actually it's really a casual dining place, where everyone can feel welcome and comfortable, whether they're wearing office attire or a t-shirt, shorts & sandals, heh :D

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  3. Wallet-friendly, I love that, hehehe.
    Oh I will order that peanut butter dessert for sure! :P

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    1. CK: oh ya, that was the best peanut butter dessert that i tried this year! wish i could have tar-paued some for you! :D

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  4. For a moment I thought they were serving picnic items based on the name:D Definitely pocket friendly! Dessert look like a must here!

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    1. Missyblurkit: heheh, this is really a catchy name for a restaurant, eh. oh yeah, don't leave this place without checking out their desserts! :D

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  5. Ah I like the word wallet-friendly already! And peanut butter!! There should be more affordable and good restaurants like this in the city!

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    1. Iamthewitch: oh yeah, i reckon prices here at picknik are about 20 percent lower compared to the other similar cafes at publika :D

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  6. OMG - Peanut butter and cream cheese - please can I have a slice of that with my morning coffee right now?! What a clever name too - Pic NIK!

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    1. The Yum List: peanut butter & cream cheese turned out to be a match made in heaven! now i'm dreaming of peanut butter & mascarpone! :D

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  7. Stracciatella for just RM7 - fancy food so cheap? Nik obv knows what he is doing. Another one to add to my list!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: oh yeah, and despite slashing the prices, nik is cutting down on quality. good stuff here =)

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  8. WOWWWWWWW the desserts look amazing! I know someone who would like the peanut butter slice:P

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    1. Baby Sumo: even though i'm not a major fan of peanut butter, i absolutely loved this one. really sumptuous and fresh-tasting :D

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  9. Everything looks so delicious. Esp. the rice and those desserts!

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    1. Melissa: oh yeah, this was a very pleasant meal from start to finish! :D

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  10. Thanks for the precise navigation directions to the outlet. It looks like a visit to Publika has to be planned soon. So much food, so little time ;)

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    1. Unkaleong: yeah, i like to think that after visiting publika at least once a week, nearly every week, for the past year, i can pinpoint nearly every eatery here. but new ones still spring up here every few days, making me dizzy sometimes :D

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  11. wow I love the peanut butter cheese..
    yummy

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    1. Simple person: it's very memorable, in a very positive way! :D

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  12. Their cakes look so moist and yummy =) will def check out this place

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    1. Smitten: hope you enjoy it! so far, the feedback about the peanut butter-cream cheese concoction has been very positive =)

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  13. Ohhh darn.. missed my chance to eat here as I was invited for the launch but im in Nepal!
    Another visit to Publika is due!!

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    1. TNG: oooh, i didn't manage to attend the launch either. so i came here for an actual sit-down meal a few days later. it's worth visiting, definitely :D

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  15. does anyone of u have the gps coordinate how to go there?

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  16. Went there last week, ordered fish and chips and aglio olio linguine. One bite and the fish was bad. Had it changed to a beef burger, which has nothing to shout about. Was pricey at RM 30. Saw another table had their fish meal (looked like salmon)being brought back to the kitchen. Must be another case of bad fish.My linguine was good but avery small portion. Overall I'd a 6/10 for ambience, 6/10 for food , 6/10 for service and 5/10 for price.

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  17. I think my luck isnt that good also. Ordered the grilled chicken and chips as what the waiter recomends (in their list of menu, with red colour are their specials) RM35... i think they forgot to turn the stove off as it taste like burnt crisp! Couldnt finish it. Tried their softshell crab tapas also.. RM25... haih... dissappointing.. realy spoil my crave for soft shell crab.. but their service are good.

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  18. dissapointing. shouldnt try this place. the enviroment looked like mak mah tom yam restaurant. the food was so-so. a friend of mine ordered lamb cutlet. the lamb taste bad. our turn out point is the waiter. super rude waiter. we bring babies hence the 2 stroller. the waiter keep repeating how the strollers will block their other customer way. come on! we are ur customer too..and we pay almost RM6++ that day to the restaurant.

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