The HotPot, Publika

Hotpot, or steamboat, is really one of my favourite things to have. It’s the ultimate comfort food. That’s why when I heard of The HotPot Publika, I had to try it! Disclaimer: It isn’t a buffet hotpot. So leave those expectations at the door. The HotPot is located at a quieter part of Publika (which is actually more accurately known as Solaris Dutamas). If you’re not familiar with the place, it might be hard to find it. But if you’re familiar with the place, it’s really near

Cabana Acai Bar, Publika

I am a huge fan of smoothie bowls, acai bowls, all kinds of fruit based bowls! Especially after a workout when I don't feel like having anything too heavy, an acai bowl is actually the perfect post-workout snack or meal. That's why when Cabana opened up in Publika, I just had to try their bowls. You can either choose from their menu of acai bowls or create your own. For a small bowl with one topping, it will only cost you RM12.90. Of course as the size increases and the numbe

Tsubohachi Snow Crab Seasonal Menu, Publika

On my first visit to Tsubohachi, we were fed a lot of the dishes from their grand menu - something that is already spectacular on its own. There's truly something for everyone on that menu. But when they introduced this seasonal snow crab menu, I knew it would be the stuff dreams are made of. Firstly, I'm not a huge seafood eater. But I do eat prawns and crabs and my main gripe about crab is that it takes forever to get the meat out of the shell. And for some reason, I always

Thai Cup, Publika

When I was still living in Singapore, I always enjoyed heading down to Little Thailand (or better known as Golden Mile Complex) to have authentic Thai food cooked by Thai people. But when I moved back to Kuala Lumpur, I frequented many chains and grew tired of the same altered recipes. Recently, however, upon a good friend's recommendation, I found myself at Thai Cup in Publika. The staff were Thai, the food tasted pretty close to the real thing and the prices were reasonable

Review: Ante (new brunch menu)

When people ask me which restaurant I like to frequent the most I tend to reply, "Ante". Since its opening three years ago, Ante has changed its menu many times and each time, for the better. And as someone who has seen the menu grow into what it is today, I can only applaud the genius behind the increasingly creative menu. Though most of its dishes now differ from the maiden menu, they have kept the best sellers like the carbonara (but still continuously improving the dish i

The Meat & Wine Co., Publika: Grand Opening

I was invited to the grand opening of The Meat & Wine Co. recently. Thank you for such a great night, Nadine and Devan! I decided to bring the bestie, who's also a journalist. So, us foodie-journos enjoyed a night of wining and dining which proved to be much-needed. Check out the hipster chic interior of the restaurant! Bruschetta duo (RM9) pictured above and below. The bruschetta comes with both the mushroom and diced tomato options. Chicken yakitori - flame grilled chicken

Review: The Complete Hammam Experience

Whenever I walk past Hammam, I always get a very Middle Eastern vibe from it. I knew right off the bat it was a Middle Eastern bath of sorts because I was familiar with the word "hammam" from Anita Amirrezvani's book The Blood of Flowers which is set in 17th century Iran and emphasised the luxury of taking a bath back then. I had always felt intimidated by the imposing facade and guessed that prices for the spa would be a tad out of my budget range. Though their normal packag

Review: Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul

I've always wondered about the spelling of cendol... I always spell it that way - cendol. But perhaps chendul is the more accurate spelling... This small dessert place in the food court of Publika draws in quite a diverse crowd - from locals of all races and foreigners too. Don't be fooled by the name of this place. They serve more than just cendol. They also serve plenty of Penang favourites like Assam laksa, rojak and popiah too! Even their cendol comes with special flavour

Review: The Social, Publika

I've heard people call this place "The Social 88". I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. I'm pretty sure the two "8"s are in fact, a butterfly... Like "The Social Butterfly". That makes more sense than 88... Either way, I don't have much to say about this place other than the food is rather average (especially because of its exorbitant prices). Most of the food came tasteless but props to the chefs for presentation, I suppose. It was a big group dinner so we tried all the sh

Review: Mad About Coco, Publika

This is my second time at the popular desserts place. Chocolate lovers out there, this is your temple! Its interior is so pretty and pink. Definitely a place for girls to indulge in their most chocolatey desires. You can enjoy the hot chocolate here and pick between white, milk or dark and with or without marshmallow. There's also a mint/rose/rum/caramel/lychee/gingerbread/Nutella/banana/coconut hot chocolate options. Or if you're feeling particularly indulgent - a Valrhona h

Review: Ante Kitchen & Bar

Ante at Publika has been my favourite restaurant for about two years now. I have seen their menu changed many times now and even their chefs. But each time, the food gets better, something uncommon with many F&B places. One of my favourites from the latest menu is the cha siu curry cream pasta as pictures below. It's the epitome of East meets West. Another dish I always enjoy at Ante is their signature pork steak. They've recently changed the sauce to a gravy as shown below.