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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Food: Brunch at S.Wine @ B.I.G., & Le French Wrap, Publika

*For our previous post about dinner at S.Wine, click here.

By now, everyone's definitely heard or been to S.Wine. Seems like just yesterday me and Wendy double dated with our friends Elaine and Rondy for dinner here! (They weren't even engaged back then =P)

While that one dinner there never made us crave a return, we had heard so much about their brunch menu, so we finally made the effort to go check it out last month! (...or a couple months ago. It's taken awhile to finish this post... *hangs head sheepishly)

We'll make a small confession here: we already had our hearts set on one thing on the menu, even before sitting down, and that is the French Toast with Grilled Bananas (RM 22). In fact, not just bananas, but its also served with peanut butter and applewood smoked bacon. I don't know who was the first person that thought up this combination, but S.Wine was the first place we'd ever heard of it. Just imagine Wendy's drool for the few months leading up to our visit here =D

And did it live up to the hype? We say it did! Wendy calls this a beautiful, hot mess. While French toast is usually an unapologetic sticky sweet mess (especially with peanut butter!), the presence of bacon helps pull it all back into more neutral territory. Fluffy bread encased with egg, doused with maple syrup and accompanied with caramelized banana and sinfully fatty bacon? Oh yes, please. The theory of whether too-much-sweet plus too-much-salty can balance each other out is proved in this glorious marriage of sinful ingredients. Since this visit, we've had other versions of French toast with bacon (which we'll be sharing soon), but this artery-clogging one still has a special place in our (artery-clogged) hearts.. =D 

And of course, what brunch is complete without an English Fry Up (RM 39)? Having brunch at S.Wine was the most expensive brunch we've ever had, and we daresay one of the most expensive ones in town. (Honestly, not like the price is stopping anybody else, because S.Wine was packed when we got there). But it is just a teensy bit, although not entirely, justified -- since portions are slightly bigger than elsewhere. The slice of ham is the most obvious, since S.Wine actually serves a nice thick, substantial slice, unlike most places that will try to get away with wafer-thin slicing.

We thought the arugula pork sausage was excellent; the texture was just nice and it was extremely juicy. The inhouse-made baked beans, cooked in ham hock, were also a pleasant change. I also appreciated the generous dollop of butter over the bread. The bread itself cannot compare to other joints like Yeast Bistronomy or BreadFruits though; those places are setting the benchmark where pastry is concerned.. =P

If brunch at S.Wine is too heavy, too expensive, or just simply not your thing, there's also a new stall close to the entrance of Ben's Independent Grocer.

The new addition to Publika's myraid of F&B options? Le French Wrap! (Well, at least it was new when we tried it... really got to get cracking on our drafts quicker). A perfect place to satisfy all those crepe cravings.. =D

Take your pick from a range of sweet or savoury combinations, or just mix and match your own ingredients and make your own!

It's amazing how the owners can transform such a rather small place into a shop that can serve so many types of crepe! Impatient visitors can have a full view of the crepe-making in action. 

.....The finished product! We decided to just order one crepe to try, which was the Le Secret Garden (RM 10). One of the suggested sweet combinations, this was a rather refreshing combination apple compote and oatmeal cinnamon crumble. Wendy liked how there were also toasted almond flakes to add to the whole texture of the wrap. They also added in their special Le French Wrap cream, not too sweet, thankfully.

The crepe was pretty good; nothing too heavy, which is another plus point. The owner popped by and mentioned that in France, the savoury wraps are thicker, while the sweet ones are served in thin crepes. The ones here are somewhere in between, which we liked. 

We'd recommend people to give this a try, if only to have a more authentic crepe experience, compared to other places like Hot n' Roll!

We do hope to see more buzz especially around Le French Wrap, since we think they do serve some pretty good stuff. We hear they'll be popping up in The Gardens pretty soon! As well, as for S.Wine, we know now that's a brunch place that does a perfect French toast with bacon that cannot go wrong. 

S.Wine @ Ben's Independent GrocerSite
UG-1A, Level UG,
Publika, No. 1,
Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +6 03 6209 1700
Fax: +6 03 6209 1701
Opening Hours: Daily, 9am-10pm

Le French Wrap | Site
Level UG, Publika, No. 1,
Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +6 03 7887 8417/18
Email: [email protected]
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am-10pm

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