Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Butter + Beans @ Section 17 & Swich @ Publika

 Charm to burn & coffee to brew: Butter + Beans is an excellent entry to Section 17, certain to captivate caffeine-craving customers seeking another suburban hangout.

Croissants, Danish pastries & bread laced with olives & sun-dried tomatoes contribute to the "butter" component of this warm, welcoming outlet ...

... while the "beans" are of a local variety, for coffee freshly roasted & satisfyingly served.

Butter + Beans has ties to Food Foundry nearby; might be OK to bring the latter's mille-crepes here (new flavors include salted caramel & Earl Grey with lavender).

Butter + Beans opens 8am-8pm daily, but seats no more than two dozen, inside & out. 

Need more cakes? Take a ten-minute drive to Publika, where Swich Cafe has opened a kiosk as a prelude to a full-fledged outlet in this complex next month.
Main entry on Swich Cafe @ HP Towers Semantan: July 20, 2012.

 When we first tasted Swich's cakes six months ago, there was no way to know what to expect. But since then, legions of other food fans have flocked to Swich, forming the consensus that owner & mother-of-two Cheng Cheng makes mouthwatering masterworks, the product of passion.

From the gooiest butterscotch cake fathomable to a cake flooded with sufficient fruits & nuts to tide a small family of squirrels through winter, the selection may seem small at this kiosk, which operates through January 9, but each temptation is worth trying.

A stern warning to chocolate addicts rebuffing rehab: Swich's Swiss Bliss brownie & Valrhona chocolate cake will constitute substance abuse of the highest order. Swich sought to open at Bangsar Shopping Center & Bangsar Village this year, but both malls proved resistant; their loss is Publika's rapturous gain.

Butter + Beans At Seventeen,
BG-1A, Happy Mansion, Jalan 17/13, Section 17, Petaling Jaya.

Swich (temporary kiosk),
Level UG, Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur. Fifteen paces from EAT Food Village.
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36 comments:

  1. Glad that Swich has opened in Publika, can visit them during weekend! Hooray!

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    1. CK: oops, i just realized, i forgot to ask Cheng Cheng whether the Swich kiosk is open in Publika on weekends, or whether it's weekdays only! :D

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    2. Hi CK, Sean

      Yes, we're open on weekends at Publika! :)

      See you soon,
      CC

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    3. Swich: thanks for confirming that, CC! it was nice to finally meet you, and sorry i had to rush off. talk to you again another time =)

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    4. Sean, it's great to finally meet you too! I've been reading your articles and imagined vicariously living such a glam (ahem!) life! I'll be looking forward to meeting you again soon, it'll be lovely to chat. Perhaps a new cake or two can entice you to make your tracks here...! :)

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    5. CC: heh, it's more a life of being stuck in traffic jams, but yes please, let's have a nice leisurely chat over coffee and cakes next month! the 5-10 minutes yesterday whetted my appetite for more :D

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  2. I will have just the coffee and bread!

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    1. Wong: it's very good coffee here, i'd say. nicely done :D

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  3. I think I will go n OD on Swich's Valrhona chocolate cake...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: you'll end up in a chocolate coma! =)

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  4. Hi Sean

    Thank you for your lovely lovely review and for spreading our ode to Joy, may she be ever present in all your epicurean escapades!

    Happy bellyfuls! :)
    CC

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    1. CC: with wonderful people like you around to feed us, we'll always have a smile on our face :D

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  5. Gosh the Valrhona chocolate cake is enough to make it go all the way there! As well as the gooey butterscotch cake! I'm sure the calories would be more than worth it. hehe

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    1. Iamthewitch: oh yeah, the next time you're back in KL, do make a trip to publika. swich's cakes will be waiting for you! :D

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  6. Ooh, the cake topped with caramel and walnuts look ever so tempting this morning.

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    1. The Yum List: i'm typing this reply at lunchtime, and thinking of cakes for tea, heheh :D

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  7. seksyen 17 is turning into a poor men's publika when it comes to food offering. hehe

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    1. KY: heheh, i hope the residents of section 17 are happy with all these outlets. i consider them lucky! :D

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  8. I had the salted caramel mille crepe last weekend. So good! :)

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    1. Bangsar-Babe: brilliant flavor! i think it's currently one of the fastest-selling mille-crepes at food foundry :D

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    2. I too love the salted carramel crepe..the almond is so crunch and the caramel just melt in my mouth!Heavenly!

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    3. Cindy: ya, it's great that food foundry is introducing such tasty crepe flavors! :D

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  9. The Valrhona chocolate cake looks heavenly. I'm sure it will go well with a cup of long black.

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    1. Smitten: a nice deeply flavored coffee to balance the rich sweetness of the cake :D

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  10. I want the fruit cake! I am a squirrel that needs sustenance through the winter!!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: heheh, i love squirrels. i know they're wild and nothing really like the cuddly creatures in cartoons, but i still have a soft spot for them :D

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  11. I have to pop over to BIG Publika again soon, defo gonna try the cakes from Swich if I have the time!

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    1. Baby Sumo: oh yeah, i think these cakes would be nice to add to your christmas shopping! :D

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  12. We wish more places would open around Section 17! It's the easiest place to get to after work from SS2. But opening hours until 8pm doesn't make Butter + Beans a after-work-friendly place. =(

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    1. Drops of Contentment: i like section 17 cos traffic within the area is minimal and parking isn't as bad as, say, ss2. but oooh, butter + beans says it might extend its opening hours if there's a demand for it. so demand it! :D

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  13. wow those cakes are really making me drooling..
    i love to eat sweet cakes... :)

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    1. Simple Person: if you have some time to spare this weekend, maybe can head to publika and try one or two slices of swich's cakes =)

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  14. I bumped into CC too on Mon night! Grabbed myself a carrot, hummingbird and she added a fruit cake for me. I LOVE THEM ALL! Surprisingly, cos I'm so anal when it comes to cakes - always complaining about something. But Swich's cakes are really good!

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    1. TNG: oooh, sounds like she's been at swich's stall in publika quite often this week! i haven't tried her hummingbird yet, i just realized. but yeah, the carrot-cranberry one is pretty amazing. and to have you endorse her cakes is definitely clear evidence that the cakes are exceptional :D

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    2. I feel like I'm surrounded by stars, running into Rebecca and then Sean! And have Boo Lee and Karen help out at the stall! Lucky me! So so glad you like our cakes, Rebecca...when we read about your standard for bread, we really had to up our act! :) Thanks so much you guys! Have a great Christmas season and see you soon! :D

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    3. CC: oh yeah, if rebecca says the bread or cake is stellar, then it really is! =)

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