Thursday, March 21, 2013

Elegantology Gallery @ Publika

Fashion & food, Publika's two core components, come together emphatically in Elegantology, which serves as both men's boutique & restaurant.

 We're not fans of the name, but we like the place. Distinctive enough to be a cool hot spot.

The menu showcases the recipes of celebrity chefs Sherson Lian & Johnny Fua, whose thoughtful touches become evident even in the welcome bread, the epitome of grainy goodness.

Rambutan, crab meat & salmon roe? A starter that underscores appreciable ambition.

Wagyu beef rolls with asparagus, scallions & 'shiao hsing hua tiao glaze, another amalgamation of cross-continental inspirations. At RM30++, this illustrates how Elegantology strives to keep its prices fair. A three-course meal without wine will hover around RM100.

Oven-roasted rack of lamb with almond-coconut crust (RM54++), as good as this gets.

Twelve-hour sous vide sour plum Muscovy duck with fettuccine (RM48++). Sounds fab on paper, but the execution seems a little lost in translation; the meat's one-dimensional in flavor & not as explosively juicy as it could be.

Blue cheese, melon & pepper, very close to a successful experiment.

Elegantology's wine by the glass starts at RM32++. Pricey but pleasurable.

 Havana Club Anejo 3 Anos & Olmeca Tequila Gold (RM18++ each).

Bonus Publika stop: Eagle-eyed shoppers at Ben's Independent Grocer this week will spot prime storefront real estate allocated to Huey&Wah gourmet marshmallows, with flavors that range from vanilla to espresso, straight from Penang's Straits Quay.

Pleasurably spongy, with a yielding chewiness & well-defined sweetness that's leagues away from cloying. No wonder, since Huey&Wah emphasizes excellent ingredients; its strawberry marshmallows use pureed Korean fruit while its vanilla ones form their foundation on pure extract.

Smuggle a RM10+ packet of Huey&Wah marshmallows into Elegantology, or nibble on them while watching your favorite latte perfectionists strut their stuff at this weekend's colossally hyped Malaysian Barista Championship in Publika.

Elegantology currently opens for dinner; lunch service will commence soon.

Elegantology (same row as Estilo, Silver Spoon & The Social at the public square),
35, Level G2, Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-6206-5577
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20 comments:

  1. Rambutan, crab meat & salmon roe? I m game to try tat...along with d oven-roasted rack of lamb with almond-coconut crust...hehe =)

    I also heard tats there's ayam percik to be had in their menu...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: yeah, the rambutan is actually lightly battered & fried, so it's quite an inventive recipe =) ooh, the menu's limited for now, with only three starters, two soups and four main courses, but all the other stuff should come within a couple of weeks =)

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  2. What a cheesy name for a store/ cafe ;-)

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    1. The Yum List: heheh, the name's a bit too much of a mouthful, and it's just too easy to mangle :D

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  3. Ooo! Everything sounds and look good here!! Def a welcome addition :)

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    1. Augustdiners: yeah, I would recommend all the restaurants on this row at publika. You're right, all the outlets can complement each other nicely, and hopefully that's what will happen =)

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  4. Muscovy duck with fettuccine looks good, but too bad the taste is not.
    Yeee I don't like blue cheese. I remember I brought some blue cheese back from Amsterdam few years ago. And it melted in the plane, so smelly... LOL

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    1. CK: heheh, the duck is not terrible, but it can be improved, I think. I usually have high expectations of duck, because i like duck :D ooo, ya, blue cheese is stinky. I hope the other passengers in the plane didn't complain! It's quite a stinky dessert in this restaurant, but quite interesting also :D

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  5. Ahh will drop in when the menu is more expansive. Sad to hear about the duck, cos sous vide duck gave me high hopes!

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    1. Tng: this will definitely be a good stop at publika if you're looking for imaginative and unique recipes, heheh :D oooo, ya, I'm a fan of sous vide meats, and I think if they tweak the duck preparation here, it could become a hit, but it just needs to be juicier and maybe have a different marinade or sauce =)

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  6. blue cheese, melon and pepper! my kind of noms...

    gonna get my tastebuds back asap and head in there. love the decor. must have just opened coz we didn;t take note of it when we visited on Sunday...or was I more blur than normal then?

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, a fun dessert! Definitely something different compared to the usual tiramisus and creme brulees, ya :D hopefully u'll feel better by this weekend, ya. Yeah, I like the decor here too, with all the mannequins and frills and clothes (though to be frank, my friend thought it bordered on tacky). It's pretty cool, dining in a store filled with men's clothing and accessories. Ooo, the store just opened on Monday, and the restaurant opened either on Tuesday or Wednesday, so yeah, it wasn't open on Sunday. But also, it's rather hidden, cos it's partially blocked by the elevator in front of it =)

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  7. The interior kinda reminds me of Renoma Cafe Gallery.
    Looks like Publica has alot of eateries..I've not been to Publica yet! =_=

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    1. Melissa; heheh, ya, this place is not as large as renoma, but it also has a very memorable sense of style and lots of cool clothes and accessories :D ooo, ya, if you're free on a weekend, do visit publika with your family. It's a nice little mall, and there are a lot of good cafes to choose from here, serving all sorts of food =)

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  8. Quite an interesting place; you shop and eat within the same shop !

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    1. Wong: true! i'm not fashionable at all when it comes to clothes, but it was fun to look at all the shirts sold here :D

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  9. I tried the marshmallows in Penang, they had them in Tofu Cafe and the owners gave me samples. They were quite good, even for me who dislike marshmallows!

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    1. Footfringe: ooh, sounds like huey&wah's marshmallows have conquered parts of penang already! yes, i daresay these might be the best marshmallows i've tried in malaysia. the texture, the taste, practically perfect. i wanna buy their strawberry marshmallows next :D

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  10. Haha I am not too fond of the name either, but food looks good. Watched those two chefs on TV before, their food is quite interesting.

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    1. Baby sumo: heheh, ya, frankly, the name sounds a bit too pretentious, but on the other hand, it's a unique name, heh =) ya, the menu's certainly quite different compared to most of publika's other outlets. I've not actually watched the chefs in action before, but my friend says Sherson Lian is quite cool to watch on tv. And ya, any chef that uses rambutan on the menu has my vote of support, heheh =)

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