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Friday, August 9, 2013

Food: Swich Cafe & The Potong Artisan Pops @ Publika

We would like take this opportunity to wish all our Muslim friends Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and a safe time on the roads. And to the rest of you, enjoy the weekend and surround yourself with good food & good company! :)

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After hearing tons about a lovely little cafe set up in HP Towers that served luscious cakes (but!) that only opened on weekdays, I pretty much gave up hopes of ever trying to visit. But some months down the line, I guess the cake gods heard my plea and Swich Cafe decided to open up a branch in Publika that opened weekends. Oh joy!

Before they actually opened, they had a pop-up stall operating from the lower ground of Publika. I decided to buy a slice of Valhrona chocolate cake as I passed by one day and from the first bite, I was hooked! 



Today, other than its first branch in HP Towers, Swich Cafe occupies a central area on Level G3 of Publika, situated next to The Baby Loft. It's quite a nice space, with lots of white, comfortable wicker chairs and lots of natural sunlight streaming through. I can imagine myself here with my girlfriends for a spot of afternoon tea.



No menus are provided, and so you should quickly grab a spot and make your way on over to the counter to order or to drool at the vast selection of the cakes available. The staff can be a bit slow but I think that's just a matter of time before they catch up. :)



The Soft Shell Crab with Salted Egg Pizza (RM 11.90 for a quarter pizza) was one of my first choices and it was absolutely finger-licking good! It can get a bit messy because Swich is very generous with the toppings, but every every morsel was polished off using our fingers because it was too darn good.



We got really fleshy and big soft shell crab pieces on our pizza, which surprisingly retained its natural sweet freshness despite being paired with stronger elements like cheese and salted egg. It was perfect paired with the savoury salted egg yolk drizzle, oh-so-sinful and rich with a hint of curry leaves, much like our Chinese-style preparation of seafood with salted egg.

The pizza base was thin and crispy, and I thought rocket leaves, with its distinct peppery-nutty flavours was a great choice to top it all off with. (And do you see the white fluffy bits sprinkled here & there? The salted egg white isn't forgotten here either.)



Adam chose something more substantial, one of the burgers named the The Beef and The Barbie (RM 18.90). It seemed like a homage to Aussie burgers when I saw the name, but surprisingly it turned out very fusion tasting. The burger is made out of slow cooked pulled beef with Swich's homemade BBQ sauce and a tangy apple Dijon slaw in between two fluffy sesame buns. 



The pulled beef was very good, tender and flavourful, with a tinge of Asian spices, reminiscent of beef rendang. The apple dijon slaw was a perfect partner, and I thought, quite a brilliant substitute for usual coleslaw in this case because it was sweeter and had a great crunch. Very tasty with the beef. Despite all the juices from the pulled beef and slaw, the buns managed to hold its shape which earns brownie points from me because I can't stand wet, mushy buns 5 minutes into my burger. :D

Now, that the food was done, it was time for dessert! I spent ages trudging back and forth the cake display, mentally narrowing down the choices - tough choice, let me tell you!





I chose the Hummingbird Slice (RM 10) because it's not something I often see. Described as a pineapple-banana cake with cream cheese frosting, I really liked that it was extremely moist and dense, full of with pineapple & banana. I especially loved the cream cheese frosting, light and fluffy, and not overpowering in any way.


Although I enjoyed how moist it was, it did get a bit pasty in parts though. The toasted coconut flakes were a nice touch too - it felt very tropical! Surprisingly, Adam didn't fancy this much as I thought he would have, maybe just a bit too much going on for him as he prefers simpler desserts.



The Horlicks Malt Cake (RM 10) we ordered was perhaps an opposite of the Hummingbird. Much simpler and less dense with a large amount of Horlicks icing lovingly slathered on, the Horlicks Malt was my favourite of the two... but I'm quite sure I'm biased because I've always liked Horlicks anything.

I did think I would have liked the icing to be a bit finer instead of tasting slight bits of sugar. Nevertheless, this is a good one for you Horlicks lovers out there, like me. :)



The Orange Juice (RM 10) was freshly prepared and the Ice Lemon Tea (RM 6) had a nice homemade quality to it, but I thought both were pretty overpriced for the small glasses they came in. Iced water is served on the house - very important if you're going to come and sample lots of Swich Cafe's cakes at one go! 


Swich is particularly busy during tea.

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On some separate occasions, my family has also bought whole cakes from Swich Cafe for birthday celebrations - the now-famous Cempedak Tutti Frutti Cake. Though expensive, it was definitely something very unique and local, I commend Swich Cafe for their ingenuity and combination of ingredients. The chiffon was very lovely and light, and the cempedak frosting aromatic. 


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Being the chocolate lover, the Valhrona Chocolate was insanely good. Rich, luscious, decadent, fine-quality chocolate and a moist cake. What more can you ask for?


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Also in Publika, we spotted a cute yellow & white pushcart from The Potong Artisan Pops one day.



Hearing that they were handmade and made from fresh local ingredients, we were intrigued and decided to sample two of their Signature flavours for RM 5 a pop.


Really like the packaging!


The Watermelon Fizz would be perfect on a hot day (yeah, we've had a lot of those recently, haven't we?) - a thirst-quenching combination of watermelon, lemonade and mint. This was my favourite out of the two, because it was lighter, slightly tangy and very refreshing. The mint was a great addition, I thought!



Adam is a Nutella fan, so our other choice was the Nutty Choc. There are no nuts in the ice cream, just a lovely smooth body of Nutella ice cream with an after hint of tropical coconut. This was a very rich-bodied pop, very creamy yet not too sweet.

The photo's a bit blur, but the Facebook page is revealed to you after you finish the pop. Haha!
The Potong also has a whole other range of seasonal flavours, with combinations that very unheard of to me. Where else would you find "potong" ice-creams with rosewater, thyme, or elderflower? The latter sounds like it should be in a potion from Harry Potter instead.

We find the pops from The Potong pricey (we bought signature pops at RM 5, but seasonal pops are RM 9!), but ok lah, I think we'll allow curiosity to get the better of my wallet once in a blue moon.




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Swich Cafe - Food for Thought | Facebook
(Next to The Baby Loft)
Level G3, Publika Shopping Gallery
Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas 1,
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +6 018 599 5152 / +6 012 777 3247
Email: swicherie@gmail.com
Website http://www.swichcafe.com
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am-10pm

The Potong Artisan Pops | Facebook
(Pushcart located near Eat Food Village - Publika food court)
Level UG1, Publika Shopping Gallery
Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas 1,
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +6 016 682 2221
Email thepotong@gmail.com
Also available at Wondermama (BV), Espressolab (e@curve), Delectable (Paradigm Mall), Frontera (Jaya One)


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