Monday, March 11, 2013

Estilo & Zender's @ Publika, Solaris Dutamas

Testing out two eateries with European accents: Estilo, Publika's first Spanish restaurant, & Zender's, where French & Mediterranean cooking calls the shots.

Launched this month, Estilo is the sister outlet of El Meson at Telawi, but there's a potentially polarizing restriction that sets this apart from the Bangsar branch: no suckling pig, Parma ham, Iberico pork ribs or the slightest smidgen of swine will be found here.

Still, Estilo will whip up plenty to please fans of tapas, like melt-in-the-mouth potatoes brimming with crab meat & cheese in fresh tomato sauce.

Estilo's complete menu was not offered when we visited, but El Meson favorites such as paella, suckling lamb & crispy-cheesy croquettes should be available soon. 

Cocktails will come eventually too. Note as well that Estilo might not currently be open for lunch; full operations will commence later this week.

Estilo is located at Publika's open square, neighboring Silver Spoon & The Social.

Next up: Zender's, hidden above Wagaya (the former Ten) at Solaris Dutamas' rearmost blocks.

We retreated into Zender's air-conditioned comfort on a muggy night, but the restaurant also features an alfresco balcony with distant views of KL's best-known towers.

Foie gras is rarer than Frenchmen at Solaris Dutamas, so Zender's is a welcome entry. Two hefty chunks come at a bargain, RM48++ with port wine sauce & prunes.

Zender's kitchen stays open past midnight, later than other Solaris hangouts; supper seekers can head here to savor duck confit (RM48++), substantially meaty but significantly chewy. Love the fruit compote on the side, nevertheless.

Other offerings include everything from an OK Greek salad (RM16++) to a parade of pastas. Sure, Zender's isn't the most innovative restaurant around, but its chef, Eric, is an enthusiastic chap who's clearly trying hard; we hope this place does well.

The sweets list is short; the creamy avocado cheesecake (RM15++) is the main attraction, alongside fruity favorites like raspberry creme brulee & mango tiramisu.

Merlot by the glass clocks in at RM22++; the Gold Margarita (RM23++) is a pleasantly potent combination of Jose Cuervo Gold, Grand Marnier & mango puree.

Estilo @ Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Zender's Restaurant & Bar @ D5-G4-06, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
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24 comments:

  1. Love avocado desserts!!!!!! hehe oh gosh the competition's pretty fierce in Publika!! and hmmm interesting decision to not serve pork!

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    1. Vien: yeah, more avocado desserts pls! Definitely avocado ice cream (which some gelato makers do offer from time to time) =) and yeah, publika has too many eateries to count already. Supposedly the management at publika prefers pork not to be served at this public square, though ya, pork is available at publika's eat village food court and s.wine inside ben's independent grocer =)

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  2. Ah!!! Duck!!! I like!!!! And I sure you wanna try the paella. Can't get that here.

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    1. Suituapui: oh yeah, duck rules :D and a good paella is always welcome. there are only a handful of outlets that offer satisfying paella in kl =)

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  3. Oh! I saw Foie Gras here, just feel want to go for nice KL view & have a candle dinner with my love ....

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    1. “追食富迪”: sounds like a romantic dinner! =)

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  4. More food outlets at Publika! It's a food heaven.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, it's a veritable ocean of good food here, a notch above nearly every other mall in kl :D

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  5. there seems to be no shortage of restaurants in publika. i wonder how they survive...

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    1. Michelle: some won't survive ultimately, but hopefully the good ones will retain a loyal following =)

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  6. The food in Zender's seems more attractive to me. Will wait for your "complete menu" of Estilo, hahaha.

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    1. CK: yeah, zender's has some worthwhile choices. am looking forward to estilo's full menu, i think it'll be worth checking out =)

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  7. RM48 for two generous chunks of foie gras sounds like a steal indeed!

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    1. Bangsar Babe: yeah, i was expecting only one chunk of foie, so it was a pleasant surprise to see two. easy to share, heheh =)

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  8. Walked past Estilo over the weekend...definitely closed for lunch currently...but suckling lamb...ooya! =)

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    1. Ulric: it'll be spit-roasted whole lamb, supposedly. smoky and succulent! :D

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  9. ohhh! i havent got time to check out the competition yet, but from your picture their ID work looks quite interesting! and i've been looking forward to try their spit-roast lamb!

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    1. AugustDiners: yeah, it's quite ideal for us customers to have your italian restaurant located just beside a spanish restaurant. and for french, there's nathalie's gourmet studio within walking distance :D

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  10. I really cant keep up with all the new restaurants opening in Publika (and the rest of KL!). But always a pleasure to read it first on EatDrinkKL :)

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    1. Baby Sumo: awww, thanks, that's the sweetest thing i've heard on this otherwise gloomy monday =) but yeah, i think every time we step into publika, we're surprised to see a new cafe has sprung up :D

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  11. The alfresco balcony looks like a good spot to chill after dinner.

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    1. Missyblurkit: ya, weather's a bit too humid for me these days, but on a cold, rainy evening, I wouldn't mind that balcony :D

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    1. TNG: hurray for all restaurants that use avocado in their desserts! Heheh =)

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