|Silver Spoon, Publika|
|Spoon light shade, menu newspaper and "love wine?'... yes we do!|
|25 different types of Mojitos! Where to start?|
|Charcoal Base Pizza|
|Layered Cheesy Chicken Chop - very generous portion|
|Tom Yum Spaghetti with Seafood and Mushrooms|
Silver Spoon @ Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Words by Polly Szantor
Photos by The Yum List
Kuala Lumpur has waited a long time to welcome a trendy mall like Publika, and as the shop lots fill with tenants, they blossom with numerous one-of-a-kind boutiques, coffee shops and art galleries. There are plenty of restaurants too, and with fierce competition, innovation is imperative.
The first Silver Spoon opened in Kepong over almost three years ago, and now, their Italian inspired cuisine mixed with a pinch of fusion can be enjoyed by diners at Publika. With 10 years experience with La Bodega and two years with their sister restaurant in KK, Sabah, Chef Gopi recently joined the Silver Spoon @ Publika. He brings with him a wealth of experience and oodles of enthusiasm. It’s obvious that he easily becomes bored with routine, so he’s bursting with ideas to brighten up the menu at Silver Spoon and he’s keen to bring in all kinds of special events.
The first thing we noticed at the restaurant was their extensive cocktail menu, especially the 25 varieties of Mojitos, and we managed to try several! My favourite was the ginger citrus Mojito, while my dining companion loved the Fruiti Tutti, a blend of vodka, crème de banane, strawberries, lime, lemon, orange and mint. Both were priced at RM24.50++. For the more fearless imbiber, RM29.50++ will bring the Monster Mojito, a potent blend of white rum, gin, vodka, triple sec and mint. If you’d like to try a few variations, there’s a special price of RM65++ for any three Mojitos on the menu. We also tried the Iced Tea, which was freshly made, and a detoxifying health drink named Forcefully, a refreshing blend of apple, celery and cucumber.
We sampled four items from the dinner menu, all of them tweaked a little by Chef Gopi. The Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Pizza was given an interesting twist by adding Bamboo Charcoal from Taiwan to the bread dough. The resulting black, crispy crust didn’t taste particularly unusual, but it certainly had eye appeal. The zippy Tom Yam Spaghetti was served with a variety of seafood and just the right amount of spice. There was also a generous serving of Chicken Parmigiana with Aubergine and Turkey Ham, which was tender and tasty. My favourite dish by far, however, was the Escargots. Rather than the herbed butter mentioned on the menu, Chef Gopi had heightened the flavour of the butter by the addition of brandy and port wine. When I ate snails for the first time on the ferry between France and England in my early twenties, it was love at first taste. I’ve munched my way through many gastropods since then, and I must say that Chef Gopi’s are some of the best I’ve eaten. I will return!
Brunch is served between 11am and 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Eggs Benedict is priced at a very reasonable RM7++, and Smoked Salmon can be added for RM8. There are several choices on the menu all the way up to the Silver Spoon Breakfast for RM22++. There are plans to open at 9am for breakfast after Chinese New Year.
There are numerous special offers including Ladies Night on Friday and Saturday: buy one cocktail get one free. Happy Hour runs from Noon until 7pm with 50% off house drinks, while on Tuesday and Thursday nights after 6pm, buy one draft beer and get a second free. More offers and special events can be found on the Silver Spoon Facebook page: www.facebook.com/silverspoon.publika
|Silver Spoon Bar and Dining Area|
Reason to Visit: for the special offers on beverages, to meet friendly Chef Gopi who’ll come and chat at your table, for its prime location opposite the outdoor stage and don’t forget to try the Escargots!
Silver Spoon @ Publika
Lot No 33, Level G2, Publika
No 1, Jalan Dutamas 1
50480 Kuala Lumpur
+6 03 6201 6800