Thursday, January 22, 2015

Bxie Blonde @ Publika

Pandas aren't Publika's sole peculiarity right now - out in The Square, a two-level shipping container cafe called Bxie Blonde might not share the 1,600 papier-mache bears' high profile, but it's also providing a photogenic prescription of cutesy charm.

 Linger beside Bxie Blonde's shaded bar, bordered by upcycled container walls, or better still, climb the steps to an alfresco section for a fresh perspective of Publika. On a cool & calm evening, this makes for a pleasant setting for drinks & dinner.

 For food, Bxie Blonde boasts a few intriguing enticements, like salmon cakes - crispy on the outside, juicy-fleshy within - tinged with kaffir lime leaves & teamed with sriracha hot sauce (more, please). RM17++.

 Sandwiches surface with a choice of Korean-influenced grilled lamb marinated with gochujang (RM26++) or Cajun-inspired beef steak with caramelised onions (RM28++). Both come with fairly tender meat in fluffy buns but could feature fuller flavours.

 Prices seem 20 percent steeper than expected, especially since Bxie Blonde's portions could be characterised as light. Or have we reached the point when a simple sandwich with a bit of beef & lotus chips is all RM28++ can buy us? Say it ain't so!

 The menu isn't wide, but that's reasonable, considering the kitchen can't be big. Spaghetti bolognese (RM25++) & mushroom pesto lasagne (RM25++) are available too; we figure Bxie Blonde will work on more inventive pastas in the months to come.

 Pandan lamingtons with kaya & salted caramel dips prove tasty but remain too pricey for RM16++ (!!!). Coffee's constructed with single-origin Sumatran Mandheling beans - espressos clock in at RM7++, lattes at RM11++ (plus RM1++ for soy milk).

Phew, there's alcohol. 'The Eixbox' (RM28++) is kinda fun - let the bartender know what kind of cocktail you like (fruity? strong) & choose your base (gin? tequila), & he'll whip up something to your preference. Wine (RM22++) & prosecco (RM35++ - ouch) are offered by the glass, but you'll probably find them at better value elsewhere in Publika.

 All in all, Bxie Blonde has potential, with sparks of imagination that can be translated into a more convincing culinary concept. Fun fact: The next Bxie Blonde is expected to be at the Mall of Medini, outside Legoland, with another perhaps in Langkawi.

Bxie Blonde
The Square, Publika, Kuala Lumpur. Open 11am-11pm.

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25 comments:

  1. Pretty steep prices for eating in a shipping container :D RM16 for 2 pcs of pandan kuih?.....really ouch!!!

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    1. Contact.ewew: yeah, our bill for this passed RM200 (including wine and cocktail), which might have seemed more justifiable if the sandwich and dessert serving sizes hadn't been rather lightweight and minimalist :)

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  2. 20% more expensive and flavors that could be fuller… i guess i'd just hang out at the al fresco area for the view then! LOL .Cute concept. Too bad about the food.

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    1. Ciki: hopefully they'll work on bringing the food up to par with the prices. it could mature into a nice addition to publika :)

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  3. Very unique place, Sean. As for the menu, sometimes smaller is better, as they get to be very good at preparing dishes that are ordered often (usually). I get confused and tired when I see a menu that is too large, to be quite honest, as you wonder how they are able to keep everything in stock.

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    1. Linda: that's true, i don't mind a compact menu if everything on the menu is well-executed and well-thought-out :)

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  4. Salmon cooks look really good and oooo...the sandwich with all that awesome filling. I would enjoy that too! Ummmm...the blonde's female? Airport (flat-chested)? Muahahahahaha!!!!!

    P.S. Happy birthday, Sean! Have a blast...which I am pretty sure you will. Cheers!!!

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    1. Suituapui: thanks! yeah, we liked the salmon cakes and were OK with the sandwiches, though with some fine-tuning, the sandwiches could be tastier :)

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  5. Gosh, love how cosy and edgy this place is. Shall check it out when i'm ever in publika :)

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    1. Jessy: hope you enjoy checking out bxie blonde! :)

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  6. Fun location - the prices do seem rather steep for those small portions.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, it's a nice way to add even more pizzazz to publika's square :)

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  7. Indeed a cool looking space. At first glance, I thought the pandan lamingtons were onde onde ;)

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    1. Baby Sumo: heh, yeah, i initially thought they were some sort of kuih too, but then i remembered ... lamingtons! :)

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  8. Not very wallet friendly by all accounts! Shame, as the food looks fun.

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: yeah, the pricing puzzles me ... there must a reason they chose to charge these prices, which aren't quite competitive, considering most cafes serve much more substantial portions ...

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  9. Coffee and cocktails - that is just perfect! But indeed a bit on the pricey side. Have been meaning to leave a comment for a while, since we mainly choose our dining outlets based on your recommendations =) So thanks a million!

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    1. Happy Go KL: thanks for the very, very kind words, i do appreciate them :) and oh yes, i'm always on the lookout for places that serve good cocktails, and we need more of them in publika! :)

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  10. Hubby just mentioned about this place & what's my answer was wait Eat Drink KL's review then only we decide whether to dine in there or not :P

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, i think you can try stopping by for coffee :)

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  11. Sean, your pictures are phenomenal ! may i know what camera/smartphone you are using ? thanks Sean

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    1. Thanks, Raymond. Most of these current pics are taken with either a new Fuji X100T compact or a two-year-old Sony RX100.

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  12. I thought to have my dinner there but was taken back by the limited choices, and of course, the portion. Is too pricey. But the concept is good thou. Thanks for your recommendations.

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    1. Valerie: yeah, i think some fine-tuning needs to be made for the pricing & portions. hopefully later on, you'll be able to enjoy a satisfying dinner here :)

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  13. Yes. Say it isn't so. Portion sizes do not justify the price.

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