It is quite a nice thing when you are still able to keep in touch with friends that you have met through work and who have left the country. On this warm note, it was nice to meet up with Gladys again. She truly cracks me up with her funny stories and friendly personality. In fact, I told her she should write a blog on her colourful, crazy thoughts! She is now residing in the thriving business hub of Dubai with her family. It has been years since I’ve last seen her and she now sports a chic bob which I think suits her really well! And yes, if I’m ever going to Dubai, she’ll definitely be the first person I’ll call!
Since her home in KL is in Hartamas, we decided to go to The Bee at Publika since it was nearby. Frankly, I had heard a lot about The Bee before I even had the chance to dine at the place. My friend once called me to say that she was going there to visit a friend who would be performing at the open mic show which features musicians of all genres. The Bee also has free monthly coffee appreciation classes which is a neat way to spend your leisure time.
The Bee positions itself as a neighbourhood food and drink hangout that proudly serves affordable fuss-free food, quality coffee and more. Doesn’t that sound familiar? There are loads of cafes that have the same positioning sprouting everywhere in KL and PJ but I’m not going to complain. I think it’s great that there are more choices for us old people to hang out at apart from the clubs! The Bee is hidden in a corner and I always wondered where it was situated. Well if you’re in Publika and you see Ben’s, just walk further down and you’ll see The Bee on your left.
As a corner lot, The Bee is spacious with an al-fresco area as well. The interior has a warm ambience with its wooden furniture and green walls. Yet another section of the restaurant has a blackboard wall with different descriptions of coffee written in chalk. This seems like the most foolproof design element in most restaurants these days. The tables have quirky tableware whereby it uses beer bottles to house its flowers and an old-school mug to contain its cutlery. There were different types of wooden chairs and even wooden crates for people to sit on. The Bee has honestly created a very comfortable and homely vibe for diners to chill with their family and friends. I’m sure most of you have watched Friends and you’ll find that it reminds you of their beloved Central Perk! I think Friends is also one of the best sitcoms, whoever writes their dialogue should be paid tonnes.
We ordered the Chicken Avocado Salad which is made with avocado salsa, mesclun salad leaves, pulled chicken and Parmesan chicken at RM17 which was light and fresh. Whenever I look at a salad menu, the first thing that attracts me is the avocado fruit. It has a creamy and nutty flavour and each serving offers 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients! The avocado salsa was not bad but I think I would have preferred it if they simply scooped the avocado out and not mash it as a salsa. It was a big serving and it took us a long time to finish the entire bowl!
Next up was the Chili Cheese Fries at RM14.50 which wasn’t very impressive. The chili came in a small saucer and the fries tasted like the normal shoe-string fries that you get in Mcdonald’s! I think I’ve tasted better versions of this dish.
We shared the Tuna Nicoise which is a medley of tuna chunks, béchamel sauce, Spanish onions, sun-dried tomato tapenade, olives, anchovies and romaine lettuce on rye at RM17. I enjoyed this grilled sandwich as it was hearty and flavourful. Tapenade is actually a French dish consisting of finely chopped olives, capers, anchovies and olive oil.
The Bee is also known for its house-made beef patties which are made from 180g of 100% Australian beefy goodness and served medium rare. I might try their burgers next time especially the Greek Haloumi Burger which comes with grilled haloumi cheese, ricotta cheese, aragula salad, tomatoes and house made garlic aioli on a freshly baked artisanal white roll.
The Bee also serves the famous homemade Last Polka ice-cream. The girls behind the brand proudly claim that their ice-cream is made with 100% natural ingredients. Their unique selling point lies in their uncanny ability to combine their creamy French-style ice cream with local Asian flavours that we all love. Among its flavours that pack a punch is the Salted Gula Melaka which is made with 100% pure Gula Melaka and natural Himalayan salt. The Horlicks flavour is also a hit and I think you’ll only be able to try Teh Tarik ice-cream from this brand.
However, we did not order the Last Polka ice-cream but decided to order the Brownies in a Jar which was described as a rich and dense baked chocolate brownie topped with vanilla ice-cream. Unfortunately it was not available! Too many brownie lovers out there I guess. Instead, we turned our attention to the Chocolate Berry Ice-Cream Cake at RM13.80 which is a deep, dark chocolate ice-cream mixed with berries and a light biscuit base. As we dove into the dessert and into the layer of berries and biscuit, Gladys mentioned it tasted like strawberry jam on toast which I agree! Don’t forget to check out the cakes from the popular blogger, FatBoyBakes too.
Overall, I’m sure The Bee will continue to attract the younger crowd with its folksy appeal and the fact that The Bee at Publika is spacious will probably make a good place to throw a birthday party and invite your friends over.
2A-G, Block K, Jaya One
72A Jalan Universiti, 46200 PJ
Tel: 603 – 7960 2160
36B, Level G2, Publika, Solaris Dutamas
Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 603 – 6201 8577