Eat Drink KL: Ben's, The Bee & The Red Beanbag

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Ben's, The Bee & The Red Beanbag

Cafe-hoppers at Publika are spectacularly spoiled for choice these days, thanks to the recent opening of Ben's latest branch ...

... as well as The Bee ...

... & The Red Beanbag, all overlooking the mall's breezy, open-air square.
Earlier entry on The Red Beanbag: December 12.

The Red Beanbag's beef burger is one fine mess. This workman's-sized wonder, spilling over with a kitchen-made patty, egg, beef bacon rashers, tomato relish & cheese, is as all-out juicy as it looks, accompanied by steaming-hot fries to stuff the stomach for about RM22.

Also by the Beanbag: one of the finest French toasts in town _ a fluffy, flavorful confection, buttercup-bright & beautifully browned, fancifully coated with almond flakes for a fun crunch & served with strawberries & maple syrup.

At The Bee, the churros are better than expected, boasting a freshly fried crispness & comforting warmth that make them a pleasure to munch with the caramel-creamy dulce de leche.

Also available at The Bee: The Last Polka's newest ice cream flavors _ Deep Dark Chocolate and Rum & Raisin. We love the latter, bursting defiantly with boozy raisins. It's real rum, all right.

The Last Polka has also introduced ice cream cakes. The "Caramel Horlicks" is a treat that two can share, featuring an Oreo & oat base, layers of Horlicks ice cream & butter caramel, topped with chocolate ganache. Let it thaw a bit before digging in.

Finally, beverages at Ben's: Garden Elixir (gin, cucumber, elderflower syrup, rosemary sprig) & Berry Basil Lemonade (basil, lemon, raspberry puree, soda).

Red wine & lemonade at The Bee, which might unleash its own cocktails soon too.

Fruit mixes by Smooshie Juice at The Red Beanbag: 100 percent natural, bottled fresh daily. Pulpy blends of rambutans, apples, oranges, pineapples, mangoes & much more.

Ben's @ Publika.
Entries on Ben's @ Pavilion: Feb. 25 & March 1.

Ben's @ Publika.
Entries on Ben's @ KLCC: April 19 & May 7.

The Bee @ Publika.
Entry on The Bee @ Jaya One: May 17, 2010.

The Red Beanbag @ Solaris Dutamas,
Kuala Lumpur.