Thursday, June 19, 2014

Whimsical Gelateria & Caffe by Cielo Dolci @ Solaris Dutamas, Behind Publika

Whimsical lives up to its name: Ong Kee Win, the Mad Hatter behind Cielo Dolci, has unveiled a new wonderland of frozen fantasies in Solaris Dutamas, where adventurers can revel in tea parties of gelato served in curiouser & curiouser combinations.

Whimsical keeps Cielo Dolci at the forefront for gelato in the Klang Valley; this is a full-fledged cafe where ice cream made in the traditional Italian fashion is imaginatively infused into the menu. Basil gelato becomes a cooling, who-needs-pesto-sauce dressing for this tomato salad with Japanese cucumber strips, lettuce, chives, goat's cheese & balsamic reduction (RM20.90+). 

Beef bacon gelato (with bits of seared meat in a luscious fior de latte base) transforms what would otherwise be a run-of-the-mill Big Breakfast (scrambled eggs, beef sausage & pancakes) into an idiosyncratically sweet-savoury, hot-&-cold showcase of what Whimsical has the potential to produce more of in the months ahead. RM24.50+.

Much of the eclectic menu here is nonetheless still gelato-free; there are baked & poached eggs for brunch lovers, as well as several Japanese-tinged pastas. Sample one served cold, crowned with deep-fried prawns & collaged with seaweed strips, ebiko shrimp roe, vinegar & soy sauce (RM25.90+).

Unlike Cielo Dolci at Paradigm Mall, Whimsical doesn't exactly display its gelato. Each flavour is instead individually stored in Italian-constructed Pozzetti tubs (probably the first time these have been seen in Malaysia), completely covered beneath lids in stainless-steel storage, kept perfectly insulated & consistently smooth & sumptuous. 

From dough to dolci: Whimsical takes over the shop-lot previously occupied by Solaris Dutamas pioneer Craft Bakers, opposite Namoo On The Park, behind the main Publika mall. The waffles here prove yeasty-tasting, per Kee Win's preference, hearty with vanilla cinnamon gelato, strawberries, lashes of chocolate ganache & almond flakes. RM21.90+.

Whimsical serves whopping bowls of muesli, turned into a tropical treat with coconut gelato (laced with Gula Melaka), plus honey cinnamon milk. RM15.90+. Ideal for weight-watching eaters who desire desserts; the scoop of gelato probably contributes fewer than 200 worthwhile calories to a nutrition-loaded ensemble.

French toast in chocolate batter with bananas, accompanied by dark chocolate gelato (or substitute with chantilly cream). Whimsical will also serve cakes soon, made for this cafe by an indie baker who specialises in chilled mousse confections. 

Whimsical's repertoire extends beyond the regular Cielo Dolci flavours; liquor-laced varieties are available here & only here (prepared & stored separately from non-alcohol flavours). The Sangria sorbet tickles the taste buds with tannic hints of Cab Sav. RM10.90+ per scoop (gelato without liquor starts at RM7.90+ for a single scoop, RM12.90+ for double, RM17.90+ for triple).

Robust-tasting Guinness gelato will satisfy Publika patrons who like stout beer, while the Baileys-&-chocolate & rum-&-raisin flavours will have their fans too. All available for eat-in or takeaway (a counter will be open soon to tempt passers-by on this corridor); Whimsical's timing couldn't be better, surfacing amid the current hazy heatwave.

Surprise! Whimsical's coffee is a highlight too, well-crafted by one of Epiphany's former baristas with a Sumatran-Brazilian blend that's concocted exclusively for this cafe by Three Little Birds.

Cotton candy affogato (RM13+) is another only-at-Whimsical delight, discernibly different from the coffee-&-candy creations elsewhere. Pour the espresso into the cup, in which the revelatory treasure _ a scoop of coconut-&-Gula-Melaka gelato _ is concealed underneath the mountain of floss.

The kitchen at Whimsical currently opens 9am-5pm, when hot food & everything else on the menu are available; the cafe remains open through 11pm, but for now, it'll only serve gelato, cakes & beverages after 5pm. Once things become more settled in a month or two, expect the kitchen to operate during dinnertime too.

Whimsical takes pride in its many beverages; the Ice Chai Americano (RM12+) comes spiced up with cinnamon & star anise. 

 Speculoos hot chocolate, herbal iced yellow tea (with thyme, mint & Thai basil) & lemonade with vanilla & grapefruit.
This blog entry was contemplatively composed to The Fault in Our Stars soundtrack. The future's not ours to see.

Whimsical
D2-G3-05, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur (not inside the Publika mall, but outside/behind the main Publika building)
Open nearly daily, except Tuesdays. Tel: 03-6419-0966

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43 comments:

  1. Hahaha...just spoke to Kee Win yesterday...gonna visit next weekend! :D

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    1. Ulric: yay! hope Whimsical works some magic and whets your appetite :)

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  2. among all the pic, i like the Cotton candy affogato, when wanna take me go together huh? XD

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    1. Happy walker: heheh, it's worth trying if you find yourself near the Solaris Dutamas area :)

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  3. For the muesli, even someone who isn't watching their weight would enjoy it, I bet! It looks really good. What is with the mismatched decor? Perhaps this is why they gave it the name 'Whimsical'. :)

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    1. Linda: oh yeah, that was a very fulfilling muesli, and it was fun to have gelato in the mix :) haha, the decor is still a work in progress, and i think my photos don't do justice to the kind of ambiance they're trying to create :)

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  4. Beef bacon, scrambled egg and..... gelato???? that's "whimsical" alright...

