Plan B @ Publika, Solaris Dutamas

Plan B at Publika was not our first choice. Ten was closed for the Long Chinese New Year weekend and so that’s how we ended up at Plan B, the newest outlet at Publika, under the BIG group of restaurants. Plan B at Publika looks like a modern Aussie-meets-New York-deli, and its menu boasts of hearty breakfasts, contemporary salads, wholesome sandwiches made with freshly baked breads, a myriad of pastas, and a variety of rustic cakes and desserts. Well, we liked the look and set up, but we silently hoped that the service would not be as slow as the Plan B in Bangsar Village.


Journal by Plan B at Publika, Solaris Dutamas

Since Plan B at Publika is supposedly famous for its coffee, ( I read somewhere that this modern coffee shop prides itself in its specialist coffee blend and its seasonal selection of single origin beans, all roasted and ground fresh in-house daily.. etc etc) I just had to try it. Apart from the usual styles, the cafe also offers alternative brewing methods such as siphon, French Press and Pour Over. Very impressive, but for the moment, I’ll just have my Italian Iced Coffee. The coffee was good – a fabulous aroma and a terrific caffeine kick to it. I was all smiles.


slurps Italian Ice coffee in glee!

Actually, this place goes by the name Journal by Plan B. Does it give discounts to journalists? I am not sure, but since I am not one, I didn’t ask anyway. The deco in this joint is rather haphazard with no one particular theme reigning supreme. There are LCD screens showing old P Ramlee black and white films. There are antique cameras on display along with laboratory beakers and scientific paraphernalia. What has all these to do with a Journal, I have no clue. But who cares.. on to the food..


Slow-Cooked Ox Tongue with hot English Mustard

I’m a sucker for tongue. So it was with great relish that I read, Slow-Cooked Ox Tongue with hot English Mustard on wholemeal bread, served with gherkin & chips on the menu. Yes, that would be my lunch. There’s a similar sandwich and Bens General Food Store and I supposed that this would not be too far off the mark from what the other BIG outlet offered.


beef burger with cheese and onion rings, and a side of fries and salad

The husband decided to have the beef burger. One can hardly go wrong with that. When the burger arrived, as in, when it did finally arrive , it tasted OK, but the patty was on the mushy side. My ox tongue sandwich was tasty enough, but nothing to shout about. The bread it arrived between was slightly hard and cold. Service was slow as well as it took 40 minutes to get our food. However, I must say that they sure were generous with their gherkins. I got entire one and could hardly finish it.


Plan B deco – cute but confused..

Plan B at Publika is OK for a quick lunch, but it will remain at best, our second choice, when all else is closed. Sad but true.


After lunch, a quick walk around Ben’s Independent Grocer


We were surprised to find the items reasonably priced – same range as Village Grocers really


Malaysians like to sniff their fruits before buying them..


Fresh as Fresh Gets.. Hydroponic veges anybody?


interesting deco


a chocolate bar that sells local chocolates – samples tasted great .. could not tell that they were not imported chocolates

P1221512 deli.. selling piggy of course


We will definitely be back to check out Ten again next week! Another great reason to walk around Publika, Solaris Dutamas and window shop some more.

Journal by Plan b
Lot No. 65, Level G2,
Publika Solaris Dutamas,
Jalan Dutamas 1,
50480 Kuala Lumpur


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