Sunday, December 14, 2014

New Branch: Mikey's Original New York Pizza @ Solaris Dutamas, Publika

Mikey's Original New York Pizza has launched its second outpost in Solaris Dutamas, less than eight months after becoming one of Bangsar's biggest smashes of 2014, serving pizzas by the slice perfected through consummate passion & experience.

This new branch retains Mikey's signature look, with soul & style to spare. It's the closest we'll get to NYC in KL; the walls serve as a nostalgic homage to owner Michael Helfman's home city - Gotham newspaper clippings headlining World War II's end, man's first walk on the moon & Joe DiMaggio's death share a thoughtfully curated space not only with Broadway playbills & old maps but also Helfman's own personal photographs of the streets & skyscrapers in The City That Never Sleeps.

The sense of authenticity & distinctive character extends to the pizzas, crafted by Andrew Bellucci with an artisan's pride. All the Bangsar favourites are accounted for - the pepperoni-heavy Tony Soprano, to Mikey's Favourite (with kitchen-made meatballs from a 70-year-old family recipe), to a chicken pizza with buffalo sauce & blue cheese dressing. Prices range between RM8.88 & RM15.88 per slice. Whole pizzas clock in between RM59.88 & RM88.88 - one pizza is enough to feed four.

Even if you've tried most of Mikey's pizzas, it's still worth returning regularly for the Pizza of the Month - December's special is the Loco Mexicano, a very tasty creation that's loaded with Mexican-seasoned beef, salsa, nacho cheese sauce, jalapeno peppers, sour cream, cilantro, mozzarella & cheddar cheese. RM15.88 per slice, RM88.88 for an 18-inch, eight-slice whole.

Both the Bangsar & Solaris Dutamas branches offer delivery to surrounding neighbourhoods, typically within 45 minutes after you've phoned in your order. It's a worthwhile alternative to the more familiar commercial pizza chains - everything from the crust to the toppings taste a notch above mass-market.

For another first-in-Malaysia triumph, try the Chocolate Chip Pizza - a soft-baked dessert that's best served warm, for a chocolatey richness that melts in the mouth. One slice (RM8.88) can be shared by two customers, while a whole 'pizza' (RM59.88) could work well as a unique substitute for a birthday cake. To be officially available by the end of this week.

The Philly Cheesesteak (RM19.88) ranks among KL's best, bursting with tender hand-chopped Aussie rib-eye, grilled with onions & peppers, topped with yellow American cheese in a kitchen-baked hero roll. Meaty-gooey greatness, very flavourful - the sort of sandwich you can really sink your teeth into.

It's not 100 percent New York here though - the West Coast is represented by Oregon-brewed Rogue Ales, marking Mikey's welcome shift from Budweisers to craft beers. 
Earlier entry on Mikey's New York Pizza at Telawi, Bangsar: April 15, 2014.

Mikey's New York Pizza
D3-G3-3A, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur. Same row as Whimsical.
Open 1130am-11pm, Sun-Thurs; 1130am-midnight, Fri-Sun. Tel: 03-6211-6293

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14 comments:

  1. I love the exposed brick and historical stuff on their walls....such as the Nazi's surrender. Their boxes are very attractive and bright.

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    1. Linda: oh yes, the wall really is like a historical record of the past 60-odd years. it's quite a collection :)

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  2. I'll go for the choc chip pizza!

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    1. Ken: it's a massive 18-inch behemoth of a cookie! :D

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  3. A little piece of NY in KL! I wonder where they get all those wonderful clippings and pictures for the wall..

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    1. Youhadyourlunch: ooo most of the framed photographs are actually taken by the owner himself :)

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  4. New York? Not Italian. That huge thing looks like one giant Scottish shortbread.

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    1. Suituapui: oh, pizzerias have become a staple of new york in the past century, you'll find a lot of great pizza makers in the city :)

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  5. nice, would like to try it too~ XD

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    1. Happy walker: hope you try the chance to check out Mikey's pizza soon :)

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  6. I wonder how many pieces of pizza can feed me up? 2 or 3? which most probably can cost up to RM40-50! @_@

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    1. Choi Yen: ooo, it's recommended to order a whole pizza (about RM88 at the most), and you can share it among four people. that way, it'll cost about RM20 per person :)

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  7. Their pizzas don't hold up to New York's standard and the cheesesteak is an abomination.

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