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    1. Ken: oh yeah, if you're hunting for a different preparation for Big Breakfasts, that's definitely it! :)

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  5. heyy, it says 30% off what? LOL

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    1. X: heh, you noticed that! :) 30 percent off your bill if you complete a survey form here ... not sure how many more days that offer will last though :)

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  6. Sharing the same sentiments as Ken above. They go well together?

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, if you're adventurous enough, i think you might enjoy the experience :)

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  7. I love their gelato! I had bacon gelato before, but can't remember at where, haha. Should go and try their version.

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    1. CK: ya, the bacon gelato here doesn't have a very strong bacon flavour, it's quite mild-tasting, but if you love their other gelato flavours, you'll probably also love this one :)

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  8. Looks so interesting I'd have to try the savoury items at least once.

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    1. The Yum List: i think you'd be able to have a fun and memorable eating expedition here :D

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  9. Lovely. I can foresee brekkie, lunch and tea here! :)

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    1. Rebecca: ooo, ya, there's a lot here that you could order. maybe try the baked eggs with lamb sausage & goat's cheese (it's called You 'Goat' Me ... or 'Goat-cha!) :D

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    2. Tat will be a must-order for me!...hehe =)

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    3. Ulric: yeah, i wish they'd pair it with some goat's cheese ice cream here, heh :)

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  10. OMG this place is so much WIN! :D

    I love how the cotton candy affogato looks, I've never seen that before and both of us would love to try their modernist take on cuisine with the savory beef bacon and basil gelato in a regular hot dish!

    Thanks for this, we shall go this weekend for a treat, we've always liked modernist cuisine and never found a place, which is why your blog is always a good place for introductions to new restaurants! Cheers Sean!

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    1. P/S - If I understand you correctly, they'll serve the breakfast plates up to 5 pm everyday except Tuesday too right? Thanks!

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    2. Huai Bin: thanks, i hope you both enjoy Whimsical! it's a nice place for a weekend outing, i think ... there's a terrific chilled-out vibe here (and not only because of the gelato, heh). looking forward to seeing even more creative combinations from this place :)

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    3. Huai Bin: you're right! the breakfast dishes are available all the way till 5pm, wednesdays all the way through mondays ... so you can head here at, say, 3pm on a saturday or sunday and still be able to order them, according to the plan :D

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    4. Thanks for the prompt reply Sean! :)

      We'll go over the weekend, cheers again for the awesome recommendation!

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    5. Huai Bin: great! *crosses fingers you'll enjoy your beef bacon gelato with beef bacon & sausage* :)

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    6. I loved the place! Thanks for the recommendation Sean! :)

      I just wrote about Whimsical too, would like to have the muesli next time I'm there. I'll be back!

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    7. Huai Bin: yay! will hop over to your blog post in a bit. really glad you both liked this place. i think you'd be satisfied with the muesli too :)

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  11. I'm a big big fan of Cielo Dolci and we just can't get enough of their salted caramel flavour. One scoop oftens turn to 2 or 3 scoops. :P I would definitely pay this new place a visit.

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    1. Baby Sumo: i think you and your kids will have plenty of fun here! it seems like a good place for young children :)

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  12. Perfect timing...am at Publika now and my daughter was just asking for dessert...=) Can't wait to go check it out.

    On another note, my favorite song from the soundtrack is Not About Angels. The music video is just lovely!

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    1. lovechanceandchoice: i hope you and your daughter enjoyed the gelato! :) that's a pretty awesome song, isn't it (i haven't watched the music video tho). can't wait till the movie opens in kl :)

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    2. The gelato was delicious, but damnnn...that affogato was awesome! I'm still having my reservations about watching the movie tho...feels as if the actors they chose doesn't quite fit the picture of Augustus and Hazel, but then again that's probably just me being pedantic...=P

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    3. Doesn't quite fit the picture of Augustus and Hazel in my imagination I meant, haha...

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    4. Sooyin: yay! affogato with great gelato does make a difference, yeah :) heh, it's probably even more difficult to picture shailene woodley and ansel elgort in those roles after watching them in an action movie like Divergent earlier this year :)

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    5. Ooh I didn't know they were both in Divergent...didn't have the chance to watch it. Hope you'll enjoy TFIOS on the big screen! =)

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    6. Sooyin: here's hoping it lives up to what we hope it'll be (i want a good, cleansing cry) :)

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    7. Ahh I know what you mean...Love Actually is my current go-to movie for the times I need that, heh. Well, fingers crossed...I'll wait for (hopefully good!) reviews first before watching this one...=)

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    8. Sooyin: oh, Love Actually is more of my comfort-food movie ... for a nice weep, i'd personally put on Serendipity :)

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    9. Ooh now that's a movie I haven't watched in a long time! Gotta go search for it one day...=)

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  13. I am wondering if this is halal?

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    1. Edlyn: they don't have an official halal certification, but they do welcome muslim customers, and the menu is completely without pork :)

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