Friday, 6 December 2013

The Red Beanbag @ Publika

After reading mostly rave reviews from food bloggers on their breakfast menu, my friends and I decided to check out The Red Beanbag (RBB) @ Publika for breakfast one Saturday morning. After all, western breakfasts are one of my favourite meals of all time (yay!).

By the time we got there, there was quite a crowd and most of the seats inside were already occupied, so we got a seat at the alfresco part of the café, which is not the best option if your plan is to chill and chat, because a queue will form near (or next) to you and people could be staring at you for hogging the table.
That said, let's get to the food!

The Eggs Atlantic @ RM22 was a plate of yummy goodness of two poached eggs with salmon, on a bed of two French toasts, and topped with hollandaise sauce.  Hidden beneath the poached eggs were sautéed mushrooms and spinach.  What's not to's got everything I love on a plate!

The Eggs Benedict @ RM20, on the other hand, was very similar to Eggs Atlantic.  Only difference is, instead of salmon, you get a choice of bacon or turkey ham.  The poached eggs were cooked to perfection with the yolk still runny when you cut into it.....oh, so good!

What I like most about the poached eggs at RBB is that they are "free form", making them lighter and softer, unlike the ones in Antipodean where they look like they have been made in a mould.

The Super Awesome Fryup @ RM26 (sorry, forgot to take pic) is a platter of eggs (of your choice) on toast with chicken (or beef) sausage, beef bacon or turkey ham, hash brown, sautéed mushrooms and baked beans.  [#Tip: The chicken sausage has a hint of spice, so beware if you're ordering for children.]

This dish would probably appeal to people who want a more hearty and wholesome meal.  That said, this dish was good but not awesome (as its name....pity).

This "difficult to pronounce" dish is Bagna Cauda @ RM20 was awesome.  I didn't know what Bagna Cauda was until I "googled" it and realised that it is an Italian sauce made from garlic, olive oil, butter and anchovies (sometimes, cream is added).

This dish was not extensively covered by the many food bloggers out there (but I did read it from one of my favourite food blogs).  It is a dish of rosti with poached eggs, beef bacon and sautéed spinach in a warm Italian sauce.  A rosti is made with coarsely grated potato, which is shaped into a patty, and then pan-fried.  The rosti at RBB was well seasoned, crispy and quite a delight when eaten with the sauce.  This turned out to be my favourite dish of the day.

The Classic French Toast @ RM15 proved to be the 'piece de resistance' (and resistance is futile).  This is just a simple piece of bread, coated in almond slivers, dipped in egg (and probably milk) and pan-fried in butter.  It is served with caramelised bananas, fresh strawberries and maple syrup.

This was an extremely pleasing dish and one of the best dishes on the menu.  The French toast, soft and fluffy, the crunch of the almonds, the tartness of the strawberries, the sweetness of the caramelised bananas and maple syrup --- everything just worked together to create this "heaven in a bite"!

To round up any good breakfast, it must, of course, come with some good coffee.  Although I love to drink coffee, unfortunately I'm not a coffee connoisseur and I can't differentiate one good coffee from another.  As long as the coffee is decent (not mediocre), I'm a happy camper and the coffee at RBB is decent.

Flat White @ RM9
Latte @ RM9
Hot Chocolate @ RM9
Affogato @ RM10

My Personal Opinion

Pretty awesome breakfast menu, definitely warrants a second visit.

What I loved:  Classic French Toast, Bagna Cauda, Eggs Atlantic...and can't wait to taste more!

What I disliked:  None really, except the prices are a bit steep and the place is crowded.

The Red Beanbag
Lot A4-1-8 Publika
Jalan Dutamas 1
Solaris Dutamas
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-6211 5116


  1. I also do not know what Bagna Cauda is until I read your post here.

    1. If it's still on the menu, maybe you can try this next time. I really enjoyed the rosti and the sauce.


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